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May 04, 2017

Dallas Criminal Lawyer On What Evidence The Defense Gets To See Before Trial

In criminal cases, in state or federal court, the government has to turn over evidence before trial.  Usually, it consists of police reports and the documents and physical evidence (like photographs, videotapes, objects, phone records, and test results) that the government plans to introduce as evidence in court at trial.  In federal court, you usually get an investigating agent’s memos of ...
Dallas Criminal Lawyer On What Evidence The Defense Gets To See Before Trial
April 20, 2017

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Talks About The United Airlines Passenger Fiasco

This week, a video of a United Airlines passenger being bloodied and forcibly removed from his seat went viral. The public was appalled by how he was treated, and the outcry was immediate, said John Helms, Dallas criminal defense lawyer. United Airlines’ CEO, Oscar Muñoz, reacted by issuing a statement that did not sincerely express regret for how the passenger was treated and that referred...
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Talks About The United Airlines Passenger Fiasco
April 11, 2017

Federal Criminal Sentencing Clarified By A Dallas Criminal Lawyer

Many people who are accused of a federal crime have heard of a "PSR." In talking to my clients and their family members, I have noticed that there is a lot of confusion about what it is and what it does. This post will explain it, says Dallas criminal lawyer John Helms.  PSR stands for Pre-Sentence Report. It is a report that is prepared by a United States Probation Officer for use at a d...
Federal Criminal Sentencing Clarified By A Dallas Criminal Lawyer
April 10, 2017

Dallas Defense Attorney Explains When A Tweet Is A "Deadly Weapon" In Texas

A Maryland man was recently indicted by a Texas grand jury for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon because of a tweet he sent over Twitter. The indictment alleges that the tweet was a "deadly weapon." Most people think of a gun or a knife as a deadly weapon. So, how could a tweet be one, asks John Helms Dallas defense attorney?   In this case, the Maryland man tweeted a GIF file, whic...
Dallas Defense Attorney Explains When A Tweet Is A "Deadly Weapon" In Texas
April 04, 2017

Texas Online Impersonation Law Explained By Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney

Could you be convicted of a felony in Texas if you create a website called “DumpDonaldTrump.com,” use an unflattering photo of President Trump, and post unfavorable, but true, articles about President Trump, asks John Helms, Dallas criminal defense attorney? What if, as a prank, you create a Facebook page about someone named Bob Smith, called “Bob Smith Is An [email protected]#hole,” you include a photo o...
Texas Online Impersonation Law Explained By Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney
March 31, 2017

Defending Firearm Possession Cases Explained By A Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer

When I was a federal prosecutor, one of my best friends specialized in prosecuting federal firearms offenses. I handled some of those cases, too, both at trial and on appeal, but we had a specific program dedicated to going after gun crime. That program had a slogan:  “Gun Crime Means Hard Time,” offers Helms, Dallas criminal defense lawyer. The term “gun crime” applies to a lot of differen...
Defending Firearm Possession Cases Explained By A Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer
March 27, 2017

Dallas Criminal Lawyer Explains How He Prepares A Criminal Defendant To Testify

I have prepared literally hundreds of witnesses to testify in civil depositions and trials and in criminal cases for both the prosecution and, as a Dallas criminal lawyer, for the defense. I have also cross-examined a lot of criminal defendants in trial as a prosecutor. From these experiences, I know that preparing a criminal defendant to testify at trial involves some unique challenges. Th...
Dallas Criminal Lawyer Explains How He Prepares A Criminal Defendant To Testify
March 13, 2017

Dallas Criminal Lawyer Discusses False Accusations Of Child Sexual Abuse

The sexual abuse of any child is horrible and can cause deep emotional scars that can last for a lifetime. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that there are also false allegations of child sexual abuse.  False allegations of child sexual abuse are also horrible. They create a risk that the accused will go to prison for a crime they did not commit, and the mere allegation of child sexual abuse c...
Dallas Criminal Lawyer Discusses False Accusations Of Child Sexual Abuse
March 07, 2017

Dallas Criminal Lawyer On The Cosby Case: Your Past Can Come Back To Haunt You

In Bill Cosby's criminal sexual assault case, a Pennsylvania state court judge recently ruled that one accuser, in addition to the alleged victim in the case, can testify that Mr. Cosby once drugged and sexually assaulted her. The judge made this ruling despite the fact that Mr. Cosby has never been convicted of sexually assaulting this woman. The judge also ruled, however, that twelve othe...
Dallas Criminal Lawyer On The Cosby Case: Your Past Can Come Back To Haunt You
February 21, 2017

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Weighs In On The Legality Of Border Searches

The Trump Administration has announced that it wants to increase security at our borders. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents may therefore become more aggressive in searching people and things that cross the border. So what are the limits on what ICE agents can do, and what can you do if your rights are violated? asks John Helms Dallas criminal defense lawyer. The main limit...
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Weighs In On The Legality Of Border Searches