Texas criminal law
The Dallas Lawyer Logo in White

News | Analysis | People

Latest News

criminal responsibility

Texas Bill Aims to Get 17 Year Olds Out of Adult Justice System

New Texas Law Proposal

In Texas, anyone 17 years old or older is treated as an adult if they are accused of a crime. However some Texas legislators are trying to change that. A bill made its way through the Texas legislature this session that would require a 17-year-old to treated as a juvenile …

sanctuary cities

The Status of Sanctuary Cities in Texas

Immigration Politics in Texas Criminal Justice

What are sanctuary cities? They’re municipalities that offer “refuge” to illegal immigrants in certain situations. Those situations can vary from city to city. Sanctuary can mean a number of things, including: Not reporting illegal immigrants to the feds for minor offenses Not asking questions related to immigration status Not housing …

harboring

State of Texas Reinstates Illegal Immigrant Harboring Law

New Texas Law - Smuggling of Persons

The Underground Railroad was illegal in the 19th century. Those who participated were hiding enslaved people in violation of the law and were at risk of prosecution for harboring slaves. While slavery is not a legal institution today, there are still people hiding from government persecution because of their legal status, …

anti-rape laws

Texas Anti-Rape Laws Being Pushed for on College Campuses

New Texas Law Proposal

Sexual assault on campus has been a hot topic in Texas for the past couple of years. From the scandal at Baylor to the high school hazing scandal and false reports of college rape, like the one at Stephen F. Austin,sexual assault cases have regularly made the news, permeating the …

issues criminal justice

Four Criminal Justice Issues in the Texas Legislature

New Laws in Texas

Lawmakers and lawyers in the state of Texas know that the top issues in criminal justice are always evolving. Here, we’ve created a briefing-style list of the top four issues in Texas criminal justice – and how this legislative session will impact those issues. Issue In Criminal Justice 1: Juvenile …

criminal case

Tarrant County Drops Criminal Case Against Black Family

Tarrant Count - Texas

The question about whether criminal charges would be pursued against a black family regarding an incident with a white Fort Worth police officer gone viral on social media finally came to a close. Tarrant County has decided to drop charges against the family. Jacqueline Craig and her daughter Brea Hymond were initially charged …

houston sex crime

36 Arrests Made in Houston Sex Crime Sting

Montgomery County - Texas

Montgomery County Sex Crimes Sting The Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 36 adults in the last three months of 2016 for sex crimes against children, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force implemented “Operation Safe Holiday” during October, November, and December, in an attempt to …

sonia cacy

Sonia Cacy Declared Innocent 2 Decades After Murder Conviction

Court of Criminal Appeals - Texas

Another False Conviction When a person is being investigated for or accused of a serious crime, the public is often quick to assume that the accused is guilty. And unfortunately, accusations are sometimes enough to ruin a person’s reputation. This was the case with Sonia Cacy. Twenty-five years ago, Sonia Cacy was …

Certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography

Federal Offense

Federal Code Section 18 U.S.C. § 2252A criminalizes “certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography” as follows: (a) Any person who— (1) knowingly mails, or transports or ships using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by …

Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors

Federal Offense

Federal Code Section 18 U.S.C. § 2252 criminalizes certain activities related to the sexual exploitation of children. 18 U.S.C. § 2252 is as follows: (a) Any person who— (1) knowingly transports or ships using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign …

The Dallas Lawyer – Criminal Defense Attorney