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Posts tagged "defense"

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.

4th of July means firecrackers and DWI crackdowns

The Fourth of July is a big holiday for celebrating -- and Texas police know that. That's why law enforcement agencies throughout the state join forces every year in effort to take down as many suspected drunk drivers as possible.

Juveniles charged as adults in Texas

In some cases, a prosecutor in Texas may elect to charge a juvenile as an adult for crimes allegedly committed by the young person. A juvenile who is charged as an adult will face adult penalties, including the possibility of prison time, rather than having the case proceed through the juvenile justice system.

Juveniles give false confessions more often than adults

In Texas and other states across the country, police officers use the same techniques for interrogation on both juveniles and adults. However, a new study has revealed that teenagers and children are more likely to give false confessions than adults. Research shows that the younger a juvenile is, the more likely they are, while under pressure, to confess to something they did not do. Among 12- to 15-year-olds accused of a juvenile crime, 69 percent gave false confessions to rapes and homicides. Juveniles are generally more vulnerable to intimidation and the power of suggestion than adults. In addition, they are prone to choosing a short-term gain, such as ending an interrogation, over a long-term consequence, such as facing a jail sentence for a false confession. For this reason, it makes sense for police officers to use different interrogation techniques with children and teenagers than with adults. One psychology graduate student surveyed 178 law enforcement officers regarding the training they receive and their interrogation techniques. He discovered that almost all of the surveyed officers reported using the same interrogation techniques for adults and minors. Furthermore, he found that only around 20 percent of officers receive any instruction regarding adolescent development.American Psychologist published an article in 2006 that cited a review of exonerations that took place between 1989 and 2004. The review discovered that the rate of adult exonerations involving false confessions was 13 percent, compared to 42 percent among juvenile exonerations.One way for a defendant to avoid giving a false confession is to invoke his or her right to legal representation. A criminal defense lawyer may monitor an interrogation and instruct the defendant regarding which questions to answer and how to best answer them.

Study finds many incarcerated youth suffer from brain injuries

Criminal charges should always be taken seriously regardless of the age of the person facing them. However, it is fair to say that juveniles finding themselves in this situation are particularly vulnerable. Depending on what crimes they are charged with, if found guilty they could find that their lives are dramatically impacted. Because of this it is vital that juveniles seek assistance from a lawyer in mounting a defense. 

'Affluenza' defense results in 10 years probation for teen

Upon becoming a parent, most individuals suddenly find that they would do anything to protect their child. While that sentiment changes a bit as the child grows older, in a majority of cases parents continue to look out for their child until they reach adulthood. As parents of teenagers are probably aware, for a variety of reasons, the teen years can be some of the most trying.

For best result in juvenile case most seek legal assistance

On the day parents welcome a child into the world a door opens to reveal a new set of worries that few are really ready to face. While most parents come to accept that there will be many anxieties and issues concerning their child that they will have to address as they grow, few likely consider that dealing with the Texas juvenile system will be one of those things. Whether one thinks about it or not however, parents throughout the Houston area as well as the entire state of Texas, have become acquainted with that system.

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