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Communicating Through Shared Experiences

I have recently taught at a string of seminars on the subject of communication, specifically, communicating with juries.  But communicating with juries is really just communicating with people.  It is not something that really came naturally to me, particularly after law school.  So I had to work at it.  Probably ten years ago now, I [...]

By | 2018-03-19T21:16:34+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Communication|Comments Off on Communicating Through Shared Experiences

Tarrant County Criminal Process: What to do when charged

TARRANT COUNTY CRIMINAL PROCESS: Being charged with a crime is a serious matter. It is something that can impact your life in many ways. Because of this being charged is something that needs to be taken seriously. This post will take you through the Tarrant County Criminal Process. It will outline the procedure awaiting someone [...]

By | 2018-03-27T19:14:22+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments

Driving While Intoxicated – The DWI Process

Being charged with any crime is a very scary experience. Everyone automatically believes that they are going to be sitting in jail for months, possibly even years. It is human nature; the unknown frightens us. This is especially true for DWI offenses. This type of offense, more so than any other, affects all types from [...]

By | 2018-01-26T00:12:56+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Criminal Justice System, Tarrant County DWI|0 Comments

Sealing Criminal Records: Expunction vs. Non-Disclosure – What’s the Difference?

Sealing Criminal Records: Expunction vs. Non-Disclosure – What’s the Difference? This is the third and final article in a series dealing with the types of probation, the aftereffects, and the sealing of records. The first article demonstrated the differences between straight probation and deferred adjudication. In the second article, I outlined what the consequences were [...]

By | 2018-07-24T16:15:00+00:00 May 31st, 2016|Criminal Justice System|Comments Off on Sealing Criminal Records: Expunction vs. Non-Disclosure – What’s the Difference?

Motion to Revoke Probation vs. Motion to Adjudicate

This is the second article in a series dealing with the types (and aftereffects) of community supervision. Namely, straight probation and deferred adjudication. In the first article, I demonstrated the differences between probation and deferred. This article will outline what happens if you screw up while on straight probation as opposed to what will happen [...]

By | 2018-01-26T00:12:57+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments

Why Apple Should Never Unlock the Phone

In case you haven’t heard, there is a fervor currently surrounding the iPhone 5C that San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook used as part of his job with San Bernadino County. This fervor stems from the FBI wanting access to the phone and Apple resisting their demands, and public pressure, to simply unlock the phone. [...]

By | 2018-01-26T00:12:57+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments

The Types (and Aftereffects) of Community Supervision

It can be very scary venturing into the world of criminal law for the first time. The sheer amount of information and the fear of the unknown can be terrifyingly overwhelming. One of the most common mix-ups is confusing straight probation and deferred adjudication. Yes, they both are types of community supervision, but they differ [...]

By | 2018-01-26T00:12:57+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments

God, Jesus, And the Death Penalty

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” Genesis 9:6 (ESV)   I have always heard that in polite company you never discuss politics or religion. Well, capital voir dire must not be polite company, for, as politely as you can, you [...]