The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently went to great lengths to explain how it came to decision with a different result than the United States Supreme Court in Carpenter v. U.S. In Sims v. State, the Court of Criminal Appeals determined a search warrant was not required when using real-time cell site location information (CSLI) … Read more Sims v. State: Can police obtain real-time cell site location without warrant?
Timbs v. Indiana: SCOTUS Boot on the Throat of Policing for Profit? The Supreme Court, in Timbs v. Indiana, recently handed down a unanimous decision that may be the death knell for “policing by profit,” limiting both police and prosecutors across the country. The Court held that the Eighth Amendment protection against excessive fines, including … Read more Timbs v. Indiana: SCOTUS Boot on the Throat of Policing for Profit?
Case Analytics and the Criminal Justice System Case analytics are big business in the world of civil litigation. They help lawyers understand what cases are worth, what motions a given judge is most likely to grant, and what juries are doing in a specific jurisdiction. While each case is unique, this data helps shape litigation … Read more Case Analytics and the Criminal Justice System: A Look at Tarrant County
Inmates have been smuggling prohibited or illegal items, such as drugs, tobacco, cellphones, and weapons, into jails and prison for decades. They often recruit friends or relatives to bring unauthorized items during visitation or send them through the mail. Sometimes, guards or staff members are on the take. In recent years, there has been an increase in the use of drones to fly items over prison walls. In a highly-publicized case last year, an Oregon woman … Read more Contraband Smuggling: Consequences of Sneaking Items into Jail and Prison
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and speed limits are no exception. In fact, the fastest freeway in America — with a speed limit set at 85mph — is on a state highway between Austin and San Antonio. Under state law, the maximum speed on Texas roadways is generally 70 mph, but the … Read more Can You Be Arrested for Speeding in Texas?
Tampering with Evidence in Texas If you followed the news last year, you may have seen that former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was indicted in September 2018 for tampering with evidence in Texas, stemming from allegations he ordered the removal of documents from a training center during an investigation. And a month after that, … Read more Tampering with Evidence | Fort Worth Criminal Defense
FBI agents forced a suspect to unlock their Apple iPhone using their face. While forcing you to provide an image of your face is akin to forcing you to provide a fingerprint, the end result is that law enforcement has an easy way to get into Apple devices. There is still something you can do … Read more How to Keep the Police Out of Your iPhone | Police and Face ID
The Castle Doctrine in Texas A man’s home is his castle, and nowhere is that more true than in Texas. Terms like “Castle Doctrine” and “Stand Your Ground” get tossed around in the media frequently, but what do these terms actually mean in the Lone Star State? Do you have a right to pull a … Read more Castle Doctrine in Texas | Castle Doctrine | Castle Law in Texas