California passed the first sex offender registration law way back in 1947. These laws became increasingly common beginning in the 1980s, culminating with the federal Jacob Wetterling Act in 1994. Patty Wetterling, who lobbied extensively for this legislation following the death of her son, now condemns sex offender registration laws as overly harsh. But that's the subject of another blog.
It is spring once again in North Texas. So, both dogs and people will once again be out and about in force. Every year, dogs bite about five million people. A significant number of these victims go to hospital emergency rooms, where they later require extensive surgery and physical rehabilitation.
Whether or not the defendant provides a chemical sample, the Field Sobriety Tests are important in DWI cases.
One person is in the hospital after Arlington police continued pursuing a robbery suspect into Fort Worth.
Jail release is more than personal convenience. It's also more than in the best interests of your job and family. It's even more than the best thing for your mental state. If the defendant is incarcerated, it's almost impossible to mount a successful defense.
Frequently, intoxication, or lack thereof, is the only issue in a DWI case. However, even if the defendant was drunk as a skunk, Parker County prosecutors might be unable to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If there is ever ice on the ground in North Texas, it is usually around Super Bowl week. Parker County residents have an especially hard time navigating possibly treacherous sidewalks and other walkways.
Both misdemeanor and felony convictions have serious collateral consequences. Many people with such records have a hard time obtaining certain professional licenses, finding a nice place to live, obtaining student financial aid, and finding a good job.
2020 got off to a very bleak start for the families of four people killed or seriously injured after a vehicle collided with a metallic sign pole.
In recent years, many states have all but eliminated their criminal laws which prohibit marijuana possession. On January 1, 2020, Illinois became the latest state to legalize recreational weed. However, marijuana possession is still illegal in Texas. As a matter of fact, the Lone Star State has one of the toughest marijuana possession laws in the country. A single joint could mean up to six months in jail.