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Archives for: June, 2018

Jun 29
2018

How Serious are Fraud Penalties in Texas?

Fraud

If you have been accused of fraud, you may be wondering what your life will look like after the case ends. The fraud stories you may have seen on the news tend to involve big banks, celebrities, or corporations that deal in shady practices. They involve massive amounts of people and money, often spanning over a number of states or even countries. When a story is big enough to make the front page, it typically involves years behind bars or massive amounts of fines.

These penalties can be daunting, but they are not applicable to every fraud case. Charges related to a one-time incident of credit card fraud are not going to be tried in the same way as the [...]

Jun 21
2018

Family Violence vs. Domestic Violence in Texas         

Domestic Violence | Family Violence

What does it mean when you hear someone talking about family violence? How does it differ from domestic violence?

Short answer: it doesn’t. Not really. They’re essentially the same thing, just under a different name. However, Texas does also have a law called continuous violence against the family, and that is different.

We’re going to cover the laws and their associated penalties in this post.

Family and Domestic Violence Laws in Texas

There are three main types of family and domestic violence punishable by Texas laws:

  • Domestic Assault
  • Aggravated Domestic Assault
  • Continuous Violence Against the Family

Let’s look at each one in detail.

Domestic Assault

An act of assault qualifies as domestic assault if it is committed against people certain [...]

Jun 15
2018

Types of Burglary Covered Under Texas Law

Burglary

Burglary covers several different kinds of theft under Texas law. In this post, we’ll detail the types of burglary, their penalties, and how you can get help if you are facing charges.

Burglary as Defined by Texas Statute

All burglary convictions in Texas will depend on this fact: an individual entered a private building, structure, or habitation with intent to commit a crime within, but without consent of the owner. The crime could be assault, theft, or other felonies.

Unlawful entry and intent to commit a crime are essential pieces in a burglary case. Even if the intended crime was not carried out, an individual can face burglary charges. A conviction may occur if the prosecutor can prove beyond [...]

Jun 7
2018

What You Need to Know about the Public Intoxication Laws in Texas

Public Intoxication

The public intoxication law in Texas can be vague and confusing. How so?

State law indicates that law enforcement officers can arrest a person on suspicion of public intoxication. However, the arrest can occur only if the drunk person is a danger to others or themselves.

On New Year’s Day 2018, a Texas woman was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Witness accounts said the woman yelled to the driver not to take the sobriety test. The arresting officers then charged the woman with public intoxication. The woman’s attorney believes the police applied the law in the wrong way.

Critics agree that the law is too vague and allows [...]

Jun 3
2018

What Happens in Texas If You Get a DWI While Driving a Child?      

DWI | DWI With a Child Passenger

If you get a DWI with a child in your vehicle, you could face serious charges under Texas law. In this post, we’re going to detail the law and penalties, then let you know what you can do to fight your charges.

Drive Drunk with a Kid, Get Hit with Texas Child Endangerment Charges

If you receive a DWI with a child in the vehicle, you can be charged with child endangerment.

The Texas statute on child endangerment reads:

“A person commits an offense if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or omission, engages in conduct that places a child younger than 15 years in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment.”[...]

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