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Criminal justice reform in Texas and the U.S.

Residents in Texas who are accused of crimes may understandably feel afraid about the prospect of going to prison. Family members of defendants may also worry about this potential outcome. It is no surprise that there are many problems with prison life and the high number of people being sent to prisons. Fortunately, there are many steps being taken at both the state and the federal level to address excessive prison populations and the conditions in those facilities.

Reviewing Texas' self-defense law

Most in Waco might never dream of using violent force against another, yet there may be situations where they are compelled to do so. One's first reaction to hearing a claim of self-defense may be to be skeptical. However, enough legitimate cases of the justified use of force have occurred to merit several states to create laws addressing it (according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Texas is among them). Such statutes typically stipulate that people have no duty to retreat from a scenario where they feel threatened, and by extension, are permitted to defend themselves and others if the situation calls for it. 

Ignition interlock device basics

Among the many challenges residents in Texas who have been convicted of driving while intoxicated offenses face, one is the potential loss of their driving privileges. Whether or not this happens or how long a driver's license suspension or revocation may last depends in part upon the details of the particular offense and situation. However, some drivers may be able to reinstate their ability to drive legally if they install and use an ignition interlock device. 

Understanding field sobriety tests

If you have been arrested in Texas and charged with a driving while intoxicated offense, you may well be scared about what might happen to you next. This is very understandable, and it is important at this point to learn not only about the defense process but also about the arrest process. The tests used by officers may be important evidence used against you and you should know exactly what they are and what they mean.

What is a walk and turn test?

Anyone who is accused by Texas law enforcement of driving under the influence of alcohol should be aware of how the prosecution will attempt to prove their case. If you find yourself in such a situation, chances are the police had administered a field sobriety test at the time they pulled you over. One of these tests is known as the walk and turn test.

Racially charged threats lead to misdemeanor assault charges

Contrary to popular belief, assault charges stem not from physical violence but from the threat of violence. This is as true in Texas as it is in North Carolina, where a 51-year-old white woman who threatened to pull a concealed weapon on two African-American sisters is now facing misdemeanor charges for simple assault. 

Is expungement an option available to you?

Having an arrest on your record can haunt you long after the criminal matter you stand accused of in Waco is resolved. Such a record can bar you from obtaining certain types of housing, and even potentially interfere with you getting a job. Thus, it certainly is in your best interest to try and have any such action removed from public records. However, not all criminal offenses are eligible for expungement. Knowing which ones are might save you a good amount of both mental and emotional effort. 

What you should know about plea negotiations

Plea bargaining offers people charged with a crime the opportunity to avoid harsh penalties such as lengthy prison terms, so it is no surprise that many Texas residents choose not to fight criminal charges and go for a plea deal instead. It is important, however, to be aware of what plea bargaining entails. You should also know that you ultimately are in charge of whether to accept a plea deal or not.

Five things you need to know about speaking to police

What happens if I get pulled over by the police? What should I say to an officer, either during questioning or during an arrest? These are vital questions that every person in Texas should be able to answer. In the event you are questioned by police, here are five things you should know about what to say to an officer as well as what you should never say.

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The College of State Bar of Texas
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice
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