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Why Using a Public Defender Is a Bad Idea

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees everyone the right to an attorney during criminal cases. A U.S. Supreme Court case, decided almost 60 years ago (Gideon v. Wainwright), held that if a person wants an attorney but cannot afford one, the state must provide them with an attorney at no cost. Justice Hugo […]

How Do I Know if I Have a Good Defense Lawyer?

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, whether it is a simple traffic offense or a serious felony, you should consider hiring a criminal defense attorney. In a criminal case, your personal liberty is at stake, and you have an absolute right to the representation of your choice. No matter how minor […]

Pros and Cons of a No-Contest Plea

When you have committed a crime, the first court appearance you will make is called an arraignment. At that time, you will be informed of the charges against you and asked if you have legal representation. This proceeding takes place prior to your trial, and you must enter a guilty, not guilty, or no-contest plea. […]

Should I Take a Plea Deal?

When you have been charged with a crime, a plea deal may be negotiated by both the defense with the prosecuting attorney. You, as the defendant in the case, can accept the option, meaning you will plead guilty without standing trial. Studies show that most defendants and their lawyers believe taking a plea deal is […]

What Is a No-Contest Plea?

If you’re charged with and convicted of a crime, you could be sentenced to significant time in jail or prison and/or be ordered to pay a fine. You could lose your freedom or could face financial debt, or both. Before you go to trial to defend yourself against your charges, there are other points in […]

What Is the Difference between Parole and Probation?

If you have never been involved in the criminal justice system before, you may not understand the differences between parole and probation or even realize that they are different. However, if you are convicted of a crime and are sentenced to prison time and/or probation, you should understand what “parole” and “probation” mean and how […]

Gang Leader Sentenced for Assaulting a Member Interested in Joining a Different Gang

The leader of the Aryan Circle gang pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. His sentence includes 87 months in prison and three years of supervised release. According to court documents, the defendant was the leader of a violent gang in Texas. Hundreds of members throughout the country operate outside and inside of various federal […]

Individuals from North Texas Caught in an Alleged Money Laundering Scheme 

A woman, her adult daughter, and a man from North Texas all stand accused of money laundering and other crimes related to a federally funded meal program that was supposed to serve underprivileged students.   News reports indicate that the three suspects in the case allegedly operated a non-profit organization called Helping Others in Need. The […]

Dallas Morning News Offers Online Content Removal for Certain Criminal Convictions

The Dallas Morning News is now offering people who have been implicated in crime coverage the chance to have their names removed from articles on under certain conditions. To qualify, a person must have had the criminal offense legally cleared from his/her record through an expunction order. Expunctions may be granted for people who […]

40 People Charged with Serious Federal Firearms and Drug Crimes 

Several individuals are now facing serious federal firearms and drug charges in connection with a recent sting operation. “Operation Taste the Rainbow” netted 15 arrests on September 8, 2021, but has named 40 defendants. Those charged are allegedly linked to a methamphetamine trafficking operation in the Lubbock area.   The FBI’s Dallas Field Divisions, the […]

Written by: Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian Last Updated : March 30, 2022