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Can DNA Evidence From Genealogy Services Be Used In A Texas Criminal Case?

By Keith B. French Law |

At-home DNA testing services that help people learn about their family trees and locate long-lost relatives have experienced a remarkable rise in recent years. What might have once taken years of extensive research can now be accomplished in a matter of weeks using simple kits that anybody can order and use on their own…. Read More »

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Understanding Bankruptcy Fraud And Potential Defenses

By Keith B. French Law |

Nobody wants to file for bankruptcy, but sometimes bankruptcy is the best option for a person or business going through financial trouble. When facing debts that simply can’t be paid off, bankruptcy gives people the opportunity to liquidate or reorganize their debts. Bankruptcy can provide a much-needed fresh start and chance to move forward… Read More »

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Can A Person Be Prosecuted For Interfering With A 911 Call In Texas?

By Keith B. French Law |

Calling 911 for help in Texas is a serious matter, and law enforcement takes seriously any issues that prevent emergency dispatchers from getting first responders to a scene. Prank calls to 911 or non-serious calls to dispatchers can lead to various punishments for the callers. Even worse, though, is when a person interferes with… Read More »

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What To Know About Witness Tampering In Texas Criminal Trials

By Keith B. French Law |

Witness tampering, as most people know it, is the stuff of mob movies and scandalous crime tales, but it is a real crime that happens more often than one might guess. A person accused of witness tampering can face penalties at the federal or state level – or both – and a punishment including… Read More »

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What To Know About Mortgage Fraud Under Texas Law

By Keith B. French Law |

Mortgage fraud typically involves intentional misrepresentations of facts to a lender to obtain a financial benefit or secure a property loan. Mortgage fraud is a serious crime in Texas, and a person who fraudulently obtains mortgage financing can find themselves charged with a crime and facing jail time. Chapter 32.32 of the Texas Penal… Read More »

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What To Know About Doorbell Cameras And Your Legal Rights In A Criminal Case

By Keith B. French Law |

Doorbell camera services have exploded in popularity in recent years, with homeowners everywhere signing up for affordable home security systems. Entryways of millions of homes are now equipped with 24/7 surveillance cameras. These systems, accessible through apps and personal accounts, log almost all movement and activity in their range of view. Home camera systems… Read More »

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What To Know About Paycheck Protection Program Fraud In Texas

By Keith B. French Law |

When COVID-19 restrictions locked down businesses in Texas and worldwide, the Federal Government acted by establishing the Paycheck Protection Program and other measures to protect business owners. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a loan program established within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act in March 2020. To help small… Read More »

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What To Know About Restitution In Texas

By Keith B. French Law |

Sentencing in a criminal case is not only about potential jail time. It also involves terms of probation, fees and costs, and restitution to a crime victim in many cases. Restitution is a court ordered requirement that addresses a victim’s losses due to an incident. Restitution seeks to restore victims to a position they… Read More »

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What Happens If Your Teenager Is Caught With Drugs?

By Keith B. French Law |

Any parent is bound to feel shocked and disappointed if their child is caught with any type of narcotic and charged with possession. Even in juvenile cases, drug possession can have harsh consequences for those caught and found guilty of possession. For youths, this can have lasting impacts on their future – including their… Read More »

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How Does Jury Selection Work In A Texas Criminal Trial?

By Keith B. French Law |

Texas criminal defendants have a Constitutional right to a speedy and public trial before a jury of their peers. The Sixth Amendment makes this one of the most fundamental and well-recognized rights in the Bill of Rights. The right to a jury trial was pushed by the Founders in response to harsh, unfair trials… Read More »

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