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Recent Posts in Criminal Defense Category

Entrapment and Drug Free Zones, Measure as the Crow Flies

<p></p> Prosecutors and police love to charge defendants with selling drugs in drug free zones. As an article on the Texas prosecutors’ website says, “One tool assists ...
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Should I Take a Polygraph (Lie Detector) Test?

If you are under investigation for a sex crime in Texas, you might be asked to take a polygraph test (a.k.a. “lie detector test”). The request might come from a police detective, the Texas ...
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WARNING TO ALL THE NIGERIAN/ALBANIAN LOWLIFE SCAMSTER LOWLIFES

I get at least 10 of your scam emails a day, claiming you have a divorce settlement action, or a collection action 'in your jurisidiction.' I'm fed up, and fighting back. I will respond, ...
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Proper Dress and Etiquette for Court

I am constantly amazed at how some people dress when they go to court. Defendants charged with drug offenses show up in baggy teeshirts with pictures of Bob Marley smoking a joint. Some look like they ...
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Texas Department Public Safety Lab Scandal - Cases Thrown Out

Nearly 5,000 cases "may all be jeopardized" by DPS lab worker misconduct Gritsforbreakfast (the best blog on Texas criminal law) reports that potentially all of the 4,944 cases worked by a ...
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No Evidentiary Privilege for AA Fifth Step Confessions

They say that confession is good for the soul. The 12 step programs enshrine this idea in the Fifth Step, where the recovering alcoholic or addict “admits to God, ourselves and to another human ...
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Can I get deported for misdemeanor drug or weapon offense?

I practice law in a small town (20,000). In the past 18 months, I’ve represented two Legal Permanent Residents (LPR’s) who came to me after they plead guilty to minor offenses, were placed ...
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What does 3g mean?

Sometimes you’ll hear defendants and their lawyers and prosecutors talk about “3g offenses.” They’re referring to Sec. 3g of Article 42.12 of the Texas Code of Criminal ...
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When Loaning Your Roommate a Xanex Bar Makes You a Drug Dealer

Hey, Can You Spare a Couple of Xanax Bars? National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction, or how a minor drug offense can ruin your life. Collateral consequences are the bad things ...
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Is a criminal trial a "search for the truth" ?

For a good exploration of the idea of a trial as a truth seeking inquiry, I recommend an online essay by Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, described by Frontline as a clear and compelling ...
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How Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Say What They Do With a Straight Face?

Are criminal defense lawyers dishonest? Or, how can he say that with a straight face? We’re all familiar with famous cases where everyone knew the defendant was guilty before the trial ever ...
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Freedom of Information Act Letter to Military

Your name and address here June 22, 2012 Much thanks to "This ain't hell but you can see it from here" Put your request into this form and send it with the official form NPRC has online; ...
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Stolen Valor - Is it criminal or just lying?

How to Check Someone’s Claims of Military Service, Honors and Medals Here’s how the Stolen Valor project describes it: “It starts off simple enough. A casual mention of military ...
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Texas Law on Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground

The law has long recognized that “a man’s home is his castle,” where he has the right to use deadly force to protect himself, his family and property. The “stand your ...
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Stand Your Ground/Deadly Force

From an article in Washington Times by David Kopel http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/2/debunking-the-stand-your-ground-myth/ The assertion that Florida law allows shooting whenever someone ...
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