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August 2013 Archives

Attorney General proposes changes to federal drug sentencing

While there are many different crimes that are prosecuted at the federal level, drug cases are some of the most prevalent. As a result of the resources available to prosecutors at this level, it is not uncommon for convictions to be the end result. Because of federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines that are applied, these convictions often result in serious consequences, sending many people, including some in New York City, to prison for long periods of time.

Cellphone records may be used in Texas to pinpoint locations

Depending on the charges someone is facing in the state of Texas, it is possible that in the course of making its case, the prosecution will use cell phone records to establish the individual's location at the time a crime was committed. The technique, which is handled differently throughout the nation depending on the state someone is in, uses the information regarding which cellphone towers picked up a signal, to place users of the phones in certain locations. For instance, such records could place someone accused of a violent crime in a location near the victim, leading decision makers to potentially conclude that the individual in fact had something to do with the matter. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided how the matter would be handled in that jurisdiction.  

Texas man driving golf cart facing drunk driving charges

All it takes is one drink too many and a driver who means no harm can find that he or she is facing drunk driving charges. Despite his crime likely being the one that most Houston area residents would be apt to find themselves facing, there are many things about this offense that most people don't know. For instance, one does not need to be driving a car, truck or van to face drunk driving charges. A South Texas man is all too aware of this.

'Real Housewives' stars charged with white collar crime

Each week viewers throughout the nation tune in to find out the latest happenings in the lives of women featured in the "Real Housewives" franchise. It is likely that many residents of Texas are included in that group. Most were probably surprised to hear about the recent 39-count indictment of Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, for fraud. Among other things a federal grand jury charged them with:

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