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Identity Theft Case ...

A trial began this week in Federal District Court in Seattle, where a Russian man is charged with hacking into servers in order to steal credit card information. Roman Seleznev was originally indicted in 2011. He faces numerous felony counts of bank ...

August 17, 2016

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August

Identity Theft Case ...

A trial began this week in Federal District Court in Seattle, where a Russian man is charged with hacking into servers in order to steal credit card information. Roman Seleznev was originally indicted in 2011. He faces numerous felony counts of bank ...

Austin Police Body S...

Back in June of last year, what should have been a routine traffic stop took place in Austin. The incident was captured on video from the dash cam of the patrol car. He pulled a vehicle over and told the woman driving that she was being stopped for s...

August 10, 2016

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August

Austin Police Body S...

Back in June of last year, what should have been a routine traffic stop took place in Austin. The incident was captured on video from the dash cam of the patrol car. He pulled a vehicle over and told the woman driving that she was being stopped for s...

Austin Police Office...

We’ve written in our blog about some of the dangers of high-speed police chases. Most of the press on the issue comes when a chase goes bad. For example, just last month we reported on a police chase outside Houston that resulted in the death of th...

July 22, 2016

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July

Austin Police Office...

We’ve written in our blog about some of the dangers of high-speed police chases. Most of the press on the issue comes when a chase goes bad. For example, just last month we reported on a police chase outside Houston that resulted in the death of th...

Federal Judge Recuse...

A recent headline tells us that a federal judge in a pending case in Ohio has voluntarily recused himself. The case, according to the article, involves the attempted murder-for-hire of a hit man to kill that same judge. It sounds pretty confusing. Ho...

July 15, 2016

15

July

Federal Judge Recuse...

A recent headline tells us that a federal judge in a pending case in Ohio has voluntarily recused himself. The case, according to the article, involves the attempted murder-for-hire of a hit man to kill that same judge. It sounds pretty confusing. Ho...

Police Chase Gone Ba...

A police chase in Patton Village, Texas (outside Houston) last weekend ended in tragedy. Reports say that a Houston-area police officer was pursuing a suspected drunk driver when his patrol car was struck by an SUV at an intersection. The crash kille...

June 23, 2016

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June

Police Chase Gone Ba...

A police chase in Patton Village, Texas (outside Houston) last weekend ended in tragedy. Reports say that a Houston-area police officer was pursuing a suspected drunk driver when his patrol car was struck by an SUV at an intersection. The crash kille...

Nichol’s Story

When you think of going to the lake, you think of swimming and fishing. You think of family, and fun times. For me when I was nine years old, going to the lake meant I was going to get a simple mosquito bite. I didn’t worry about the bites, why sho...

June 22, 2016

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June

Nichol’s Story

When you think of going to the lake, you think of swimming and fishing. You think of family, and fun times. For me when I was nine years old, going to the lake meant I was going to get a simple mosquito bite. I didn’t worry about the bites, why sho...

Arnold’s Story

Over the next four years I strive to attain a Bachelors Degree in Packaging Systems and Design while studying at Virginia Tech, and to complete my Masters in the research field of Bio-Sustainability.    In the first week of March, 2016, I was ai...

June 22, 2016

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June

Arnold’s Story

Over the next four years I strive to attain a Bachelors Degree in Packaging Systems and Design while studying at Virginia Tech, and to complete my Masters in the research field of Bio-Sustainability.    In the first week of March, 2016, I was ai...

Cassandra’s St...

The doctors and nurses are the ones I am continuing my education for, when I was in rehabilitation after my Traumatic Brain Injury, they were the ones who said that I would never walk, talk, see, hear, be a fully functioning or self sufficient person...

June 22, 2016

22

June

Cassandra’s St...

The doctors and nurses are the ones I am continuing my education for, when I was in rehabilitation after my Traumatic Brain Injury, they were the ones who said that I would never walk, talk, see, hear, be a fully functioning or self sufficient person...

Keith H

I am currently majoring in computer science in a concentration in scientific applications. I did study mathematics and physics previously. I plan to double major in both computer science and mathematics as I have interests in mathematics and I feel t...

June 15, 2016

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June

Keith H

I am currently majoring in computer science in a concentration in scientific applications. I did study mathematics and physics previously. I plan to double major in both computer science and mathematics as I have interests in mathematics and I feel t...

Robert H.’s St...

My educational goals are to continue with my college career.  I have achieved my Associates Degree, followed by my Bachelor’s Degree and the next step is to attain my Master’s degree. I have been in the Army for 13 years.  I actually got my ...

June 15, 2016

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June

Robert H.’s St...

My educational goals are to continue with my college career.  I have achieved my Associates Degree, followed by my Bachelor’s Degree and the next step is to attain my Master’s degree. I have been in the Army for 13 years.  I actually got my ...

Makayla M

I am a 21-year-old college student pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I recently finished my general education courses and will be transferring to Finlandia University in the fall to take part in their PTA program. At the completion...

June 15, 2016

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June

Makayla M

I am a 21-year-old college student pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I recently finished my general education courses and will be transferring to Finlandia University in the fall to take part in their PTA program. At the completion...

Rachel R.

When I was 15 (December 2011) I was involved in a cheerleading stunt accident that forever changed my life. I had multiple skull fractures on my temporal bone and in my ear and was diagnosed with a TBI. For years I worked hard to learn how to read, w...

June 15, 2016

15

June

Rachel R.

When I was 15 (December 2011) I was involved in a cheerleading stunt accident that forever changed my life. I had multiple skull fractures on my temporal bone and in my ear and was diagnosed with a TBI. For years I worked hard to learn how to read, w...

Jacqueline D

I just completed my first year of graduate school in the School Psychology program at Iona College. My GPA is a 3.71, something that I never thought I would be able to achieve after my previous academic setbacks as a result of my TBI. In November ...

June 15, 2016

15

June

Jacqueline D

I just completed my first year of graduate school in the School Psychology program at Iona College. My GPA is a 3.71, something that I never thought I would be able to achieve after my previous academic setbacks as a result of my TBI. In November ...

Jeffrey L

Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship Application My name is Jeffrey L, and I am a United States Air Force veteran.  I served 11 years an F-22 Raptor mechanical Specialist from 2004-2015.  After sustaining an injury in the line of duty, I wa...

June 15, 2016

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June

Jeffrey L

Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship Application My name is Jeffrey L, and I am a United States Air Force veteran.  I served 11 years an F-22 Raptor mechanical Specialist from 2004-2015.  After sustaining an injury in the line of duty, I wa...

Krista’s Story

Educational Goals Statement: Although I struggled so much in school because of the results of my concussion, sports were always an area in which I excelled, and it is one of my true passions. I have played numerous sports including football, socce...

June 15, 2016

15

June

Krista’s Story

Educational Goals Statement: Although I struggled so much in school because of the results of my concussion, sports were always an area in which I excelled, and it is one of my true passions. I have played numerous sports including football, socce...

Paige’s Story

Educational Goals: I have big dreams and goals for myself because I know I have the courage, determination and motivation to achieve them. I will be attending Ohio University in Athens,Ohio. I will be studying Child and Family Studies in pursu...

June 15, 2016

15

June

Paige’s Story

Educational Goals: I have big dreams and goals for myself because I know I have the courage, determination and motivation to achieve them. I will be attending Ohio University in Athens,Ohio. I will be studying Child and Family Studies in pursu...

Austin Police DNA La...

The Austin Police Department DNA lab has been shut down. A review of the reports on the subject seem to link the problem with the death of the director of the lab, although the connection is not all that clear. The official spin on the situation is t...

June 15, 2016

15

June

Austin Police DNA La...

The Austin Police Department DNA lab has been shut down. A review of the reports on the subject seem to link the problem with the death of the director of the lab, although the connection is not all that clear. The official spin on the situation is t...

Sharp increase in dr...

While heroin use has been on the increase for some time, another drug is becoming associated more and more with overdose deaths. The drug, fentanyl, is a synthetic opiate that is similar to, but even more powerful, than morphine. It is used medically...

May 24, 2016

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May

Sharp increase in dr...

While heroin use has been on the increase for some time, another drug is becoming associated more and more with overdose deaths. The drug, fentanyl, is a synthetic opiate that is similar to, but even more powerful, than morphine. It is used medically...

Sentencing in Texas ...

A Round Rock, Texas man was sentenced last week to more than 13 years in a federal prison after being convicted of bilking dozens of investors out of more than $4 million, a Ponzi scheme, they called it. The defendant, William Risinger, pleaded guilt...

May 10, 2016

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May

Sentencing in Texas ...

A Round Rock, Texas man was sentenced last week to more than 13 years in a federal prison after being convicted of bilking dozens of investors out of more than $4 million, a Ponzi scheme, they called it. The defendant, William Risinger, pleaded guilt...

Murder brings focus ...

The murder earlier this month of a University Texas freshman has brought attention to crime at the Austin campus. A 17-year old who is not enrolled at the university has been charged in the case. The murder has caused many people to become concerned ...

April 21, 2016

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April

Murder brings focus ...

The murder earlier this month of a University Texas freshman has brought attention to crime at the Austin campus. A 17-year old who is not enrolled at the university has been charged in the case. The murder has caused many people to become concerned ...

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Cop-Watcher Arrests ...

It’s déjà vu. Last weekend, for the fifth time since 2012, Joshua Pineda was arrested for the “crime” of filming police officers on the streets of Austin. The first four arrests were dismissed, and the latest one seems headed in the same dire...

April 14, 2016

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April

Cop-Watcher Arrests ...

It’s déjà vu. Last weekend, for the fifth time since 2012, Joshua Pineda was arrested for the “crime” of filming police officers on the streets of Austin. The first four arrests were dismissed, and the latest one seems headed in the same dire...

Golden scales of justice, gavel and books on brown background

Nicole M

My Educational Goals My goal is to obtain a Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG) Degree from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. The MAHG is a liberal arts graduate program designed for secondary school social studies teachers...

April 07, 2016

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April

Nicole M

My Educational Goals My goal is to obtain a Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG) Degree from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. The MAHG is a liberal arts graduate program designed for secondary school social studies teachers...

Golden scales of justice, gavel and books on brown background

Deanna D

How a TBI has affected my life… In May of 2015, I was working as a Personal Trainer which, after many years in the corporate world, was my profession of choice - to be able to help others reach their health and fitness goals. I loved my job thou...

April 07, 2016

07

April

Deanna D

How a TBI has affected my life… In May of 2015, I was working as a Personal Trainer which, after many years in the corporate world, was my profession of choice - to be able to help others reach their health and fitness goals. I loved my job thou...

Golden scales of justice, gavel and books on brown background

Isaac R.’s Story

My name is Isaac R, and I am a senior in high school this year. I have been dual-enrolled since tenth grade and will graduate high school with my AA degree from the local college. I plan to continue my college education and earn a degree in Accountin...

March 28, 2016

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March

Isaac R.’s Story

My name is Isaac R, and I am a senior in high school this year. I have been dual-enrolled since tenth grade and will graduate high school with my AA degree from the local college. I plan to continue my college education and earn a degree in Accountin...

Mindy C.’s Story

I’m looking to pursue an education in the Health Science and Eventually Nursing Field and while I know it will be challenging for me at this time it has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I believe I can do it even with my curre...

March 28, 2016

28

March

Mindy C.’s Story

I’m looking to pursue an education in the Health Science and Eventually Nursing Field and while I know it will be challenging for me at this time it has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I believe I can do it even with my curre...

Monty C.’s Story

I would like to apply for the scholarship donation. I did sustain a traumatic brain injury December 17th, 2007. I was in Denver Health for six weeks. I did physical therapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy for a year. In 2012 I w...

March 28, 2016

28

March

Monty C.’s Story

I would like to apply for the scholarship donation. I did sustain a traumatic brain injury December 17th, 2007. I was in Denver Health for six weeks. I did physical therapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy for a year. In 2012 I w...

Focus on Prison Reform

The scene is not all that unusual. An inmate at a Texas prison is taking a shop class – rehabilitation is important – but he can’t really progress in the class because he can’t read a tape measure. This is the sort of problem that is often en...

March 25, 2016

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March

Focus on Prison Reform

The scene is not all that unusual. An inmate at a Texas prison is taking a shop class – rehabilitation is important – but he can’t really progress in the class because he can’t read a tape measure. This is the sort of problem that is often en...

Audit says APD data ...

In a recent blog article (Cops Accused of Misrepresenting Race on Traffic Stops), we advised our readers that officers of the Austin Police Department had been accused of recording the wrong race of some of the people who were the subject of traffic ...

March 10, 2016

10

March

Audit says APD data ...

In a recent blog article (Cops Accused of Misrepresenting Race on Traffic Stops), we advised our readers that officers of the Austin Police Department had been accused of recording the wrong race of some of the people who were the subject of traffic ...

Indecent Exposure Ch...

When people hear of someone being charged with indecent exposure, an image likely comes to mind of a middle-aged man approaching (usually) a woman, opening his raincoat, and giving the onlooker a frontal view of himself in his birthday suit, perhaps ...

February 17, 2016

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February

Indecent Exposure Ch...

When people hear of someone being charged with indecent exposure, an image likely comes to mind of a middle-aged man approaching (usually) a woman, opening his raincoat, and giving the onlooker a frontal view of himself in his birthday suit, perhaps ...

News report says chi...

That’s the claim in a recent article from KXAN News. The thrust of the report is that victims of sex abuse who are 17 years old are not protected under Texas law. It sounds like the folks at KXAN have uncovered a major mistake by the Texas legislat...

February 12, 2016

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February

News report says chi...

That’s the claim in a recent article from KXAN News. The thrust of the report is that victims of sex abuse who are 17 years old are not protected under Texas law. It sounds like the folks at KXAN have uncovered a major mistake by the Texas legislat...

Taser Violation Lead...

Back in August of last year, the Austin PD received a report that a man had urinated in public. Two officers, including Officer Christopher Van Buren, were dispatched to the scene. It’s undisputed what happened next. A man, who was believed to be t...

January 20, 2016

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January

Taser Violation Lead...

Back in August of last year, the Austin PD received a report that a man had urinated in public. Two officers, including Officer Christopher Van Buren, were dispatched to the scene. It’s undisputed what happened next. A man, who was believed to be t...

Texas trooper arrest...

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced that a trooper has been fired for allegedly propositioning a driver who he stopped for speeding. The trooper, Christopher Champion, who had been with DPS for about seven years, has also been arrested on...

January 13, 2016

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January

Texas trooper arrest...

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced that a trooper has been fired for allegedly propositioning a driver who he stopped for speeding. The trooper, Christopher Champion, who had been with DPS for about seven years, has also been arrested on...

Austin PD to Deploy ...

Police body cameras, or “body cams”, as they are known, have been a hot topic of discussion lately. Community groups, the ACLU, and lots of others have been calling on the police nationwide to purchase and use them. And the Austin Police Departme...

December 17, 2015

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December

Austin PD to Deploy ...

Police body cameras, or “body cams”, as they are known, have been a hot topic of discussion lately. Community groups, the ACLU, and lots of others have been calling on the police nationwide to purchase and use them. And the Austin Police Departme...

National Conference ...

A national conference was held in Washington, D.C. this fall. While the goal of the conference – to suggest significant changes to our criminal justice system – was not particularly unusual, the list of attendees might surprise you. They included...

December 09, 2015

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December

National Conference ...

A national conference was held in Washington, D.C. this fall. While the goal of the conference – to suggest significant changes to our criminal justice system – was not particularly unusual, the list of attendees might surprise you. They included...

Austin PD Asks for M...

Jaywalking is a safety issue. The laws prohibiting it are designed to protect the very people who might be accused of doing it. So one would expect that on those very few occasions when the issuance of a citation might be warranted, the police would ...

November 18, 2015

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November

Austin PD Asks for M...

Jaywalking is a safety issue. The laws prohibiting it are designed to protect the very people who might be accused of doing it. So one would expect that on those very few occasions when the issuance of a citation might be warranted, the police would ...

Cops Accused of Misr...

An investigation by local news outlet KXAN has resulted in some serious allegations against police officers across the state, including Austin. The gist of the allegations is that during the course of traffic stops, officers regularly misrepresent th...

November 12, 2015

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November

Cops Accused of Misr...

An investigation by local news outlet KXAN has resulted in some serious allegations against police officers across the state, including Austin. The gist of the allegations is that during the course of traffic stops, officers regularly misrepresent th...

White House, FBI Cla...

The rise in violent crime has many people searching for causes. The issue is particularly important in New York City, where recent reports indicate a disturbing rise in a number of violent crimes. They include the following: Murder – Up by 8.3%...

October 29, 2015

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October

White House, FBI Cla...

The rise in violent crime has many people searching for causes. The issue is particularly important in New York City, where recent reports indicate a disturbing rise in a number of violent crimes. They include the following: Murder – Up by 8.3%...

Homeowner shoots at ...

The report is fairly straightforward. It says that a Limestone County man was in the bathroom of his home when he spotted someone looking at him through the window. The report goes on to say that the man “confronted” the suspect (no details of th...

October 16, 2015

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October

Homeowner shoots at ...

The report is fairly straightforward. It says that a Limestone County man was in the bathroom of his home when he spotted someone looking at him through the window. The report goes on to say that the man “confronted” the suspect (no details of th...

Austin Public Safety...

Last month the Austin Public Safety Commission took on the issue of property crime in the city. The commission chair bemoaned the fact that there had not been any improvement in clearance rates. The statement was made in response to the request by th...

October 09, 2015

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October

Austin Public Safety...

Last month the Austin Public Safety Commission took on the issue of property crime in the city. The commission chair bemoaned the fact that there had not been any improvement in clearance rates. The statement was made in response to the request by th...

Intoxication Assault...

When most people think about driving while intoxicated, as well as related crimes such as intoxication assault, intoxication manslaughter, and even boating or flying while intoxicated, they assume, for the most part, that alcohol is involved. But the...

September 17, 2015

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September

Intoxication Assault...

When most people think about driving while intoxicated, as well as related crimes such as intoxication assault, intoxication manslaughter, and even boating or flying while intoxicated, they assume, for the most part, that alcohol is involved. But the...

Murder Charges again...

It’s been a long road for ex-recording studio owner Dennis Davis.  Davis was charged with the murder of Natalie Antonetti, who was beaten to death in her South Austin apartment thirty years ago. Back in 1985, the investigation of the case by th...

September 14, 2015

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September

Murder Charges again...

It’s been a long road for ex-recording studio owner Dennis Davis.  Davis was charged with the murder of Natalie Antonetti, who was beaten to death in her South Austin apartment thirty years ago. Back in 1985, the investigation of the case by th...

Credit card abuse ch...

Imagine that you are ill, and have been hospitalized.  Like many people in this situation, you keep your wallet, along with your identification (driver’s license, etc.) and credit cards in your bedside table.  Well, maybe that’s not such a good...

December 18, 2014

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December

Credit card abuse ch...

Imagine that you are ill, and have been hospitalized.  Like many people in this situation, you keep your wallet, along with your identification (driver’s license, etc.) and credit cards in your bedside table.  Well, maybe that’s not such a good...

Intoxication manslau...

A car crash in late November has resulted in escalated charges against one of the drivers. According to police reports, the accident happened in the early morning hours of November 30, when a Mazda traveling westbound on Riverside Drive went throu...

December 11, 2014

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December

Intoxication manslau...

A car crash in late November has resulted in escalated charges against one of the drivers. According to police reports, the accident happened in the early morning hours of November 30, when a Mazda traveling westbound on Riverside Drive went throu...

Crime and Sausage in...

Sure, we know it sounds crazy, but there is a connection – more than one, in fact.  Here’s the story. The owner of a meat company in south Austin stopped by his place of business this weekend, and was surprised to find a stranger asleep in hi...

December 03, 2014

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December

Crime and Sausage in...

Sure, we know it sounds crazy, but there is a connection – more than one, in fact.  Here’s the story. The owner of a meat company in south Austin stopped by his place of business this weekend, and was surprised to find a stranger asleep in hi...

Austin overwhelmed b...

An article last week reported that a 75-year old man had been struck and killed by a hit and run driver in Hill County, Texas. Reports indicated that the police were searching for a suspect, who they say committed the offense while driving a stolen v...

November 25, 2014

25

November

Austin overwhelmed b...

An article last week reported that a 75-year old man had been struck and killed by a hit and run driver in Hill County, Texas. Reports indicated that the police were searching for a suspect, who they say committed the offense while driving a stolen v...

Austin PD Balks at D...

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, it may seem that your fate is a foregone conclusion. In other words, arrest equals conviction. This may appear to be even more likely when you’ve been given a breath test, and the cops say ...

November 19, 2014

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November

Austin PD Balks at D...

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, it may seem that your fate is a foregone conclusion. In other words, arrest equals conviction. This may appear to be even more likely when you’ve been given a breath test, and the cops say ...

Austin Police Depart...

The boom in technology has changed our lives in many ways. One of the changes is that there has been a significant increase in the number of video and voice recordings that turn up in many cases involving police officers and suspected wrongdoers. A n...

November 05, 2014

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November

Austin Police Depart...

The boom in technology has changed our lives in many ways. One of the changes is that there has been a significant increase in the number of video and voice recordings that turn up in many cases involving police officers and suspected wrongdoers. A n...

Kids now targets of ...

Identity theft, as we all know, is a growing problem, and a billion dollar industry for those who steal personal identifying information and then use or sell it. Most of the recent news about the issue focuses on large retailers and others, whose com...

October 15, 2014

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October

Kids now targets of ...

Identity theft, as we all know, is a growing problem, and a billion dollar industry for those who steal personal identifying information and then use or sell it. Most of the recent news about the issue focuses on large retailers and others, whose com...

Austin man facing DW...

We seem to be reading more and more reports of people who are accused of driving while intoxicated, and whose charges eventually include additional but related crimes. An example appeared in the news last week, involving an Austin man who was stopped...

October 01, 2014

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October

Austin man facing DW...

We seem to be reading more and more reports of people who are accused of driving while intoxicated, and whose charges eventually include additional but related crimes. An example appeared in the news last week, involving an Austin man who was stopped...

Cloning credit cards...

KXAN reported this month that an Austin man had been arrested and accused of using stolen credit card information from victims in other countries. Police say he utilized the information to make purchases totaling thousands of dollars at stores in Aus...

September 16, 2014

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September

Cloning credit cards...

KXAN reported this month that an Austin man had been arrested and accused of using stolen credit card information from victims in other countries. Police say he utilized the information to make purchases totaling thousands of dollars at stores in Aus...

Tucker Suspended by ...

When Phoenix Suns’ forward P.J. Tucker was pulled over in his Mercedes in Scottsdale this past May, police say he exhibited numerous signs of intoxication. They claim that Tucker’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. They add that Tuc...

September 03, 2014

03

September

Tucker Suspended by ...

When Phoenix Suns’ forward P.J. Tucker was pulled over in his Mercedes in Scottsdale this past May, police say he exhibited numerous signs of intoxication. They claim that Tucker’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. They add that Tuc...

GPS System Expected ...

The starting point for this discussion is not global positioning systems (GPS). It’s the dangers inherent in high speed police chases. While you might assume that these chases are rare, and that they generally involve apprehension of those suspecte...

August 20, 2014

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August

GPS System Expected ...

The starting point for this discussion is not global positioning systems (GPS). It’s the dangers inherent in high speed police chases. While you might assume that these chases are rare, and that they generally involve apprehension of those suspecte...

Guilty Pleas in Texa...

What is “revenge porn” anyway? There are numerous definitions for the phrase, but generally it consists of public sharing (online) of sexually explicit material, usually by an ex-partner or a hacker. A recent case in Fort Worth illustrates jus...

August 05, 2014

05

August

Guilty Pleas in Texa...

What is “revenge porn” anyway? There are numerous definitions for the phrase, but generally it consists of public sharing (online) of sexually explicit material, usually by an ex-partner or a hacker. A recent case in Fort Worth illustrates jus...

Felony Charge Pendin...

The son of Miami Dolphin head coach Joe Philbin has been charged with failing to stop and render aid after a car crash in downtown Austin last year. According to police, Matthew Philbin, a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was traveling the wrong...

July 17, 2014

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July

Felony Charge Pendin...

The son of Miami Dolphin head coach Joe Philbin has been charged with failing to stop and render aid after a car crash in downtown Austin last year. According to police, Matthew Philbin, a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was traveling the wrong...

DWI, Injury to Child...

Multiple charges are pending against two women after a head-on collision in Waco. According to police, the two women were traveling down a local road, but were heading in the wrong direction. Also in the car were two children, whose mother was in ...

July 08, 2014

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July

DWI, Injury to Child...

Multiple charges are pending against two women after a head-on collision in Waco. According to police, the two women were traveling down a local road, but were heading in the wrong direction. Also in the car were two children, whose mother was in ...

High Blood Alcohol C...

Most folks have heard about measurements of blood alcohol content (BAC). Sometimes, the level is measured using a blood test, but most often, it’s the result of a Breathalyzer or other breath test. The BAC issue is important in cases of alleged dri...

June 11, 2014

11

June

High Blood Alcohol C...

Most folks have heard about measurements of blood alcohol content (BAC). Sometimes, the level is measured using a blood test, but most often, it’s the result of a Breathalyzer or other breath test. The BAC issue is important in cases of alleged dri...

Austin Crime Down, s...

The reports over the last few years on crime in Austin, Texas, have been encouraging for citizens who are concerning about the national trends in crime, in general, and violent crime, in particular. After all, Austin is consistently ranked as one of ...

May 06, 2014

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May

Austin Crime Down, s...

The reports over the last few years on crime in Austin, Texas, have been encouraging for citizens who are concerning about the national trends in crime, in general, and violent crime, in particular. After all, Austin is consistently ranked as one of ...

Tyler the Creator Ch...

Tyler the Creator, a rap artist performing at Scoot Inn in Austin as part of a South by Southwest (SXSW) concert, was charged with inciting a riot at the concert. He was later arrested at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. After being released o...

March 25, 2014

25

March

Tyler the Creator Ch...

Tyler the Creator, a rap artist performing at Scoot Inn in Austin as part of a South by Southwest (SXSW) concert, was charged with inciting a riot at the concert. He was later arrested at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. After being released o...

Internet Solicitatio...

A Williamson County jury returned a guilty verdict earlier this month in the case of a man accused of soliciting a minor for sex. The defendant was sentenced the following day to 26 years in prison. The case provides us with an opportunity to discuss...

February 18, 2014

18

February

Internet Solicitatio...

A Williamson County jury returned a guilty verdict earlier this month in the case of a man accused of soliciting a minor for sex. The defendant was sentenced the following day to 26 years in prison. The case provides us with an opportunity to discuss...

DWI Charged, Manslau...

A woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with a collision that took place last week in Northwest Austin. Additional charges are pending. According to the Austin Police Department, their preliminary investigation indica...

February 12, 2014

12

February

DWI Charged, Manslau...

A woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with a collision that took place last week in Northwest Austin. Additional charges are pending. According to the Austin Police Department, their preliminary investigation indica...

Used Cooking Oil The...

If you’re like most of us, used cooking oil presents a slight problem. How do you get rid of it? Pouring it down the kitchen drain is probably a bad idea, so many are left with the unappetizing alternative of storing it until it’s time to take ou...

February 04, 2014

04

February

Used Cooking Oil The...

If you’re like most of us, used cooking oil presents a slight problem. How do you get rid of it? Pouring it down the kitchen drain is probably a bad idea, so many are left with the unappetizing alternative of storing it until it’s time to take ou...

Tailgate Thefts Soar...

If you don’t follow the news concerning crime statistics, that headline is probably surprising. You might even assume it refers to hold-ups in the parking lots before a football game. After all, who would want to steal an actual tailgate? Seems lik...

January 28, 2014

28

January

Tailgate Thefts Soar...

If you don’t follow the news concerning crime statistics, that headline is probably surprising. You might even assume it refers to hold-ups in the parking lots before a football game. After all, who would want to steal an actual tailgate? Seems lik...

Field Sobriety Test ...

This past summer a man was reportedly driving a black BMW recklessly along IH-35 near Jarrell. A witness said he saw the car swerving, running red lights and speeding up to 100 miles per hour. A trooper from the Texas Department of Public Safety pull...

January 22, 2014

22

January

Field Sobriety Test ...

This past summer a man was reportedly driving a black BMW recklessly along IH-35 near Jarrell. A witness said he saw the car swerving, running red lights and speeding up to 100 miles per hour. A trooper from the Texas Department of Public Safety pull...

DWI with Child Passe...

A 37-year old mother, traveling in Austin with her two-year old son in the car, has been charged with drunk driving after her car struck a utility pole on Christmas Day. According to the police, witnesses stated that they observed the woman driving i...

January 15, 2014

15

January

DWI with Child Passe...

A 37-year old mother, traveling in Austin with her two-year old son in the car, has been charged with drunk driving after her car struck a utility pole on Christmas Day. According to the police, witnesses stated that they observed the woman driving i...

Guilty . . . with an...

Overdue library books present a serious economic problem. In Texas, the failure to return books that were checked out has cost libraries, according to one estimate, more than $18 million. But did you ever think you might be arrested as a result of an...

January 07, 2014

07

January

Guilty . . . with an...

Overdue library books present a serious economic problem. In Texas, the failure to return books that were checked out has cost libraries, according to one estimate, more than $18 million. But did you ever think you might be arrested as a result of an...

Cologne-Drinking Dri...

The title of the article is Driver Allegedly Chugged Cologne During Fayette County Traffic Stop, but we’re still trying to piece together exactly what happened. Here’s what we have been able to ascertain from the written report. This past Wedn...

December 24, 2013

24

December

Cologne-Drinking Dri...

The title of the article is Driver Allegedly Chugged Cologne During Fayette County Traffic Stop, but we’re still trying to piece together exactly what happened. Here’s what we have been able to ascertain from the written report. This past Wedn...

Probation for Texas ...

It’s a word being used to describe a defense that some people say was responsible for a teen drunk driver getting probation after causing the deaths of four people. The accident took place in June, and the 16-year old driver had a blood alcohol con...

December 18, 2013

18

December

Probation for Texas ...

It’s a word being used to describe a defense that some people say was responsible for a teen drunk driver getting probation after causing the deaths of four people. The accident took place in June, and the 16-year old driver had a blood alcohol con...

DPS Trooper Charged ...

While most arrests involve people whom law enforcement officials refer to as “civilians,” that is, non-law enforcement personnel, there are times when a police operation leads to charges against one of their own. An announcement was made last ...

December 12, 2013

12

December

DPS Trooper Charged ...

While most arrests involve people whom law enforcement officials refer to as “civilians,” that is, non-law enforcement personnel, there are times when a police operation leads to charges against one of their own. An announcement was made last ...

Intoxication Assault...

A woman was stuck and injured by an SUV on Thanksgiving Day in East Austin, and the alleged perpetrator is now charged with two felonies. Police say that the victim had been attempting to exit a vehicle that was stopped on Deloney Street, and that...

December 03, 2013

03

December

Intoxication Assault...

A woman was stuck and injured by an SUV on Thanksgiving Day in East Austin, and the alleged perpetrator is now charged with two felonies. Police say that the victim had been attempting to exit a vehicle that was stopped on Deloney Street, and that...

Woman Charged with O...

A recent article reports that an arrest took place last week in Waco, Texas. A 19-year old woman is now charged with burglary and engaging in organized criminal activity. The arrests focused on separate incidents, with the burglary relating to theft ...

November 26, 2013

26

November

Woman Charged with O...

A recent article reports that an arrest took place last week in Waco, Texas. A 19-year old woman is now charged with burglary and engaging in organized criminal activity. The arrests focused on separate incidents, with the burglary relating to theft ...

Indecent Exposure Ch...

This is certainly a strange case, one that begins, according to the alleged victim, with her receiving a call from a man who said that he had accepted a UPS package for her, and that she could come over to his house to pick it up. While this leads us...

November 19, 2013

19

November

Indecent Exposure Ch...

This is certainly a strange case, one that begins, according to the alleged victim, with her receiving a call from a man who said that he had accepted a UPS package for her, and that she could come over to his house to pick it up. While this leads us...

Ten Days in Jail for...

In our blog of April 23, 2013 (Former D.A. Arrested on Contempt and Tampering Charges), we reported on the case of Michael Morton, who was cleared of murder charges after spending 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, based upon new DNA evid...

November 13, 2013

13

November

Ten Days in Jail for...

In our blog of April 23, 2013 (Former D.A. Arrested on Contempt and Tampering Charges), we reported on the case of Michael Morton, who was cleared of murder charges after spending 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, based upon new DNA evid...

Ten Days in Jail for...

In July of last year, Madeline Rackley was drinking at an Austin bar known as Lustre Pearl. She was with two of her friends, another woman and a man, Ryan Whittington. When they left the bar prior to 2:00 a.m., the three got into Rackley’s car, wit...

November 08, 2013

08

November

Ten Days in Jail for...

In July of last year, Madeline Rackley was drinking at an Austin bar known as Lustre Pearl. She was with two of her friends, another woman and a man, Ryan Whittington. When they left the bar prior to 2:00 a.m., the three got into Rackley’s car, wit...

“Open Carry Texas...

In late October, the organization Open Carry Texas held a gun-rights rally outside the state Capitol. The result was the arrest of two of its members for criminal trespass. Open Carry Texas is a gun-rights group that, according to its website, is ...

November 05, 2013

05

November

“Open Carry Texas...

In late October, the organization Open Carry Texas held a gun-rights rally outside the state Capitol. The result was the arrest of two of its members for criminal trespass. Open Carry Texas is a gun-rights group that, according to its website, is ...

How Not to Commit Bu...

It is certainly not our intent or our purpose to provide information on how to commit a crime, or how not to get caught. But we though a recent report on a series of thefts might be an example of what not to do when you are engaged in illegal behavio...

October 15, 2013

15

October

How Not to Commit Bu...

It is certainly not our intent or our purpose to provide information on how to commit a crime, or how not to get caught. But we though a recent report on a series of thefts might be an example of what not to do when you are engaged in illegal behavio...

Austin Ranked “Sec...

That’s the way the headline reads, and taken at face value, you would think that crime in our city was a thing of the past. But there are a couple of major caveats that cut into the possible validity of the statement. The latest figures, and the...

October 08, 2013

08

October

Austin Ranked “Sec...

That’s the way the headline reads, and taken at face value, you would think that crime in our city was a thing of the past. But there are a couple of major caveats that cut into the possible validity of the statement. The latest figures, and the...

Austin PD Officer Fi...

It took almost five months, but a disciplinary hearing was finally held this past Friday for an officer who shot at (and missed) a man during the course of a routine traffic stop. At a press conference later in the day, Chief Art Acevedo said that th...

October 01, 2013

01

October

Austin PD Officer Fi...

It took almost five months, but a disciplinary hearing was finally held this past Friday for an officer who shot at (and missed) a man during the course of a routine traffic stop. At a press conference later in the day, Chief Art Acevedo said that th...

How Many DWI’s Bef...

The answer is just one – if, that is, the conviction leads to a sentence of life in prison. It may sound a bit strange, but that’s what happened last week after a Hays County jury returned a verdict that 54-year old San Marcos resident Rose An...

September 24, 2013

24

September

How Many DWI’s Bef...

The answer is just one – if, that is, the conviction leads to a sentence of life in prison. It may sound a bit strange, but that’s what happened last week after a Hays County jury returned a verdict that 54-year old San Marcos resident Rose An...

Teen Charged with Mu...

August was not a good month for Hector Ramirez, an 18-year old from south Texas. It was a much worse month for some of those whose lives he touched. According the police, Ramirez was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to cross the border...

September 16, 2013

16

September

Teen Charged with Mu...

August was not a good month for Hector Ramirez, an 18-year old from south Texas. It was a much worse month for some of those whose lives he touched. According the police, Ramirez was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to cross the border...

Thirty Years in Pris...

A Montgomery man has begun serving a 30 year term in prison after pleading guilty to DWI, his ninth, or as many as his twelfth, depending upon which report you read. The plea came just as the trial in the case was set to begin. The trail of drunk dri...

September 11, 2013

11

September

Thirty Years in Pris...

A Montgomery man has begun serving a 30 year term in prison after pleading guilty to DWI, his ninth, or as many as his twelfth, depending upon which report you read. The plea came just as the trial in the case was set to begin. The trail of drunk dri...

Expanded “Move Ove...

The Texas move over law has expanded, effective September 1, 2013. The law originally provided simply that motorists yield to police, fire and emergency vehicles. It has expanded over the years, and include, effective a couple of years ago, the requi...

September 04, 2013

04

September

Expanded “Move Ove...

The Texas move over law has expanded, effective September 1, 2013. The law originally provided simply that motorists yield to police, fire and emergency vehicles. It has expanded over the years, and include, effective a couple of years ago, the requi...

New Trial Sought for...

When then Houston police officer Drew Ryser was videotaped in 2010 beating a teenage burglary suspect, most people assumed the officer would be fired, charged and convicted, and that would be then end of it. In fact, Ryser is no longer an officer, an...

August 26, 2013

26

August

New Trial Sought for...

When then Houston police officer Drew Ryser was videotaped in 2010 beating a teenage burglary suspect, most people assumed the officer would be fired, charged and convicted, and that would be then end of it. In fact, Ryser is no longer an officer, an...

More DWI Woes for Tr...

A prosecutor in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. According to police, there was a crash in the southbound MoPac Boulevard service road at 3:30 p.m. on August 11,...

August 20, 2013

20

August

More DWI Woes for Tr...

A prosecutor in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. According to police, there was a crash in the southbound MoPac Boulevard service road at 3:30 p.m. on August 11,...

Drunk Hit-and-Run Ve...

It has been about a year and a half since a collision left a former University of Texas soccer player seriously injured. According to reports, the defendant, Nicholas Colunga, was driving in downtown Austin went he went through a red light, struck th...

August 12, 2013

12

August

Drunk Hit-and-Run Ve...

It has been about a year and a half since a collision left a former University of Texas soccer player seriously injured. According to reports, the defendant, Nicholas Colunga, was driving in downtown Austin went he went through a red light, struck th...

Austin Clinic Offers...

Designer drugs have been around for some time. They generally consist of synthetic substances that mimic the effects of one or more standard drugs, and provide the euphoria or other effect that users look for. We’ve reported in the past (see our bl...

August 05, 2013

05

August

Austin Clinic Offers...

Designer drugs have been around for some time. They generally consist of synthetic substances that mimic the effects of one or more standard drugs, and provide the euphoria or other effect that users look for. We’ve reported in the past (see our bl...

Texas Man Charged wi...

An item appeared in numerous newspapers in and around Austin last week, reporting on a Killeen man who has been charged with indecency with a child. None of the articles provided any information on the alleged indecency itself, although they did supp...

July 23, 2013

23

July

Texas Man Charged wi...

An item appeared in numerous newspapers in and around Austin last week, reporting on a Killeen man who has been charged with indecency with a child. None of the articles provided any information on the alleged indecency itself, although they did supp...

Anatomy of a Traffic...

There have been allegations leveled for some time against police departments around the state and around the country claiming that many traffic stops, in particular, have their genesis in racial profiling. When the attention was drawn to the Austin P...

July 16, 2013

16

July

Anatomy of a Traffic...

There have been allegations leveled for some time against police departments around the state and around the country claiming that many traffic stops, in particular, have their genesis in racial profiling. When the attention was drawn to the Austin P...

Bizarre Crash Leads ...

On June 12, 2013, a motor vehicle crash occurred in Austin that was stranger than most. According to the Austin Police Department website, it occurred around 11 p.m. at East Oltorf Street. For reasons which are yet unclear, a Silver Jeep Grand Cherok...

July 08, 2013

08

July

Bizarre Crash Leads ...

On June 12, 2013, a motor vehicle crash occurred in Austin that was stranger than most. According to the Austin Police Department website, it occurred around 11 p.m. at East Oltorf Street. For reasons which are yet unclear, a Silver Jeep Grand Cherok...

Multi-State Drug Bus...

After a seven-month investigation, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, along with local law enforcement agencies, including the Austin Police Department, arrested 150 people, executed 375 search warrants, seized numerous bank accounts...

July 01, 2013

01

July

Multi-State Drug Bus...

After a seven-month investigation, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, along with local law enforcement agencies, including the Austin Police Department, arrested 150 people, executed 375 search warrants, seized numerous bank accounts...

Prescription Drugs S...

An Austin cyclist was struck from behind last week by a man suspected of being under the influence of Ambien, a prescription drug used to treat insomnia. Ambien (generic name zolpidem) is described as both a sedative and a hypnotic. According to poli...

June 25, 2013

25

June

Prescription Drugs S...

An Austin cyclist was struck from behind last week by a man suspected of being under the influence of Ambien, a prescription drug used to treat insomnia. Ambien (generic name zolpidem) is described as both a sedative and a hypnotic. According to poli...

21 Arrested in Prost...

The Austin Police Department said it was getting serious about cleaning up a stretch of South Congress Avenue. Officers made good on their threat, conducting the second sting operation this year targeting alleged prostitution in the area. The law enf...

June 18, 2013

18

June

21 Arrested in Prost...

The Austin Police Department said it was getting serious about cleaning up a stretch of South Congress Avenue. Officers made good on their threat, conducting the second sting operation this year targeting alleged prostitution in the area. The law enf...

Gun Violence in Austin

The news is filled with opinions on guns and gun control, and the views range from no guns at all to no restrictions on who might possess them. But on February 6, 2013, the Austin Public Safety Commission sent a memo to the Austin City Council with r...

June 11, 2013

11

June

Gun Violence in Austin

The news is filled with opinions on guns and gun control, and the views range from no guns at all to no restrictions on who might possess them. But on February 6, 2013, the Austin Public Safety Commission sent a memo to the Austin City Council with r...

Cash, Drugs and Weap...

Cocaine, cash and methamphetamine were seized in two recent Austin drug busts. In the first case, police say that they arrested three people as the result of a year-long investigation by the Gang Suppression section of the Major Crimes Unit of the...

June 04, 2013

04

June

Cash, Drugs and Weap...

Cocaine, cash and methamphetamine were seized in two recent Austin drug busts. In the first case, police say that they arrested three people as the result of a year-long investigation by the Gang Suppression section of the Major Crimes Unit of the...

Austin Crime Rate Re...

Whether or not our lives are intertwined, through our jobs, family relationships, etc., with law enforcement, most of us are concerned about the crime rate. It can affect our feeling of well-being and safety, and that of our children. So when a repor...

May 29, 2013

29

May

Austin Crime Rate Re...

Whether or not our lives are intertwined, through our jobs, family relationships, etc., with law enforcement, most of us are concerned about the crime rate. It can affect our feeling of well-being and safety, and that of our children. So when a repor...

First Degree Burglar...

We choose topics for our blog for a variety of reasons. It might be that an important case is in the news, or that a legal principal is being discussed, or that an interesting set of facts has emerged in the context of Texas criminal law. But sometim...

May 21, 2013

21

May

First Degree Burglar...

We choose topics for our blog for a variety of reasons. It might be that an important case is in the news, or that a legal principal is being discussed, or that an interesting set of facts has emerged in the context of Texas criminal law. But sometim...

Travis County Jails ...

In a move that is sure to spark controversy in some quarters, Travis County has eliminated in-person visits between inmates and their friends and family members. Visits will now be allowed only by video. The debut of the new system took place on May ...

May 07, 2013

07

May

Travis County Jails ...

In a move that is sure to spark controversy in some quarters, Travis County has eliminated in-person visits between inmates and their friends and family members. Visits will now be allowed only by video. The debut of the new system took place on May ...

New DWI Bills Moving...

There have been a number of recent high-profile intoxicated driving cases in Austin: Gabrielle Nestande was a former legislative aide arrested on a number of charges, including DWI, after a hit and run accident leading to the death of a bicyclist...

May 02, 2013

02

May

New DWI Bills Moving...

There have been a number of recent high-profile intoxicated driving cases in Austin: Gabrielle Nestande was a former legislative aide arrested on a number of charges, including DWI, after a hit and run accident leading to the death of a bicyclist...

Former D.A. Arrested...

We reported in our blog on May 25, 2012 (Wrongful Convictions in Texas) about a number of convictions that have been overturned based upon false confessions and eyewitness misidentification, among other things. One of those other things is prosecutor...

April 23, 2013

23

April

Former D.A. Arrested...

We reported in our blog on May 25, 2012 (Wrongful Convictions in Texas) about a number of convictions that have been overturned based upon false confessions and eyewitness misidentification, among other things. One of those other things is prosecutor...

Austin Drug Busts Yi...

Federal officials say that they have broken up two sizable drug operations with connections to Austin. A total of 37 people were arrested last week on drug trafficking and money laundering charges based upon indictments that were handed down earlier ...

April 16, 2013

16

April

Austin Drug Busts Yi...

Federal officials say that they have broken up two sizable drug operations with connections to Austin. A total of 37 people were arrested last week on drug trafficking and money laundering charges based upon indictments that were handed down earlier ...

Senate Bill Eyes Hit...

The issue of hit and run driving is a significant one in Austin. While highlighted by the recent conviction of Gabrielle Nestande, the number of people who leave the scene of an accident has been on the rise, according to the Austin Police Department...

April 09, 2013

09

April

Senate Bill Eyes Hit...

The issue of hit and run driving is a significant one in Austin. While highlighted by the recent conviction of Gabrielle Nestande, the number of people who leave the scene of an accident has been on the rise, according to the Austin Police Department...

APD Pushes for More ...

The Austin Public Safety Commission met last week and debated the call for additional police officers for the APD. There are currently 1,740 officers on active duty in the city, and the demands for adding more ranges from 116 (Police Chief Art Aceved...

April 03, 2013

03

April

APD Pushes for More ...

The Austin Public Safety Commission met last week and debated the call for additional police officers for the APD. There are currently 1,740 officers on active duty in the city, and the demands for adding more ranges from 116 (Police Chief Art Aceved...

Charges Mount in Aus...

A collision over the weekend in East Austin has led to a slew of felony charges against a driver, some arising from the accident itself, and two others resulting from its aftermath. Police say that when they arrived near the intersection of Manor ...

March 27, 2013

27

March

Charges Mount in Aus...

A collision over the weekend in East Austin has led to a slew of felony charges against a driver, some arising from the accident itself, and two others resulting from its aftermath. Police say that when they arrived near the intersection of Manor ...

State Rep. Charged i...

State Representative Naomi Gonzalez was arrested last week and charged with driving while intoxicated. While the case is ongoing, the arrest is an unexpected blemish on the record of Gonzalez, who the Mexican-American Caucus named freshman of the yea...

March 20, 2013

20

March

State Rep. Charged i...

State Representative Naomi Gonzalez was arrested last week and charged with driving while intoxicated. While the case is ongoing, the arrest is an unexpected blemish on the record of Gonzalez, who the Mexican-American Caucus named freshman of the yea...

Texas is Tough on Dr...

A drug bust last month involved what police say was a major cocaine smuggling operation. They reportedly seized over 150 pounds of cocaine, as well as weapons and more than $1 million in cash, when they arrested 19 suspects at BR Custom Body Works in...

March 13, 2013

13

March

Texas is Tough on Dr...

A drug bust last month involved what police say was a major cocaine smuggling operation. They reportedly seized over 150 pounds of cocaine, as well as weapons and more than $1 million in cash, when they arrested 19 suspects at BR Custom Body Works in...

Drug-Sniffing Dog Fa...

Much has been written about the impact of the use of drug-sniffing dogs on the Fourth Amendment rights of the citizens, and recent case law indicates that the erosion of our protection against unreasonable searches and seizures is continuing, particu...

March 05, 2013

05

March

Drug-Sniffing Dog Fa...

Much has been written about the impact of the use of drug-sniffing dogs on the Fourth Amendment rights of the citizens, and recent case law indicates that the erosion of our protection against unreasonable searches and seizures is continuing, particu...

Auto Theft Ring Stea...

Over the past few days, reports have surfaced concerning the presence in central Texas of a Florida crime ring, known as the Felony Lane Gang. While it sounds like something out of the movies, the gang is real. Its operations apparently center, at l...

February 26, 2013

26

February

Auto Theft Ring Stea...

Over the past few days, reports have surfaced concerning the presence in central Texas of a Florida crime ring, known as the Felony Lane Gang. While it sounds like something out of the movies, the gang is real. Its operations apparently center, at l...

APD Announces New Wi...

If you were a member of a jury in a criminal case, you would be exposed to various categories of evidence. Some of it may be circumstantial, and some of it may be direct. Circumstantial evidence requires an inference in order to make the connection b...

February 12, 2013

12

February

APD Announces New Wi...

If you were a member of a jury in a criminal case, you would be exposed to various categories of evidence. Some of it may be circumstantial, and some of it may be direct. Circumstantial evidence requires an inference in order to make the connection b...

Deadly Conduct in Au...

There are numerous charges set forth in the Texas criminal statutes which fall under the general heading of assault. Among them are simple assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and inflicting an injury on a child, or...

February 06, 2013

06

February

Deadly Conduct in Au...

There are numerous charges set forth in the Texas criminal statutes which fall under the general heading of assault. Among them are simple assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and inflicting an injury on a child, or...

Austin Legislator In...

New laws, and proposed laws, concerning marijuana have become commonplace across the country. Two states (Washington and Colorado) recently legalized “recreational use” of the drug, and over a dozen states have medical marijuana laws on their boo...

January 30, 2013

30

January

Austin Legislator In...

New laws, and proposed laws, concerning marijuana have become commonplace across the country. Two states (Washington and Colorado) recently legalized “recreational use” of the drug, and over a dozen states have medical marijuana laws on their boo...

Formal DWI Charges F...

We reported briefly in our blog (Another Celebrity Arrest) on the August 2012 arrest of country singer Randy Travis after he was discovered naked at the scene of a one-car traffic accident. Time has passed, and last week the Grayson County District A...

January 24, 2013

24

January

Formal DWI Charges F...

We reported briefly in our blog (Another Celebrity Arrest) on the August 2012 arrest of country singer Randy Travis after he was discovered naked at the scene of a one-car traffic accident. Time has passed, and last week the Grayson County District A...

The High Price of Cr...

The length to which people go to obtain drugs never ceases to amaze us. Drug addiction produces some startling behavior, and an extreme example took place in North Austin this past weekend. Police say a man entered an automobile dealership inquiri...

January 18, 2013

18

January

The High Price of Cr...

The length to which people go to obtain drugs never ceases to amaze us. Drug addiction produces some startling behavior, and an extreme example took place in North Austin this past weekend. Police say a man entered an automobile dealership inquiri...

Austin Traffic Fatal...

The numbers for 2012 are in, and they show a disturbing rise in traffic fatalities in Austin. The Austin Police Department reports that 80 people died in accidents last year, up from 54 in 2011. The increase, almost 50%, included three deaths in the ...

January 08, 2013

08

January

Austin Traffic Fatal...

The numbers for 2012 are in, and they show a disturbing rise in traffic fatalities in Austin. The Austin Police Department reports that 80 people died in accidents last year, up from 54 in 2011. The increase, almost 50%, included three deaths in the ...

Bust Announced in Ma...

We’ve heard that those involved in the drug trade have become more brazen in their activities, but a recent article describes what may be the boldest scheme we have come across in a while. We also know that in some areas of the country, marijuana ...

December 24, 2012

24

December

Bust Announced in Ma...

We’ve heard that those involved in the drug trade have become more brazen in their activities, but a recent article describes what may be the boldest scheme we have come across in a while. We also know that in some areas of the country, marijuana ...

Drug Charges Leveled...

December has been a bad month for Shon Washington, ex-head of the Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County. Earlier this month, a temporary restraining order was issued freezing the assets of the Austin charity. And last week Washington was arr...

December 18, 2012

18

December

Drug Charges Leveled...

December has been a bad month for Shon Washington, ex-head of the Christmas Bureau of Austin and Travis County. Earlier this month, a temporary restraining order was issued freezing the assets of the Austin charity. And last week Washington was arr...

Another DWI Tragedy ...

We’ve all heard about the consequences of drinking and driving. While some people manage to skirt those consequences for a period of time, the fact is that a single mistake can lead to a tragedy that will forever alter the lives of those affected....

December 11, 2012

11

December

Another DWI Tragedy ...

We’ve all heard about the consequences of drinking and driving. While some people manage to skirt those consequences for a period of time, the fact is that a single mistake can lead to a tragedy that will forever alter the lives of those affected....

Ex-Girlfriend Charge...

The ex-girlfriend of an Austin man has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and stalking. She is alleged to have committed a series of bizarre acts against her former boyfriend after their breakup in September of this year. The...

December 07, 2012

07

December

Ex-Girlfriend Charge...

The ex-girlfriend of an Austin man has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and stalking. She is alleged to have committed a series of bizarre acts against her former boyfriend after their breakup in September of this year. The...

Employer Charged wit...

The owner of a Georgetown, Texas restaurant has been charged with sexual assault involving one of his employees, according to a report last week. Police say that in late September, Jesse Pezhman Berenji followed a female employee into the ladies’ ...

November 27, 2012

27

November

Employer Charged wit...

The owner of a Georgetown, Texas restaurant has been charged with sexual assault involving one of his employees, according to a report last week. Police say that in late September, Jesse Pezhman Berenji followed a female employee into the ladies’ ...

Life Sentence Impose...

When you hear about a life sentence being imposed after a criminal conviction, you might assume the crime is murder. But the fact is that many crimes carry the possibility of life in prison. In Texas, there are numerous offenses in addition to murd...

November 19, 2012

19

November

Life Sentence Impose...

When you hear about a life sentence being imposed after a criminal conviction, you might assume the crime is murder. But the fact is that many crimes carry the possibility of life in prison. In Texas, there are numerous offenses in addition to murd...

APD Announces New Ma...

Despite the passage last week of referenda in Washington and Colorado legalizing small amounts of marijuana for “recreational use”, Governor Rick Perry says we shouldn’t expect a similar result in Texas in the near future. Those who monitor ...

November 13, 2012

13

November

APD Announces New Ma...

Despite the passage last week of referenda in Washington and Colorado legalizing small amounts of marijuana for “recreational use”, Governor Rick Perry says we shouldn’t expect a similar result in Texas in the near future. Those who monitor ...

Routine Traffic Stop...

Two routine traffic stops last week, one in Williamson County and the other in Fayette County, have led to the seizure of large quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana. In the Williamson County case, police say they stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe f...

November 09, 2012

09

November

Routine Traffic Stop...

Two routine traffic stops last week, one in Williamson County and the other in Fayette County, have led to the seizure of large quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana. In the Williamson County case, police say they stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe f...

Red Light Cameras in...

When Austin began its “red-light” camera program, many thought it would be a boon to both traffic safety and to the city’s coffers. While the safety issue appears to be having the desired effect, the benefits on the financial end have been cal...

October 24, 2012

24

October

Red Light Cameras in...

When Austin began its “red-light” camera program, many thought it would be a boon to both traffic safety and to the city’s coffers. While the safety issue appears to be having the desired effect, the benefits on the financial end have been cal...

Texting While Drivin...

In 2009, Austin became the first municipality in the state of Texas to ban texting while driving on a city-wide basis. The law went into effect January 1, 2010, and to most people, it sounded like a good idea. Apparently, however, the ban hasn’t ...

October 16, 2012

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October

Texting While Drivin...

In 2009, Austin became the first municipality in the state of Texas to ban texting while driving on a city-wide basis. The law went into effect January 1, 2010, and to most people, it sounded like a good idea. Apparently, however, the ban hasn’t ...

UT Student Accused i...

A 19-year old student at the University of Texas has been charged with the crime of breach of computer security. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the suspect “downloaded software used by hackers to crash websites” and used...

October 10, 2012

10

October

UT Student Accused i...

A 19-year old student at the University of Texas has been charged with the crime of breach of computer security. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the suspect “downloaded software used by hackers to crash websites” and used...

Aggravated Robbery i...

Police are searching for two suspects in connection with the armed robbery of a smoke shop that took place this summer. The facts, as reported, were that two masked men entered the store in the afternoon wielding pistols. While one of the men point...

October 02, 2012

02

October

Aggravated Robbery i...

Police are searching for two suspects in connection with the armed robbery of a smoke shop that took place this summer. The facts, as reported, were that two masked men entered the store in the afternoon wielding pistols. While one of the men point...

Sting Operation Targ...

The Austin Police Department has announced that patrols will be increased and undercover sting operations will be utilized to deal with the growing problem of lewd behavior in Austin’s parks. Police sources say the problem has existed for years, a...

September 27, 2012

27

September

Sting Operation Targ...

The Austin Police Department has announced that patrols will be increased and undercover sting operations will be utilized to deal with the growing problem of lewd behavior in Austin’s parks. Police sources say the problem has existed for years, a...

School Bus Driver Ch...

When a concerned citizen called in with a complaint that a Manor Independent School District bus was being operated while a student was standing in the bus, little did anyone realize the ramifications of the call. All Manor ISD buses are equipped ...

September 19, 2012

19

September

School Bus Driver Ch...

When a concerned citizen called in with a complaint that a Manor Independent School District bus was being operated while a student was standing in the bus, little did anyone realize the ramifications of the call. All Manor ISD buses are equipped ...

Suspect Sought in UT...

The University of Texas Police Department is looking for a suspect who pulled fire alarm boxes at eight buildings at the university on Monday. All eight buildings had to be evacuated, and the alarms affected locations on the north and south sides of...

September 19, 2012

19

September

Suspect Sought in UT...

The University of Texas Police Department is looking for a suspect who pulled fire alarm boxes at eight buildings at the university on Monday. All eight buildings had to be evacuated, and the alarms affected locations on the north and south sides of...

“No Refusal” Pol...

The Austin Police Department initiated a “no refusal” policy over the Labor Day weekend for those suspected of drinking and driving. According to the story we read, any refusal of a request for a breath or blood sample will lead to the issuance ...

September 10, 2012

10

September

“No Refusal” Pol...

The Austin Police Department initiated a “no refusal” policy over the Labor Day weekend for those suspected of drinking and driving. According to the story we read, any refusal of a request for a breath or blood sample will lead to the issuance ...

Human Trafficking in...

As difficult as some people may find it to believe, trafficking in human beings exists in this country, and if the allegations reported in a recent article are true, it’s happening right here in Austin. According to the report, three people have...

August 28, 2012

28

August

Human Trafficking in...

As difficult as some people may find it to believe, trafficking in human beings exists in this country, and if the allegations reported in a recent article are true, it’s happening right here in Austin. According to the report, three people have...

Intoxication Manslau...

As the result of a tragic accident earlier this week that claimed the life of his wife, a Hays County man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then arrested. Accor...

August 24, 2012

24

August

Intoxication Manslau...

As the result of a tragic accident earlier this week that claimed the life of his wife, a Hays County man has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then arrested. Accor...

Another Celebrity Ar...

The mug shot of singer Randy Travis after his arrest in Grayson County this past Tuesday doesn’t look good. According to the report we read, police were summoned by a 911 call about a man lying in the road west of Tioga. Upon responding, they fou...

August 11, 2012

11

August

Another Celebrity Ar...

The mug shot of singer Randy Travis after his arrest in Grayson County this past Tuesday doesn’t look good. According to the report we read, police were summoned by a 911 call about a man lying in the road west of Tioga. Upon responding, they fou...

Cocaine Valued at $1...

A vehicle was stopped in Fayette County earlier this week containing about five kilos of cocaine. In case you’re wondering, that’s 11 pounds of the substance. The car was stopped on Interstate 10 based upon an alleged traffic violation, the spe...

August 06, 2012

06

August

Cocaine Valued at $1...

A vehicle was stopped in Fayette County earlier this week containing about five kilos of cocaine. In case you’re wondering, that’s 11 pounds of the substance. The car was stopped on Interstate 10 based upon an alleged traffic violation, the spe...

DNA Leads to Arrest ...

Technological advances have affected all of our lives, and those advances include everything from computers to forensic science. We’ve all heard about the ramifications of DNA testing, most often in the context of “proving” that one or another...

August 06, 2012

06

August

DNA Leads to Arrest ...

Technological advances have affected all of our lives, and those advances include everything from computers to forensic science. We’ve all heard about the ramifications of DNA testing, most often in the context of “proving” that one or another...

What is Online Imper...

What if someone creates a page on Facebook or some other social media site, tells the world that it’s your page, and posts information about you that’s embarrassing or otherwise harmful? What about someone sending messages or posting information...

July 19, 2012

19

July

What is Online Imper...

What if someone creates a page on Facebook or some other social media site, tells the world that it’s your page, and posts information about you that’s embarrassing or otherwise harmful? What about someone sending messages or posting information...

Gun Smuggling to Mex...

There was a time when the word smuggling conjured up visions of black market items making their way from far off places into the United States. Well, things may have changed, and not solely because of Operation Fast and Furious, the failed justice d...

July 10, 2012

10

July

Gun Smuggling to Mex...

There was a time when the word smuggling conjured up visions of black market items making their way from far off places into the United States. Well, things may have changed, and not solely because of Operation Fast and Furious, the failed justice d...

Stand Your Ground De...

In our blog of June 14 (2012 Study Says “Stand Your Ground” Laws Cause an Increase in Homicides), we discussed the “Stand Your Ground” law in Texas, which permits, under certain circumstances, the use of deadly force in response to an unlawfu...

July 03, 2012

03

July

Stand Your Ground De...

In our blog of June 14 (2012 Study Says “Stand Your Ground” Laws Cause an Increase in Homicides), we discussed the “Stand Your Ground” law in Texas, which permits, under certain circumstances, the use of deadly force in response to an unlawfu...

Felony Hit and Run i...

A driver has been arrested in what represents the 40th traffic fatality in Austin in 2012. According to a KXAN article published on June 28, the driver of a Mazda crashed his car into a pickup truck early Sunday morning, causing a person in the pass...

June 30, 2012

30

June

Felony Hit and Run i...

A driver has been arrested in what represents the 40th traffic fatality in Austin in 2012. According to a KXAN article published on June 28, the driver of a Mazda crashed his car into a pickup truck early Sunday morning, causing a person in the pass...

Texas Man Sentenced ...

We’ve been telling our clients and our readers for some time that the penalties for DWI (driving while intoxicated) are becoming increasingly harsh. We weren’t completely stunned, therefore, when we read that a Texas man was sentenced in May 201...

June 30, 2012

30

June

Texas Man Sentenced ...

We’ve been telling our clients and our readers for some time that the penalties for DWI (driving while intoxicated) are becoming increasingly harsh. We weren’t completely stunned, therefore, when we read that a Texas man was sentenced in May 201...

2012 Study Says “S...

Phrases such as “stand your ground”, “castle doctrine” and “shoot first” have been in the forefront of the news lately. This is due in large part to an incident in Florida in which George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmer...

June 14, 2012

14

June

2012 Study Says “S...

Phrases such as “stand your ground”, “castle doctrine” and “shoot first” have been in the forefront of the news lately. This is due in large part to an incident in Florida in which George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmer...

Police Say Bridge Ju...

A man was arrested last week by officers from the Austin PD for allegedly assaulting an EMS worker. The police were summoned by an anonymous call claiming that the man had jumped off the Lamar Boulevard Bridge over Lady Bird Lake. He then stripped ...

June 08, 2012

08

June

Police Say Bridge Ju...

A man was arrested last week by officers from the Austin PD for allegedly assaulting an EMS worker. The police were summoned by an anonymous call claiming that the man had jumped off the Lamar Boulevard Bridge over Lady Bird Lake. He then stripped ...

What is a Ponzi Sche...

An interesting headline caught our eye this week. It read as follows: Local Man Sentenced for Role in Ponzi Scheme. The case involved the sentencing of John Clement, who pleaded guilty to defrauding investors out of about five million dollars, and...

May 30, 2012

30

May

What is a Ponzi Sche...

An interesting headline caught our eye this week. It read as follows: Local Man Sentenced for Role in Ponzi Scheme. The case involved the sentencing of John Clement, who pleaded guilty to defrauding investors out of about five million dollars, and...

Wrongful Convictions...

We read all the time about criminal convictions that are later overturned, sometimes long after the original trial, and after the defendant has spent years in prison. We thought it would be interesting to examine the primary reasons why and how innoc...

May 25, 2012

25

May

Wrongful Convictions...

We read all the time about criminal convictions that are later overturned, sometimes long after the original trial, and after the defendant has spent years in prison. We thought it would be interesting to examine the primary reasons why and how innoc...

How Simple Theft Get...

In September of last year, the Star-Telegram reported that a Texas man was sentenced to life in prison for shoplifting – at least that’s what the headline said. The story went on, though. It appears that the man was attempting to leave a Walmar...

May 10, 2012

10

May

How Simple Theft Get...

In September of last year, the Star-Telegram reported that a Texas man was sentenced to life in prison for shoplifting – at least that’s what the headline said. The story went on, though. It appears that the man was attempting to leave a Walmar...

Austin Crime Down

According to statistics provided to the FBI by the Austin Police Department, crime in the city is down in just about every category between 2010 and 2011. The Austin PD preliminary Crime and Traffic Report for 2011 was released last week, and the re...

May 03, 2012

03

May

Austin Crime Down

According to statistics provided to the FBI by the Austin Police Department, crime in the city is down in just about every category between 2010 and 2011. The Austin PD preliminary Crime and Traffic Report for 2011 was released last week, and the re...

Austin PD Crime Lab ...

As criminal defense lawyers, we know and stress to our clients that test results are not infallible. Just because a test result has been obtained that appears to have a negative impact on a defendant in a criminal case, does not mean the case is los...

April 27, 2012

27

April

Austin PD Crime Lab ...

As criminal defense lawyers, we know and stress to our clients that test results are not infallible. Just because a test result has been obtained that appears to have a negative impact on a defendant in a criminal case, does not mean the case is los...

Different Degrees of...

Intentionally causing bodily injury or initiating unwanted bodily contact (or threatening someone with either) is considered assault. Due to the violent nature of the crime and the ease with which a fist fight can escalate to something much mor...

November 23, 2011

23

November

Different Degrees of...

Intentionally causing bodily injury or initiating unwanted bodily contact (or threatening someone with either) is considered assault. Due to the violent nature of the crime and the ease with which a fist fight can escalate to something much mor...

You’ve Been Caught...

Texas cracks down harder on marijuana than most states. It’s been estimated that over 50,000 people are arrested every year for marijuana possession in the Lone Star State, and that marijuana arrests count for five-percent of the total arrests ...

September 20, 2011

20

September

You’ve Been Caught...

Texas cracks down harder on marijuana than most states. It’s been estimated that over 50,000 people are arrested every year for marijuana possession in the Lone Star State, and that marijuana arrests count for five-percent of the total arrests ...

What Should You Do i...

There are many reasons the state of Texas might file a motion to revoke probation (MTRP), but one thing is certain – if you have reason believe your probation will be revoked, or if an MTRP has already been filed against you, you need to contac...

September 08, 2011

08

September

What Should You Do i...

There are many reasons the state of Texas might file a motion to revoke probation (MTRP), but one thing is certain – if you have reason believe your probation will be revoked, or if an MTRP has already been filed against you, you need to contac...

Important DUI/DWI La...

Drinking and driving in Texas is never a good idea. If you're stopped by police in the Lone Star State with blood alcohol content level higher than .08, you could be arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), a serious offense that only gets m...

August 29, 2011

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August

Important DUI/DWI La...

Drinking and driving in Texas is never a good idea. If you're stopped by police in the Lone Star State with blood alcohol content level higher than .08, you could be arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), a serious offense that only gets m...

How Can an Attorney ...

Someone underage who is caught drinking or who is caught with alcohol can be cited for “minor in possession” or “minor in consumption,” which are some of the most common types of alcohol-related citations issued in Texas. In the past few ...

August 23, 2011

23

August

How Can an Attorney ...

Someone underage who is caught drinking or who is caught with alcohol can be cited for “minor in possession” or “minor in consumption,” which are some of the most common types of alcohol-related citations issued in Texas. In the past few ...

Different Types of T...

The dictionary defines theft the same way we all do: it's the act of intentionally taking something that belongs to someone else. But did you know that many different crimes are considered theft under Texas state law? All of them involve stealing...

August 16, 2011

16

August

Different Types of T...

The dictionary defines theft the same way we all do: it's the act of intentionally taking something that belongs to someone else. But did you know that many different crimes are considered theft under Texas state law? All of them involve stealing...

What’s the Differe...

In Texas, there is a marked difference between a DUI and a DWI, but for a successful defense in either case the help of a drunk driving lawyer is necessary. While a conviction for either can mean fines—in some instances up to thousands of dolla...

August 09, 2011

09

August

What’s the Differe...

In Texas, there is a marked difference between a DUI and a DWI, but for a successful defense in either case the help of a drunk driving lawyer is necessary. While a conviction for either can mean fines—in some instances up to thousands of dolla...

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June 14, 2011

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June

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