Criminal Defense Procedural Law in Texas

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Criminal Defense Procedural Law refers to the body of law that ensures that each case brought to court is treated justly. In our guide to Texas criminal procedural law, understand what rules govern the police and the appointed judges.

  • ContentAre You Required to Open the Door When the Police Are Knocking?

    Whether or not to answer the door when police are knocking is a common question for lay persons concerned with understanding their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement.

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  • Content16 Strange Enforceable Laws Still on the Books in Texas

    Many states still have strange laws that aren’t enforced or taken seriously. Most of these laws are outdated and often humorous to us now. The Lone Star state is no exception.

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  • ContentJudges: Appointed v. Elected

    We are taught from a young age that the best form of government is one that we the people elect. Is electing judges the best way?

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  • ContentWarrantless Searches in Texas

    It is against the law for police or law enforcement officers to search you and your property without a warrant or consent. However, in some cases this does not stop them. That doesn't mean that the evidence obtained against you illegally cannot be used in court though. In some instances, evidence obtained in an illegal or warrantless search can still be used in Texas courts.

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  • ContentWhat Is Reasonable Doubt?

    Another tool for preventing wrongful convictions: Texas needs a statutory definition of reasonable doubt.

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  • ContentWhen Do Police Have To Read You Your Rights?

    Incriminating statements collected during a "conversation" be used against you if you haven't been read your Miranda rights? The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the case of United States v. Swan late last year ruled yes, because you were not in custody when you made the statements.

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  • ContentWhat Is a Subpoena? Can You Refuse to Testify?

    "People who receive a subpoena for a criminal matter often wonder if they can ignore the subpoena or refuse to testify. Neither is advisable."

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  • ContentCriminal vs. Civil Law Cases in Texas

    What’s the difference between a criminal charge and a civil lawsuit? Here are the must-know details for Texas residents so you can be prepared.

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  • ContentEvading Arrest in Texas

    Sometimes people have a natural inclination to run when a police officer attempts to detain or arrest them. Evading arrest is a crime in itself that can result in negative criminal penalties for the accused.

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