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Man loses in Supreme Court on sex offender registry requirement

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Congress can require sex offenders to register as sex offenders in the states where they live, study, and work, even after they have completed their sentences. The case involved a young man who was arrested for statutory rape after he had consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was a 21-year-old member of the military. He served three months in prison and was later freed without any conditions. Years later when he moved from San Antonio to El Paso, Texas, he failed to update his change of address within the three-day period required by federal law.

Did Texas link lead to more serious consequences in drug bust?

While there are many harsh consequences to crime in Texas, sentences associated with drug convictions are substantially life altering. Due to the state's long international border, the issue of drug trafficking across the border is serious. Thus, authorities in Texas often seek to impose harsh penalties on those facing drug charges.

Houston oncologist facing aggravated assault charges

When a person is facing a criminal charge it is sometimes crucial to follow specific steps in order to ensure the most fair and reasonable process possible. No matter whether a person is facing a misdemeanor or a felony, pursuing a vigorous criminal defense can sometimes make all the difference. The consequences to any crime in Texas can range from substantial fines, volunteer work, probation, jail time and lengthy prison sentences. These substantially life-altering outcomes are likely on the mind of one Houston oncologist, who was recently charged with spiking her lover's coffee with anti-freeze.

Supreme Court decision examines constitutional rights

As Texas residents understand, a major goal of the criminal justice system is to offer a fair process to those accused of a crime. In fact, beyond just a goal, the U.S. Constitution demands that the courts protect certain inherent rights of people accused of committing a crime. Criminal defense attorneys will agree that the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments protect an individual's right to be free from an unreasonable search and seizure, preserve due process entitlements and insist that accused individuals have access to an attorney. However, a recent U.S. Supreme Court case makes one question how liberally a court might interpret these constitutional rights.

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