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Study finds that black men get longer prison sentences

Texas residents may be interested to learn that African-American males serve longer sentences than white males, even when the crimes committed are the same. According to a study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, sentences for black men were 19.1 percent longer than the sentences of white male prisoners between the years of 2012 and 2016.

Study: Prosecutors may use race to determine plea offers

Despite the fact that black people in Texas aren't more likely than white individuals to commit crimes, they are arrested in disproportionate numbers. In addition to the problem of racial profiling by the police, a new study reveals that the disparate treatment of black criminal defendants also extends further into the criminal justice system after their arrests.

Evidence tampering

Evidence is anything that provides proof about a matter in court. The evidence can be testimony, documents, and objects. Texas has laws about evidence tampering, and the state takes it very seriously.

Police searches

Federal and state police i have the authority to search the property of Texas residents if they have justification under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting searches on an individual's premises or vehicle to collect stolen items, illegal goods or proof of illegal acts.

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.

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