Criminal Law Blog

Getting Out of Jail in Texas on a Writ of Habeas Corpus

There’s more than one way to regain your freedom after an arrest here in Texas.  Under either federal or state law, you can challenge the legality of your situation – being held behind bars – by filing an application with the court for a “writ of habeas corpus.” What is a Writ of Habeas Corpus?…


2017 Dallas RIGHT Program: Mentally Ill Avoid Bail and Jail

Mental illness often leads to arrest here in Dallas and North Texas.  All too often, people suffering from any number of psychological issues find themselves behind bars of local state and county jails. Frequently they remain in jail, and without treatment, because they are unable to make bail.  This isn’t news.  It’s a problem that…


Will Texas End Civil Forfeiture in 2017?

Right now, the police can take your property and keep it forever even if you are never convicted of any crime.  Things may change soon, though. Here’s the skinny: New Law Proposed to End Civil Forfeiture in Texas In a matter of weeks, state lawmakers will return to Austin for the 85th Biennial Texas Legislative…


The New DEA Drug Report: Drug Cartels, Doctors, and Health Care Fraud

The 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Report from the Drug Enforcement Administration has been released. The biggest problem: controlled prescription drugs.  This month, the latest annual report from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been released.  It’s filled with information concerning illegal drugs like heroin and street drugs like synthetic marijuana. Read the complete 2016…


Arresting Texas Doctors for Health Care Fraud: What You Need to Know

If you are a practicing physician here in North Texas, then you need to recognize how very, very serious the federal government is in targeting health care fraud.  The Justice Department is eager to find and arrest doctors, as well as other professionals, on all sorts of federal felony charges based upon fraud involving health…


Health Care Fraud: 21 Indictments in Forest Park Medical Center Case

Last Thursday here in Dallas, the seal on a November 16, 2016, federal grand jury indictment was removed.  The unsealed indictment’s revelations hit the medical community of North Texas (and probably the rest of the state) like a tsunami.   Forest Park Medical Center Fraud Indictment Unsealed It’s the Indictment filed in Case No. 3-16CR-0516D…


Tonya Couch, the Affluenza Teen Mom, and a Lesson in Money Laundering

Money Laundering: a Harsher Sentence than Fraud Charges, Plus the Added Bonus of Forfeiture Actions This post deals with money laundering charges, but we will begin with the backstory.  It starts with the arrest and prosecution of the Affluenza Teen, Ethan Couch. Most everyone here in Dallas and Fort Worth and the rest of North…


Defenses in Texas Criminal Cases

Criminal defense isn’t just trial work, even though it sure looks like it if you watch all the TV crime shows. A lot of defending clients charged with crimes here in Texas involves working with evidence and negotiating with the government. Defending happens a lot of the time at a desk with a keyboard, or…


The New 2016 Marijuana Laws: What It Means for Texas

This month, several states had marijuana on their ballots.  Texas wasn’t among them, of course.  As a result of these November elections, we’ve got more states getting ready to offer medical marijuana in their jurisdictions as well as recreational marijuana within their boundaries. A very exciting result for pot proponents around the country as well…


Eavesdropping on Criminal Defense Lawyers:  Attorney Overhearings as Evidence

Occasionally clients or potential clients will voice concerns about the safety of communication with their criminal defense lawyer.  It’s understandable, given all the technological advances in snooping devices. Snooping Gizmos So You Can Eavesdrop Surf online and you can find all sorts of ways to listen into phone conversations, as well as monitor things being…