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Crimes of Sexual Assault or Rape: Texas Injury Claims Based Upon Premises Liability Law

According to the latest crime statistics compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), sexual assaults are on the rise in our state, with an almost 10% annual increase in reported sexual assaults.  The DPS data confirms that targets of sexual assault in Texas are more likely to be female than male and that …


Shoplifting: The “Shopkeeper’s Privilege” in Texas and Civil Personal Injury Claims

The retail industry in the United States has yet to solve its growing problem of “retail shrink,” which is defined as “the difference between the amount of merchandise (or inventory) that the retail company owns on its books, and the results of a physical count of the merchandise.”  In 2019, $49 Billion was lost in…


Sexual Harassment: Sexual Assault Personal Injury Claims in Texas

Sexual harassment is illegal under both federal and state law. It is widely prohibited under the premise that an individual has the basic legal right to go to work without having to face harassment.  In some instances, sexual harassment can form the basis of a civil damages lawsuit based upon Texas injury law that is…


Child Abuse Crimes, Civil Claims, and Homeowner’s Insurance

In some Texas child sex abuse cases, the circumstances may provide for homeowner’s insurance coverage of resulting civil personal injury damage claims. In Texas, according to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, statistics show that 1 in 10 of the children residing in our state will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  Of course,…


Medical Identity Theft: Texas Criminal Defense of Health Care Fraud Charges

In Texas, both state and federal law enforcement are keenly focused upon the investigation and prosecution of all varieties of health care fraud, which can result in serious prison time upon conviction.  From a criminal defense standpoint, this investigatory zeal into the medical industry is of serious concern in part because of its impact long…


Doctor’s Risk of Arrest: Popular Bases for Texas Health Care Fraud Prosecutions

Law enforcement is more likely to investigate Texas health care providers for certain activities known to be targeted by prosecutors.   Health care is big business in this country.  The U.S. medical industry is defined as not only involving (1) those providing medical services, but also (2) manufacturers of medical equipment or drugs; (3) providers of…


Health Care Fraud Defense: Arrests Based Upon Medicare, Medicaid, or TriCare Insurance Claims

Defending Against Allegations of Fraudulent Billing to Federal Benefit Programs Health care providers in the State of Texas seeking reimbursement or payment for services rendered to persons in their care or charge must understand they are vulnerable to investigation and prosecution by either federal or state law enforcement for health care fraud crimes.  Suspicion can…


DWI Accidents in Texas: Criminal Defense after Drunk Driving Crash Charges

Defense Challenges to Improper or Insufficient DWI Arrests and Prosecutions In Texas, in any motor vehicle accident, car crash, or traffic collision where a driver is arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (“DWI”), he or she faces serious criminal consequences under Texas law.   When is a driver considered to be legally intoxicated and vulnerable…


Coronavirus in Texas Jails and Federal Prisons: Release Pending Trial

The Coronavirus Pandemic is unprecedented in its impact upon our lives, and this includes the criminal justice system.  The danger of coming into contact with COVID-19 is so great that “Stay at Home” Orders have been issued for Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant Counties as well as other communities across the state. The Incarcerated are…


Grand Jury Proceedings in Texas: Indictment and Defense 

An overview of Grand Jury Proceedings from a criminal defense lawyer’s standpoint. There are two kinds of juries in Texas:  “petit juries” and “grand juries.”  In criminal cases, a “petit jury” is selected to serve in a particular trial in order to decide on the defendant’s guilt or innocence.  A “grand jury” never makes that…