Criminal Law Blog

Police Coming Into Texas Homes Without A Search Warrant

Search and Seizure: Police Entering Dorm Rooms, Apartments, Homes Our story begins a few weeks ago down near Austin, where Tori Thayer and Carly Christine were roommates sharing a home in Pflugerville (maybe you recognize Pflugerville as the place where lots of episodes of the TV show “Friday Night Lights” were filmed). It was three o’clock…

Sexual Assault Arrests for 10 Year Old Crimes: Cold Case Rape Kit Backlog Prosecutions in Dallas and North Texas

This summer, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk announced that she had hired a new prosecutor and an investigator for her Sexual Assault Unit especially to try rape cases based on all the rape kits that are finally being tested here.  Dallas and North Texas should expect to see arrests being made in cold case…

Fighting to Stop Asset Forefeiture by Police Isn’t That Easy

You know that the issue of asset forfeiture is a big deal in this country when it’s reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), FreedomWorks, Americans for Tax Reform, the Center for American Progress, and the Faith and Freedom Coalition — among others — have joined together in their efforts to stop the practice…

My Tip No. 8: Beware the Slow Plea in Criminal Defense of Felony Drug Manufacture or Distribution Cases

http://www.dallasjustice.com/top-10-things-know-defending-texas-charges-manufacture-delivery-illegal-substance/

Waco Justice? 100 Days After Twin Peaks Biker Arrests, Things Look Fishy to Criminal Defense 

Today, the Dallas Morning News published an editorial calling for the end of the gag order down in Waco which prevents law enforcement and state authorities — much less anyone else — from revealing information about the May 17, 2015 shootout involving lots of bikers and motorcycle club members at the Twin Peaks restaurant in…

Hiring a Bail Bonds Company Can Be a Waste of Time and Money

The Police and Your Phone: Invasion of Privacy by Police

Sure, people who are being investigated by law enforcement for committing crimes, as they are defined by state or federal law, need to know about their privacy rights — constitutionally protected privacy rights — and where the line is drawn between them and the police during that investigation. When is a search warrant required before…

College Rape Charges: Students Arrested for Sexual Assault and Fixing the Current Kangaroo Court System

Campus rape charges are being made much more often today. However, there’s a big problem with sexual assault charges when students are involved and it’s an injustice everyone needs to recognize and which needs to be fixed. Here’s the thing: allegations of rape or sexual assault on a school campus often involve a whole different…

District Attorneys Keep Doing Bad Things: More Texas Prosecutorial Misconduct Stories

The problem of prosecutors doing bad things like hiding evidence and introducing unreliable (or false) testimony isn’t getting better.  Recently, the Daily Beast published an expose on prosecutorial misconduct in the United States, labeling the problem a national epidemic. You can read their take on things in the article written by Jay Michaelson and published…

Bite Mark Evidence Isn’t Reliable But It’s Still Used Against Defendants in Texas

Lots of criminal defense attorneys have their fingers crossed here in Texas, hoping that sooner rather than later everyone is going to acknowledge and understand that bite mark evidence isn’t worthy of respect much less use in a criminal case where someone’s freedom is in jeopardy. For many years, defense lawyers have recognized that evidence…