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How simple and aggravated robbery charges differ

There is a difference between simple robbery charges and those related to aggravated robbery. A person must have committed the act of theft, and while doing so, knowingly, intentionally or recklessly caused bodily injury or harm to another person to be charged with aggravated robbery in Texas. Prosecutors can also prove robbery charges by establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant threatened or caused the victim to fear that bodily injury or death was imminent.

Why do prosecutors offer plea deals?

Plea deals are very common in the US legal system. Approximately 90% of all criminal cases end up with such an outcome every year. Thus, the chances are that prosecutors will offer you a plea deal if you're facing criminal charges. It often involves your acceptance of and sentencing for reduced charges versus taking your chances in court and facing maximize penalties.

There are many defense strategies that you can use in your case

When a person is charged with a crime, the prosecution has the burden of proving the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. The role of the defense is to attempt to disprove or cause the jury to have doubts about the prosecution's version of events. There are many different defense strategies that a defendant's attorney may pursue in hopes of getting their client acquitted, convicted on lesser charges or working out a plea bargain.

When is a police search of your vehicle lawful?

If a police search of your vehicle has resulted in your arrest, then you may be wondering what your options are in your case. That greatly depends on whether the search of your car was lawful in the first place. If it wasn't, then any of the potentially incriminating evidence that law enforcement seized may be able to be suppressed. That's why it's important that you know when police can lawfully search your car.

Paper suggests ways to reduce juror racial bias

Criminal defense attorneys in Texas can reduce juror racial bias by addressing discrimination during trials and pretrial hearings, according to a new paper by an assistant federal public defender in Arizona. The document dealt with bias against Latinos, but its findings could be applied to any minority defendant.

Unreliable psychological tests often used in courtrooms

Many psychological and IQ tests that are used in courtrooms in Texas and across the country may be unreliable. The use of such tests may sway a jury, influence custody decisions or result in a person being denied bail or sentenced to capital punishment. A recent study looked at the validity of such tests.

Texas woman sentenced on federal drug conspiracy charges

A Texas woman was sentenced to spend 140 months in a federal correctional facility to be followed by five years of supervised release on Dec. 2 for conspiring to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine. The 25-year-old Hidalgo County resident learned of her fate during a sentencing hearing held at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The woman admitted her role in the conspiracy to federal prosecutors in February 2018. She could have been sentenced to life imprisonment if she had been found guilty after a trial.

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