Texas Sting Ends in Suicide Before Man Can Be Exonerated for Online Solicitation of Minor

It’s common for sex crime cases involving solicitation of a minor to start with a sting operation, with law enforcement officers going online and pretending to be an underage youth.  That’s what happened in 2019 when 41-year-old police detective Darrick Dunn&nbs...

Assault or Hate Crime

The wheels of the criminal justice system turn slowly. That’s certainly what everyone involved in a 2019 fight in downtown Austin must be thinking as the case finally came to a conclusion two years later with plea deals for three of the four men accused of assaulting a gay cou...

Texas DWI “No Refusal” Weekends

Drunk Driving

In Texas, you have a legal right to refuse to consent to a DWI test – a blood test or a breathalyzer test.  Many people think that if they refuse the blood alcohol or breathalyzer test when the officer asks them on the road, and they wait to get tested later, their blood al...

Texas’ New “Constitutional Carry” Law

Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed HB 1927 into law, making it legal on September 1, 2021, for anyone in Texas, aged 21 and over, to legally carry a handgun without getting a state license (unless they are excluded from possessing a firearm by state or federal law). A background check is still requir...

17-Year-Olds in the Texas Criminal Justice System

Texas Family Code defines a child as a person aged 10 to 17. In the Texas criminal justice system, children under age 10 cannot be prosecuted for a crime but they could be provided with services if the state feels that’s needed to help them stay out of the juvenile justice system.  17-yr-...

Facial Recognition Programs Can Lead to Wrongful Arrest

In April 2019, we blogged about how the lack of rules for the collection of people’s images for inclusion and use by facial recognition software. Privacy advocates were raising concerns about the high potential for misuse of this powerful technology. Criminal defense lawyers saw the potential for...

What You Need to Know About Juvenile Probation

Probation is a tool used in the juvenile justice system to help kids learn and grow after a mistake. Is your child facing probation? Hopefully, we can give you some peace of mind by explaining what you can expect. What Is Juvenile Probation? Juvenile probation is a court order that allow...