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August 16, 2016

Dallas Criminal Appeal Lawyer Offers Lessons From The Tom Brady Appeal

On April 25, 2016, by a 2-1 decision, the United Stated Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the trial judge's ruling in Tom Brady's "Deflategate" case and reinstated the four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, reports Dallas criminal appeal lawyer John Helms.  A lot of people probably think that a decision about the penalty to an NFL quarterback for bein...
Dallas Criminal Appeal Lawyer Offers Lessons From The Tom Brady Appeal
August 09, 2016

Dallas Criminal Attorney Answers "Can I Go Tell The Judge That I’m Innocent?"

I am often asked by people who are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system if they can “just go talk to the judge,” hoping that the judge will dismiss their case or help them with it in some way, says Dallas criminal attorney John Helms. Whether your case is in state or federal court, the answer is, “No.”  Even lawyers cannot talk to the judge about anything substantive about a case wit...
Dallas Criminal Attorney Answers "Can I Go Tell The Judge That I’m Innocent?"
August 02, 2016

Dallas Criminal Lawyer Offers Insight On Freddie Gray Prosecution

Recently, a Baltimore police officer named Edward Nero was found not guilty of assault in connection with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Mr. Gray died of injuries while in police custody during a ride in a Baltimore police van, points out Dallas criminal lawyer John Helms.   The prosecution's legal theory was very unusual. They claimed that the police did not have probable cause to...
Dallas Criminal Lawyer Offers Insight On Freddie Gray Prosecution
July 26, 2016

Dallas DWI Lawyer Answers Can You Refuse A Breath Or Blood Test In Texas For DWI

Until a few weeks ago, Texas drivers could refuse to consent to a blood or breath test in connection with a DWI arrest, says Dallas DWI lawyer John Helms, except that refusal would usually result in loss of driving privileges under Texas' implied consent law. If you refused to consent, the police would have to get a search warrant to take your blood. A new decision by the United States Su...
Dallas DWI Lawyer Answers Can You Refuse A Breath Or Blood Test In Texas For DWI
July 19, 2016

Dallas Criminal Lawyer Clarifies Supreme Court Ruling On Police Traffic Stops

On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided a case called Utah v. Strieff. Some commentators have suggested that this decision means that police can stop drivers for no reason just to see if the driver has an outstanding arrest warrant. I disagree with that, says Dallas criminal lawyer John Helms. As an initial matter, the case has to do with whether the government can use evidence agains...
Dallas Criminal Lawyer Clarifies Supreme Court Ruling On Police Traffic Stops
July 14, 2016

Dallas Drug Lawyer Plea Bargaining Can Reduce A Sentence In Federal Drug Cases

In a prior blog post the four primary ways of getting a sentence reduction in federal drug cases were covered by Dallas drug lawyer John Helms:  1.  Cooperate with the government.    2.  Negotiate a plea to a charge with a lower mandatory minimum sentence. 3.  Negotiate a plea agreement with a maximum sentence cap. 4.  Invoke the "safety valve" provision of 18 USC Section 3553(f). ...
July 14, 2016

Federal Drug Defense Attorney Getting A Sentence Reduction In Federal Drug Cases

In an earlier post, called “Dallas Drug Possession Lawyer- Getting a Sentence Reduced in Federal Drug Cases,” Federal drug defense attorney John Helms outlined four strategies that a person accused of federal drug distribution can potentially use to get a reduction of their sentence.  These are: 1.  Cooperate with the government. 2.  Negotiate a plea to a charge with a lower mandatory...
Federal Drug Defense Attorney Getting A Sentence Reduction In Federal Drug Cases
June 29, 2016

Federal Drug Defense Attorney Cooperate With the Government to Cut Your Sentence

In an earlier post, called “Dallas Drug Possession Lawyer- Getting a Sentence Reduced in Federal Drug Cases,” Federal drug defense attorney John Helms described four ways that a person accused of drug distribution in a federal case can potentially get a reduction of their sentence.  This post goes into more detail about how cooperating with the government can potentially do this. In feder...
Federal Drug Defense Attorney Cooperate With the Government to Cut Your Sentence
June 27, 2016

Drug Possession Lawyer Says Getting a Sentence Reduced in Federal Drug Cases.

There are four primary ways of getting a sentence reduction in federal drug cases, says Dallas drug possession lawyer John Helms: 1.  Cooperate with the government. 2.  Negotiate a plea to a charge with a lower mandatory minimum sentence. 3.  Negotiate a plea agreement with a maximum sentence cap. 4.  Invoke the "safety valve" provision of 18 USC Section 3553(f). I will do a separ...
Drug Possession Lawyer Says Getting a Sentence Reduced in Federal Drug Cases.
June 17, 2016

Dallas Lawyer John Helms Former Federal Prosecutor Launches Website

If you are looking for a Dallas criminal defense lawyer, you are in luck. Helms never lost a trial or appeal when he was a federal prosecutor. A former federal prosecutor John Helms is now offering his legal services in Dallas and surrounding areas with more than 20 years experience. His new website address is http://johnhelms.attorney.       Attorney John Helms has been helping clients...
Dallas Lawyer John Helms Former Federal Prosecutor Launches Website