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Criminal Defense Archives

What are possible defenses to domestic violence charges?

If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime, you may be nervous about the possible consequences or penalties if you are convicted. It's important to know that these cases are often overcharged. This means allegations can be heavy, and so can the consequences if you are convicted of the crime. A criminal defense attorney with a background in family law can help guide you to your options, and help show your side of the story to possibly reduce or avoid harsh consequences.

How statutes of limitations work in Texas

Statute of limitations laws set a limit for prosecuting certain crimes. The criminal charges must be filed within the time period specified or they cannot be filed at all. The reason these laws are in place is so that evidence that has deteriorated over time is not used to make convictions.

Texas open container law

It wasn't that long ago when it was perfectly legal to drive with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding a cold beer in Texas. That changed in 2001 when Texas lawmakers adopted the state's open container law, making it illegal to have open containers of alcohol within reach of a vehicle's occupants.

The clown sightings: Sick joke or serious offense?

The 2016 clown panic started in mid-August when residents of Greenville, South Carolina, called police reporting that there were clowns lurking around in the woods outside of town. Since then, more than 100 clown sightings have been reported.

Report: Forensic evidence is often flawed

If you have even seen a TV show or movie depicting crime scene investigators, then you know that all it takes is a footprint in the dirt or a tiny hair to accurately identify a criminal, right? Not quite. It turns out that Hollywood makes forensic evidence seem a lot more foolproof than it actually is.

Why your criminal record doesn't have to ruin your life

Anyone who has been convicted of a crime in the past knows that a criminal record has far-reaching consequences. Even years after you have carried out your sentence, you may find yourself unable to get a job, a loan or a place to live because of one mistake.

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