Monthly Archives: June 2017

Starting September 1, Attacking Police Will Be a Hate Crime

Starting September 1, police in Texas will have a new layer of legislative protection in the form of an amendment that makes it a hate crime to attack police officers. Texas is one of only a handful of states, including Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi, that have signed this kind of legislation (sometimes referred to as “Blue Lives Matter” laws) into law, though many states have considered it. Supporters of the law cite recent high-profile incidents…
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25 Years after “Satanic Panic,” Kellers Declared Innocent

In 1992, Dan and Fran Keller were convicted of charges related to “satanic and ritual abuse of children” in their care. The two served 23 years of their 48-year sentence before being released in 2013 after a judge determined that they had not received a fair trial. This month, the cases against the two were formally dropped. Satanic Panic In 1991, the therapist of a three-year-old child being treated for behavioral problems alleged that the…
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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for Stealing Cars?

NBC DFW reported on three teenagers that were arrested for stealing cars in Keller who may also be connected to a series of car thefts in North Fort Worth. In the past few weeks, dozens of vehicles had been burglarized in several neighborhoods in North Fort Worth. Authorities recovered surveillance video of some of the incidents. Reportedly, it showed around seven young men going car to car checking for unlocked doors. As of this writing,…
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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for Street Racing?

If you were anywhere near the 8400 block of Eastpoint Drive in Dallas recently, you might have wondered if you had wandered onto the set of the latest Fast & Furious movie. That is because earlier this month, five people were arrested for street racing in that area. Per CBS DFW, in addition to the five people who were arrested, a sixth person was arrested in connection to the series of street races, because of…
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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for a Hit-and-Run?

Recently, a Dallas police officer was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Dallas. According to WFAA-TV, the incident happened on Memorial Day when the suspected hit-and-run driver crashed into the officer’s police car in Pecan Grove Park near the intersection of Kiest Boulevard and Westmoreland Road. The collision resulted in the squad car falling 24 feet and landing on its roof in a creek. The officer suffered severe injuries, including a punctured lung. However, he…
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Can I Be Arrested for Standing in the Road During a Protest?

A federal judge recently preliminarily approved a class action settlement involving Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were arrested during a protest after a police shooting in Louisiana. In the class action lawsuit, the protesters claim the arrests violated their constitutional rights. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the story, which involved protests that took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the aftermath of the Alton Sterling shooting. Reportedly, during the protests, some of the protesters…
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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for Burglary in Texas?

Dallas News featured a report recently about burglary in Texas. The report concerned the arrests of a man and a woman suspected of committing a burglary in Arlington. The two burglary suspects reportedly had a third accomplice that escaped capture. After responding to a suspicious-person call, officers discovered the call may have been related to a burglary. Three suspected burglars fled the scene in a vehicle. The officers chased them until the three suspected burglars…
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What Should I Do If I’m Arrested During a Protest?

NBC 5 in Dallas recently reported on an incident in North Carolina where dozens of demonstrators were arrested during a protest. Reportedly, prior to their arrest, the protesters, who consisted of health care workers, clergy, doctors and others, were taking part in a nonviolent demonstration against North Carolina lawmakers’ refusal to expand Medicaid. As part of the demonstration, the protesters marched through the hallways of the North Carolina Legislative Building. They ended their march outside…
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