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December 2018 Archives

Junk science leads to convictions for violent crimes

Crime scene investigators rely on forensic science to help them connect a crime to a suspect. Particularly when investigating violent crimes, officers may collect traces of evidence and process them in a lab. The critical stage occurs when supposed forensic experts testify to a jury about the reliability of their findings. Juries are often convinced by forensic testimony from so-called experts. However, one Texas man's long ordeal began when investigators used junk science to convict him of murder.

How police use field sobriety tests for drunk driving arrests

When a Texas police officer suspects that a person might be driving under the influence of alcohol, the officer will likely ask that driver to submit to a series of roadside tests. These field sobriety tests are meant to help responding officers determine if further action is warranted, but the results are highly subjective and up to individual interpretation. Here is a better understanding of what field sobriety tests look like and how they might affect an officer's decision to make a drunk driving arrest.

Need help dealing with theft & property crimes? We're here

Worried about the possibility of having a criminal record follow you for the rest of your life? Even if you are facing a seemingly minor charge for alleged theft & property crimes, you should consider the benefits of taking a proactive approach to your defense. Minimizing the potential impact of Texas state law violations is essential.

Exercise your right to remain silent

With the holidays approaching, you are likely making plans for office parties, family gatherings and festive celebrations with friends. This probably means driving to and from the event, which may place you at risk, especially if you plan to be drinking.

Felony drunk driving charges filed against teen driver

A teenage driver in Texas was arrested after allegedly causing a serious accident in which multiple people were injured, including himself. Charged with intoxication assault -- a felony -- he was first treated at a hospital before being taken into police custody. He has since posted a $10,000 bond and is likely considering possible approaches to his drunk driving charges.

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