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Ruling may lead to bail reform

A judge ruled on April 28 that the bail system used by Houston-area authorities was unfair to poor offenders who cannot pay bail for low-level crimes. The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by a woman who was held in a Texas jail for two days because she couldn't afford her $2,500 bail. The plaintiff in the lawsuit was a single mother who was charged with driving without a license.

Criminal charges could be based on government hacking

Hundreds of charges have been filed based on government hacking in a child pornography case. In this case, the FBI not only seized the servers used to host a child pornography site, it kept the site up and running in order to access user information and hack into the computers of site visitors in Texas and elsewhere. These included close to 9,000 devices located in 120 countries.

Man wanted in connection with home invasion, attack

Texas residents who may find themselves to be a person of interest in connection with a crime may want to know about a case that is unfolding in a major metropolitan area in the state. According to media sources, a warrant has now been issued for a man who is believed to have attacked a Fort Worth woman in her home Oct. 22.

Simple Assault Charges in Texas

There is nothing simple about simple assault. If you've been charged with simple assault in Texas, you face potentially serious consequences. Assault seems like such a loaded term, but under Texas law it can mean "intentionally or knowingly" threatening someone with bodily injury, rather than actually touching them. Texas statutes break assault into several categories, with the particular form of assault considered either a misdemeanor or a felony. It is crucial to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

19-year-old man accused of sexual assault of 15-year-old girl

Authorities have detained and charged a 19-year-old Texas man for the sexual assault of a minor. An arrest affidavit lists the minor as a 15-year-old girl who the Williamson County Sheriff's office interviewed in August 2016 as a reported runaway. It is unclear, however, whether the man and girl were together while the girl was a runaway.

A second look at forensic evidence

DNA, bite marks, hair samples. You've seen them all used in the courtroom TV shows as undeniable proof of guilt. It's physical evidence, something a jury can look at and connect to the accused. The problem is that it's not always gathered, identified or explained right.

Number of Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity Members Charged With Drug Crimes Grows

The Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity drug and death scandal continues to grow. The police have charged six more fraternity members as a result of the overdose death of Texas A&M University student Anton Gridnev. The college sophomore was an economics major.

Can my teenager be charged for a school fight?

Indiscretions are expected in youth. There are growing pains and mistakes made on the path to becoming a responsible adult. Yet, there is a precedent of charging minors as adults, with the real threat of serving time and a permanent record when teenagers act out.

Adequate representation and the right to a fair trial

The Sixth Amendment guarantees individuals in Texas and elsewhere across the country the right to a fair trial. Courts display a strong presumption that a defendant's lawyer is acting within the range of reasonable professional assistance at any given time. In some situations, however, a client might have been so poorly represented that a court could ultimately be justified in overturning a guilty verdict that was handed down in a previous trial.

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