When Is Hearsay Evidence Admissible in a Sex Crimes Case?

April 30th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

In a criminal trial, hearsay evidence is typically inadmissible to establish the defendant’s guilt. A hearsay statement is one that is made out-of-court–i.e., not under oath or subject to cross-examination by the defendant–but used to support the truth of the matter asserted. So for example, if a witness testified that someone told her the defendant […]

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Do Past Instances of Family Violence Enough to Justify a Protective Order?

June 19th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Family Law

A protective order is designed to protect Houston-area residents from the threat of family violence, which under Texas law includes any act intended to cause “physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault” against a family or household member. Family violence also applies to people who are in, or have been in, a dating relationship. […]

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