More Americans face arrest over petty crimes

In Texas and across the country, a conversation has developed about excessive prosecution and incarceration. As a result, there is wide support for criminal justice reform, including proposals to decriminalize or legalize cannabis and end criminal prosecution and incarceration for related offenses. ...

Many felonies are nonviolent and some are bizzare

Texas residents likely think of serious crimes like murder and arson when felonies are mentioned, and they may be surprised to learn that dozens of acts that would barely raise an eyebrow also fall under this designation. Calling in sick to spend a day in front of the television is actually a felony...

Wrongful convictions continue to pose barrier to justice

For many people in Texas, a wrongful conviction is one of their worst nightmares. With the advent of computer surveillance technology and DNA testing, many might hope that wrongful convictions are less likely than they were in the past. However, many cases, especially for more minor crimes like shop...

Data can be accessed with only a subpoena

Texas residents who use apps such as Ring or Lyft may not have full control of their data. Only three states require that police get a warrant before accessing information about an individual from those or other popular apps. Companies such as Ring readily hand over information to police officers wh...

“Love After Lockup” star busted for drug possession in Texas

On Aug. 6, "Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup" star Tracie Wagaman was arrested for alleged drug possession in Texas. The incident took place in Tarrant County. According to media reports, Wagaman, age 39, was taken into custody by officers from the Bedford Police Department and charged with fe...

Texas attorney facing drug charges after traffic stop

A Texas attorney faces spending up to 99 years in prison on felony drug charges after quantities of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs were allegedly found in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop on the night of July 20. The 50-year-old man was released from the Williamson County Jail on J...

What are the consequences if your teen gets a DWI?

Being a parent isn't an easy job-especially during the teen years. You know your teenager is bound to make mistakes and get into trouble, but what do you do if get a call one night that your teen has been cited for DWI (driving while intoxicated) and is waiting for you to pick them up at Collin Coun...

State laws can cause problems for poor people

Jurisdictions in Texas and throughout the country have tried to raise money through fines and fees. This allows them to generate revenue without having to increase taxes. However, if a person cannot pay a fine, he or she may spend time in jail or on probation until the issue is resolved. That could ...

Prosecutors dismiss cases because of inadequate testing

A new Texas law will make it legal to farm hemp, which is defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. However, there is currently no way to determine how much THC is in a given product. A lack of sufficient testing has resulted in 235 cases being dropped in Tarrant County since June 10. The Dallas ...

Domestic violence and legal complexities

In Texas and across the United States, domestic violence is unfortunately a common occurrence. An act of domestic violence takes place when a family member commits a violent act against another person in the household. Harming a child and abusing a spouse are two examples of domestic violence. The l...