Court of Criminal Appeals on Furtive Gestures

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The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down a decision this week that revisits the significance of furtive gestures in establishing probable cause. In Marcopoulos v. State, the Court ruled that quickly leaving a bar that was known drug establishment coupled with furtive movements once the officer initiated a traffic stop was not sufficient to establish … Read moreCourt of Criminal Appeals on Furtive Gestures

Five Common Holiday Crimes to Watch Out For

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It’s no surprise that certain crimes spike around the holidays. Increased alcohol consumption, as well as financial and emotional stress, sometimes cause people to do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do. Like drink too much and then drive, or get into a fight with a loved one, or shoplift. Unfortunately, a poor decision now can have an … Read moreFive Common Holiday Crimes to Watch Out For

Road Rage Prosecution and Defense | How is Road Rage Prosecuted?

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It seems like every time you turn on the news, there is another incident of aggressive driving or so-called “road rage” in North Texas. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 9 out of 10 drivers believe aggressive driving is a threat to their personal safety. Additionally, 8 million drivers have reported getting out of … Read moreRoad Rage Prosecution and Defense | How is Road Rage Prosecuted?

Asset Forfeiture Defense | Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture Defense

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What is asset forfeiture? Asset forfeiture is a legal tool that prosecutors and law enforcement officials use to take and keep private property on the basis that such property is linked to criminal activity. Seizures are actions where a government activity gains possession of private property. Forfeiture is the legal process whereby that government divests ownership … Read moreAsset Forfeiture Defense | Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture Defense

How to Avoid Package Theft | Consequences of Stealing Packages

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Swiping packages off porches or doorsteps is a common crime of opportunity, especially during the holidays. An article published recently by USA Today reports that one in two Americans know someone who has had a package stolen after it was delivered and one in three Americans say they have had a package stolen. For some, the … Read moreHow to Avoid Package Theft | Consequences of Stealing Packages

Illegal Reentry | Federal Illegal Reentry | Fort Worth Federal Defense

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Illegal Reentry Charges: When Coming Back is a Federal Crime The debate regarding the scope of legal immigration to the United States has existed for decades. It is a political hotbed. Arguments for and against expanding or retracting immigration seem to permeate the political landscape of this country. While the public discourse ebbs and flows, federal … Read moreIllegal Reentry | Federal Illegal Reentry | Fort Worth Federal Defense