Criminal Defense Blog

Dallas Family Waits for Justice After 16-Year-Old Killed at the Same Park Where He Played Basketball

Homero Escobar, Jr. was just 16 years old when he was gunned down in Arcadia Park in west Oak Cliff on July 23, 2020. He was known to his family and friends as Bubba. The tragic shooting has not been solved. Witnesses told police that they saw three males driving away in a tan sedan…. read more

Is a DWI a Felony in Texas?

DWI charges can have severe consequences, regardless of whether the DWI is a misdemeanor or a felony. Anyone facing a DWI charge needs to take it very seriously. Texas courts often issue maximum sentences for DWI convictions. What Is a DWI Charge in Texas? Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or higher… read more

Is Dallas Safe?

Dallas has a lot to offer residents and visitors. According to Forbes, Dallas ranks as one of the best places to retire in 2020. With access to business opportunities, sports, education, entertainment, and quality housing, Dallas has a lot to offer. However, one of the serious drawbacks of living in Dallas is a high crime… read more

Plans Fail to Reduce Dallas Violent Crime

Plans by the Dallas Police Department to reduce crime in Dallas during 2020 have fallen short of their goals. If reported crime rates are accurate, some criminal activity in Dallas has increased from the levels reported in 2019. According to NBCDFW, aggravated assault unrelated to domestic violence has increased by 30 percent. There have been… read more

6 Questions You Should Always Ask During Interactions with the Police

It can be frightening when police officers stop and detain you, especially if you’ve done nothing wrong. When you have encounters with law enforcement officers, you should ask basic questions about the encounter. Even though the police may not answer all your questions, it is wise to ask specific questions. Remember, always be respectful, calm,… read more

What is the Age of Consent in Texas?

Have you been charged with a sex crime involving a teenager? If so, you may assume that you could get out of that charge if the teenager consented to the sexual relationship. You would be wrong. Texas criminal statutes set an “age of consent” for minors to agree to sexual conduct. If a person is… read more

Things Cops Do That Are Illegal: What a Police Officer Can and Cannot Do

The law applies to everyone, including police officers. Law enforcement officials must follow the same laws that everyone else follows. That includes when they are on duty and off duty. If a police officer commits an illegal act, the police officer can be arrested and prosecuted. If the illegal act involves a suspect, any evidence… read more

What if I Don’t Show Up for Jury Duty?

The Texas Constitution and the United States Constitution guarantee the right to a jury trial. Our right to have a jury of our peers determine our guilt or innocence is a fundamental part of our criminal justice system. However, it relies on citizens performing their service as jurors. Individuals in Texas chosen for jury service… read more

5 Common Legal Defenses to Child Pornography Charges

Possession of child pornography is one of the most serious sex crime charges in Texas and in other states across the country. Not only are state penalties punishable by long prison sentences, costly fines, and sex offender registration, but child pornography can also lead to federal charges.  If you or a loved one has been accused of possession of child… read more

Can I ‘Sleep It Off’ in My Car to Avoid a Texas DWI?

Imagine that it is the last call at the bar, but you’re too drunk to drive home. You think about calling an Uber or Lyft, but you don’t want to leave your car parked on the street overnight in fear of getting a ticket or getting your vehicle broken into.  So, you decide to take a nap… read more