Prompt jail release is an often-overlooked component of a successful criminal defense. Without jail release, the presumption of innocence basically becomes a presumption of guilt. Incarcerated defendants cannot meaningfully participate in their own defenses, and they may accept unfavorable plea bargain offers to get things over with.
About twenty years ago, Texas lawmakers approved a per se DWI law. Before the legal change, a BAC level above the legal limit was a presumption of intoxication. Now, people with a BAC over the limit may be intoxicated as a matter of law. Not surprisingly, the DWI conviction rate increased significantly.
According to the federal government, there are about 4.5 million adults on probation in the United States. The rather distressing thing about that number is that it's the lowest probation population figure in twenty years.
In Texas, dog bites are one of the leading types of homeowners' insurance claims. Largely due to rising medical bills, the average claim amount has increased significantly since 2003.
Prompt pretrial release is an essential component of a good criminal defense. Typically, defendants who are behind bars do not make good decisions, usually because the increase stress hormone production interferes with the thought process. In practical terms, defendants who are in jail often accept unfavorable plea bargain agreements just so they can get back to the free world.
In the early and mid-1990s, peace officers substantially increased the number of drunk driving arrests. Today, there are over 1.4 million DWI arrests every year. That's almost 1 percent of the licensed drivers in the United States. In certain situations, peace officers are even more aggressive than normal in this area.