Senate Backs “Second Chance” Bill for Some One Time Offenders

If you commit a one-off crime but then stay out of trouble, you can still be dogged by your criminal record which can make it harder for you to get a job and get back on your feet again. That could change for some one-time offenders who stay out of further trouble if a bill becomes a law in Texas …

Sarah KleinSenate Backs “Second Chance” Bill for Some One Time Offenders

Bill Would Include Transgender People in Hate Crimes List

Hate crimes in Texas are defined under the Texas Hate Crimes Act, as offenses that are motivated by prejudice, hatred, or advocacy of violence against victims due to a number of factors including the victim’s race, religion or sexual orientation. Now a group of House members have considered legislation that would widen these crimes to include transgender people, reports the …

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Former Grapevine Police Officer is Charged With Evidence Tampering

The behavior of police officers has come under scrutiny in recent months in Missouri, New York and Baltimore. While Texas has not seen high profile cases like these places, there is no shortage of scandals involving police in the Lone Star State. Recently, the Star-Telegram reported on how a former Grapevine police officer who admitted to taking and ingesting K-9 …

Sarah KleinFormer Grapevine Police Officer is Charged With Evidence Tampering

Audit Report Highlights Sloppy Procedures at Dallas Police Department

We have a right to expect organizational procedures to be flawless at a police department. As an agency that compiles and stores evidence, a police department has a high level of responsibility to citizens. It was, therefore, alarming to read an auditor’s report that the Dallas Police Department’s guns, Tasers, radios and badges are “not adequately safeguarded.” The Dallas Morning …

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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 …

Sarah KleinSkipping School May Not Longer Be An Offense for Students in Texas

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 …

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

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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