Texas Driver is Jailed for 50 Years for Sixth DWI Offense

  Texas has a no nonsense reputation for drunk driving and long prison terms are not uncommon in the Lone Star state for DWI drivers. However, the sentence that was handed down to Ronnie Paul Hobgood was stiff even by the state’s standards. Hobgood was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in February. In August he was sentenced to 50 …

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Texas Mulls Raising Juvenile Criminal Age to 18

  For almost 100 years, Texas has classified 17-year-olds who are charged with crimes as adults. That may be about to change as lawmakers consider redefining who is classified as an adult in the criminal justice system. The state’s politicians are now considering increasing the juvenile age to 18, reported CBS. That would mean those under 18 would not enter …

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Charged with a Crime in Texas? What NOT to Do

Charged with a Crime in Texas? What NOT to Do

Mistakes are a normal part of life. For many people, mistakes are an important part of the learning process. A close call or a near miss can actually be a sobering reminder of why you shouldn’t have been doing something dangerous or illegal in the first place. However, some mistakes are bigger than others – and some are so big …

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Child Killer John Battaglia Fights Execution on Grounds of Mental Incompetency

A former accountant from Dallas who murdered his two daughters in 2001, has been moved from death row as a fight goes on to prove his mental incompetency. The Dallas Morning News reported on how John Battaglia had been due to be executed in March but won a stay of execution in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Under …

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Rape Victim Files Lawsuit After Being Jailed in Texas

The tactics of prosecutors in Texas often make headlines for the wrong kinds of reasons but an incident in which a rape victim was jailed in Houston is shocking even by the standards of the Lone Star State. In Harris County, a prosecutor jailed a rape victim because he feared she would not show up to testify against her attacker. …

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Texas Beauty Queen Loses Her Crown After Her Criminal Record is Revealed

Having a criminal record can severely impact your life by barring you from jobs and accolades, even years after a conviction. This was graphically illustrated when a beauty queen in Texas was stripped of her crown after her criminal record came to light. KHOU reported on how Miss Corpus Christi Latina Caitlin Cifuentes, will have to return her crown because of …

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Supreme Court Backs Laws That Make DWI Breath Test Refusal a Crime

  Controversial laws in states such as Texas that make it a crime for a drunk driving suspect to refuse a breath test have been backed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The highest court in the land has provided greater clarity on what constitutes an unreasonable search and seizure of a suspected drunk driver in a case that tested the “implied …

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5 Things That Aren’t a Crime in the U.S.

Is It Legal? 5 Things That Aren’t a Crime in the U.S.

Most people have an intuitive sense of what constitutes a crime. For example, you probably know that taking something from a store without paying for it is a shoplifting offense. And while you may not go to jail for running a red light, you may end up with a traffic citation if a police officer sees you do it. Our …

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Texas Has Paid Out $93 Million over 25 Years for Wrongful Convictions

Texas has an unenviable record for wrongful convictions. When a defendant is wrongfully jailed he or she is not the only one to lose out. A report this month reveals the state has paid 101 men and women who were wrongfully jailed $93.6 million over the last 25 years. That’s money that could have been spent on services to the …

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Texas Students Accused of Writing Racist Graffiti Face Hate Crime Charges

  We often think of hate crimes as offenses of extreme violence, such as the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston last year. But they may not necessarily be crimes of violence. Recently, the International Business Times reported how a senior prank that involved the painting of the words “whites only” on public school facilities in Texas could …

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