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  • Frank Mata Field at the Edgewood Veteran's Sports Complex: A Victory For All

    Sports has the power to accomplish great things. It can break down the thickest barriers that divide us from one another. Over fifty years ago, Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente gave us a vision of a society where people are judged on their abilities, hard work, and perseverance. Just last week, Michael Sam, a football player from the University of Missouri, became the first NFL prospect to ...
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  • New Weapon in the Fight Against Wrongful Convictions

    One day you are approached by a Detective and he questions you about a criminal investigation. You’re a suspect in a murder but you know you didn’t do it. You tell your attorney, your family, and the police. You’re forced to take this case to trial. The jury ultimately convicts you with the evidence presented but years down the line technology changes. This new technology is applied and it ...
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  • Reduce San Antonio DWI Fines & Penalties

    If you plead guilty or if you are convicted when fighting a Texas DWI arrest, here are some things to consider. Even if this is your first-time DWI, DUI, or drunk driving conviction, the consequences can be very serious and negatively impact your life. Special attention should be taken if you have prior Texas DWI drunk driving-related convictions on your record. When fighting a first, second, ...
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  • Discovering Evidence in Criminal Cases

    The Michael Morton Act Ensures an Even Playing Field Between Prosecution and Defense In 1986, Christine Morton was found brutally beaten and murdered in her home near Austin. The following year, her husband, Michael Morton, was convicted and received a life sentence for the crime. Morton spent 25 years in prison until a 2011 DNA test implicated another man, Mark Allan Norwood. Morton was formally ...
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  • Seal Your Criminal Record by Non-Disclosure.

    In October, we posted an article on Deferred Adjudication and listed some of the pros and cons of entering into that contract with the State. Now we want to give you a “Full-Disclosure” on your eligibility for a Non-Disclosure (seal your criminal record) and provide a sample petition to seal your criminal record via download from our site. Scenario 1: I am arrested for a Felony Offense. I take ...
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  • Why Legislation Interferes With a San Antonio Strip Club Dancer's Rights?

    It’s my body and I can show it if I want to, right? We recently spoke to a San Antonio entertainer about the restrictive nature of legislation and what she had to say resonates with most entertainers in San Antonio. The human body is beautiful, why should we hide it? However, restrictive San Antonio legislation is in play that prevents a woman from displaying the most beautiful parts of her body, ...
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  • Why the Mock Immigration Sting at UT Takes the Thoughtful Out of "Thoughtful Discussion"

    Your Facebook newsfeed may have lit up last week after the Texas Tribune reported on a controversial event at UT Austin. The event was planned by the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) and offered students a $25 gift card if they could “catch” any one of a group of students wearing labels marked “illegal immigrant.” According to the Tribune’s report, the group had hoped to use the event to “spark ...
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  • Court-Appointed Counsel vs. Public Defenders

    If you’ve seen a police drama in the last thirty years, then you’re probably familiar with your “Miranda” rights. Those rights were outlined in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case from which they got their name. In Miranda v. Arizona , the Supreme Court held that the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination requires law enforcement officers to advise suspects of their right to ...
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  • Have An Invention But Don't Know What To Do?

    Many of us think of making it big and never working another day. However, the reality is that the majority of us will work into our golden years. Ron Reardon, a patent agent was quoted saying that, the odds of making money from an invention aren't good- 1 in 100, 1 in 1000, I'm not sure- but they are better than the lottery." In the words of LLOYD, " SO YOU'RE SAYING THERE IS A CHANCE?" Of course ...
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  • Why Saying "LOL, JK" Will Not Always Save You...

    You may have caught this story on the local news recently. Justin Carter , an 18 year old male from New Braunfels, Texas, was engaging in a heated discussion on Facebook. After a friend called him crazy, he unwisely posted that he was going to “shoot up a kindergarten, watch the blood rain down and eat the beating heart out of one of them.” Carter’s poor choice of words went well beyond ...
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  • Do You Ever Feel Like Somebody's Watching You?

    Will the Eyes of Texas Drones be Upon You? A Closer Look at the Texas Privacy Act Have you ever wondered what Rockwell was singing about in the song, “Somebody is Watching Me? ”. I think Mr. Gordy had insight to the governments future spying issues. OK, maybe he had no clue. But I think he was on to something when he said, ”I always feel like somebody’s watching me, and I have no privacy .” At any ...
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  • Gideon's Army: A Film Representing Criminal Defenders

    The television personas we see representing attorneys are not reality, and the idea that every attorney is sporting a Rolex is farfetched. Movies provide a glimpse of what may be real, but the truth is most attorneys are overworked and underpaid. Movie plots are pretty much like all attorneys- “a dime a dozen.” An attorney, like everyone else, is chasing a dream. A dream that few seldom achieve. A ...
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  • Children Arrested in School- The Fallout

    Tackling Texas’ School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Closer Look at Senate Bill 393 This year, the State legislature decided to tackle one of the most alarming developments in Texas public schools: the so-called, school to prison pipeline. The term describes a trend in schools all over the state in which students are charged with criminal offenses for behavioral issues that could be dealt with outside of ...
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  • Extra, Extra, Read All About It...

    We have gathered a list of new changes that went into effect beginning September 1, 2013. Take a look and check if any of these changes have an immediate impact on your day to day routine. New Texas Laws Affecting You To all those women or men that love to get spray tanned, please leave your underage children at home. I personally find spray tans weird, but beauty is in the eye of the sprayed… I ...
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  • Why Miley Cyrus Can "Sing What She Wants." Simple- The First Amendment.

    Our First Amendment Right gives all of us a right to express ourselves and to express ourselves without the government sticking their nose in our business. This is what the First Amendment is all about. In fact, the rap group N.W.A. sang about it in their 1988 video . If "the man" interferes with this First Amendment Right, then "he" better justify it. By now you are either thinking that this is ...
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  • Need for Transparency Surrounding Das Pretrial Diversion Program

    In June 2013, District Attorney Susan Reed openly discussed the possibility of implementing a pretrial diversion program in Bexar County. While most major cities in Texas already have such programs in place, the Bexar County program would be the first of its kind. Pretrial diversion programs offer defendants the possibility of having their cases dismissed. Unfortunately, more attention has been ...
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  • Contempt Or Not, That Is The Question?

    In October of 2012, I had a criminal trial in a County in Texas. Back then, my only exposure to contempt was My Cousin Vinny . I didn't fully understand the Texas rules of contempt, until I was dealing with it for myself. Let me give you a little background. The October trial was a heated trial against the County's District Attorneys Office. During this trial, the Assistant District Attorney's ...
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