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  • The Pre Charge Investigation

    January 09, 2023

    I met with a man the other day who was being investigated by a local police agency. Typically, an individual is not aware that he is in the cross hairs of a police investigation until he gets a phone call from a police detective or government agency like CPS. By the time he is informed, […]

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  • Should I Take A Plea Bargain

    January 09, 2023

    You are probably asking this question because an offer has been made in your case and the resolution seems painful. You don’t want to admit to a crime and suffer through imprisonment or probation terms. Perhaps you are concerned about registering as a sex offender and the complications and shame that will follow? What should you […]

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  • Role Of The Judge In Your Criminal Case

    January 09, 2023

    I often wonder why a rational person would choose to become a judge in a Criminal Court. The pay isn’t great, and in the off chance one gets elected to the bench, he or she must worry about being fired every four years. To make it worse, re-election isn’t based on the job the Judge […]

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  • Prostitution Is Now A Felony In Texas

    January 09, 2023

    In 2021, the State legislature decided to fight crime by amending Texas Penal Code §43.02, and adding §43.021, turning solicitation of prostitution into a State Jail felony. Previously, the crime had been a Class B misdemeanor. So why did the legislature upgrade solicitation? The attorney’s general report claims an economic reason for the change. According to the […]

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  • Murder Defenses: Part 3

    January 09, 2023

    Can Intoxication Be A Defense To Murder? I don’t remember the last Murder case I’ve had that didn’t involve alcohol or drugs. In some cases, my clients were so severely intoxicated, he or she could not remember the events that resulted in the homicide. In some of my other cases, the victim and everybody else […]

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  • Murder Defenses: Part 2

    January 09, 2023

    Somewhere out there in the abyss that is the Texas Legislature, a group of individuals are discussing a way to make all open possession of handguns legal. Their argument is that we are all safer if everybody carries a weapon. In actuality, there appears to be a romanticizing of the Texas west that all these […]

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  • Murder Defenses: Part 1

    January 09, 2023

    In a previous post I discussed the changes in Murder prosecutions. It is becoming harder to defend Murder charges with the changes in technology, but as I intimated, it is not impossible. What defenses are available for an individual charged with Murder? The death of a human being at the hands of another is always […]

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  • Murder Defenses: Insanity

    January 09, 2023

    Texas Penal Code, Sec. 8.01 provides the framework for the defense of insanity in Texas Criminal courts. It states that “it is an affirmative defense to prosecution that, at the time of the conduct charged, the actor, as a result of severe mental disease or defect, did not know that his conduct was wrong.” It should […]

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  • Murder Incorporated

    January 09, 2023

    What Is Murder In The State Of Texas? Believe it or not, Murder is defined differently in different States. All Murders are homicides, i.e. a person died due to the actions of another human being. However, not all homocides are Murders. In Texas, Murder is defined under Penal Code §19.02, which states that a person commits the offense of Murder […]

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  • Kids And Guns

    January 09, 2023

    Like most of the country, I watched in horror the events that transpired in Highland Park, Illinois. Investigators claim that Robert Crimo III took aim and fired 83 rounds at spectators from a rooftop, stopping only to reload his rifle. Seven people were shot dead. I saw the photo of Crimo. He looks young and […]

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- Reggie Kerr

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