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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

What Is a Hate Crime in Texas?


Do you know what a hate crime is? The federal government and 49 states have hate crime laws in place. Wyoming is the only state without a hate crime law in place. While some states address a hate crime as a separate offense, others handle hate crimes as an aggravating circumstance to a separately specific crime.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?


Have you been charged with a crime in Texas? If so, you potentially face harsh penalties including incarceration, fines, community service, and probation. Depending on the severity of the crime with which you are charged, you can face other penalties as well. In Texas, there are misdemeanor offenses and Read more . . .


Friday, March 26, 2021

What Is Covered Under Attorney-Client Privilege?


In the criminal justice system, it is all too common for defendants to feel isolated. Facing a criminal charge can be a lonely and stressful experience. Having a trusted attorney by your side can bring a sense of control and anchoring when you may otherwise feel completely free floating in chaos.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021

How to Prepare for a Criminal Trial


Whether you are a defendant, witness, or some other party involved in a pending criminal trial, the entire process can seem foreign and overwhelming. This is obviously truer for the defendant than anyone else. If you have been charged with a crime, you likely feel as though you are in uncharted territory and, at the same time, you may know how much is at stake. The unknown combined with knowing how your life can change if that Read more . . .


Monday, December 21, 2020

What to Expect During Cross-Examination


Have you been called as a witness in a criminal trial? This can be a nerve wracking experience, even if you are not necessarily the one standing trial. A witness is called by either the prosecution or the defense. The attorney who calls the witness will have the first opportunity to question them on what is referred to as “direct examination” or “direct.
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Thursday, October 29, 2020

What Are the Differences Between a Jury Trial and a Bench Trial?


Should you be facing the possibility of a criminal trial, you will need to decide whether or not you want a jury trial or a bench trial. The basic difference between the two is easy enough to state. A jury trial is when a criminal case is presented before a jury and the jury decides on the verdict.


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

What Is a Plea Bargain?


While the focus on many shows about the criminal justice system may be on the courtroom battle, most criminal cases end up getting settled out of court, before the need for a full-blown trial. This is because the defendant and prosecutor have come to a plea bargain regarding the criminal defendant. What exactly is a plea bargain? We will discuss it in more detail here.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

What Constitutes Burglary in Texas?


Burglary is a serious crime in Texas. Nonetheless, a skilled criminal defense attorney may be able to get the charges dismissed, help you plead guilty to a lesser offense like criminal trespass (which is a misdemeanor rather than a felony) or win your case at trial. At Navarrete & Schwartz, P.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

What Happens During Voir Dire?


Voir dire refers to the jury selection process, a critical step in any criminal case going to trial. Those selected as members of a jury will decide the fate of the criminal defendant. The importance of voir dire cannot really be understated. Let us take a moment to walk through what happens during this crucial phase in a


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Friday, December 20, 2019

What Constitutes Mail Fraud?


Mail fraud is one of the most commonly charged federal crimes. This is due to the fact that it is so broadly applicable. The penalties that await those convicted of mail fraud are severe. Large fines and up to 20-years imprisonment may be imposed. If the mail fraud involved benefits related to a presidentially declared major disaster or emergency or if it affected a financial institution, enhanced penalties may be applied.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Castle Doctrine as a Defense in Texas


What is the Castle Doctrine and when might it apply in a Texas criminal case?

Texas’ so-called Castle Doctrine has become a topic of interest for people across the country due to the widely followed criminal case against Amber Guyger. Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was charged with murder after shooting unarmed Botham Jean in his apartment in 2018. At trial, off-duty police officer Guyger claimed that at the time of the shooting, she believed she was in her own apartment.
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