Skipping School May Not Longer Be An Offense for Students in Texas

In Texas skipping school can be a criminal offense for students. However, that may change if a bill approved this month by the Senate makes it onto the statute books. The Star-Telegram reported on how skipping school in Texas would no longer be a crime for students if a bill which was approved 26-5 by the Texas Senate, progresses through …

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Cedar Hill High’s Head Football Coach is Arrested on DWI Charge

A high profile Texas school football coach has been arrested and charged with DWI, according to reports. The Dallas Morning News reported Cedar Hill High School’s coach Joey McGuire was arrested on the morning of April 10, 2015. Cedar Hill ISD confirmed the arrest in a statement that said McGuire was arrested in Tarrant County early Friday morning, for an …

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What Can a Lawyer Do for You?

Every day at least one potential client asks me, “What can you do for me?” It is natural enough.  A person has been charged with a crime; they are concerned about their future; and they are confronted with the expensive prospect of hiring a lawyer to defend them against the charges.  Before they make that expenditure they want to know …

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Importance of Character Letters for Sentencing

It is difficult to say how important character letters are to judges.  Moreover, the importance of character letters differs from judge to judge and from case to case.  Nevertheless, what we generally tell our clients is that well written character letters never hurt.

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Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting 15-year-old has HIV, according to Reports

The arrest of teachers inevitably makes news headlines. The Dallas Morning Newsrecently reported on how a Richardson ISD teacher who was arrested last week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy later told police that he has HIV. The news report said Roger Kessler, 43, told investigators he hadn’t revealed his medical condition to the boy. The report stated he …

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More Gangs Are Joining Forces to Commit Crimes in Texas, Says Report

Gangs represent a “significant public safety threat” in Texas, and are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime in many communities, a new report by the Department of Public Safety has concluded. The report says gang activity is particularly prevalent in West Texas close to the border with Mexico which has a major problem with gang cartels. “Of incarcerated members …

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Former Dallas Mayoral Candidate May Face Third-Degree Felony Charge over Graffiti

Charges related to graffiti don’t often lead to jail time but a former Dallas mayoral candidate could face a third degree felony charge if he is accused of targeting monuments with significance to the lesbian and gay community, say police. The Dallas Morning News reported how nine months after a dozen locations — including the Legacy of Love Monument at …

Sarah KleinFormer Dallas Mayoral Candidate May Face Third-Degree Felony Charge over Graffiti

Video of Fatal Shooting of Mentally Ill Man by Dallas Police Reignites Debate About Police Force

Police shootings have never been far from the news headlines since the riots in Ferguson, MO last year. The fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer led to months of disturbances in Ferguson and the criminal justice system came under fire. In Dallas the shooting of Jason Harrison by police last year, is continuing to be the cause …

Sarah KleinVideo of Fatal Shooting of Mentally Ill Man by Dallas Police Reignites Debate About Police Force
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Homicides Spike in Small Texas Town of Longview

A spate of homicides in a small Texas town has led to an upsurge in media attention and probing questions about the police department. Recently, the Dallas Morning News reported how the East Texas town of Longview has recorded six homicides in the first two months of the year, which exceeds the homicide rate in the whole of 2014. Given …

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Justice Department Report Highlights Tainted Criminal Justice System in Ferguson

A damning report into the way crime is handled in Ferguson, MO., has confirmed that not all local criminal justice systems are equal and some are riddled with bad practices. This month the Justice Department called on Ferguson, Mo., to “overhaul its criminal justice system, declaring that the city had engaged in so many constitutional violations that they could be corrected only …

Sarah KleinJustice Department Report Highlights Tainted Criminal Justice System in Ferguson