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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 […]

Scales of Justice

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]