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Does My Child’s School Need to Know About My Child’s Arrest?

Often one of the first concerns of a parent whose child is facing a criminal juvenile situation is “do I have to tell their school about this situation?”  There is no legal requirement that you disclose your child’s situation to their school.  In fact, generally the fewer people you and your child talk to about […]

What’s an “Emergency”? — Interference with a 911 Call

In many cases, a heated situation may result in raised voices, household items thrown, or even an assault or other physical element. The police may be called out, and when they are, one or more parties may be arrested. Oftentimes, it is common for someone during the heat of the moment to take away the […]

Upping the Ante – Collateral Consequences of a Family Violence Conviction

As we’ve discussed previously, a conviction for domestic or family violence in Texas comes with plenty of hazards with regards to the prosecution and punishment side of things. But there are a number of other consequences that can have a dramatic impact on your life if you find yourself convicted of a FV offense. To […]

Understanding the Zimmerman Verdict: The Mechanics of Self-Defense and Reasonable Doubt

I don’t pretend to know all the facts behind the death of Trayvon Martin, nor do I even know all the facts presented in a court of law and deemed credible by a jury. Lest there be any confusion, these are scarcely ever one in the same. What I see when I watch cable news […]

What is a Crime of Moral Turpitude

Not all crimes are created equal. Even within certain classification levels (i.e. Class A, Class B, etc.) there are crimes which burn off the page of a criminal record. While it is wise to fight to keep just about any offense off your record, none are more important than those considered “crimes of moral turpitude.” […]

Accomplice Testimony and How it Can Impact Your Case

There’s an old adage that “with friends like that, who needs enemies?” This is never more true that in a situation where you find yourself accused of a crime that you may have committed with your friend or other accomplice.  Sure, you may have just been along for the ride, or were feeling peer pressure […]

Supreme Court Limits Warrantless Blood Draws

Last week the United States Supreme Court ruled on the issue of warrantless blood draws in the case of Missouri v. McNeely. The Court’s opinion looks to severely restrict what has become a somewhat common practice in Texas and particularly in Collin County—taking a person’s blood without consent or warrant. Some people may wonder how […]

Collin County Felony Statistics for 2012

Here are the 2012 felony statistics for Collin County, Texas  issued by the Collin County District Clerk’s Office. The District Clerks and District Courts have jurisdiction to handle felonies. Collin-County-Felony-Crime-Statistics-2012 As you can see, 3,001 new cases were indicted in 2012. It should be noted the statistics do not include Grand Jury No-Bills. These are […]

Buzzed Driving Actually Isn’t Drunk Driving

You may notice a new ad campaign sponsored by NHTSA (the “National Highway Transportation Safety Administration”) and the ad council telling people “buzzed driving is drunk driving.” Though I’m not unsympathetic to pleas for driver discretion and safety, this is not the law in the State of Texas. Texas Penal Code Section 49.01(2)(A) defines intoxication […]

Is Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent Presumed Innocent: The Trouble With High Profile DWI Cases

The story is almost a week old now, and for the news media it is an open and shut case: Cowboy nose tackle kills best friend and fellow teammate in a drunk-driving accident. With public opinion, the desire to spread condemnation seems to impair the ability to reject or even explore the basis of the […]