When people talk about getting a drunk driving case thrown out, they are likely discussing the case being dismissed. Like an acquittal that is issued after a verdict of not guilty at trial, a case dismissal means that you are cleared of any wrongdoing. But the benefit of a case dismissal is that you can…
In an effort to end increasing incarceration of “minor” offenses, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office announced this week that they will reform office policies to end prosecution of certain crimes (Dallas News). Perhaps the most progressive of these reforms include declining to prosecute future theft of personal items under $750 unless the theft was…
For people currently on Probation with a Felony Conviction a relatively new Texas law may provide some relief via Judicial Clemency, including for some felony marijuana convictions. Judicial Clemency is the term used to describe the power of a judge to set aside a conviction under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Judicial Clemency is…
Did you know that teen “sexting” of explicit images on social media is legally deemed a child pornography felony in 23 states, according to a new study in the May 2019 issue of Pediatrics? Indeed, some states’ sexting laws call for 20-year prison terms and sex-offender registration. The 23 states which make sexting a crime…
There are currently several bills in the Texas House of Representatives that are seeking to expand Texas’ Compassionate Use Act (CUA) which allows for people with intractable epilepsy to be prescribed medical marijuana. There are also two Texas Senate bills seeking to expand the CUA but they differ in their approach and in how much…
Everyone knows that teenagers don’t always understand the consequences of their actions. The need to no longer be treated as a child, the desire for attention, the pull of strong emotions that overcome self-control, and the constant pressure of their peers can push teens and young adults to make irresponsible decisions. Unfortunately, these stupid things…
If you’re curious to learn more about cannabis and some of the common marijuana terms, then keep reading while we give you a rundown of some of the more mainstream cannabis related definitions! Marijuana or cannabis. Whatever you call it, there are some common terms and definitions that everyone should know. While some terms are…
If you get swept up in a massage parlor arrest, you can expect to get charged with soliciting prostitution. This holds true even if you did not engage in any sexual activity. Under the solicitation laws of Texas, simply agreeing to exchange money for sex constitutes a criminal act. There are harsh penalties for a…
If you were accused of sexual misconduct at your former workplace, your former employer is not prohibited from sharing this information when people call them for references about you. It’s important to note, however, that your former employer will likely not disclose sex abuse allegations against you. This is because they fear they will be…
Some of the major child sexual abuse allegations against late pop star Michael Jackson in the controversial new documentary “Leaving Neverland” have been debunked. Yet Jackson continues to be vilified by many in reaction to the film. This underscores the danger of a rush to judgment based on accusations and not facts. Jackson biographer Mike…