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Tips on How to Avoid a DWI Conviction on Labor Day Weekend

Traffic Violation

Labor Day is one of the many holidays out of the year where family members and friends go out and have a few drinks to celebrate. With these celebrations comes the risk of drunk driving to and from events and parties. Texas law enforcement will be out in full force during the Labor Day weekend in order to crack down on any drunk drivers, so it’s important that you and your loved ones know how…
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What Can I Do to Prevent License Suspension After a DWI?

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If you have recently received a DWI, one of the main things that you are probably concerned about is the status of your license. Depending on certain conditions of your DWI conviction, like whether this is your first offense, your blood alcohol level, or whether you injured another driver or pedestrian, your penalties might be more serious. Having your license suspended is one of the most common penalties for DWI in Texas, but there are…
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When Are Police Allowed to Search My Car?

Traffic Violation

Generally speaking, police are not allowed to conduct a search of your property without getting a warrant. Cars can be somewhat of an exception to this rule, however. This is because cars are mobile and the process of obtaining a warrant may take longer than an officer is able to detain a suspect. Some also say that because cars are typically out on public streets, drivers and passengers have a reduced expectation of privacy. So,…
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Are Homeowners Declining to Report Crimes in Texas?

Car Theft

According to a study recently published by Security Baron, Texas homeowners sometimes do not report property crimes that occur on their property, such as vandalism or burglary. As many as 11 percent of Texas homeowners would consider not reporting a minor crime on their property to police. Taken as a national average, roughly 19 percent of people would consider not reporting property crimes. Why is it that some homeowners are reluctant to report property crimes?…
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What Do I Do If I Am Caught Burglarizing a Car?

Car Theft

Two young adults were recently apprehended in College Station after a series of car burglaries. Witnesses who called in to report the burglaries identified an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man wandering an apartment complex parking lot, checking door handles for unlocked vehicles. Once arrested, they were discovered to be in possession of stolen items, including a firearm. The two were arrested and charged with three counts of criminal attempt burglary of a vehicle and…
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Can the City Put a Placard on My Door Due to Habitual Criminal Activity?

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Are Dallas police able to mark your home or business to warn others that habitual crime takes place there? A newly proposed ordinance would allow it. The ordinance is part of a set of changes the Dallas Police Department is pushing to help better combat crime in problem areas. The process is called nuisance abatement, and would work something like this: If five abatable crimes – thinks like trespassing, prostitution, gambling, drug transactions, arson or…
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Can This One Change Fix Our Prison System?

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Can the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act singlehandedly reduce both crime AND incarceration rates in the United States? The bill was introduced in the House in early October by Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California, following its introduction in the Senate by Senators Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal. The bill would send federal funds to states that reduce crime and incarceration together. Since the passage of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, commonly known…
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Does Every Crime Have a Statute of Limitations in Texas?

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A statute of limitations is a window of time that a person is allowed to take legal action on a matter. Essentially, it’s a time limit, and it applies in both civil and criminal cases. For example, if someone is injured on the job, they typically have 30 days to file a claim with their employer. When it comes to criminal cases, however, the statute of limitations governs how quickly a prosecutor must file formal…
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How Are State Governments Reforming Criminal Justice?

The goal of criminal justice reform is to reduce the numbers of Americans who are kept away from society and deprived of freedoms while simultaneously making sure we aren’t making people unsafe. Every year, about 650,000 people are released from prison. Within a year, two-thirds of them are unemployed. Two-thirds of them will be rearrested within three years. How do we end this loop of recidivism while preserving a safe society? Criminal Justice Reforms Between…
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