Blog Posts in 2013

  • Former Deputies Sentenced in Federal Drug Conspiracy Case

    || 27-Nov-2013

    On the 23rd of October 2013, a U.S. District Court Judge handed down prison sentences to two former Duval County Sheriff's deputies. The defendants, 35-year-old Ruben Silva and 28-year-old Victor Carrillo, had pleaded guilty to conspiring with a criminal organization for the purpose of distributing drugs. The conspiracy involved the former deputies conducting fake traffic stops on known drug ...
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  • Judge Declares Mistrial After Juror Researches Case Online

    || 21-Nov-2013

    Jurors must abide by very strict rules while hearing evidence and conducting deliberations in a criminal case. The judge gives clear and concise instructions to the jurors to enable them to decide upon a verdict based solely on the evidence presented by both the prosecution and the defense in the courtroom. Attempting to gather additional evidence or access information about the case through ...
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  • Guerra & Farah Secures Dismissal of Client's Murder Charges

    || 5-Nov-2013

    Attorney Juan Guerra recently achieved the dismissal of murder charges against a man who was accused of fatally shooting a security officer. Our client is the father of one of the four children killed in a daycare fire that occurred in February 2011. The court found the daycare owner guilty of 3 counts of murder and she was sentenced to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections for her crime ...
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  • What Is Cyberbullying and Is It a Criminal Offense in Texas?

    || 20-Mar-2013

    Cyberbullying is bullying that uses an electronic device for texting, emails, posts on web pages or Facebook, or interactive game sites. Bullying can take on many forms. While you often think of bullying in terms of children at school, it can also occur outside of school and is not limited to children. Here are some examples of cyberbullying: Posts aimed at embarrassing, humiliating or denigrating ...
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  • Texas has three degrees of kidnapping - first, second and third degree. All three are felony charges, but first degree is the most serious charge, followed by the second and then third degree. Actions involved with kidnapping determine which type of felony authorities charge. First degree Texas Penal Code Chapter § 20.04 defines first degree kidnapping as aggravated kidnapping. For ...
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  • ¿Cómo define Texas el secuestro y qué tipo de penas enfrenta usted?

    || 13-Mar-2013

    Texas tiene tres grados de secuestro – primera, segunda y tercera. Los tres son cargos graves, pero la primera es el cargo más grave, seguido por la segunda y tercera. Acciones involucradas en el secuestro determinan el tipo de delito que las autoridades acusan. Primer grado El capítulo 20.04 del código penal de Texas define el secuestro agravado como un delito de primer ...
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  • Texas Death Penalty Statistics

    || 21-Feb-2013

    Violent crimes can often lead to the death penalty. Texas is one of 33 states that have capital punishment and has used it since 1819. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), Texas has executed 492 convicted felons during the period of 1982 through November 16, 2012 (last update). To put this number in perspective, from 1976 to the present, U.S. executions total 1321. This ...
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  • Estadísticas en Texas de la Pena de Muerte

    || 21-Feb-2013

    Los crímenes violentos a menudo puede llevar a la pena de muerte. Texas es uno de los 33 estados que tienen la pena de muerte y la ha utilizado desde 1819. Según el Departamento de Justicia Criminal de Texas (TDCJ), Texas ha ejecutado a 492 criminales convictos durante el período de 1982 al 16 de noviembre de 2012 (última actualización). Para poner esta cifra en ...
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  • ¿Cómo trabaja la Confiscación en caso de lavado de dinero?

    || 14-Feb-2013

    El lavado de dinero es una acción que esconde fondos ilícitos mediante la inversión en negocios legítimos. Como su nombre lo indica, escondiendo el origen del dinero es el aspecto central de la delincuencia. Los gobiernos federal y estatal trabajan para contrarrestar el lavado de dinero al apoderarse de dinero o bienes a través de un proceso legal llamado ...
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  • How Does Forfeiture Work in a Money Laundering Case?

    || 13-Feb-2013

    Money laundering is an action that hides illicit funds by investing them into legitimate businesses. As the name implies, hiding the source of money is the pivotal aspect of the crime. Federal and state governments work to counteract money laundering by seizing money or assets through a legal process called forfeiture. In an Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Training conference held in ...
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  • Ley de Texas sobre litigios frívolos

    || 8-Jan-2013

    Demanda frívola es un término legal utilizado por los tribunales para describir un caso que no tiene mérito, porque no carece de una base factual, o un argumento que no vale la pena apoyar, o está directamente prohibido por la ley. Desde hace algún tiempo los tribunales federales han requerido de abogados para investigar a fondo la existencia de una base factual ...
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