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Evidentiary Process Leaves Ample Room for Mistakes

In criminal trials, prosecutors are required to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. To do this, they generally seek to introduce evidence from the alleged crime scene. However, a trial may occur years after the evidence is taken from the crime scene. Law enforcement officers and technicians are tasked with maintaining the integrity of the evidence in the interim.

For the Record: Criminal Convictions can Hurt Job Applicants

Employers across Texas routinely do extensive background checks of applicants, looking for bad credit reports and criminal records. For many job applicants, a conviction on their record -- even for a minor offense -- can mean they never hear from the employer again.