Criminal Law Blog

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,…

Sex Offender Registry in Texas: Stigma and Second Chances

Just being charged with a sex crime can cause real harm not only to the reputation of the person who has been arrested, but also to their careers, finances, family life, and personal and professional relationships. (We’ve discussed this in a prior post.) Charges aren’t convictions. Innocent people get arrested. It’s very sad to consider…

Child Pornography Arrests: Lessons From The Ex-Subway Pitchman’s Sentencing

Jared Fogel went before a federal judge up in Indiana this week with a plea deal in place. The federal district judge didn’t have to rule according to that deal, though, and she didn’t. At the end of that sentencing hearing before Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, he was sentenced to 188 months in a…

Heroin in Dallas: 5 Things About Dallas’ Heroin Market from the New DEA Report

Heroin use in Texas isn’t news, but the increasing use of this particularly notorious drug — and the skyrocketing number of drug overdose deaths in our state and across the country — is really getting newsworthy. Search the news, or just search for “heroin” in Twitter, and you’ll find stories from all over the country…

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…

North Texas Banks, Drug Cartels, and Money Laundering in Dallas

When a business is involved in illegal activity, operating on a cash basis is smart. It’s not easy for law enforcement to track dollars like it is for them to access and monitor checking accounts or online business transactions. Maybe you’ve heard the stories of Pablo Escobar having so much cash in hand that his…

Former Dallas Criminal Judge Etta Mullin Gets Bigger Discipline After She Appeals Public Admonition by Judicial Commission

Around the hallways of the Dallas County Courthouse, you can hear many a war story about appearing in the courtroom of Dallas County Criminal Court No. 5 when the Honorable Etta Mullin presided on its bench. If you didn’t have your own personal experience to share, there were lots of criminal defense lawyers (and other…

Probation on Federal Texas Eastern District Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods

Mr. Lowe’s client hired him two years ago after a disappointing experience with another attorney.  At that time, the Department of Homeland Security had raided his client’s home based on a search warrant supported by an evidentiary affidavit establishing probable cause.  The raid yielded 63,088 counterfeit DVDs in the client’s possession, which were valued at $741,284.00….

Dennis Hastert Plea Deal: My Prediction Coming True and The Impact on Future Prosecutions

Maybe today, maybe tomorrow – but soon, and most likely on October 28 according to the Chicago Tribune, Dennis Hastert (former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) is going to be facing a federal judge with a plea deal in hand, an agreement reportedly ironed out between his defense team and the federal prosecutors….

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…