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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.483.8000 April 15, 2013, is a day that many American will remember for the rest of their lives. What started as a supportive, family fun day turned out to be a day of tragedy. On this day, two slow cooker bombs were set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing 3 and injuring several civilians. The people responsible for the ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.483.8000 There is another kind of threat out there that is costing the city money; a threat commonly known as "swatting" and "misuse of 911 emergency call systems". This week, 34-year-old Jason Neff was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison by a federal judge for making fake 911 calls. Neff was also ordered to pay ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.483.8000 A few weeks ago, Michael Grimm, U.S. Representative for New York's 11 th Congressional District, announced his resignation after pleading guilty to a felony tax evasion charge. He was indicted back in April on 20 different counts relating to his health food restaurants, false tax returns, mail fraud, wire fraud, perjury and ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.483.8000 We have been following this case for a while now in order to see the verdict. Eric Williams was sentenced to death last week. It started off when District Attorney Mike McLelland and his assistant Mark Hasse prosecuted Williams for stealing computer equipment from Kaufman County, back in 2012. Williams ended up loosing his job as a ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.580.2899 Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were released today after serving decades in prison. McCollum and Brown (siblings) were both teenagers at the time, when they were charged with rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, Sabrina Buie. Evidence of beer cans, cigarettes and condoms were found in the area where the body was found. Thanks to ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, approximately 800,000 children younger than the age of 18 have been reported missing since 1999. Parents.com statistics show that every 40 seconds a child becomes missing or abducted in the United States. Too often when we here about children being ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 Recently on the news, there was a story of a dad who left his 22-month-old baby in the car. There were lots of comments saying this man should not be punished. Some believed the death of his son was a punishment of its own. However, what appeared as an accident has taken a turn for the worst. According to Fox News, ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 In one of latest blog posts, we talked about child abuse in correlation to substance abuse. But in reality, child abuse happens anywhere and everywhere. Every time I turn on the news, I see a new story about a child being beat up or even killed by their parents. However, when I think about it, it’s actually the same ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused drugs. It contains a chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which specifically targets brain cells. The chemical compound of THC is similar to other types of compounds used by the body, which allows the brain cells to accept the compound and allows the user to ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 Did you know that about 90 percent of the meth in Texas is smuggled across the border from Mexico? Mexican drug cartels have been the primary manufacturers of meth for years now. There have been small labs that produce meth as well here in the states, but the majority is smuggled across the border from Mexico. This ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 Image Courtesy of google.com Imagine a 14-year-old girl being sold, beat up, drugged, and raped repeatedly. She is only 14 and is being forced to live a life of addiction and violence. She didn’t ask for it. But the sad issue at hand is she is not the only one who faces this awful faith. According to the U.S. State ...
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  • Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon – What you need to know Law Offices of Tim Powers – Denton, Texas In the past we discussed unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon under Federal law. The same offense, while very different, can also be severe under Texas law. For example, a convicted felon may possess a firearm in the residence in which he lives once five years have elapsed ...
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  • Federal Court Finds Upright Driving, Acne Suspicious Good posture while driving can contribute to reasonable suspicion that a driver is smuggling illegal aliens, federal appeals court finds. Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers Denton, Texas Driving with good posture, with hands at the classic ten and two position on the wheel, is sufficient reason to pull over a driver with a bad complexion, ...
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  • Our 4th Amendment Hangs on by a Thread – Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tip Tim Powers Criminal Defense Attorney Denton, Texas The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court’s two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.483.8000940.580.2899 According to Florida State Law: (3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 An Oklahoma City attorney is now facing prison time after being arrested for engaging in sexual acts during visitations. Frank Kirk was arrested after deputies set him up and got him on audiotape with the inmate. Kirk had told this “client” that if she couldn’t pay for his services then she could make it ...
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  • What Exactly is Considered "Free Speech?"

    || 26-Feb-2014

    According to the First Amendment, we as American citizens have the freedom of speech. But what exactly does that entail? Well according to our U.S. Government, when it comes down to advertising in schools, our speech is limited. The Agriculture Department along with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign” is starting to try and promote healthy eating in schools. In order to ...
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  • According to nypost.com, 25-year-old Nikki Scherwitz will be getting 10 years of probation vs. jail time for having inappropriate sexual relations with a 16-year-old student. Scherwitz got probation time vs. jail time for writing an apology letter to the student’s mom and to the school district in Freeport, Texas. She was also fined $5,000 and was forced to quit her job at the high school. ...
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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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  • 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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  • Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com In a bizarre turn of events for a case against a fugitive doctor, federal prosecutors have dropped drug charges against an alleged renegade physician because the vast trove of evidence related to the case is too expensive to maintain. The doctor, Armando Angulo, was indicted in 2007 for allegedly leading a lucrative scheme that ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com Tuesday, a mom of four in England sealed her fate with a click of the mouse: Hayley Jones changed her Facebook status from "married" to "single" and was fatally stabbed by Brian Lewis, a jealous boyfriend, according to the London Daily Mail. Jones isn't the first to meet a tragic end after a seemingly ...
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  • Colorado Attack Victims May Have Little Chance in Suits

    || 25-Jul-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com Family members of those killed and survivors of the shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater may find it difficult to pursue civil liability claims tied to the attack, which resulted in 12 dead and 58 injured. The potential for liability would center on the safety and security procedures at the theater where the July 20 ...
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  • George Zimmerman's Bond Revocation Circus

    || 5-Jun-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com Friday we saw yet another crazy twist in the circus-like case of George Zimmerman. What started out as a simple hearing regarding whether to seal discovery evidence from the media turned into a blame game and strict orders by Judge Kenneth Lester that Zimmerman return to jail within 48 hours. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the ...
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  • Law Office of Tim Powers 940 483 8000 www.timpowers.com A federal jury on Friday ordered two Dallas police officers to pay a total of $169,000 to a man who spent 10 months locked up on false charges. Following a weeklong trial, a seven-member civil jury found that Senior Cpl. David Nevitt and Officer Jerry Dodd maliciously prosecuted and violated the constitutional rights of Thomas Hannon by ...
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