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It is interesting to note that most federal cases never proceed to trial in a courtroom. That’s because roughly 90 percent of federal criminal cases are resolved with a plea bargain.   Federal prosecutors like to find resolution via plea bargains when they can. It saves time, money, and other crucial judicial resources that would be better used in other, larger, and more complicated cases.   But a plea bargain may not result in the best outcome for defendants or for the government, which is why reaching a deal can sometimes be a complicated process.   What is a plea…
Major drug cases in Texas frequently make as illustrated by a recent case in south Texas. An El Paso man is now facing up to life in prison and fines up to $10 million for possessing illegal drugs with the intent to distribute them. 112 grams of methamphetamine, 13 grams of marijuana, and 56 grams of cocaine were found in his possession, along with $10,000, when he was arrested outside of a hotel. How does drug possession lead to life behind bars? That is the demand of the law. Here’s what you need to know about possessing drugs with the…
The planning of a crime and actions taken toward committing it are enough to send an individual to federal prison – even if they ultimately do not follow through with the crime. It’s a lesson three Texas men are learning the hard way.   Three men were recently arrested in Texas and charged with conspiracy under federal law. The conspiracy involved a plan to buy $500,000 worth of weapons on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel, including rocket launchers, machine guns, and grenades.   Conspiracy can be a difficult crime to understand.   After all, how can you be charged…
As of August 11, 2021, 570 people had been arrested in connection with the January 6 insurrectionist takeover and plundering of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Thirty-six of the defendants have pled guilty after reaching “plea deals” with government prosecutors. Twenty-eight have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, while eight have pleaded guilty to felonies.    The U.S. Justice Department calls the “Capitol riot” case “unprecedented”—and seven months into the matter, government prosecutors have engaged in “unprecedented” leniency in the handling of these treasonous defendants. This disparity is especially true for defendants involved in peaceful civil disobedience cases handled by…
In 2018, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner established the Philadelphia Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) in his office—a unit set up by Krasner to investigate claims of innocence and wrongful convictions. Krasner’s CIU has exonerated twenty-two wrongfully convicted persons.   According to the National Registry of Exonerations, there are roughly 86 CIUs in district attorneys’ offices in more than 3,000 counties across the nation—39 of which have exonerated wrongfully convicted persons. The Texas Tribune reported in March 2016 that Texas has 24 county CIUs, and as of April 2019 those units were responsible for 16 of the state’s 363 exonerations as of…
Texas Governor Greg Abbott released his agenda for the special legislative session earlier in July. It had a surprising item on it – family violence prevention.   Governor Abbott wants the lawmakers to back legislation that would require schools across the state to provide education in regards to domestic violence and related issues, such as dating violence and child abuse. The governor would like for middle and high school students to receive instruction on these issues with the proviso that parents can opt their children out of such instruction if they so choose.   The truth is that issues like…
Being convicted of a sex crime doesn’t just mean you have a criminal history. It also means you will be required to register as a sex offender in Texas and anywhere else you move to if convicted of any of the statutory designated offenses and for the period prescribed by that offense.   This registration allows the public to look up your personal and criminal history information which too often can complicate your search for employment, your social life, and even finding a place to live. If convicted of certain sex crimes, you must register as a sex offender.…
On September 1, 2021, a new law will go into effect in the state of Texas that is the first of its kind: House Bill 1540.   This new law makes it a felony to purchase sex in the state. In the past, it wasn’t technically illegal to buy sex in Texas. Now, if you do, you can be charged with a felony that can lead to you serving time in prison.   This law will also  expand felony human trafficking to include actions that are related to extracting victims from residential facilities or shelters. This has been a big…
The events of January 2, 2021 will go down in history as one of the nation’s darkest hours. Six months later arrest of individuals involved in the Capitol insurrection Capitol are beginning to work their way through the court system – and this is an eye-opening process for a variety of reasons.   One case in particular involves a defendant who has been charged with a federal crime that’s rarely utilized. Federal prosecutors charge that the defendant brought firearms to Washington, violating a federal law that makes it illegal to transport explosives or firearms for use in a riot.  …
  Who would think that pizza dough could lead to federal charges?   Well, as it turns out, when you tamper with consumer products, the federal government takes it very seriously.   Last year, a man pled guilty to tampering with a consumer product. He admitted to placing pieces of metal and razor blades in pizza dough found in supermarkets in New Hampshire and Maine. He will spend nearly five years in federal prison as a result.   Of course, it’s not simply federal law you have to worry about in these cases. State law has its prohibitions as well.…