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First-Time Offender Facing A Life Sentence Gets Second Chance

Brittany Barnett met long-time friend Sharanda Jones twelve years ago while studying law at South Methodist University. Barnett discovered a YouTube video of Jones, who was facing a life sentence in prison for a first-time non-violent offense, and reached out to try to help. According to Jones, she grew up in poverty in Terrell and struggled to […]


Will CPS Interview my Child During an Investigation?

by: Attorney Kristi Tyler Once the Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services (CPS) begins an investigation of your family, know that the process typically begins with an interview of the child. CPS will attempt to interview your child and may also interview other children living in the home. A CPS Investigator can […]


Couple Charged With Fraudulently Obtaining COVID-19 Relief Funds

A Liberty County couple has been charged in federal court with filing hundreds of fraudulent loan applications to obtain funds from the EIDL relief program authorized by the CARES Act. Clifton Pape, 45, and Sally Jung, 58, of Cleveland, Texas, are alleged to have operated a scheme called My Buddy Loans to fraudulently obtained COVID-19 […]


What Does CPS Investigate?

By: Attorney Kristi Tyler In Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services, which many still refer to as Child Protective Services, or CPS, investigates allegations of abuse and neglect of children by parents or other family or household members. So, how exactly does the state become involved? The process begins when someone makes a […]


CPS Wants to Speak to Me! What Should I Do Now?

by: Attorney Kristi Tyler In Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS – the “Department”), which is still often referred to as CPS (Child Protective Services) investigates allegations of abuse and neglect of children. For parents, grandparents, and guardians, the fact that CPS is investigating your family often brings many emotions including that […]


Central Texas Drug Bust Leads to Five Arrests

 The pandemic has stifled many forms of Texas commerce, but the drug trade isn’t one of them. Multiple news outlets report that a collaborative effort by law enforcement has yielded a major drug bust, leading to the dismantling of a poly-drug distribution cell in Austin.   The bust, which included the Texas Department of Public Safety, the […]


Drug Trafficking Ring Uncovered in Central Texas

Central Texas law enforcement charged 13 people with selling counterfeit drugs laced with methamphetamine and fentanyl to college students. The alleged perpetrators are: Varun Prasad Ashley Larue Jacob Schelling Charles Zenker Brandon Carpenter Drew Zarate Benny Daneshjou Adrian Andreescu Christopher Edwards Nikit Shingari Samuel Parry Madison Scott Nolan Fogleman Many of those charged are former and […]


San Antonio Oilman Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison on Fraud Charges

Brian Alfaro, owner of Primera Energy, LLC, was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison on November 10, 2020, on mail fraud charges. He was charged with scheming to defraud investors in his company. In addition to his prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ordered that Alfaro pay almost $10 million in fines and […]


Impact of Criminal Charges on Professional Licenses

By Bo Kalabus An arrest or conviction could negatively impact any career. Facing criminal charges while earning a living with a professional license in Texas can be especially dicey. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and teachers, for example, may come under scrutiny from their respective boards of licensing in Austin, Texas. Even if the criminal charge has […]


Dallas Rapper Arrested for Shooting Death of Friend

Dashawn Maurice Robertson, 20, a Dallas rapper known as Lil Loaded, turned himself in to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department on November 9, 2020, in connection with the murder case of 18-year-old Khalil Walker. On October 25, 2020, law enforcement was notified of a shooting in the Dallas neighborhood, The Wood, at about 2:40 p.m. […]