Parole Eligibility

  The general rule for those serving time in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility (all felonies but state jail felonies) is that they will be eligible for parole after serving one-eighth of their time. The actual rule is that “except as provided by Section 508.146 [of the Texas Government Code], any other inmate…

Real World Evidence: You Have to Shut Up When You’re Talking to the Police

Today we had a motion to suppress evidence hearing. That’s where defense counsel will argue that an officer violated our client’s constitutional rights; therefore, the evidence derived from that should be suppressed or excluded. Sometimes this leads to the case being dismissed. In this case, 100% if our client had remained silent, not performed any…

Tailgating

  I’ve been jumping out of planes lately (with a parachute), and it’s striking how safety-conscious everyone is. It was a real contrast to the drive home where I watched SO MANY drivers tailgating. You might think of tailgating as when someone drives right up on the next car’s bumper, but it’s more than that.…