Grand Juries vs. Petit Juries: An Overview

November 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Every Houston resident has the right to a “trial by jury” when charged with a criminal offense. But there are two different kinds of juries. What we normally think of as a jury–12 people sitting at trial, hearing evidence, and reaching a verdict–is actually known as a “petit jury.” There is also a separate body […]

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Texas investors fooled by Ponzi scheme

January 11th, 2013 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A $195 million Ponzi scheme has affected 724 victims in multiple states, including several Texas investors. At least three of the perpetrators behind the investment scheme have received felony sentences, including an order to pay more than $155 million in restitution. As defined by the FBI, a Ponzi scheme typically promises high financial returns or […]

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Texas man charged with homicide

January 4th, 2013 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A 19-year-old Texas man recently appeared in court for arraignment on capital murder charges. According to local authorities, the victim was shot as he tried to escape armed robbers who wanted the pair of Air Jordan XI “Bred” sneakers — a newly released item that retails for about $185 — that he had purchased earlier […]

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Texas offers innovative DWI treatment program

December 21st, 2012 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

In recent posts to Texas readers we’ve explored various theories of criminal punishment, including deterrence, retribution and rehabilitation. Today’s story explores the goal of rehabilitation in the context of DWI offenders. Specifically, statistics show that intensive treatment programs for DWI offenders may actually be working. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired driving […]

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Juvenile offenders and brain development

December 15th, 2012 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Texas readers may have conflicting beliefs about the mission of the criminal justice system. Some may believe the primary purpose behind prosecuting and jailing criminals is the protection of society. Others may believe that segregating criminals from society is necessary only for violent crimes, and that imprisonment is an outdated approach to other types of […]

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Texas deputy police chief calls for stronger DWI enforcement

December 7th, 2012 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A deputy police chief in South Texas is asking state lawmakers to consider setting up permanent DWI checkpoints. The San Antonio deputy chief recently appeared before the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. The man hopes that legislators will allow officers to stop drivers and perform sobriety tests on a routine basis in areas susceptible to […]

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