Category Archives: Family Violence

Family Violence in Texas: Crimes Based Upon Domestic Violence – It’s More Than a Fight That Turns Physical

  According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were 185,817 reports of family violence made to Texas law enforcement in 2014. Most will assume that these numbers reflect fights between men and women, either married couples or romantic relationships, where emotions got high and things turned physical. After all, that’s what everyone is…


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,…


HAPPY HOLIDAYS: LET’S TALK ASSAULT CHARGES FROM A DALLAS CRIMINAL DEFENSE PERSPECTIVE

Thanksgiving is two weeks away; New Year’s Eve is 49 days from today. We’re right in the middle of the 2015 Holiday Season. And with it, from a criminal defense perspective, the spotlight shifts to reports of police arrests for assault. All different kinds of assault. It’s true that this time of year does seem…


Killings in Dallas: Felony Charges When Someone Kills in Texas

Killing Someone Isn’t Always Capital Murder in Texas Four people were killed in the eastern part of Dallas on Monday. In one day, four killings happened in a pretty small part of town considering the size of the Dallas metroplex. Add to that several other killings that were reported over the past week, and there…


Want a Visa? Just Fake a Crime and No Deportation for You!

Practicing criminal defense law here in Dallas, where I represent clients across the State of Texas, it’s not unusual for our offices to see folk who aren’t American citizens. However, there’s a growing problem brewing here in the United States that people need to know is happening. And this is real; it’s going on right…


Ray Rice and When Couples Get Violent: Felony Charges in Dating and Marriage

Things exploded on the web this week when TMZ.com published a video caught by a hotel elevator cam of NFL star Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens punching his fiance (now his wife) Janay Palmer so hard that she fell unconscious to the floor of the elevator. Things only got worse as the video shows…


TOP 10 MISTAKES DEFENDING TEXAS FAMILY VIOLENCE CASES

Texas Family Violence Defendants: Ten Mistakes in Defending Family Violence Charges As a Texas Board Certified Criminal Defense lawyer who has practiced criminal law in Dallas for over two decades, I have seen all sorts of errors committed both by prosecutors and defense counsel in family violence cases. However, some mistakes seem to happen with…


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….


FAMILY VIOLENCE AND ASSAULT OFFENSES: LEGAL PROCEDURE GUIDE

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions of a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer on Domestic Violence  I am routinely asked to provide answers to questions on so called Family Violence cases. Somebody called the police and you got arrested. You may or may not have given a statement to police officer. You may or may not have…


Texas Family Violence and Domestic Assault Cases Will Include New Pet Protection Act Which Becomes Law on September 1, 2013

Texas domestic assault and family violence cases are seen all too often in Dallas area criminal courts, and Texas criminal defense lawyers represent people from all walks of life who have been arrested and charged with some sort of family violence / domestic assault crime.  One reason is that many different kinds of relationships can…