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July 28, 2017 By Jeff King

  • Sexual Assault in the Military: Discrimination and Discharge According to the most recent Pentagon estimate, the number of sexual assaults taking place in the United States military declined in 2016, to 14,900 versus 20,300 in 2014. Both figures were below the estimated 2012 level of 26,000 sexual assaults.   Reports of Sexual Assault Up   The number of reported sexual assaults increased slightly during 2016, however, to 6,172 versus the 6,083 reported in 2015. The larger reported figure was hailed by the Department of Defense as evidence of greater awareness of the problem, and proof that the system in place for personnel to report sexual assaults is working better than in past ...
  • Pleading the Fifth: Your Right Against Self Incrimination Many Americans who watch television or movies on criminal proceedings, or read news reports of trials, know that a witness can “plead the Fifth.” But what does pleading the Fifth, sometimes termed “taking the Fifth,” mean?   The Fifth refers to the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment protects citizens against self-incrimination. The Fifth Amendment states “No person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…”   In practice, this means that during a trial, a defendant does not have to testify if the statements would give evidence that could be used to argue that he or she ...
  • Can Police Take Your DNA Without Consent in Texas? Texas is notoriously tough on criminals, but the police must still follow strict procedures or risk a challenge to the resulting arrest or conviction. One of those procedures involves the grounds and process for collecting an individual’s DNA. Dallas criminal defense lawyer Jeff King is dedicated to ensuring the cops and prosecutors follow these procedures to the letter of the law and for taking a stand on his client’s behalf when they do not.   DNA sampling in Texas criminal cases   Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is more sophisticated than computer code and aside from identical twins, each person’s DNA profile is unique. Since a person’s DNA profile is present ...
  • Criminal Cases Vs. Civil Cases: How Do They Differ? Many people are confused about the difference between civil and criminal cases. Civil and criminal are two broad categories in which cases can be filed but each follows its own procedures and carries its own penalties. However, a single act can lead to both a civil lawsuit and criminal charges, so if you are facing criminal charges in Texas, or are the defendant in a civil lawsuit over an incident that could also lead to criminal charges, speak with a Dallas criminal defense lawyer.   About criminal cases   A criminal case is filed by a prosecutor and the federal government, state, or municipality is the ...
  • What is the Difference Between a Grand Jury and a Trial Jury? There are two types of juries utilized in the United States criminal justice system – a grand jury and a trial jury. The majority of people are more familiar with trial juries, also referred to as petit juries. Just like a grand jury, trial juries are composed of regular U.S. citizens who have been randomly selected to hear evidence and come to a decision. However, there are some notable differences between grand juries and trial juries when it comes to their function, formality and privacy.   What is a grand jury?   State, county and federal prosecutors use grand juries to review evidence presented ...

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