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July 28, 2017 By Jeff King

  • 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 ...
  • Texas Castle Doctrine & Stand Your Ground Laws When it comes to protecting yourself or loved ones from physical harm or threat of death, Texas laws give individuals the right to reasonably defend themselves from criminal intruders. Like nearly half of all states in the U.S., Texas has a Stand Your Ground law which allows residents to use force – and in some cases, deadly force— when faced with the imminent threat of serious injury or death.   In 2007, Texas legislators expanded on the “Castle Doctrine,” and removed a Texan’s duty to retreat (while in public areas) before using force in self-defense. This means that if you are legally ...
  • What is the Difference Between a Felony and Misdemeanor in Texas? When facing criminal charges, it is important to understand how charges are classified and the relation to potential punishment. In Texas, as in other states, the primary criminal charge classifications are misdemeanor and felony. Dallas criminal defense attorney Jeff King makes it his business to aggressively defend clients facing misdemeanor and felony claims in Texas and understands the impact that a conviction of either can have.   Definition of felony in Texas   In Texas, a felony is a crime serious enough that it is punishable by more than one year of incarceration. In most cases, the sentence is served in prison through the Texas ...

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