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September 04, 2019

Dallas Domestic Assault Lawyer Explains - Assault Charges Work Under Texas Law

Dallas, Texas / September 4, 2019 / -- People are often surprised to learn that it’s the prosecutor who actually brings assault charges against someone under Texas law — not the party who contacted the police. Under Texas law, a domestic assault or event that involves family violence could mean a husband and wife, parties who are dating, or current or former members of a household.  Althoug...
Dallas Domestic Assault Lawyer Explains - Assault Charges Work Under Texas Law
August 27, 2019

What the SCOTUS Separate Sovereigns Decision in Gamble Means

Dallas, TX / August 27, 2019 / -- In June 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Gamble vs. United States — a case that could have far-reaching consequences for individuals facing criminal prosecution in both federal and state court.  The case focused on the concept of double jeopardy, which refers to an individual being prosecuted twice for the same crime. On a basic level...
What the SCOTUS Separate Sovereigns Decision in Gamble Means
July 22, 2019

Will Getting Arrested Make Me Lose My Job?

Dallas, TX / July 22, 2019 / -- Understandably, most people are fearful and nervous when they are arrested by the police. If you have been arrested, you might be wondering how having an arrest on your record will affect your job. Can your employer fire you? What if you’re later proven innocent? If you have been arrested, it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced Texas criminal ...
Will Getting Arrested Make Me Lose My Job?
July 19, 2019

How Do Police Get an Arrest Warrant?

Dallas, TX / July 19, 2019 / -- Unless the police observe someone carrying out a crime in real time, they must first obtain an arrest warrant before they are able to take someone into custody. Police and prosecutors can obtain an arrest warrant by submitting information to a judge that establishes probable cause for the arrest. Without enough evidence to establish probable cause, the court w...
How Do Police Get an Arrest Warrant?
July 11, 2019

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer - Charges of Online Solicitation of a Minor

Dallas, TX / July 11, 2019 / -- Being charged with an internet crime involving the solicitation of an underage person is a frightening thing. In many parts of the country, police departments have ramped up efforts to catch people engaged in the online solicitation of minors. Under Texas law, it’s illegal to have sexual contact with anyone younger than 17, as that’s how state law defines a “mi...
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer - Charges of Online Solicitation of a Minor
July 05, 2019

The Deportation Option: Deportation vs. Criminal Prosecution

Dallas, TX / July 5, 2019 / --  Texas Immigration Crime News – When I represent undocumented persons who are accused of a crime in the United States, I am often asked by the accused or their family whether they can choose to be deported instead of having to go through a criminal case and potentially serving prison time. This question is understandable.  When a person who has come to the Unit...
The Deportation Option: Deportation vs. Criminal Prosecution
June 14, 2019

Texas Appeals Lawyer Explains What You Should Know

Dallas, TX / June 14, 2019 / -- Unless the defendant has given up the right to appeal as part of a plea bargain, a criminal defendant in Texas has the right to appeal to the court of appeals for the region serving the county where the trial court was located. For example, cases from Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties are appealed to the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dal...
Texas Appeals Lawyer Explains What You Should Know
June 05, 2019

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer - State vs Federal Prosecution

Dallas, TX / June 5, 2019 / -- If you have been charged with a federal crime, you should expect your case to be very different from a state criminal case. In many cases, being charged with a federal offense means you should expect to face tougher penalties if you’re convicted. However, there are other differences you should know about which are just important. Here are a few ways in which a ...
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer - State vs Federal Prosecution
April 05, 2019

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Attorney John Helms Explains Deep Ellum Assault!

Dallas, TX / April 5, 2019 / -- This March, a video emerged and went viral of a white man named Austin Shuffield repeatedly punching a black woman with his fist in a parking lot in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas.  The video is violent and difficult to watch.  Mr. Shuffield was originally charged with misdemeanor assault, but the charge was upgraded to felony assault because, at least at one po...
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Attorney John Helms Explains Deep Ellum Assault!
March 13, 2019

Dallas Criminal Law - Defense Attorney Discusses Troubling Paul Manafort Sentencing

Dallas Criminal Defense News - Dallas, TX / March 13, 2019 / -- As a criminal defense lawyer in Dallas, I am very troubled by the sentencing of Paul Manafort. According to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, he should have received a sentence of at least 19 years.  The 47-month sentence he received was roughly an 80 percent downward departure from the Sentencing Guidelines—a breathtaking depa...
Dallas Criminal Law - Defense Attorney Discusses Troubling Paul Manafort Sentencing