Archive for September, 2016

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Talks about DNA Evidence

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The use of DNA evidence in criminal cases continues to increase, as does the amount of research that dedicated to understanding how it works and how to use it responsibly. Recent concerns regarding the probabilities that scientists use and prosecutors rely upon in explaining the degree of conclusiveness associated with DNA evidence may lead to a reopening of thousands of criminal case verdicts across the state.

The science of the collection and analysis of DNA evidence is constantly changing and evolving. The evolution of our knowledge about DNA and how to use it as evidence is, of course, a positive thing. As is the case with any other scientific issue, the movement towards a greater understanding of the issue is the very aim of the scientific process. Unfortunately, as our knowledge and experience with DNA evidence increases, we sometimes learn that we have not been able to determine things with the degree of certainty that we had thought that we could.

The advancements that scientists have made regarding the probability by which a particular DNA profile appears at random in the population cast doubt on the current probabilities described to jurors in association with the use of DNA samples in cases where DNA from two or more people was present at the crime scene. These cases are commonly referred to as “mixed” DNA cases. DNA evidence is often described as being a type of evidence that can help jurors answer the question of how likely it is that a particular event occurred.

The potential implications of the concern regarding the accuracy of the probabilities associated with DNA evidence are serious. Since 1999, there have been more than twenty-five thousand Texas criminal cases involving mixed DNA evidence. It is possible that some of the defendants convicted by juries who analyzed the evidence presented to them after hearing what we now know to be inaccurate statements regarding the credibility and certainty of DNA evidence were wrongfully convicted. If retrials are necessary, the defendants, the crime victims, and their families must all repeat the painful process of reliving the trial and hearing all of the evidence again.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – The Strong Defense That You Need

The concerns regarding the analysis of DNA evidence are not likely to reduce its role in criminal cases. Fortunately, criminal defense attorneys can learn about advances in the field of DNA evidence just as quickly as prosecutors, forensic experts, and others who are involved in the criminal case process. Your criminal defense attorney can stay on top of the most current knowledge regarding DNA evidence and use that knowledge to help you if your case involves DNA evidence. Even if your case does not involve DNA evidence, your Texas Criminal Defense Attorney has an up to date working knowledge of all of the types of evidence used in criminal cases, which they will use to build a strong case on your behalf. If you are charged with any type of crime, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499. Alternatively, you may contact us online.

Texas Family Law Attorney Discusses the Mathematics of Divorce

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Many people view divorce as an emotional process first and a practical process second. It is not unusual that people think about it in that way because divorce is, at its simplest, undoing something which two people did because of the feelings that they had for one another. It is important that divorcing couples remember that there is also a practical, mathematical side to divorce. In fact, it is the mathematical information that you will explore during the divorce process – the information that you will see regarding property, assets, and even parenting time – that you can readily use to assess what your options for settling your divorce.

When people get divorced, they are likely to have ideas about what they would like to accomplish as a result other than ending their marriage. These ideas are usually connected to numbers. For example, it is possible that you know what percentage of parenting time would be ideal for you. Also, you may know which items of personal property you would most like to have, as well as what the values of those items are. It is a good thing to think about your divorce in terms of numbers like these because you’ll need that information to determine how the things that you most want could fit into a fair distribution of the marital estate. It is possible to take the numbers that are related to the property and parenting situations of you and your spouse and combine them in many different ways. This good, because it increases the possibility that the two of you will agree on one of those possible combinations and be able to turn it into a divorce settlement instead of going to trial.

I realize that it can be difficult to see past all of the emotions to see the numbers related to your divorce for what they are. For example, you may have a strong attachment to your marital home, and you may want to pursue a settlement that would keep you in that home. Unfortunately, it is possible that given the numbers associated with your particular situation, buying out your spouse’s share of the home would not be a wise financial decision. If you discover this, look at the numbers again and see whether it might be better if you sell the house and split the proceeds. If that does not appeal to both of you, know that there are many different ways in which couples can choose to dispose of their homes. Likewise, parenting time agreements are as unique and varied as the couples who create them, and they contain all kinds of different percentages that work for the families who abide by them.

When you look at the numbers in your Texas divorce, you can get a sense of how a proposed settlement could affect your life now and into the future. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to acknowledge the numbers that you see in terms of what they mean regarding the outcome that you want. However, it is often less difficult to do that than it is to deal with the long-term fallout of accepting a proposed property settlement or parenting agreement that does not serve your best interests.

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Learn more about Texas divorce today – call Texas Family Law Attorney Alex Tyra at (903) 753-7499 to learn more about your legal rights and options.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Describes The Important Role of Counsel in DWI Cases

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Now that you face DWI charges, you may feel like you are in an unfamiliar landscape. Before your DWI, you were not likely thinking about how you would defend yourself against DWI charges. After all, there was no need to think about that – until now. Now that you are facing DWI charges, you are probably deeply concerned about how you will defend yourself against them. If you do not remember anything else right now, know that you do not have to defend yourself against DWI charges. There are attorneys who work hard every day to help clients like you fight back against DWI charges.

Now that you know that there are attorneys who can help you fight your DWI charges take the next step and choose a DWI defense attorney right away. Do not attempt to save time and or money by representing yourself, because there is so much at stake in your DWI case. Hire a DWI defense attorney right away and give yourself a fighting chance at keeping the financial and personal costs of your DWI to a minimum.

You may wonder what you get when you retain a DWI defense attorney, and that’s a good thing. It is important for you to know what you are buying when you retain legal counsel. Speak with your attorney and get a handle on what they can and cannot do for you throughout your case. Rest assured that your attorney can help you in many ways, like helping you to understand the charges against you, as well as the potential consequences of a conviction. Your attorney will speak to you about the details of your case because much of their work involves using what they know about the law and about the facts of your case to determine what kinds of defense strategies may be available to you. Another part of the work of a DWI defense attorney is helping their clients understand their options for resolving their DWI cases and how each possible option could impact their lives.

While some DWI defendants may feel as though they do not need to go out and select an attorney because they qualify for the services that are offered by public defenders, it is essential that all DWI defendants understand the difference between using a public defender for a DWI case and using private counsel. Public defenders are attorneys who are paid by the state to provide legal assistance to people who meet certain economic criteria. Private counsel is an attorney that the defendant has selected and retained at his or her own expense. All attorneys do their best to represent the interests of their clients, but unfortunately, public defenders have less control over how many cases they handle at any given time than private counsel do, so they may have little time to work on each of their cases. Also, in Texas there is another distinction between the public defender and private counsel – public defenders in Texas do not participate in the administrative license suspension process. Drivers who are charged with DWI must request an ALR hearing if they wish to avoid license suspension and only private counsel can handle those requests and hearings.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Strong Defense for Texas Drivers Charged With DWI

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra works hard for Texas DWI defendants. Could he help you, too? Please call our office today, at (903) 753-7499, or contact us online.