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October 2016 Archives

Four reasons not to say anything to the police after a DUI or drug arrest

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal for good reason: It's dangerous. Alcohol and drugs can impair your judgment and reaction times, often resulting in accidents. For this reason, police and highway patrol officers are always on the lookout for drivers who might be under the influence. If you get pulled over and arrested, you could be in very big trouble, and you must be careful about how you act and what you say. If you're not, you could destroy any hope you had of winning your case in court.

Defining computer fraud

Fraud is an attempt to deceive others or gain information that may be used to harm them. When such activities are conducted through electronic means, it is generally referred to as computer fraud. Examples of computer fraud in Texas and around the country may include sending spam or hoax emails asking for individuals to send money or installing spyware on their devices. Those who use another person's computer without consent may also be engaging in this type of fraud.

ACLU report highlights the need for drug law reform

Drug possession is a common criminal charge in the U.S., and more than 1.25 million people are taken into custody for possession every year, a number that many civil rights organizations believe is far too high. An October 2016 report, released jointly by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch, has sparked a new debate regarding the importance of drug law reform. The report focused on incarcerated individuals in four states, including Texas, who were serving lengthy sentences for simple drug possession.

When a prosecutor must share exculpatory evidence

When an individual is charged with a crime in Texas, the prosecutor is obligated to share any exculpatory evidence uncovered during their investigation of the defense. Unfortunately, some prosecutors skirt this responsibility, which could lead to the conviction of an innocent person.

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