Which Crimes are Considered “Sexual Offenses” Under Texas Law?

Not all crimes are created equally. Being charged with assault is a far cry from facing sexual assault charges. Not only is there a stigma attached to sexual crimes that doesn’t come with most other illegal acts, in many cases you may find yourself up against additional penalties, including the possibility of having to appear on [...]

Using Deadly Force In Defense Of Another Is Not A Crime in Texas

Recently in Irving, Texas, a man allegedly entered a check cashing establishment in an attempted robbery. Instead of simply robbing the place, the man allegedly took a female employee hostage and held her at gunpoint. Dramatic video shows the police in a standoff with the suspect who appears to be holding a woman with his arm [...]

Beware of the Private Citizen: Vigilantes & Citizens’ Arrest

Private citizens can act as police officers when you least expect it. Texas’s law allows private citizens to help the police capture a person. Seems illogical, but it’s all legal. Therefore, you must beware of the vigilante; the person who is out for justice and will find it at any cost. This vigilante can arrest you [...]

Talking Can Lead to Trouble: Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent

Talking Can Lead To Trouble

It is human nature to want to tell your side of the story. Talking is not always in your best interest. This is especially true if you have been charged with a crime or are under law enforcement suspicion of committing a crime. The only person you should be speaking to [...]

Should You Take Your Chances With A Jury?

The right to a trial by jury is inviolate. It is a personal right every person who is charged with a criminal offense enjoys. In Texas, that right may be waived in most cases. There is no magic formula to decide which is best for you. That decision must be made in close consultation with your [...]

Can A Police Officer Make An Arrest Without A Warrant?

The police do not have authority to make an arrest in Texas without a warrant, generally speaking. If they do make an arrest without a warrant, then the police must justify their actions. Evidence that was seized or statements that were subsequently made after an unlawful arrest may be suppressed, that is thrown out of court. [...]