Criminal Law Blog

Child Porn Charges: Busted By FBI Computer Surveillance and Now, Private Web Hackers on Social Media

Federal authorities in North Texas and the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area are working very hard it seems at investigating and charging people with child pornography sex crime charges. .   Recent Computer-Related Federal Child Porn Charges Consider the following five examples of news releases from the local FBI (Dallas) office and the U.S….

Holder’s New Limits on Asset Forfeiture: Big Deal.

Last Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed new federal limits on asset forfeiture, possibly due to the growing public awareness and criminal defense outcry concerning the shocking ways in which local police departments and various state agencies have been profiting through the seizure of private property without bothering to arrest the property owner.  Literally…

Heroin and Money Laundering in Texas – Expecting More Charges in 2015

There’s been a lot of national news coverage in the past few weeks over the business of heroin and how the changing marijuana marketplace in the United States is causing changes in the illegal drug market. Specifically, news is spreading about how heroin and methamphetamine are growing product lines in the criminal drug trades, and…

Legal Marijuana in Texas: Will HB507 Legalize Small Amounts of Pot Statewide? It Just May Happen.

Last month right before the holiday break Texas State Representative Joe Moody filed a new bill in the Texas House, HB 507, that looks to have a pretty big chance of success in changing Texas marijuana laws. HB 507, if it becomes state law, will make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in…

Heroin Arrests in Dallas and North Texas: Billboards, Big Brother, and Civil Rights in Heroin Cases

In George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, Oceania was ruled by a character called “Big Brother,” who oversaw the ruling government that held total control over the citizens “for its own sake.” (If you read this back in high school, this is where you probably learned about the “totalitarian” form of government.) Orwell wrote of every…

Heroin is a Business in Texas: Growing Heroin Demand Means More Heroin Busts in 2015

It’s not news to any Texan that there’s lots of drug traffic moving across the state from Mexico; everyone knows it.  What lots of people, especially those who live in the more affluent parts of North Texas and the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex, may not realize is how much heroin is coming into our…

False Arrests From Flawed Cocaine Detection Kit: the NIK 6500 is Bad News for Texas

Cocaine possession is a serious felony and law enforcement in North Texas takes this crime very seriously.  In the past, it took awhile for police to charge someone officially with having cocaine because it took some time for the lab to verify that the white powder taken into evidence was indeed an illegal, controlled substance….

Unjustly Accused of Sexual Assault: When Rape Allegations Aren’t True There’s Still a Victim

Rapes and sexual assaults do happen in here in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, as they do all around the State of Texas, and these are horrible, life-changing events for the victims (both men and women). However, as criminal defense lawyers who represents people accused of rape and sexual assault know well, there is…

Lots of Heroin Arrests Will Be Happening Here in Texas As Feds, Locals Target Growing Heroin Market

A couple of weeks ago, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was visiting the regional FBI office in Boston and while he was there, he held a little press conference. And what was a big topic on the mind of the Top Man at the FBI? Well, in what isn’t a big…

Texas Police Excessive Force: Concern Isn’t Just the Police Officer, It’s the Entire Police Department

For the past two nights, there has been rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the grand jury determination not to bring charges against a police officer who used lethal force. That’s Missouri; what about police and lethal force here in Dallas and North Texas? Good question. 1. Dallas Web Site: Police Department’s Lethal…