Qualified Immunity

When you are acquitted or you have your charges dismissed, a natural question often follows: “can we sue the police for the wrongful arrest”? What the police did was wrong and should not be tolerated. In fact, it is sometimes an officer’s own misconduct that helps convince a prosecutor to dismiss the charges. However, winning… Read more

CAN THE GOVERNMENT PROVE A CONSPIRACY TO SELL DRUGS WHEN A DEFENDANT IS IN ONLY A BUYER-SELLER RELATIONSHIP?

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Federal prosecution for conspiracy to sell illegal drugs often reaches past the leaders of drug cartels and their mid-level managers. The target of a federal investigation may well be the regional distributors and their retailers who deliver illegal drugs for larger organizations. Federal prosecution often starts with the street dealer and his confederates. However, when… Read more

Criminal History — An Arrest may Show Up Even when A DPS Background Check is Negative.

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An arrest may show up on your criminal history even with a negative background check with the Texas Department of Public Safety. DPS maintains a Computerized Criminal History System (“CCH”). The CCH contains public record information relating to a conviction or deferred adjudication that has been reported to the Department. Legally, this database is not… Read more

VIDEO-CONFERENCE HEARINGS

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For the time being, the courts have suspended in-person jury trials and preliminary hearings. All of us have a legitimate concern about gathering together, in large groups, in closed spaces, for extended periods of time. There is little doubt that in-person courtroom hearings, even with social distancing measures in place, would seriously jeopardize public health… Read more

THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES EXCEPTION

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In Kentucky v. King, 563 U.S. 452, 460, 131 S. Ct. 1849, 1856–57, 179 L. Ed. 2d 865 (2011) the Supreme Court discussed the exigent circumstances exception to the warrant requirement stating that the exception applies when “ ‘the exigencies of the situation’ make the needs of law enforcement so compelling that [a] warrantless search is… Read more

VIRTUAL ASSESSMENTS AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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Criminal cases are often worked out through integrative negotiations. I want to get the best outcome for my client and the prosecutor wants to see that justice is done. To obtain a better outcome, I want to offer persuasive legal arguments that strengthen our position and question the basis for the prosecutor’s case. At times,… Read more

COURT ORDERED EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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News and Updates Governor Approves Regulatory Suspensions to Allow Offender Education Programs to Offer Remote Classroom Instruction During the COVID-19 Pandemic APRIL 22, 2020 To help combat the spread of Coronavirus, TDLR requested and received authority from Governor Greg Abbott to suspend certain regulatory requirements to allow licensees of the Offender Education Program to provide… Read more