Criminal Law Blog

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Everything on this blog is provided by the Law Offices of Michael Lowe for informational and educational purposes at no charge to the reader. The goal is to delve into current Texas criminal defense issues as well as providing an overview of particular areas of Texas criminal law: this blog will never create an attorney-client…

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Federal Structuring Case: Lowest Possible Guideline Sentence up to 58% Reduction

Mr. Lowe represented a local Pharmacist that owned two Pharmacies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Mr. Lowe’s client  was accused of violating Titles 18 USC section 371 and Title 31 section 5324(d)(1).  Mr. Lowe’s client made 77 deposits in his personal bank accounts at JP Morgan and Bank of America totalling over $460,000 in amounts…

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Make Big Decisions on Your Privacy Rights from Police this Year: the Boundaries of Law Enforcement Intrusion

Yesterday’s State of the Union address is still the talk of many today, with many discussing the extent of the executive branch’s power and exactly what “checks and balances” means. However, for many criminal defense practitioners there’s more to be considered in 2014 than what the President or Congress may be doing up in Washington,…

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SECOND CHANCES: HOW TO GET RID OF YOUR TEXAS CRIMINAL RECORD

You Can Clean Up Your Texas Criminal History Through Expungement (Destruction) or Nondisclosure (Sealing) of Texas Criminal Records By Michael Lowe, Esq. 2014-01-24 Police officers arrest people all the time; it doesn’t mean that everyone arrested is guilty of a crime. An arrest is not a conviction. Nevertheless, for anyone who has been arrested, their…

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Michael Lowe’s In-Depth Articles Appearing in 2014

Beginning in 2014, Michael Lowe will be sharing longer articles with his readers aside from his current blog posts here at DallasJustice.com. These In-Depth Articles will be 2000 or more in word count and will focus upon particular details and current concerns involving the full range of Texas criminal justice – from pre-arrest investigations and…

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Michael Lowe Online Digital Library at Scribd.com

Beginning in 2014, we will be storing longer documents referenced in blog posts as well as other files (briefs, opinions, etc.) at the new Michael Lowe Digital Library located at Scribd.com (click here to access). These documents are being provided as a public service and are available to readers for free and without charge.

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Texas Police Interrogations: Constitutional Protections Exist, Do You Know Your Rights Should Police Question You?

Police interrogations happen all the time here in Dallas, and over in Fort Worth as well as the rest of Texas and around the country. Texas law enforcement officers (troopers, police officers, deputies) arrest people then interrogate them and take people into interrogation rooms for questioning as part of crime investigation routinely. These actions are…

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Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent DWI Intoxication Manslaughter Trial Provides Lessons in Police Drunk Driving Blood Testing and Privacy Rights

This week, lots of people are following a trial here in Dallas as the intoxication manslaughter criminal trial of recently retired Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent got underway this week. For those of you who don’t know what’s going on here, pro football player Josh Brent and his best friend Jerry Brown, Jr., were in a…

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Junk Science Causing Wrongful Convictions in Texas: Will New 2013 Habeas Corpus Law Help Those Wrongfully Convicted in Texas?

This Friday, the Texas Forensic Science Commission is meeting down in Austin, and one the big topics that will be on the table there will be  the big, big problem of “junk science” being used by Texas prosecutors to get convictions against people – wrongful convictions.  The TFSC has also issued its 200+ page 2013…

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Six AM No Knock Warrant Gets Burleson County Deputy Killed as Homeowner Arrested for Capital Murder: Is There an 1983 Suit Here?

Around an hour before sunrise one Thursday this month, in rural Burleson County near the town of Somerville, a man named Henry Goedrich Magee was awakened to the sound of someone breaking into his mobile home and as his lawyer explained later, thinking that he was the victim of a home invasion, Magee grabbed his…

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