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No Refusal Weekends With the holiday season right around the corner, No-Refusal Weekends are likely to be something you hear about. Law enforcement agencies proclaim a weekend will be ‘No Refusal,’ which implies that anyone suspected of drunk driving will not have the option of refusing a chemical test. In theory, during a No Refusal […]

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Origin of the Allen Charge An Allen Charge might not be something you’ve heard about before unless you spend a lot of time in the courtroom or you’ve served on a jury. An Allen Charge is issued by a judge when juries deadlock and can’t reach a verdict. It’s intended to avoid a mistrial. Some […]

The 5th Amendment The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides several rights that offer protection for people involved in a criminal investigation. Despite being part of our collection of basic rights and often referred to in media and popular culture, there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the Fifth Amendment. What Does the […]

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Finding and Getting a Job after a Felony Conviction If you were convicted of a felony and now you’re trying to rebuild your life, you already know how challenging it can be. This is especially true when it comes to finding employment. The most simple answer to whether or not someone convicted of a felony […]

4th Amendment

What is Illegal Search and Seizure? The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects our right against an illegal search and seizure, but what does this mean exactly? Illegal searches and seizures occur without proper authorization by legal authorities for the search or when a search or seizure is conducted outside of the boundaries instituted […]

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The Role of a Jury in a Criminal Case The right to a trial by jury is guaranteed in the U.S. Bill of Rights. It’s one of the many rights intended to protect citizens against an oppressive government and it plays an important role in our justice system. A jury trial is guaranteed to anyone […]

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What is Entrapment?

What does entrapment mean? Entrapment is a word you’ve likely heard before, but not everyone understands what it means and how it can be used as a criminal defense. Entrapment refers to the interaction between a defendant and law enforcement before or during a crime. If it can be shown that law enforcement used coercion […]

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Secrets of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys The best criminal defense attorneys do their best to ensure a defendant’s rights are protected. No matter the crime a person is charged with, they are guaranteed a fair trial with legal representation. Criminal defense lawyers work to make sure this happens and that any client they represent […]

2019 Compass

New Texas Laws Hundreds of new laws take effect on September 1, 2019. However, there are twenty-five bills that most people should be keenly aware of and that will affect the day-to-day practice of criminal lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and of course, defendants and victims alike. Perhaps of most significance, the Legislature increased penalties and created […]

Scales of Justice

Necessity as a Defense in Criminal Law Cases It is rare to have an affirmative defense in a criminal case, thus understanding defenses that are available to you as a statutory right is crucial. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you understand whether an affirmative defense is an option in your case and can […]