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Family Violence Charges: 5 Reasons to Leave Before the Police Arrive

Domestic violence, referenced as “family violence” in Texas Penal Code §71.004, is one of the most common types of 911 calls received by police in this country, with one research study suggesting that as many as 50% of all police calls historically have dealt with domestic violence complaints.  See, Hendricks, J., ed. Crisis Intervention in…


Organized Criminal Activity Charges Under Texas Penal Code §71.02

Organized crime for many is a term that deals with movie characters like the Corleone Family in the Godfather Saga or infamous criminals like Al Capone. Even the Encyclopedia Britannica, referencing names like John Gotti and Bugsy Siegel, defines “organized crime” as a “…complex of highly centralized enterprises set up for the purpose of engaging…


Financial Exploitation of Elderly: Criminal Acts and Civil Injury Claims

Financial exploitation of the elderly can involve many things.  The National Institute on Aging (NIA) explains that elder financial abuse occurs when “… money or belongings are stolen from an older adult. It can include forging checks, taking someone else’s retirement or Social Security benefits, or using a person’s credit cards and bank accounts without…


Texas Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect: Criminal Acts with Civil Claims for Damages

Nursing homes and care facilities here in Texas are sadly one of the most predominant examples of the overlap between criminal justice prosecutions at both the state and federal levels with corresponding injury claims filed in civil proceedings.  All sorts of criminal acts occur at nursing homes:  from theft of property; to physical assaults or…


Deadly Drunk Driving Accidents: Criminal DWI and Civil Injury Claims for Wrongful Death in Texas

Under Texas law, Drunk Driving Wrongful Death Liability May Involve a Variety of Responsible Parties According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one person dies every 50 minutes in this country from a drunk-driving accident.  Serious and fatal drunk driving crashes remain a very real danger on our roads today, despite public awareness…


Civil Claims

Civil Personal Injury Claims Related to Criminal Investigations, Prosecutions, or Criminal Harm Over the past two decades, Michael Lowe has taken a great many cases to trial in civil lawsuits as well as in criminal courtrooms, first as a prosecutor for the Office of the District Attorney for Dallas County and later, as a criminal…


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,…


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…


Examining Trials in Texas

Innocent people can be arrested. Wrongful arrests happen, too, where police officers, sheriff’s deputies, or federal agents arrest people with insufficient “probable cause” to do so, in violation of the individual’s federal and state constitutional rights.  For details, read “What is Probable Cause For Police to Arrest in Texas?” When these are felony arrests made…


Don’t Ever Talk to the Police! Never Give a Statement to Law Enforcement in Texas Criminal Investigation

Additional Information Provided in Addition to my YouTube video On television and in the movies, people are always giving statements to the police.  In all the versions of Law & Order, for instance, the police are taking statements from people with or without their lawyer being present.  In fact, it’s hard to remember an episode…