Regardless of whether you have ever been arrested or ticketed, it is likely the police already know who you are. Technology advancements in fingerprinting, surveillance, and facial recognition have enabled law enforcement to identify citizens in ways never imagined before. And currently, there are no laws controlling this information. There is a very good chance that even if you are an ordinary citizen, the police may have your face on file in their database.
The recent developments in the Steven Avery case have been making headlines all over the country with the recent overturning of the conviction of Brendan Dassey. If there is one thing to learn from everything they've revealed about the investigation and interrogation that led to the original conviction, it's just how important it is to have a lawyer before any interaction with the police. As discussed in a previous blog post about this case, a lawyer is often the best chance a member of the public has to ensure that they do not accidentally incriminate themselves during an investigation.
We are living in the age of social media. People post and share a wide range of information via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. A recent article from WDSU news shows that law enforcement is getting in on the act in a unique way in order to track down alleged criminals and criminal activity.
The popular Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer details the saga of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who was wrongfully convicted of rape in the 1980s. In the 2000s, he was exonerated and released from prison after 18 years thanks to new DNA evidence, and then convicted of murder only a few years after his release.
If you have been accused of a crime, you may be able to increase your chances of staying out of jail by exerting your rights and avoiding some common mistakes.
When a defendant has been convicted of a crime, the sentence could come in several forms other than incarceration. Texas courts take many factors into consideration before handing down sentences, including the severity and type of crime committed, how the victims were affected, and the defendant's age, criminal history and remorse.
In most criminal defense cases, involved parties are given a chance to make pre-trial motions. These arguments serve a number of purposes, and they let prosecutors, defendants and legal teams define what can be addressed in the formal trials to follow.
Texas residents who stand accused of felonies may be interested to know that their mental health problems may not prevent them from being convicted. Although Texas is one of the states that allows defendants to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, prior cases, like that of Chris Kyle's slaying at a gun range, demonstrate that the argument doesn't always work. In that case, the defendant had already been diagnosed with PTSD and was being treated for schizophrenia, but jurors decided to deem him guilty of first-degree murder and hand down a sentence of life imprisonment.
A Texas woman was accused of robbing a bank in Lacy Lakeview on Dec. 29. The 20-year-old woman was taken into custody a day after the incident and charged for armed robbery. According to a spokesperson from the bank, the woman was found after an employee at a different branch recognized the woman from a photograph that had been circulated.
We live in a world that makes it easy for us to digitally share news, thoughts, family photos and much more. The digital age has also made it easier for law enforcement agencies to gather information by searching cellphones, laptops, tablets, cameras and other electronic devices.