The United States is a very moralistic society at its core. Its laws are reflective of its belief system. Crimes of moral turpitude are those offenses that go against the morality of public consciousness.
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.
Counterfeiting can be both a federal or state crime. It involves the manufacturing of imitation goods. The distribution of those items under another person or company's name for profit is also considered to be counterfeiting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sentencing in federal courts is a complicated procedure. Confusion exists between departures and variances from the sentencing guidelines. Texas residents may be interested in learning the difference between the two, which may be able to help a person get a better outcome in court.
The consequences of a felony conviction in Texas and around the country go far beyond spending some time behind bars. Convicted felons lose the right to vote, are barred from many jobs, face travel restrictions and may even lose custody of their children. Some may think that this is a fair price to pay when an individual has been convicted of a violent crime like murder or rape, but the vast majority of felonies are nonviolent, and many felons were convicted of behavior that most people would not even consider criminal.
Detectives from the Abilene Fraud, Cyber Crimes and Special Victim's unit arrested two men after obtaining a search warrant for an apartment in north Abilene on Washington Street. The search warrant arose from an investigation into the theft of money orders that were allegedly forged and used to pay a local business. Officers reported that one of the men attempted to prevent their entry by barricading a door, but they eventually forced their way inside.