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New Criminal Laws in Texas During 2023 Legislative Session

During the 88th Texas Legislative Session, lawmakers filed more than 8,000 bills. Only a fraction of these bills passed through the legislative process and became law.  Of the bills that did become law, a significant number pertained to criminal justice, creating new offenses or amending existing statutes. Some of Texas’ new criminal laws are quite […]
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Drugs Remain Common Cause of Arrest in Dallas

On July 1, 2023, Patch reported that Marco Antonio Gonzalez, a Dallas drug dealer known as “Speedy,” was sentenced to life in prison. He was convicted of drug trafficking and other charges after a lengthy trial. The 45-year-old man was found guilty in December 2021 of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession […]
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DWI is Not the Only Consequence of Drunk Driving

While most people in Texas are aware that law enforcement agencies all over the state aggressively enforce driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws, some people do not fully consider the other consequences of drunk driving. The truth remains that when people get behind the wheel after consuming too many alcoholic beverages, they can be at much […]
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Hit and Run Crimes Remain Common in Dallas

When people happen to be involved in motor vehicle accidents in Texas, state law requires them to immediately stop their vehicle at the scene of an accident or as close to such scene as possible, return to the scene of the accident when a vehicle is not stopped at the scene of an accident, determine […]
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Will Texas Decriminalize Marijuana

Will Texas Decriminalize Marijuana?

On May 1, 2023, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill to effectively decriminalize marijuana in the state. The bill was approved after a second reading by members of the House through a voice vote, leaving another vote in the chamber before final passage, and is now awaiting consideration […]
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Sex Crimes Remain Common in Texas

A sex crime remains one of the most challenging types of offenses a person can be charged with, and people who are accused of these types of crimes can often find their entire lives turned upside down simply with accusations of wrongdoing. There has been no shortage of sex crime stories in the Dallas area […]
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Major DWI Arrests in Dallas

WFAA-TV reported on February 27, 2023, that two Dallas police officers suffered injuries after their patrol car crashed with a pickup truck. The truck driver was facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges. The crash happened near North Field and Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas, and the officers were driving north on Field Street when the […]
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Public Defender vs. Private Practice Attorney When a person is facing criminal charges in Dallas, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S. Ct. 792 (1963) that the Sixth Amendment requires the appointment of counsel in all criminal prosecutions. Many people in these situations are going to have the criminal defense […]
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Dallas Firearm Violations Remain Common

Many people in Texas support the Second Amendment to the United Constitution and believe their rights to carry firearms are without any prohibition, but the truth of course remains that Texas has numerous laws relating to firearm violations, and people who violate state laws can face criminal charges. Multiple stories from the previous month indicate […]
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Major Drug Busts in Dallas

Dallas is an area of Texas known for being a big city, so major drug busts are common in and around Dallas. There has been no shortage of news relating to drug crimes in the Dallas area over the past month. WFAA-TV reported on November 29, 2022, that a Dallas man was facing up to […]
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