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Unmasking Confidential Informants: Exceptions to the Informer Privilege

10/19/2016 07:04:23 AM

Confidential Informants Often fodder for Hollywood blockbusters such as Black Mass, Reservoir Dogs, and The Departed, the secrecy surrounding the identity of confidential informants has always captivated the public.  Though the film world has ...

Federal Prosecution of Child Porn Cases

10/12/2016 21:39:56 PM

How the United States Sentencing Guidelines apply in Child Porn Cases In the federal system, the receipt or possession of child pornography is illegal. Obviously, this is not breaking news. In fact, possession of child pornography is illegal ...

Backpage Bust: Promoting Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

10/09/2016 22:25:14 PM

DFW has long been established as a corporate headquarter hotspot for household name businesses such as Walmart, Exxon Mobile Corp, and AT&T. Also rooted in DFW are more provocative businesses, including backpage.com, which, since Friday morning, ...

How to request your DWI arrest video in Texas

10/07/2016 09:40:44 AM

There are nearly 100,000 DWI arrests in Texas in a given year, yet very few people know about a recent change in the law that allows them to request a copy of the videos relating to their arrest — even if a case hasn’t been filed against ...

When Clowning Around Becomes Criminal

10/05/2016 17:16:09 PM

The creepy clown epidemic, which began with a single sighting and gained traction on social media, has turned into a full-blown hysteria that has swept the nation.  Since the initial sighting in South Carolina on August 29, 2016 thirty-two ...

Failure to Appear: What Happens if You Don’t Show Up for Court

10/03/2016 20:07:37 PM

Thinking about skipping a court date? Think again. By law, defendants are required to appear in court in person at all scheduled settings. Failure to appear, also known as bail jumping, is a serious, separate criminal offense that can result ...

Warrants for Possible Future Crimes: The Use of Anticipatory Search Warrants

09/28/2016 14:47:06 PM

What is an Anticipatory Search Warrant? Typically search warrants issue under the Fourth Amendment when a magistrate or district judge finds probable cause to believe that a residence, safety deposit box, vehicle, or some other vessel contains ...

Courtroom Etiquette 101: The Do’s and Don’t of the Courtroom

09/23/2016 14:17:03 PM

Courtroom Etiquette: Check Electronics, E-Cigs, and Emotions at Door For one reason or another, just about everyone will enter a criminal courtroom at some point in their lives. Whether you’re a defendant, a potential juror, or a college student ...

How Low-Level Federal Drug Charges Can Lead to Massive Sentences

09/21/2016 14:51:01 PM

Federal Drug Attorney Explains How Low-Level Federal Drug Charges Lead to High Sentences The United States Sentencing Guidelines are the most significant factor impacting the lives of individuals convicted of federal crimes. Many articles, ...

Where will a federal crime be prosecuted?

09/19/2016 11:51:11 AM

Venue in Federal Criminal Cases Federal offenses are prosecuted in 94 federal districts across the United States. Each federal district may have multiple divisions. Each division may have multiple federal courts. Determining where a case will ...

Varghese tells 60 new Americans about own journey to citizenship

09/13/2016 08:57:23 AM

FORT WORTH — When people end up in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey Cureton, it’s usually for something bad. Not on Thursday. Just before 10 a.m., 60 men and women from 27 countries filed into Cureton’s court, where they officially ...

Felony Family Violence Cases

09/08/2016 06:23:59 AM

The post Felony Family Violence Cases appeared first on Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorneys, DWI Lawyers, Sexual Assault and Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Can you predict a verdict based on the length of jury deliberations?

08/31/2016 19:15:04 PM

The Right to a Jury Trial in Criminal Cases The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by an impartial jury in criminal cases. The Sixth Amendment has been interpreted to bestow the right to a unanimous ...

Steve Jumes Testifies Before Lawmakers on Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas

08/24/2016 18:13:59 PM

Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas AUSTIN –  Some Texas lawmakers are calling for change to civil asset forfeiture and, on Tuesday, attorney Steve Jumes weighed in on the issue during a Senate Criminal Justice Committee hearing at the state ...

Restoring Gun Rights in Texas after a Felony or Family Violence Conviction

08/16/2016 10:59:29 AM

Felony Convictions in Texas result in the loss of Second Amendment Rights If a person is convicted of a felony, he or she may not possess a firearm until the later of: five years after being released from parole, five years after being released ...

Can you get a nondisclosure after straight probation in Texas?

07/30/2016 23:50:23 PM

There are generally two kinds of Community Supervision in Texas. The first is “Straight Probation” and the second is “Deferred Adjudication.” The difference between Straight Probation and Deferred Adjudication is that there is a finding ...

Can you seal your criminal record after going to jail in Texas?

07/26/2016 13:18:11 PM

Nondisclosures of Misdemeanor Jail Sentences A nondisclosure in Texas is the legal mechanism used to seal a person’s criminal history so that no one other than law enforcement agencies or a state license agencies have access to the record. ...

Driving While Intoxicated and Involuntary Intoxication

07/14/2016 22:52:10 PM

DWIs and Involuntary Intoxication in Texas Involuntary intoxication occurs in instances where a person tricks another person into taking drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, a common example of this when a person slips a drug, usually a sedative, ...

“Sudden Passion” Murder Cases in Texas

07/05/2016 16:35:40 PM

Sudden Passion and Murder in Texas A wife comes home early one day and discovers her husband engaged in sexual activity with another woman. Immediately enraged, the woman goes to her closet, retrieves her gun, and kills both her husband and ...

Supreme Court on Gun Rights after Domestic Violence Convictions | Voisine v. United States

06/28/2016 20:12:57 PM

The Supreme Court of the United State handed down Voisine v. United States yesterday. The decision addressed the gun ownership and possession rights of individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence charges. In 2014, the Supreme Court ...

Castle Doctrine in Texas | Castle Law in Texas

06/25/2016 13:51:49 PM

The post Castle Doctrine in Texas | Castle Law in Texas appeared first on Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorneys, DWI Lawyers, Sexual Assault and Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Boating While Intoxicated in Texas

06/22/2016 20:31:43 PM

Did you know Boating While Intoxicated is a criminal offense in Texas? Did you know the criminal penalties for Boating While Intoxicated are as severe as the penalties for Driving While Intoxicated? Did you know that officers from Texas Parks ...

Sotomayor’s Dissent in Utah v. Strieff Takes Center Stage as Supreme Court Weakens Fourth Amendment

06/21/2016 07:32:18 AM

Utah v. Strieff and the Fourth Amendment The Fourth Amendment protects “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” An officer must have reasonable suspicion ...

Will the wife of the Orlando Shooter’ Face Federal Criminal Charges for Misprison?

06/15/2016 19:51:19 PM

Today Lee Brantley, the Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, and Richard Hooper, FBI Assistant Agent in Charge, both declined to comment on whether or not the wife of the Orlando gunman would face federal charges ...

Texas Supreme Court Calls Civil Asset Forfeiture a “Remedy” instead of “Punishment” Skirting Constitution

06/12/2016 15:53:10 PM

Texas Supreme Court Holds Exclusionary Rule Does Not Apply to Civil Asset Forfeitures: Why call it Punishment When You Can Call it a Remedy? The Texas Supreme Court recently found that illegal searches and seizures do not stop the State from ...

Re-presentment to Grand Jury: Can a Prosecutor Present a Case to a Grand Jury Again after a No-Bill?

06/09/2016 08:56:49 AM

How many bites at the apple does the prosecutor get? Headlines today read, “Cleared once, man will once again face charges in Fort Worth officer’s shooting” and “Tarrant County District Attorney refiles charges after Grand Jury no bills ...

Texas CHL (now License to Carry) Requirements

06/03/2016 23:35:10 PM

The post Texas CHL (now License to Carry) Requirements appeared first on Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorneys, DWI Lawyers, Sexual Assault and Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Petitions for Nondisclosure of Criminal Records in Texas

05/31/2016 19:14:10 PM

Nondisclosure of Criminal Records in Texas Video Transcript: A nondisclosure in Texas is allowed under certain circumstances, and that is generally going to be when an offense that is a Class B misdemeanor or greater, including felony offenses, ...

Fort Worth DWI Arrests

05/22/2016 17:01:02 PM

Are you looking for someone who has been recently been arrested for a DWI? Here’s where to start: Once a person is arrested by the For Worth Police Department, they are going to be transported to get breath test at the Fort Worth Police Department ...

What is Assault by Choking or Impeding Breath or Strangulation in Texas?

05/21/2016 23:03:21 PM

Assault, including Assault by Choking, is defined by Penal Code Section 22.01. In Texas, an allegation that a person intentionally, knowingly, or even recklessly impeded the breath or circulation of blood of someone who is considered a family ...

Can you get a nondisclosure in Texas?

05/17/2016 13:21:46 PM

Video Transcript: A nondisclosure in Texas is allowed under certain circumstances, and that is generally going to be when an offense that is a Class B misdemeanor or greater, including felony offenses, have been deferred and then ultimately ...

Letty’s Opinion of Steve Jumes

05/17/2016 13:20:06 PM

Video Transcript: I would want Steve defending me if I were accused of a crime. He’s very tenacious. He cares about his clients. You can see it in his every-day work, what he does. He’s going to do everything he can, turn over every rock. ...

What is the innocent owner defense to asset forfeitures?

05/17/2016 13:18:39 PM

Video Transcript Under the law, anybody who has standing to claim an asset, in other words to try and get it back, has the right to try and get it back. A secured creditor, a title owner, or someone who has some sort of equitable theory of ownership ...

Should you take a polygraph?

05/17/2016 13:16:17 PM

A detective may ask you to take a polygraph? Christy Jack discusses a few things to keep in mind before making that decision. Video transcript: The difference is that any kind of investigative tool that we engage in as a defense attorney is ...

First time criminal offenses

05/17/2016 13:14:28 PM

First Time Offenders Benson Varghese discusses his approach to cases where the person charged has never been arrested or convicted of an offense before. Learn more at https://www.versustexas.com/criminal/diversion-programs-criminal-cases-ta ...

Felony DWIs in Texas

05/17/2016 13:12:56 PM

Benson Varghese discusses felony DWIs in Texas. Bonus: learn more about the Tarrant County FAIP Program here: https://www.versustexas.com/criminal/tarrant-county-diversion-program/tarrant-county-felony-alcohol-intervention-program/ The post ...

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