Most people know that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The presumption of innocence is rather unique to American law. In many other parts of the world, defendants are presumed guilty until they prove their innocence.
Generally, officers must have search warrants to seize physical evidence, such as illegal drugs. However, in many of these cases, things happen so quickly that officers do not bother with search warrants. Despite the prohibition against warrantless searches in the Fourth Amendment, the seized evidence might still be admissible.
Fall injuries are the leading cause of ER visits in Tarrant County. Nationwide, some eight million fall victims are rushed to hospital emergency rooms every year. Many of these falls occur inside grocery stores, or in grocery store parking lots.
If officers have probable cause, they can demand that DWI suspects provide chemical breath or blood samples which determine their Blood Alcohol Content. If the BAC level is above the legal limit, which is usually .08, the defendant might be guilty as a matter of law. About 80 percent of DWI suspects provide chemical samples.
For the second time in two years, a vehicle jumped a curve on South Hulen Street, causing massive property damage.
White collar crime is an umbrella term for a number of nonviolent crimes which usually involve theft of money or services.
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.