Texas DWI lawyer & attorney Dax Garvin uses his criminal defense law blog, the Austin Criminal Law Journal to offer readers insight and commentary from his perspective as a former law enforcement officer & prosecutor. His blog includes topics such as Cops in the News, Jail Standards and Practices, Judicial Observations, Probation Questions & Concerns, and Tasers in the News.
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Most of us, if we do not have our heads stuck completely in the sand, have heard about the Occupy Wall Street movement that has swept across the world and is currently here in Austin. I am a criminal defense attorney who is willing to contribute to the cause by making my service...
PROSECUTOR'S DUTY: "It shall be the primary duty of [ the prosecutor ] not to convict, but to see that Justice is done. They shall not suppress facts or secrete witnesses capable of establishing the innocence of the accused." ...
This has been throughout the news with a quick google search of "cheating SAT student(s) Great Neck" which is the location of where it happened. In short, a handful of students paid another man to take their SAT college entrance exam for them and now the prosecuting attorney has...
Sentencing Law and Policy, a well-established criminal law blog, reported on a story in Bay Minette, Alabama, deep in the heart of the Bible Belt, where courts in one County are giving criminal defendants who agree to attend church for one year a dismissal of their criminal cases, or the...
Thank you to all who worked to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. I hope you all enjoy this video, I know I did. I always found it ironic that a country that "stands for freedom" and seeks to guarantee individual rights would penalize its own...
Southside Wrecker is the independently owned company that contracts with the City of Austin to tow vehicles when a person is arrested by the Austin Police Department. I am often asked by clients wanting to know where their vehicle is and how to get it back, so that contact...
Section 39.02 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure allows for the deposing of witnesses in criminal defense matters and on its face it does not require the unavailability of witnesses or anything like that, but if either side knew the witnesses may be unavailable, getting this information...
One national organization working to spread the word and get equal rights for GLBT persons in the US is Get Equal. It also has chapters in most if not all states, but Get Equal Texas caught my attention at the Austin Pride Festival 2011. I've never been...
Remember, I was a cop for almost 3 years in Williamson County, Texas. And, while I never sought out the training to administer the breath tests on any of the machines that allegedly measure alcohol concentration on a person's breath, I definitely was present when these tests were given by...
One part of the dismal night of going to jail for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Texas is having to listen to, read-along with, and understand the “Statutory Warning” that is required before the arresting officer or one helping him or her may take your breath or blood. Why do I...