DWI / Drug Possession
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…
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
Can You Claim Self-Defense When in Court?
Can you claim self-defense while committing a crime? Self-defense can be powerful, but challenging, which is why you should consult an experienced defense lawyer.
An Overview of What Jury Consultants Do on the Job
Jury consulting is a lucrative profession. But what do jury consultants do for their money? Here’s an overview of why a consultant can actually make or break a case.
Where Did “Trial by Jury” Come From? A Brief Historical Overview
The right to be judged by a jury of one’s peers is a legal cornerstone and has evolved over centuries. Here’s an overview of where “trial by jury” came from.
Tips on How to Prepare a Witness for Trial
Reliable testimony can make or break a criminal case. Witnesses need to be credible and make a good impression. Here are some tips on how to prepare a witness.
Strategies for How to Discredit a Witness
Testimony is given under oath and penalty of perjury. However, not everyone is honest and honest people can be mistaken. Find out more on how to discredit a witness.
What is Discovery & How Does It Work in the Real World?
Part of ensuring a fair trial is making sure each side knows the relevant facts. That’s where discovery comes in. Learn about what discovery is and how it works.
Admission Against Interest: What It Is & When It Applies
The general rule of evidence is that hearsay is inadmissible. However, admission against interest is an exception. Learn why and see some real world examples.
6 Famous Criminal Cases in the United States’ History
These 6 trials have stood the test of time as the most famous criminal cases in the history of the United States. Find out what they are and what made them unique.
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.
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.
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.
Defense of the Guilty & Ethical Obligations of a Defense Lawyer
Critics can wonder how attorneys can take the case of those who seem guilty of heinous crimes. How does this fit into the ethical obligations of a defense lawyer?
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.
Jury Nullification: Important Legal Tool to Challenge Unjust Laws
Most people are unaware that there is a constitutional doctrine known as “jury nullification.”
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 Causes a Mistrial & What Happens Next?
What causes a mistrial? From attorney error to juror misconduct to death itself, learn how the legal system proceeds from there.
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.
Common Myths Surrounding Human and Sex Trafficking in the U.S.
Human trafficking is a global problem. Even worse, it can happen in your own backyard. Know the myths and realities surrounding the crime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A Brief History and Timeline of Title IX
Learn what Title IX is, who created it and why, as well as how it has evolved over the decades to apply to higher education sexual assault cases.
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.
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 To Do If You’ve Been Charged with Domestic Assault or Family Violence
Learn the possible defense strategies that can be used if you are charged with domestic violence/assault or a similar crime. How can your defense lawyer beat a charge?
Innocent Until Proven Guilty: Presumption of Innocence in American Criminal Law
Learn about the laws around innocent until proven guilty in the American justice system and how they apply to you if you’re accused of a crime.
What is Deferred Adjudication?
Deferred adjudication is a unique type of probation that gives a person an opportunity to keep their conviction off their criminal record…
A Look Into the Juvenile Justice System and the Incarceration of Kids
Details about the juvenile justice system in the U.S. and around the world, including the age of criminal responsibility.
What is Bond/Bail, and Should the System Be Reformed?
Details about the bail/bond system including what each one is and how they’re paid. Additionally, a discussion on bail reform.
6 Top Criminal Justice Documentaries to Watch
Who doesn’t love a good crime and legal thriller? It’s more riveting when you know the story is real. Check out some of the best criminal justice documentaries.
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.
“Beyond A Reasonable Doubt”: What This Standard Actually Means
It’s the highest standard of proof in American law. But who can define it? Learn what “beyond a reasonable doubt” means and how it compares to other standards.
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…
Criminal Law vs. Civil Law: Understanding 7 Key Differences
American law is divided into 2 separate categories. To understand the distinctions in criminal law versus civil law, here are 7 key differences.
Restitution for Wrongful Convictions: What the State Can Do
There’s no way to truly make up for lost time in the life of an innocent person who went to prison, but these ideas on restitution for wrongful conviction can help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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 RICO Law & How Does It Apply to Real Life?
The rise of organized crime presented unique challenges and new legal tools were required. Learn about what RICO law is and how it applies in the real world.
What is Due Process & What Does It Mean in the Real World?
Due process is a phrase that’s thrown about casually. But what is due process and what does this time-honored principle mean in the real world?