What do you do if federal agents suddenly show up at your workplace and want to ask you a few questions? You're worried about where things will go if you answer them. You're also worried about what will happen if you refuse to answer.
Have you ever heard that people's memories change over time? It's true. You probably think that every memory you have is accurate, assuming that the only problem is when you can't remember something at all. The science tells us that some of your memories are probably false, though, no matter how real they seem.
If you’ve ever watched “CSI” or any similar drama, you likely know that forensic evidence analysis is a sophisticated science that produces iron-clad results. Unfortunately, that conclusion is completely wrong. Many forensic tests that have been used for years are not very reliable, and some are so bad that they can’t honestly be called scientific.
When you face drug charges, you quite literally face a turning point where your life may go any number of directions -- and most of them are unfavorable. A drug conviction can make living a healthy, productive, safe life much more difficult.
Texas residents interested in the justice system might like to know about the role sleep plays in acquiring confessions. A study that has been published in a National Academy of Sciences journal indicates that fatigued individuals are more likely than rested individuals to sign false confessions.
A law enforcement office in Texas helped contribute to the record number of exonerations in 2015. Around 28 percent of the 149 people who were exonerated last year were freed due to the work of one Conviction Integrity Unit in Harris County. The exonerated people had been serving time for drug offenses, murders and other serious crimes that they did not commit.
"Making a Murderer" is a crime documentary series that has captivated viewers in Texas and around the country. The film features a confession by 16-year-old Brendan Dassey which many people believe was fabricated. According to one expert, the confession portion of the case bears similarity to another case that occurred in Minnesota. Unlike Brendan Dassey, the suspect in the latter case was acquitted.
Texas residents may wonder why individuals accused of crimes committed while under the influence rarely claim diminished capacity as a defense. While drinking or taking drugs may sometimes make it difficult for individuals to resist their impulses or tell right from wrong, temporary insanity caused by drugs or alcohol will only be recognized by the law in a handful of very specific circumstances.
Texas business owners who face criminal charges for violations of OSHA regulations or other federal workplace safety laws should know that in December 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice stated its intention to change the way certain crimes would be prosecuted. According to news sources, committing the crimes in question could result in some employers being indicted for felony level offenses. If convicted, the accused may be subjected to penalties that include stiff fines and jail sentences of between five and 20 years.
Texas readers may be interested to learn that prosecutors at a prominent national wiretapping hub in California likely violated federal law when they permitted police eavesdropping in hundreds of drug cases. According to an investigation by USA Today and The Desert Sun, the violations could call into question the legality of up to 738 wiretaps approved by the Riverside County facility.