Criminal Law Blog

College Rape Charges: Students Arrested for Sexual Assault and Fixing the Current Kangaroo Court System

Campus rape charges are being made much more often today. However, there’s a big problem with sexual assault charges when students are involved and it’s an injustice everyone needs to recognize and which needs to be fixed. Here’s the thing: allegations of rape or sexual assault on a school campus often involve a whole different…

District Attorneys Keep Doing Bad Things: More Texas Prosecutorial Misconduct Stories

The problem of prosecutors doing bad things like hiding evidence and introducing unreliable (or false) testimony isn’t getting better.  Recently, the Daily Beast published an expose on prosecutorial misconduct in the United States, labeling the problem a national epidemic. You can read their take on things in the article written by Jay Michaelson and published…

Bite Mark Evidence Isn’t Reliable But It’s Still Used Against Defendants in Texas

Lots of criminal defense attorneys have their fingers crossed here in Texas, hoping that sooner rather than later everyone is going to acknowledge and understand that bite mark evidence isn’t worthy of respect much less use in a criminal case where someone’s freedom is in jeopardy. For many years, defense lawyers have recognized that evidence…

Sex Crimes In Texas: How Soon Do You Need to Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Sex crimes are a particular kind of criminal defense case; things can become complicated very quickly in these matters. For years, I have devoted part of my Dallas law practice to defending individuals who are being investigated or have been charged with any one (or more) of a number of sex crimes as defined under…

Not Guilty on Dallas County DWI charge

Mr. Lowe’s client was stopped by Cedar Hill Police department for Driving While Intoxicated.  The police officer found alcohol in the car and later determined that Mr. Lowe’s client failed at 3 of the stand field sobriety tests.  Mr. Lowe tried the case in Dallas County Criminal Court #5 and obtained a Not Guilty Verdict….

No Bill Dallas County Grand Jury on Injury to an Elderly Person

Mr. Lowe’s client was arrested and charged by the Mesquite police department with Injury to an Elderly Person.  A violation of Texas Penal Code 22.04(3) is a third degree felony which carries a range of punishment from 2 to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and an optional fine not to exceed…

Is Flakka Legal in Texas? What Dallas Needs to Know About Flakka

  Flakka (aka “flocka” or “gravel”) has arrived in North Texas. This is not good news for anyone. In case you haven’t heard of it, “flakka” is the nickname for a new synthetic drug, or designer drug, already popular in Florida that is slowly making its way to other parts of the country. Like North…

4 Shocking Texas Traffic Stops: Current Texas Law For Arrest After Pulled Over by Police

Here in Dallas, and probably most of Texas, the death of Sandra Bland in a jail cell over in Waller County is a tragedy and a mystery — one that is still being investigated. It’s being reported that the 28-year-old woman from Chicago died by her own hand three days after she was arrested and…

Heroin Moves Through Dallas: Drug Cartel Distribution Routes

This week, there was a lot of news coverage over a big FBI sting where 46 federal indictments were issued across the country, charging people with smuggling drugs like heroin and cocaine on planes. Some got charged with other things, too, like money laundering — but the big deal here in Dallas was that most…

Five Big Changes in Texas Criminal Laws

For Texas lawmakers, it’s all done now — the 2015 Legislative Session is finished, and for all of us Texans, now we deal with what happened down in Austin this year as the dust settles. The Texas Tribune has compiled a complete list of the new laws, civil and criminal, into an online list if…