A Summary of the Ethical Obligations of a Prosecutor
The lawyers entrusted with prosecuting crime have a serious burden of public responsibility. Here’s a summary of the ethical obligations of a prosecutor.
Basic Ethical Issues for Defense Attorneys
The U.S. Constitution guarantees a fair trial to all accused. Upholding that right in difficult cases creates ethical issues for defense attorneys.
The Prohibition & Use of Hearsay Evidence in Criminal Proceedings
In a courtroom, some evidence is better than others. Hearsay evidence in criminal proceedings is generally not allowed, except for these circumstances.
What are the 7 Mitigating Factors in Sentencing for a Crime?
A judge has to follow guidelines in imposing a sentence on the convicted criminal, but they have room for leeway. Learn about the mitigating factors in sentencing.
The Use of DNA Evidence in Criminal Cases: An Overview
It’s a scientific breakthrough for the justice system that has freed the innocent and captured the guilty. Learn about the use of DNA evidence in criminal cases.
An Overview of the Criminal Trial Process Steps
Everyone from police to judges to lawyers are a part of the criminal trial process. Here’s an overview of the flow from start to finish so you know what to expect.
What’s the Definition of Consent in Texas?
What does sexual “consent” mean under Texas law? What is the age limit for giving consent, who has the ability to give consent, and how do alcohol/drugs play into consent?
The 10 Most Famous Criminal Cases in the United States
They capture the imagination, shock the conscience and influence law itself. Learn about these 10 famous criminal cases, from murder trials to politics to organized crime.
Understanding the Relationship Between Mental Health & Crime
High-profile tragedies bring the relationship of mental health and crime into the public eye, but also lead to misunderstandings. Check out these stats.
The Impact of Media on Sex Crime Cases
Learn how local and national media coverage can impact a sex crime case and the defendant for better or worse. An attorney can be helpful when it comes to your media image.
6 Reasons Why A Prosecutor Drops Charges
Whether it’s a case in the news or a scene in the movie, everyone has heard about arrests fizzling before trial. Learn why a prosecutor would drop charges.
7 Famous White-Collar Crime Cases
They are cases that cost society dearly, even as their plots can make for great Hollywood scripts. Learn about these white collar crime cases that made history.
Internet Sex Crimes In Texas: Definitions, Laws and Penalties
There are various sex crime offenses in Texas involving a computer and/or the internet, including child pornography, online solicitation of a minor, revenge porn, human trafficking, etc.
How to Find the Right Texas Sex Crime Lawyer to Defend You
Advice on how you can go about choosing a defense attorney for a sex crime charge, including qualities to look for, questions to ask, where to look, etc.
Texas Drug Trafficking Laws & Penalties
Do charges depend on the type of drug being trafficked and/or the quantity? What amount of drugs is considered trafficking in Texas?
What is the Burden of Proof for Texas Sex Crimes?
If you want to file a claim against someone for a sex crime, what proof are you required to show in Texas courts? Find out everything you need to know about the burden of proof.
Why Publicly Sharing Mugshots Should Be Stopped Once and For All
Publicly sharing mugshots by the news and social media can cause measurable harm to the accused. Some advocates are speaking out against public mugshots.
What is Human Trafficking and Does It Really Happen in the U.S.?
It’s the modern-day form of slavery and rarely gets the press coverage it should. Learn what human trafficking is, how widespread it is and how to stop it.
Why Are Pyramid Schemes Illegal? How Can I Spot Them?
They seem similar to legitimate multi-level marketing. They’re not as bad as Ponzi schemes. So why are pyramid schemes illegal? Learn why and how to spot them.
What are the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Limits in Texas?
What are the legal limits for drunk driving in Texas? Learn what the BAC limit is, how it is tested and the penalties if charged with driving while impaired in Texas.
What is White-Collar Crime & What are the Penalties in Texas?
Learn what white-collar offenses are and how they are punished in the state of Texas. These crimes are serious, so consult an experienced defense attorney if you’re charged.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Rape/Sexual Assault in Texas?
The state of Texas imposes statutes of limitations, or deadlines, on bringing charges against someone for a sex crime. These crimes include but are not limited to sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual abuse of a minor and kidnapping with intent to abuse sexually.
Understanding How Title IX Differ From Criminal Court Proceedings
Here’s what you need to know if you’re facing a Title IX sexual assault accusation. This includes details on how Title IX differs from criminal court proceedings.
How Domestic Violence Charges Affect Child Custody
If you’re in the midst of a child custody battle and you’re suddenly facing domestic violence charges, how will that affect your case? Texas residents can learn more here.
What is Continuous Violence Against the Family in Texas?
Continuous violence against the family is a form of domestic violence and it has its own charges and punishments. What does Texas law have to say about it?
What Are The Different Sex Offender Risk Levels?
Based on a sex offender’s crimes, they are given a ranking or risk level for the likelihood of another offense happening in the future. Learn more about these risk levels.
How to Respond to a Title IX Sexual Assault Complaint in Texas
If you’re facing a Title IX sexual assault complaint in Texas, this step-by-step guide will explain what you should do and how an attorney can help.
When is Self-Defense Justified in Texas?
If you harmed someone out of self-defense, what’s the difference between that and assault? Take a look at how Texas law views self-defense and know your rights.
What To Do After Being Pulled Over for DWI in Texas
After you receive a DWI charge in Texas, what are your next steps? Check out this handy guide for what to do in this situation.
What’s the Difference Between Criminal vs. Civil Law?
Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between criminal and civil law in a side-by-side comparison.
How States Are Handling the Opioid & Fentanyl Epidemic
Today’s drug scene is much different than it was in the 1960s, or the 1860s, for that matter. The country has gone from opium dens to acid trips to opioids.
Federal Cocaine Laws, Penalties & Punishments
What are the laws and punishments regarding cocaine use? According to Texas law, possessing any amount of cocaine is a felony.
How to Choose the Best Lawyer for Criminal Defense
Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer is the first step in a successful case. But with so many law firms out there, choosing the best one isn’t always easy.
What Does it Mean to Have Your Record Expunged?
Expunction is a legal tool that removes or limits the viewability of a charge on your record, making it easier to participate in everyday life.
Can Evidence in Drug Cases Be Affected by the Fourth Amendment?
Discussion on the details of the 4th amendment’s effect on the evidence found in drug cases.
Challenging DWI Breathalyzer Results
Results from breathalyzer tests are often the primary evidence presented in DWI cases…
10 Myths & Lies About Child Sex Cases
Being accused of a sex crime involving a child is a serious accusation that can result in jail time and a listing as a sex offender. Regrettably, numerous damaging myths and outright lies regarding these cases are commonplace.
Understanding the Consequences and Punishments of Revenge Porn
In the state of Texas, there have been recent changes to the law regarding this crime. Texans can be charged with revenge porn crimes even if they’ve been falsely accused and can face severe consequences, including prison time…
Can Your Internet Search History Get You Arrested?
Here are some of the Internet search terms that can be considered illegal and could land you in jail, including child porn, torrenting, etc…
What to Expect from a Drug Arrest
While marijuana use is being legalized in some states, it’s still illegal in many jurisdictions — as are a number of other drugs. Still, some individuals feel the risk of getting arrested on drug charges is lower than the reward of selling illegal narcotics.
How to Handle False Sexual Assault Allegations
Sexual assault allegations carry extremely serious penalties. A conviction can result in the loss of a person’s job, freedom, money, and reputation.
Prostitution Busts in High-End Hotels: More Common Than You Might Think
Where is the most common place for someone to get busted for soliciting sex or prostitution? You might think it is on the streets or in a shady motel, but the answer may surprise you.
Jury Nullification: Important Legal Tool to Challenge Unjust Laws
Most people are unaware that there is a constitutional doctrine known as “jury nullification.”