Juvenile Law – What happens if my child is accused a crime in Austin?

  You might not have expected that your child would ever be accused of a crime. It can be confusing and frightening if it happens. There are a lot of unknowns. Are the accusers telling the truth? Is your child telling the truth?  Will he be arrested? Detained? The Process   In some ways, juvenile …

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Expunction Changes

Changes coming for Expunctions in Texas?   Having a criminal record expunged can be life-changing. An expunction (also called expungement) allows a person to get rid of all records of an arrest and conviction. It can have wide-ranging implications, from gun permits, to apartment applications, to (perhaps most importantly) the job search. In Texas, expunctions …

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Part 3 – A Proposal for Reform of Coercive Plea Bargain Practices

A large discrepancy between the charged crime and a plea offer indicates a situation in which the prosecutor is overcharging. In these cases, it is likely that the charge is a coercive tactic, designed to force the defendant into taking a plea deal. Under present conditions, a defendant in such a case has no legal …

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