Before arresting any suspect, peace officers generally must have a warrant. Although, if there is probable cause that someone committed an offense, or an offense is committed in the presence of the officer, a warrant is not required to make an arrest.
If you have been detained and the police officer makes it clear that you are not free to leave, you may be under arrest. Even if the officer did not announce it or restrain you with handcuffs, you can still be under arrest. However, if you are questioned about your involvement in or knowledge of a crime, and the answers are going to be used against you in a court of law, those questions must be preceded by the Miranda warnings. If you choose not to answer the questions, the questioning must stop.
The Harris County District Attorney’s office notified defense lawyers on Wednesday that a crime-scene investigator made errors in 65 cases.
In a newly obtained video, a Houston Police officer is seen balling his fist, punching a woman in the face and slamming her to the floor of a drunk-tank cell after she swung her elbow at the officer while questioning the no-refusal blood test.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office has dismissed 90 pending misdemeanor and felony drug cases after a deputy improperly destroyed evidence at the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office is forced to throw out more than 140 cases so far after it was discovered over 21,000 pieces of evidence was destroyed by the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
The Harris County District Attorney's office is re-evaluating a decade's worth of DWI cases. This comes after the credentials of an expert witness, a toxicology analyst, were called into question.
There are over 1,000 cases under review because of the misuse of evidence. While 142 have been dismissed thus far, there has been a high number of cases in which evidence has been destroyed - most of the cases involving drug crimes.
After and expert's qualifications have been questioned, there are nearly 10 years of DWI cases being under review in Harris County.
After being questioned about her credentials in DWI cases, a woman responds publicly.
Expert witness has been accused of lying on the stand and moved down to a lower level position.