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  • 27-Mar-2013

    Firm Success in Recent Sex Crimes Case

    Our firm recently handled a relatively complex case in which our client was facing three different cases of child pornography as well as a charge of sexual performance by a child. Originally, our client could have been facing extensive time in prison ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11-Nov-2010

    Jury Selection - A Misnomer

    Lawyers and others commonly refer to the jury selection process (called "Voir Dire") as, "picking a jury." In fact, attorneys do not pick jurors to sit on the jury; they eliminate jurors they do not want to sit on the jury. Here is how jury selection ...
  • 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 ...
  • 8-Nov-2010

    Barton DWI Trial To Start Today

    John Patrick Barton, 30, of Louisville is set to stand trial this week for two (2) counts of murder and three (3) counts of intoxicated assault with a motor vehicle related to a car crash that killed Kandace Hull (age 33) and her daughter Autumn ...
  • 29-Sep-2010

    Jury Nullification

    When a judge seats a jury the jurors take an oath to follow the law. In a jury trial, the Judge is the resident expert on the law. As such, the Judge will, among other things, preside over the proceedings, rule on objections and motions, and, prior ...
  • 10-Sep-2010

    Witnesses - Dress For Success

    Studies show that people often reach their conclusion about a matter based solely on their first impression. Moreover, once a person reaches a conclusion it is extremely difficult to persuade them to change their mind. For these reasons, first ...
  • 2-Sep-2010

    Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?

    In many instances, when a police officer makes a traffic stop, the first question he asks the driver is whether he knows why the police officer pulled him over. On its face, this may seem like an odd question since the police officer knows why he ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30-Aug-2010

    Hung Jury

    Recently, Rod Blagojevich went to trial in federal court on 24 charges, many of which were related to allegations he tried to sell Barak Obama's senate seat after Mr. Obama was elected president. Although the jury convicted Mr. Blagojevich of one ...
  • 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 ...

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