Constitutional Rights

Your Legal Rights During Quarantine

May 28, 2020

From injecting disinfectants to pinpointing the source of the outbreak, there’s a lot of misinformation spreading around the globe regarding the current coronavirus pandemic. False narratives and alternative facts are spreading almost as rapidly as the disease itself! One topic that’s getting greatly misconstrued right now is each individual’s rights during a mandatory lockdown. We’re […]

Can You Be Arrested for Violating COVID-19 Related Orders in Texas?

May 13, 2020

It was just a few short months ago when our economy reached unprecedented highs, but now, everything has changed. Suddenly, a record number of Americans are applying for unemployment, school has been canceled, and oil prices have plummeted beyond belief. What happened? The coronavirus pandemic, and the government’s response to it, seems to have thrown […]

How Criminal Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

January 3, 2018

In Texas, a criminal investigation starts either by an individual filing a complaint about a crime or a crime occurring. If an individual files a police compliant, they allege someone committed a crime against them such as stalking or assault. The alleged victim may name the person they know or believed committed the crime. The […]

What is Probable Cause?

November 21, 2017

Many people ask, “What is probable cause?” Probable cause in Texas is a legal term that, in its simplest form, means that a certain circumstance occurred more probably than not. For instance, to arrest an individual, law enforcement must believe that it’s probable that he or she committed a crime. Probable cause is the standard […]

Police Investigation? Know Your Rights

October 9, 2013

Facing a police investigation can be one of the most frightening and confusing experiences that a person can have. It can be easy to forget that in the United States anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. It is important to remember that the rights of people who are being investigated by […]

To Avoid Sitting in Jail Forever, You Have to Request a Speedy Trial

June 26, 2013

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees defendants the right to a speedy trial. This right is granted so that an individual will not be arrested and then placed in jail indefinitely. It also helps people avoid having charges hanging over them if they are released on bail. No specific length of time is […]

What is an ‘Impartial Jury’?

February 19, 2013

You have the right to a fair trial with an impartial jury as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment. An impartial jury is made up of a cross-section of the public. However, a 2012 study of 700 felony trials published by The Quarterly Journal of Economics suggested that juries without at least one member of the […]

How Do I Post Bail?

February 7, 2013

The state of Texas recognizes that it is not always practical to keep an individual in jail while he awaits a criminal trial. As a result, many people choose to post bail instead of stay in custody. The process of posting bail is simple and can often be used to secure one’s freedom while a […]

When Can Police Conduct a Search?

January 22, 2013

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from performing unreasonable searches and seizures of people and their property. Ultimately, this means that the government must have a valid explanation in order to inspect a citizen’s belongings. If police officers have consent, they can legally conduct a search. A person may give authorities the […]