Criminal Law Blog

2016 Texas Gun Laws: Obama Action, Open Carry: Know Your Gun Rights

Prediction:  More Gun Arrests in Texas Over New Gun Laws In the first week of the new year, not only did the new Texas Open Carry Law become effective, but President Obama announced his latest executive actions for federal government gun control. Talk to people; read the news media; listen to the news releases from…

Prosecutorial Misconduct in Texas Alert: Ethical Rules Held to Have Broader Duty Than Brady to Turn Over Exculpatory Evidence to the Defense

Back in November 2014, a State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee ruled that a Denton County assistant district attorney named William (”Bill”) Schultz had violated the ethical rules that all Texas attorneys are sworn to uphold.  Not only that, but more: he had committed a serious ethics violation and his unethical conduct deserved suspension from…

New Texas Open Carry Law: Gun Arrests and Weapons Charges in 2016

It’s only a matter of days until Texans will be able to carry firearms in a holster on their belt: the new Texas Open Carry Law goes into effect on January 1, 2016. However, lots of folk are confused about what this law will and will not allow them to do. They aren’t the only…

5 Things To Know About Heroin Arrests If You’re Using Heroin in Dallas

Caught with Heroin in North Texas Heroin just keeps getting more popular here in our part of the country, and in all likelihood we’re going to see even more heroin use in the Dallas – Fort Worth area in 2016. We’ve discussed why that is in past posts; read them here if you’re interested in…

Dallas County 1st Degree Felony Theft More Than $100,000 Case No Billed

Dallas County 1st Degree Felony Theft Case No Billed.

Richardson Police, Dallas County Felony Tampering With a Governmental Record Case No Billed

Dallas County Tampering With a Governmental Document Case No Billed

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…