Criminal Law Blog

Dallas D.A. Forfeiture Funds: The Temptation of All That Stuff and the Craig Watkins Scandal

Here in Dallas, more and more people are aware of how government authorities have been seizing property from people without sufficient judicial process and keeping those assets for their own uses. This is good because forfeiture is a big problem that not enough folk realize exists. We’ve been discussing this problem — the problem of…

Synthetic Drugs Law: Will New Texas Law Succeed in Outlawing Spice, K2, and Other Synthetic Highs?

Here in Texas, law enforcement and the Texas Legislature are trying hard to keep up with the growing market for synthetic marijuana and designer drugs that are being sold all around the state in shops as well as online on legal web sites. Synthetic marijuana, for example, is sold as an easy to get alternative…

Juvenile Heroin Arrests: When Your Child is Busted for Heroin in Texas

Some may be shocked to think that there are active heroin users here in Texas, especially here in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, that are minors or juveniles and kids under the age of 18 years. The general public (and potential jurors) may not understand that heroin use isn’t like it was in years…

Heroin in Dallas – Fort Worth: Heroin is Popular So Expect More Felony Heroin Arrests

Heroin is here to stay in North Texas and the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex area: it’s something recognized by the local police and the District Attorneys’ Offices as well as criminal defense lawyers and people treating heroin abuse and heroin overdoses in local hospitals and rehab centers. Why?  It’s a cheaper, readily accessible alternative…

Stingray Use by Feds and Local Police is Growing: Are You Being Monitored?

Police officers and law enforcement agencies are limited by the federal constitution as well as federal and state laws in what they can do. They are not supposed to snoop on citizens or eavesdrop on people unless they’ve got specific legal authorization to do so. . . The problem is — as any experienced criminal…

Police Who Lie On the Witness Stand: Did You Know Prosecutors Keep Lists of Their Names?

It wasn’t until 1963 that the U.S. Supreme Court forced prosecutors to do the right thing and share all the facts about a case with defense lawyers before they tried someone for a serious crime and tried to get a conviction. In the case of Brady v. Maryland, John Brady had been convicted of murder…

Debtor’s Prison for Misdemeanor Debts – Is City of Ferguson Making Money Off of Poor People?

Debtor’s prisons are not supposed to exist in the United States. You’re not supposed to be forced behind bars because you cannot pay a debt — that is the reason for federal bankruptcy laws, to help people in bad financial straits to work things out with their creditors and get a “fresh start.” Creditors can…

Why the Jane Does’ CVRA Lawsuit Re Alleged Epstein Child Sex Ring Drags On

This news story has everything it needs to become one of the biggest scandals of the 21st Century:  there’s sex and power, of course.  Add to that the targeted criminal defendant, Jeffrey Epstein – so rich he owns his own island; political players like Bill Clinton; a famous lawyer and Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz…

Prosecutorial Misconduct Still a Big, Big Problem: District Attorneys Do Bad Things

We monitor cases of prosecutorial misconduct here in Texas and elsewhere, and in the past we’ve reported on things like:  Trusting Prosecutors With Forensic Lab Evidence? Consider Harris County District Attorney: Notices Sent of 100s of Wrongful Convictions Prosecutorial Misconduct in Texas: Continuing Injustice Prosecutorial Misconduct Rules Issued by Texas Supreme Court: Where is Michael…

Dallas .25 Blood Case Dismissed

Dallas Judge throws out DWI blood warrant.