Criminal Law Blog

SYNTHETIC DRUG BUSTS: FEDERAL ARRESTS FOR FAKE POT AND DESIGNER DRUGS THAT ARE LEGAL UNDER STATE LAW

Did You Know That Synthetic Drugs are Illegal Under Federal Law – No Matter How Legal They’re Promised to Be? Synthetic marijuana, synthetic drugs, designer drugs — maybe you recognize them with names like Spice, K2, “herbal incense,” “bath salts,” Molly, or Scooby Snax.  They have never been more popular than they are today here…

The Forfeiture Epidemic: When the Government Just Takes Your Property and Keeps It

Many people here in Dallas and around the State of Texas naively assume that their property is theirs, protected by state laws and the federal Constitution from being taken from them without legal due process. They are wrong. There are laws on the books, passed by the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress, that allow…

Report on Forfeiture Abuse by State and Federal Law Enforcement Added to Michael Lowe Digital Library Today

Today, a report detailing the abuses of civil forfeiture laws by law enforcement officials in Texas and around the country, including federal agencies, was added to Michael Lowe’s collection in his Digital Library: Policing for Profit, The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture by Institute for Justice 2010

Police Brutality in Texas? Robert Tolan Wins as 1983 Excessive Force Case Returned to Trial by US Supreme Court

Robert Tolan fights for justice.  How many other Texans have 1983 excessive force cases against police officers that they are afraid to file? Earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court reversed the decision of our own Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appellate court that grades the papers of federal criminal trial courts…

Money Laundering Arrests Very Common – Sometimes in Surprising Situations

Watch any of the popular crime shows and you’ll think that money laundering involves huge amounts of cash, usually stacks of dollar bills bound together in plastic – with the good guys finding the stash in the back of the bad guys’ van, or condo, or plane. There’s probably some shoot out, maybe an explosion…

Shaken Baby Death Case: Deferred Adjudication in Potter County, Amarillo, Texas

Mr. Lowe’s client was charged with Injury to a Child, Serious Bodily Injury, a second degree felony in Potter County, Amarillo, Texas.   The Potter County District Attorney’s office accused Mr. Lowe’s client of causing the injuries that led to a 2 year old child’s death and faced up to 20 years in the penitentiary….

Federal Synthetic Drug Raids Today: a Lesson in What’s Legal in Texas May Be Illegal to the Feds

This morning, federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) surprised people all over the country as the DEA raided synthetic drug makers in 29 different states. This nationwide raid happened on the heels of a week-long run on emergency rooms here in Dallas and in Austin where over one-hundred (100) overdoses were treated after…

NOT A U.S. CITIZEN AND ARRESTED IN DALLAS COUNTY? HOW TO GET BONDED OUT EVEN WITH I.C.E. HOLD OR IMMIGRATION BOND

If you are not a United States citizen and you are arrested in the State of Texas, then things are already looking up if you’ve been arrested in Dallas County. Why? Because the Dallas County Jail has a new program operated in conjunction with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security’s Immigration and…

Apply for the Federal Clemency Initiative: Get Out of Jail Now If You Meet the Criteria for Presidential Pardon (and 1000s Will)

According to YahooNews, an official within the Obama White House has confirmed that President Obama will soon begin to use HIS presidential power to pardon convicted inmates within the federal prison system and free thousands of federal inmates who have been convicted and sentenced to federal prison time for violation of federal drug laws. One…

Navarette v. California: Supreme Court Okays Anonymous Tip for Traffic Stop — We’ve All Lost Something Today

Back in January, we warned about what happened today: the United States Supreme Court has okayed police pulling people over to search their vehicles based upon an anonymous tip in the case of Navarette v. California. In February, we were still reeling from the SCOTUS decision in Fernandez, where they found it legally permissible and…