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Interrogation

Knowing Your Miranda Rights During A Police Interrogation

By Keith B. French Law |

Even if you’ve already received a “Miranda warning” at some point, you may wonder, exactly, “What are my Miranda rights?” On TV, this is the well-known “You have the right to remain silent” talk that accompanies an arrest. In reality, the timing and procedure of a Miranda warning may be more complicated, and sometimes… Read More »

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CrimJustice

Defending Against A Fraud Charge In Texas: What You Need To Know

By Keith B. French Law |

Fraud charges are something nobody wants to face, due to the severe consequences involved. What is a fraud charge in Texas, exactly? The term “fraud” is often used as a catch-all to include a number of criminal financial acts. This can include everything from using someone else’s credit card to make a small purchase,… Read More »

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DisoConduct

Disorderly Conduct Charges In Texas: What To Know And How To Defend Your Case

By Keith B. French Law |

Disorderly conduct is a criminal charge that most people are familiar with, whether they’ve ever been charged or not. This is because it is a wide-ranging and sometimes vague legal accusation that covers so many acts. Making matters worse, “disorderly conduct” is sometimes a matter of perception. What you may feel was innocent or… Read More »

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CarTheft

Defending Against Motor Vehicle Theft Charges In Texas

By Keith B. French Law |

Vehicle theft is a serious crime in Texas, with serious penalties that can include jail time and fines. Motor vehicle theft under the Texas Penal Code is a state jail felony, and can be punished by six months to 2 years in jail, with fines up to $10,000.00. If the vehicle is worth more… Read More »

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ComputerCrime

Defending Against Computer Crime Charges In Texas

By Keith B. French Law |

Computer crimes in Texas involve a wide range of activities, from breaches of security to online solicitation of crimes. Texas law is constantly changing to keep up with the pace of technology and technology-related crimes, and law enforcement agencies are constantly on the lookout for violations of Texas computer crime laws. Unfortunately, our ever-expanding… Read More »

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CrimLaw14

Defending Against A Public Intoxication Charge In Texas

By Keith B. French Law |

In Texas, it is not a crime in itself to be intoxicated in public. Walking down the street after having drinks at a bar or restaurant, for example, does not open you up to a charge of public intoxication. Under Texas law (Texas Penal Code, Section 49.02), it is a criminal offense to appear… Read More »

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CrimEvid

Evidence In Texas Criminal Cases: What Can And Can’t Be Used Against You

By Keith B. French Law |

When prosecutors charge a defendant with a crime, they bear the burden of proving their case at trial with solid evidence. The standard of proof for conviction in all criminal cases is “beyond a reasonable doubt”. This means that there must be no other reasonable conclusion for a jury other than that the defendant… Read More »

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CrimLaw12

Criminal Record Expunction In Texas: What To Know About Clearing Your Record

By Keith B. French Law |

Good people can sometimes do bad things, or make a mistake that creates a criminal record. Even a seemingly minor mishap can lead to an arrest, charge, or conviction. These become part of the public record and can haunt a person for years down the road. Some consequences of an arrest, charge, or even… Read More »

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Gun

What To Do When Facing A Weapons Charge In Texas

By Keith B. French Law |

Texans have a well-established right to keep and bear arms, under the Constitution’s Second Amendment and Texas law itself. Texas has some of the more forgiving laws in the nation regarding weapons possession and open-carry of firearms, but you can still run into trouble if certain restrictions are not followed. For example, using or… Read More »

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Courtroom2

Proving Every Element Of A Criminal Case “Beyond A Reasonable Doubt”

By Keith B. French Law |

The burden of proof in any criminal prosecution is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This means the state must prove the defendant’s guilt of all elements of the alleged offense beyond a reasonable doubt. It is not enough to establish a “strong suspicion” or “probability” of guilt. Texas Appeals Court Reduces Felony Conviction to Misdemeanor… Read More »

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