Dallas Murder Cases On the Rise

Murder cases in Dallas are on the rise this year. This trend has occurred in many major cities across the United States. The Dallas police Department is putting high priority on solving murder cases and has recently revived their cold case unit. The cold case unit  investigates unsolved homicides. There is no statute of limitations on a murder charge so the unit sometimes investigates cases that were committed 30 years ago.

Murder charges are the most serious a citizen can face under Texas law. The punishment range is 5 to 99 years or Life in prison. A person convicted of murder in Texas is not eligible for parole. The Dallas District Attorney’s office has an intake prosecutor who’s sole responsibility is the working with local police agencies in all murder investigations and determining when to move forward with a murder charge  and seek indictment at the grand jury.

If you are arrested or come under investigation for a murder charge it is crucial that you seek advice from an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible. That is the only way to protect your self. Individuals often waive their valuable constitutional rights when the police first come in contact with them. They believe they must speak to the authorities or they will be appear guilty. Speak with a criminal lawyer before you talk to anyone.

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Cullen Davis Murder Trial Teaches Lessons

Cullen Davis gave an interview to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently. This was one of the most infamous murder trials in Texas history and a criminal attorney can learn from studying this case. What first seemed to be a strong case for the prosecution turned into a sensational Not Guilty verdict.

How was the defense able to win? Trial preparation. Every witness was investigated. Each witness was skillfully cross-examined. They produced other suspects with motives and demonstrated a rush to judgment. Continue reading

Does Shooting Someone In the Back Qualify as “Self Defense”?

A recent shooting involving a Dallas man in a Waffle House parking lot demonstrates how the Texas self defense law can protect a citizen even when the alleged “victim” is shot in the back.

In the early morning hours of July 5, a man armed with an AK-47 entered a DeSoto Waffle House and robbed several customers. As the robber left the restaurant one of the robbery victims followed him outside, pulled out a hand gun and fired several shots into the robbers’ back. The robber survived the attack but is paralyzed. The shooting was captured on video and it doesn’t appear that the robber knew what was coming.

Will the citizen be indicted for Aggravated Assault? Not at all. Continue reading

How difficult is it to get a ‘change of venue’ in Texas?

Any time a client’s case has been featured in the news media, the client will ask if we should seek a change of venue. In Texas, as in most states, a motion for change of venue is rarely granted. Moving a trial to another county is expensive and can be a great inconvenience for the judge and prosecutors. Also, the burden on the defense to convince a judge a trial should be moved is very high.

The recent ruling of Judge Mark Rusch provides an excellent example of this issue. Enrique Arochi stands charged in Collin County with Aggravated Kidnapping for the abduction of Christina Morris. The case has received extensive media coverage and Arochi’s attorneys filed a motion for change of venue arguing that the extensive media coverage has been inflamatory and prejudicial, and would prevent their client from obtaining a fair trial. This past Friday, Judge Rusch denied the motion. Continue reading