After being arrested, it is required that you are taken, without delay, to a magistrate at which time the magistrate must advise you of any accusations against you, any affidavits filed regarding the accusations, your right to retain legal counsel, your right to remain silent, your right to have an attorney present during any interviews, your right to terminate any interviews at any time, your right to request a court-appointed lawyer, your to have a fair trial, and your right not to make a statement that may be used against you. It is also your right to have a reasonable amount of time to contact an attorney.
As the accused, you also have the right not to be prosecuted for a felony unless indicted by a grand jury, the right to be presumed innocent until guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the right not to incriminate yourself, the right to a speedy trial, the right to confront any witnesses against you, and the right to appeal.
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.