Dallas is about to get tough on violent crime

Dallas has a crime problem -- and Governor Greg Abbott isn't going to let it continue.

The spike in violent crimes in the Texas city has already attracted a lot of press attention -- partially due to comments by the city's police chief about people who have been released from prison and "forced to commit violent crimes." She has since clarified her comments in a public meeting, saying that she was not excusing the violent acts of criminals. She was, in essence, saying that not enough was being done to prevent people from returning to a life of crime once they'd already been imprisoned.

There has been a rapid rise in all kinds of violent criminal activity in the city this summer compared to this time last year. Robberies, aggravated assaults and murders have all been on the rise. There has been a distressing trend of fatal violence against transgender women in the city that's captured national news. In fact, the murder rate for May in Dallas is the highest it's been per month since the 1990s.

Well, reinforcements are coming in the form of state troopers. The exact details of what residents can expect are still being kept under wraps, but the city may need to brace itself for a rush toward judgment, with officers who will arrest first and ask questions later. Like it or not, when the crime rate goes up, tensions among law enforcement also rise -- and that can lead to mistakes that catch innocent people up in their wake.

If you find yourself in the prosecutor's sights for a violent crime -- or a loved one has been arrested on serious charges -- don't take chances with the future. You can't expect any kind of leniency when there's a public safety crisis going on, and the government is anxious to reassure citizens that they are going to get everything under control again very soon. An experienced defense attorney can help you if you find yourself charged with a crime.

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