Year: 2015

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…

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…

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…

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…

The arrest of teachers inevitably makes news headlines. The Dallas Morning News recently 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…

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. We believe that letters from various sources can prove helpful, such as…

graffiti

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…

LGBT pavement

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…

police brutality

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…

homicide

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…