Category Archives: Assaults

Defending Sexual Assault Charges and the Bill Cosby Trial

The Bill Cosby trial enters its third day today as the comedian faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which are felonies under Pennsylvania law.  Things are moving along.  The jury is in the box, and witnesses are taking the stand in the Montgomery County courtroom. Accuser on the Stand This morning, the testimony of…


Aggravated Assault Arrests in Dallas: Violent Crime is Up in 2016

Last week, the Dallas City Council heard the latest crime stats from the Dallas Police Department (DPD) as part of the lawmakers’ job to set up and approve the city’s operating budget for next year. How much of Dallas’ coffers should be spent on fighting crime? More than last year, apparently. According to the report…


Was Johnny Depp Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence? The Overlap Between Divorce Law and Criminal Defense

The crime of domestic violence is getting lots of media attention this week because — once again — Hollywood is providing a spotlight on criminal law and in doing so, educating the public about the reality of criminal acts and the harm that they cause to everyone involved. Which is a good thing. It’s only…


Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault and Civil Lawsuits for Damages: Bill Cosby’s Legacy?

Sexual assault cases continue to get more and more media coverage. (We’ll discuss Dennis Hastert’s sentencing this morning to two years of supervised release and my correct prediction this would happen in a later post.) Sex crimes sell lots of newspapers and get high volume web site hits, apparently. Whether or not there’s more than…


Will You Go to State Jail or Texas Prison? The Importance of Plea Negotiations

This week, Dallas Police Chief David Brown is fighting to keep his job after the news got out that there has been almost a 75% increase in murders in the Dallas area. That’s right: SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT. The Black Police Association is calling on Chief Brown to resign. The Dallas Police Association admits that the city’s…


Rape or Sexual Assault: Accusations or Gossip vs. Innocence and Texas Criminal Defense These Days

Rape and sexual assault are serious issues. These crimes deserve serious consideration and discourse. However, sexual assault charges and claims of rape are also two very hot topics in the news as well as social media in 2016. And today, it’s possible for someone merely to imply that one of these crimes has been committed…


Arrested then Assaulted in Texas: Jailers and Guards Caught on Video

The suicide of 28-year-old Sandra Bland got lots of people talking about the goings-on in local jails here in Texas. Ms. Bland died last July in the Waller County Jail, and the autopsy concluded that she committed suicide by hanging. Sandra Bland had said some things that should have warned her jailers that she was…


Year in Review: Things for Dallas to Consider From a Criminal Defense Perspective

How Dangerous is It to Live or Work in Dallas County? Here we are at the end of another year. Let’s take a minute and consider where things stand as we enter 2016, from a North Texas Criminal Defense perspective: 1. Dallas County Is Really, Really Dangerous As reported by Grits for Breakfast this week,…


HAPPY HOLIDAYS: LET’S TALK ASSAULT CHARGES FROM A DALLAS CRIMINAL DEFENSE PERSPECTIVE

Thanksgiving is two weeks away; New Year’s Eve is 49 days from today. We’re right in the middle of the 2015 Holiday Season. And with it, from a criminal defense perspective, the spotlight shifts to reports of police arrests for assault. All different kinds of assault. It’s true that this time of year does seem…


Killings in Dallas: Felony Charges When Someone Kills in Texas

Killing Someone Isn’t Always Capital Murder in Texas Four people were killed in the eastern part of Dallas on Monday. In one day, four killings happened in a pretty small part of town considering the size of the Dallas metroplex. Add to that several other killings that were reported over the past week, and there…