Blog Posts in November, 2013

Weird Thanksgiving Crimes

Assault by Turkey Back in 2004, a New York woman was driving down the highway when a group of menacing teenagers in an oncoming car tossed a frozen turkey through her windshield. Unfortunately, the ...
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Terry Stops in Texas

Many might have the misconception that police cannot search a person without a warrant. However, in Texas, police search and frisks are completely legal–a police officer can stop and search a ...
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The Criminal Charge Process

Perhaps your entire knowledge of the criminal process comes from television courtroom dramas and you’re wondering what really goes on in real life when it comes to the criminal charge process. ...
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Public Intoxication

In general, public intoxication laws are meant to protect the safety of the intoxicated person and the public. According to the jurisdiction you’re in, public intoxication could fall under ...
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Your Rights: Arrest and Holding

As you are probably aware, a police officer must have probable cause in order to arrest a suspected criminal. Probable cause is a very abstract term that can apply to various situations. Basically, a ...
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Apps Every Lawyer Needs

Dictation App For those who can talk faster than they can type on their smartphone keyboards. It’s an easy way to take notes when you’re on the go. It’s like having a personal ...
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Police Questioning and Your Rights

Sometimes it can be confusing to determine when you must legally answer police questions. Being read your Miranda rights is a signal that you have the right to remain silent during police questioning. ...
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Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

The simple fact is that not very many defendants choose to represent themselves in court if they have been charged with a criminal act. The large majority of defendants will ultimately hire a lawyer ...
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What are Status Offenses?

You may have wondered why it was illegal to skip school, run away, or be out past curfew when you were younger. As a minor, you could get into trouble with the police if they caught you doing those ...
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White Collar Crime: What is Computer Fraud?

Computer fraud is a type of white collar crime in which a person uses a computer or the internet to defraud others (including people, companies, government agencies) of money, internet access, or ...
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When Can Minors Be Charged as Adults?

Over the weekend a teenager in New York city brought a gun to an ice skating rink and shot two people, a 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy. The suspect is 16 years old and is being charged as an ...
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5 Facts About the Minimum Drinking Age

For people born after 1984, it probably never crossed their minds that the drinking age was ever under 21 in the US. That year, the Reagan administration passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act ...
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Probation vs Parol

Probation and parole are both “p” words that refer to a result of criminal conviction, however, they have very different meanings. Probation and parole are similar in that they are both ...
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Invoking Your Right to Remain Silent

The Miranda Warning is a mainstay in police dramas on TV. “You have the right to remain silent, everything to say can and will be used against you” and so on. The Miranda Warning is what ...
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Plea Bargains

What is a plea bargain? A plea bargain is a way for the prosecutor and criminal defense attorney to agree on a punishment for the accused without the need for a criminal trial. However, plea bargains ...
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Texas Underage Drinking Laws

Texas has some of the strictest laws in place against underage drinking in the US. They punish minors (anyone under 21) who attempt to purchase, purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. ...
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Managing Risk

Reducing your risk of lawsuits by using these proactive strategies when building your business. Here are some tips for reevaluating your risk management procedures. Hiring Every time you hire a new ...
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