Criminal Miscellaneous

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Brazos County Probation Department Policies

The director of the Brazos County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (Probation) [Brazos County Probation Officers] was kind enough to give local Bryan|College Station criminal defense lawyers some insight into the workings of the department last month. There were three main areas of interest to potential criminal defense clients. First, the director explained department policies [...]

By | February 6th, 2013|Probation Issues|Comments Off on Brazos County Probation Department Policies

Criminal Lawyers Use Technology To Help Persuade Jurors

As technology continues to change the world we live in,  the best Bryan-College Station criminal defense lawyers are also learning to use new methods of persuasion in the courtroom. As slide shows, video presentations, and digital evidence become increasingly common in trial practice, defense lawyers of the twenty-first century are keeping current and up-to-date with [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Courtroom Trial Practice|Comments Off on Criminal Lawyers Use Technology To Help Persuade Jurors

Jury Selection in Texas Capital Murder Cases

Voir dire is the process by which both the prosecution and criminal defense attorneys attempt to select the most favorable people to sit on a jury and decide a criminal case. From the defense perspective picking jurors is often an uphill battle as we try to identify fair-minded folks who are willing to consider arguments [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Death Penalty|Comments Off on Jury Selection in Texas Capital Murder Cases

Judges: Appointed v. Elected

Following is a guest post from the capable and talented Bryce Buchmann, of "Nobody Takes Me Cereal" fame.   As Americans, we are taught from a young age that the best form of government is one that we the people elect. Citizens participate in this process by voting for president and other offices. But one [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Personal Thoughts|Comments Off on Judges: Appointed v. Elected

Police Line-Ups Unreliable

Many wrongful convictions are due to mistakes made during police lineups. In these lineups, investigators present a witness with either a group of possible suspects or a series of photos and ask them to identify the perpetrator. These results are often used as evidence in court and sometimes help put guilty people in jail. Unfortunately, [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Police Encounters|Comments Off on Police Line-Ups Unreliable

Warrants Required For GPS Tracking

In the modern era of unmanned military planes, satellite imaging, and digital communication, it often feels as though personal privacy is fading into the past. Even local authorities can now use technology to do things James Bond would have only dreamed of twenty years ago. As it becomes increasingly simple for police to gain access [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Constitutional Rights, Criminal Law Developments|Comments Off on Warrants Required For GPS Tracking

Touch DNA and College Station Criminal Defense Lawyers

In 1999 Timothy Masters was convicted of murdering a woman he had never even met. Insisting on his innocence, Masters and his criminal defense attorney fought the charge for nearly a decade. Finally, in 2008, he was found not guilty and released from prison. The final ruling was the result of a method of forensic [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Forensic Evidence|Comments Off on Touch DNA and College Station Criminal Defense Lawyers

Texas Statute of Limitations

Several cases have come into our Bryan-College Station criminal defense office recently in which the statute of limitations (SOL) was a big question for the client. An expunction case, for instance, might not be ripe for filing until the SOL has expired. Potential clients often ask why the prosecutors took so long to indict them [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Criminal Law Developments|5 Comments

Failure to Communicate Plea Offers

The Texas criminal defense lawyer's professional responsibility to each client regards the timely communication of plea bargain offers made by the prosecutor. When defense attorneys fail to communicate plea offers to clients they commit ineffective assistance of counsel, which can often lead to reversal in a criminal case.   To establish an ineffective assistance of [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Criminal Appeals|Comments Off on Failure to Communicate Plea Offers

Possession Issues in Drug and Marijuana Cases

Criminal defense lawyers regularly deal with possession issues in their law practices. The most common charges brought against folks in Bryan-College Station involve marijuana, controlled substances (including dangerous drugs), alcohol, and weapon charges. Certainly, possession of illicit pornography and stolen property could be included in this list of potential offenses. The question I most often [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Police Encounters|Comments Off on Possession Issues in Drug and Marijuana Cases