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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Texas residents who have heard of plea bargains might wonder who benefits in addition to the defendant. One reason both prosecutors and judges might prefer a plea bargain in some cases is because it reduces the number of trials they must participate in. Both prosecutors and judges have busy calendars, and a plea bargain allows them to focus that time on more serious cases. Similarly, a plea bargain, which usually comes with reduced penalties, frees up prison space for people who are facing more serious charges.