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Understanding your Miranda Rights

Any of our readers who have watched police dramas on television have likely heard the saying, "You have the right to remain silent." But does the saying mean anything? Absolutely. And if you ever find yourself in a situation where you are taken into police custody, you should hear it again. It's part of what is called the "Miranda Rights," and it is important to understand what it means.

In the 1960's, the United States Supreme Court made a ruling regarding the Miranda vs. Arizona case, which inevitably allowed a person taken into police custody to maintain their Fifth Amendment rights - the right to remain silent while under police questioning. The Miranda Rights also make certain that anyone accused of a crime receives representation, either through an attorney the arrestee hires or a court-appointed attorney.

The penalties for violent crimes are severe

Any allegation, arrest or especially a conviction for a violent crime, whether in the Dallas, Texas, area, or anywhere across the United States, comes with potential life-altering repercussions that must be taken serious and addressed immediately. It is never a situation to be taken lightly.

Protecting your name, career, family and reputation is of the utmost importance, and having the right criminal defense approach can be the difference between a successful or failed trial and, in some cases, even life and death.

Understanding the severity of an identity theft allegation

Millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft every year, amounting to millions and millions of dollars of lost personal data, finances stolen, and a loss of peace of mind for the victim.

Identity theft comes in many forms including, but not limited to, the intention to obtain personal information such as a victim's name, address, date of birth, social security number, as well as other information including credit card and banking account numbers, private telephone numbers, and biometric information such as a person's fingerprints or iris scans. The collection of any of this information with the intention of using it fraudulently for financial gain is grounds for identity theft.

Beating outside mosque is being viewed as a possible hate crime

A Muslim worshipper was knocked down and beaten recently as he left a mosque in Richardson, Texas, leaving people to wonder whether the attack could be a hate crime. Once down, the victim was kicked and struck until fellow worshippers came to his aid. The two assailants then escaped. The victim only received minor scrapes and cuts, refused to visit a hospital for further treatment and was released at the scene.

Very little detail was made available, as the attack occurred quickly and witnesses only provided a "minimal description" of the attackers. Police are expected to look at surveillance footage from a camera, in hopes of getting a better description of the attackers. No words were exchanged during the beating, and nothing was stolen during the attack, leaving authorities without a motive or reason for the attack.

As Baltimore descends into chaos, violent crimes occur

Following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a man who died after suffering spinal cord injuries while in police custody following an arrest, the city of Baltimore has descended into chaos, as recent protests have turned violent. Protesters clashed with police, looting many local businesses, and set fire to other businesses as well as police cars. Other rioters reportedly threw rocks and bottles at fire trucks en route to the scene.

After baseball fans at Camden Yards were forced to stay in the stadium after a game until nearby riots were controlled, the Baltimore Orioles and Major League Baseball decided to postpone their second straight game on Tuesday night.

Understanding the different forms of homicide

Any time a person's life is taken by another person, whether in the Dallas, Texas, area, or anywhere in the United States, it is considered a homicide. But there are several forms of homicide, each of which carries different definitions and penalties for the convicted. Furthermore, not all forms of homicide are illegal. Homicide can be justified, such as a case of self-defense or in defense of another person or property.

The premeditated and intentional killing of another human is the most serious of criminal homicides, and is known as murder in the first degree. Furthermore, the specific target does not need to be the one killed to be considered first-degree murder. If another person is killed in the process of attempting to kill someone else, the murder is still considered premeditated and a first degree murder. If there is no premeditation or intention of killing a person, it may be considered second degree murder. This is often described as "in the heat of passion", such as when a person is killed during a spontaneous, unplanned fight.

What are the penalties for a DWI arrest?

The United States, including Texas, has very tough laws for driving while intoxicated to dissuade, prohibit and keep drunk drivers off the streets. A drunk driver does not only affect his or her life, but often injures or kills fellow passengers, pedestrians or other travelers on the road. The effects of a DWI accident can be severe; equally severe are the penalties for a DWI charge.

In Texas, if you're stopped and suspected of driving while intoxicated, you may be asked to take a breath or blood test. If you refuse to take the test, you will automatically have your driver's license suspended for 180 days, as well as facing additional penalties.

Woman robbed with screwdriver in Frisco

It does not matter the weapon. Whether it is a gun, a knife or a screwdriver, an aggravated robbery can be charged regardless of the weapon or object used. In a recent robbery in Frisco , a 42-year-old woman was robbed of her jewelry in her back yard.

According to recent reports, the incident began early afternoon, around 1:30pm, when she noticed a man near the sidewalk in front of her house. She saw him enter a car and drive off, but then heard a noise coming from the back yard. When she went to investigate, she supposedly found a man climbing her fence. She approached the man, who then grabbed her and threatened her with a screwdriver to her neck. He then allegedly stole her jewelry and took off. She immediately called 911.

How to handle a drug manufacturing or cultivation arrest

Getting arrested for drug manufacturing or cultivation, whether in Dallas, Texas, or anywhere in the United States, is a very serious situation and could lead to life-long repercussions. The charges are typically felonies and convictions can lead to significant time in prison, hefty fines, and probation.

Two of the most common drugs manufactured and cultivated in the United States are marijuana and methamphetamine. With the exception of marijuana production in certain states and under very specific conditions, any production or even the assistance of a producer can lead to a conviction.

Understanding Texas sex crime laws

Texas sex crimes come in many forms and can lead to serious penalties and prison time if convicted. Many sex crimes follow the guilty throughout his or her lifetime with the "sex offender" label, requiring the offenders to remain on registries and limiting their opportunities for employment and places to reside.

A few offenses under the "sex crimes" umbrella include and are defined as follows:

  • Indecent exposure is the exposure of one's genitals in public;
  • Sexual assault involves the unwanted sexual touching by a person;
  • Rape is the act of non-consensual sexual intercourse committed by force, under duress or the threat of injury;
  • Statutory rape is the act of engaging in sexual relations with a minor or someone under the varying "age of consent," depending on the state where the incident took place;
  • Prostitution is the offering or engagement of sexual acts for money; and
  • Solicitation is the enticement of one person to another to commit a sexual crime, like prostitution.