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  • 14-Nov-2013

    Common DWI Defenses

    Being charged with a DWI in Texas can not only be frightening but also quite frustrating. This is especially true if you were falsely accused and arrested for drunk driving. Texas is known for their high rate of DWI arrests, which is due in part to ...
  • 12-Nov-2010

    Concurrent vs. Consecutive Sentences

    Yesterday, a Denton County jury sentenced drunk driver John Patrick Barton to two (2) life sentences for killing Kandace Hull and her thirteen year-old daughter Autumn Caudle. Barton plowed into the victims' car at 134 miles per hour last Easter ...
  • 10-Nov-2010

    Reasons Not To Testify At Trial

    The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides the right against self-incrimination. In a criminal trial, this means the accused cannot be forced to testify. The decision as to whether or not a criminal defendant will testify at trial is ...
  • 9-Nov-2010

    Probation Revocation

    When a person gets probation, the judge frequently makes probation subject to certain conditions that the defendant must follow to remain on probation. Monthly reporting to a probation officer, completing drug or alcohol treatment and/or education ...
  • 1-Oct-2010

    Prostitution Under Cover Stings

    Dallas and other Dallas-area police departments commonly conduct undercover sting operations to bust "Johns" and prostitutes for prostitution. ( Chick here to read our previous blog post that explains Texas Prostitution Law.) As with all television ...
  • 20-Sep-2010

    Ignorance Not A Defense - Or Is It?

    Under Texas criminal Law, ignorance of the law is not a defense to prosecution. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule. Ignorance of the law may be a defense if the person charged with the crime believed their conduct was not a crime AND ...
  • 7-Sep-2010

    How Young Is Too Young

    Juries tend not to show sympathy toward adults who engage in sexual contact with a minor. A conviction related to any sex crime, especially indecency with a child, will have a profound and lasting effect on virtually every aspect of a person's life. ...
  • 1-Sep-2010

    The Right Not To Testify At Trial

    The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides the right against self-incrimination. This means that at trial, the person charged with a crime (the defendant) has the right not to testify. Furthermore, jurors are instructed, that if the ...
  • 27-Aug-2010

    The Plea Bargain Process

    Although the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through a plea bargain, it is wise for a person charged with a crime to retain a Dallas criminal attorney who has extensive criminal trial experience and who has obtained positive results at ...
  • 26-Aug-2010

    Double Jeopardy Limitations

    The Fifth Amendment To The U.S. Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, provides that a person cannot be tried twice for the same offense once acquitted ("Double Jeopardy"). Double Jeopardy, however, does NOT prevent multiple trials for ...
  • 17-Aug-2010

    Prostitution - The Word 'Yes'

    Under Texas Law, the word "Yes" can get a person charged with and convicted of prostitution. In Texas, a person commits the offense of prostitution if he or she knowingly, offers or AGREES, or engages in sexual conduct for a fee. The word, "Agrees" ...
  • 16-Aug-2010

    Know Your Weapons

    Otherwise law-abiding citizens can find themselves charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon simply because they do not know which weapons are lawful to carry and/or under what circumstances such weapons can (and cannot) legally be carried. Unlawful ...
  • 9-Aug-2010

    CHL Reciprocity

    Approximately 34 states have reciprocity with respect to Concealed Handgun Licenses and permits ("CHL" or "CHL's") issued by another state. The laws and administrative procedures related to carrying a concealed handgun, however, vary from state to ...
  • 7-Aug-2010

    POLICE SEARCHES

    The law provides three (3) basis for policemen to lawfully search your vehicle. 1. A SEARCH WARRANT: If a police officer has a warrant he has the right to conduct a search within the parameters provided in the warrant. Only in rare circumstances will ...

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