Blog Posts in 2013

  • US Supreme Nullifies Part of 1965 Voting Rights Act Tim Powers 940.580.2899 The Supreme Court on Tuesday gutted a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 to end a century of attempts by former slaveholding states to block blacks from voting. In a 5-4 ruling with the court’s conservatives in the majority, the justices ruled thatCongress had used obsolete reasoning in ...
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  • Supreme Court Sends Texas Affirmative Action Case Back to Lower Court In a decision that could narrow the use of affirmative action in American education, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a federal appeals court was wrong to dismiss a case arguing that the University of Texas illegally discriminated against a white college student when it rejected her application for admission. In a 7-1 ...
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  • One Can’t Remain Silent to Remain Silent Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers Denton, Texas If you’ve been arrested, and the police want to interrogate you, they will tell you that you have the right to remain silent. How do you assert that right? One way would be to say something like “I would like to remain silent.” Saying “I want a lawyer” should also stop ...
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  • Legislature Tightens Cell Phone Search Privacy – Texas Legislative Update Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 9490.580.2899 You may not be aware that currently police do not need a warrant to search through your GPS locator in your cell phone, but that is about to change. The house passed House Bill 1608, which was added as an amendment to Senate Bill 1052, and stops the ...
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  • US officials recommend lowering DWI threshold to.05 blood alcohol Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas www.timpowers.com 940.580.2899 WASHINGTON — States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half— from.08 blood alcohol level to.05_matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a federal safety board recommended ...
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  • Travis County DA (Austin Texas) convicted of DWI. Officials ask her to Resign. Tim Powers timpowers.com David Rauf with the San Antonio Express-News reports that State Rep. Phil King wants the top Travis County prosecutor to resign her post after getting arrested and pleading guilty to DWI with blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit. "I am encouraging her to do the noble ...
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  • Good-Bye Forced DWI Blood Draws — the 4th Amendment Wins One ! Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas Police in many cases need a search warrant before forcing drunken driving suspects to have blood drawn, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a ruling that boosts privacy rights on the road. The justices today rejected Missouri’s contention that police should never have to seek ...
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  • State officials mistakenly free murder suspect; investigation sought Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 A 18-year-old youth facing a murder charge and certified to stand trial as an adult spent more than seven months housed with younger offenders at the Giddings State School before he was mistakenly freed, officials confirmed last week. The murder suspect — identified only as ...
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  • Perry Still Resisting Texting While Driving Ban Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Whether drivers are inching along Interstate 35 going toward downtown or driving through the UNT campus, it’s a common sight to find those who consider their smartphones more interesting than paying attention to the road. All it takes is one second to miss a sudden stop, merger or a wreck happening ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.580.2899 The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services recently stirred controversy when it asked job applicants to hand over their social network logins. The agency wanted "social media account usernames and personal passwords for use in employee background checks," according to the ACLU. The situation is cause ...
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  • Denton County Misdemeanor DWI Arrest Bond Conditions Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton. The Denton County Criminal courts have initiated a new policy effective February 25, 2013 without advance notice to anyone. This new policy is applicable to all those with a pending Denton County DWI case and there is a blood or breath test with a result of a.15 BAC or over. All Denton County judges ...
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  • The Alcohol Content of Different Drinks Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 Denton, Texas Going out to the bar and drinking with friends can be just what someone needs after a stressful week or a long day at work. However, whether it’s a ‘one relaxing beer’ kind of night, or you’re looking for something stiff to dilute the pain of the work week, it is always ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com INDIANAPOLIS | Former Gov. Mitch Daniels may have been the loudest voice calling for the type of criminal sentencing reform legislation that was approved by a state House committee last week, but it was his sister, Deborah Daniels, a former U.S. attorney and U.S. assistant attorney general, who led the effort to make it happen. For ...
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  • Four Common Officer Errors that Occur During DWI Arrests These frequent police mistakes may affect the outcome of your DWI case. Many people often view police officers as trusted members of the law who are simply looking out for the safety and good of those around them. While we may not always enjoy being pulled over or fined for something that we have done wrong, we can usually accept the fact ...
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  • How Computer-Hacking Laws Make You a Criminal

    || 21-Jan-2013

    In 1970, a 14-year-old boy dialed into a nationwide computer network, uploaded a virus he had written and caused the entire network to crash. That boy was Bill Gates. Five years later, he founded Microsoft. A few years later, two young men went around college dorms in California selling boxes of wires that let students bypass telephone-company restrictions and make long-distance calls for free. ...
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