Monthly Archives: May 2017

What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for a Sex Crime?

In mid-May, the North Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force’s Operation Medusa led to 15 sex crime arrests in Collin County. The arrests reportedly helped break up a child pornography ring. The 15 people arrested are facing charges for online solicitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, possession with the intent to promote child pornography and invasive visual recording. How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help Me If I’m Arrested for a Sex…
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Should I Use a Bail Bondsman to Get Me Out of Jail?

An NBC News report may make people think twice before using a bail bondsman to get them out of jail. In the report, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims the bail-bond system is undermining justice and taking advantage of the poor. Per the NBC News piece, the bail bond industry brings in around $14 billion a year. The ACLU alleges that the bail bond industry’s profits are tied to keeping poor offenders in debt…
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When Can Police Use a Taser on Me?

Earlier this year, a Balch Springs police officer shot and killed Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old boy who was leaving a party. The story made national headlines, with the officer now facing murder charges. The Dallas Morning News recently publish a story about an incident involving another officer within that department was involved in about a year ago where he used a Taser on a man in handcuffs. The officer was reprimanded for this incident but…
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What Happens If I’m Caught Stealing a Bait Car in Texas?

Recently, a bait car in Texas failed to shut off after it was allegedly stolen. Per CBS 11, the bait car, a Chevrolet pickup truck, was allegedly taken around 2 am from a parking spot on Walton Street in Deep Ellum. However, the bait car reportedly did not shut off as it is supposed to do after being stolen. This led to a police chase that ended with the suspected car thief crashing through a…
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Is a Slow Speed Pursuit Considered Evading Arrest in Texas?

Earlier this month, a slow-speed pursuit took place in Longview as a driver attempted to evade arrest. The incident began after a police officer allegedly observed the man driving a Ford truck slowly and across solid lines on the roadway. According to KLTV-TV, the officer tried to pull the driver over, but the driver allegedly refused to stop. From there, KLTV-TV reports that the driver began evading arrest, leading police on a 12-minute long chase….
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How a New System Expediting Blood Draw Warrants Changes Drunk Driving Stops

Per KXAN-TV, recently, Texas law enforcement began using a new system that expedites blood draw warrants for driving while intoxicated (DWI) stops. The system is still in the testing phase, but if the testing phase proves successful, this new system could drastically change drunk driving stops going forward. How Does Expediting Blood Draw Warrants Impact Drunk Driving Stops? KXAN-TV reported that Law Enforcement Advanced DWI/DUI Reporting System (LEADRS) representatives are training municipal court judges about…
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An Online Database for Protective Orders May Be Coming Soon

If you have had a protective order issued against you in Texas, your name may appear in an online database if a recently filed bill becomes law. State Rep. Brooks Landgraf filed House Bill 2315, known as Monica’s Law, which would allow the creation of a statewide, searchable public database of people who have had protective orders filed against them. It would work like the state sex offender registry. The bill was filed in response…
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Texas May Make Using a Phone While Driving a Criminal Offense

A new bill going through the Texas legislature would address one of form of distracted driving: using a cell phone while driving. The bill, SB 31, follows a similar measure, HB 62, which passed the House of Representatives in March. These bills, if they become law, would make it a criminal act to read, write or send an electronic message while driving. It would also be illegal to talk on a cellphone without the use…
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Is Solitary Confinement Linked to Recidivism?

Can putting someone in solitary confinement increase the odds of that person offending again once released? Data show that 68 percent of all people who go to prison are rearrested within three years of release. Supporters of solitary confinement claim that the threat of solitary, which can involve spending up to 23 hours a day in an isolated cell, deters criminals from reoffending. But the data tell a different tale. Studies on Recidivism and Solitary…
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Crime Scene Errors Could Affect Your Criminal Case

A disturbing revelation from auditors looking into Houston crime labs – crime scene errors that could throw a wrench in dozens of criminal prosecutions. A crime scene investigator apparently made errors in 88 different cases. In 65 of those cases, there was incomplete documentation. In 32, there were administrative errors and in eight, evidence was misplaced. While it is not known which specific cases are involved in these crime scene errors, it is known that…
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