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Category: COVID-19/Coronavirus

May 18

Trying to Pay the Mortgage: Essential Business or Violation in Texas?

COVID-19/Coronavirus | Emergency Management Plan Violations | Uncategorized

Even the most stable households across middle America are feeling the pinch from the COVID-19 lockdowns now. Both employees and business owners alike are beginning to struggle after months of not being able to work and still having to pay bills.

So what happens when Texans try to make ends meet? Some business owners don’t see any other way than to violate the orders of local government.

In fact, a number of business owners have been arrested on grounds of an emergency management plan violation. One specific example includes two women alleged to have been operating salon services from their homes.

On the other hand, there appears to be a double standard as some public officials have also been violating [...]

Apr 11

Texans, Don’t Try to Steal Toilet Paper from Restaurants

COVID-19/Coronavirus | Misdemeanors | Theft Crimes

It’s no secret that toilet paper has become a hot commodity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stories from different parts of the country and around the world have shown people are willing to go great lengths to get their hands on a few rolls.

A couple in Texas added one more story to the list recently when they stole a mega role from a restaurant in Corpus Christi. Though the restaurant didn’t press any charges, things could have gone differently for the couple.

Despite everyone’s heightened state of emotion, the restaurant owners would have been within their rights to file charges. The couple in question committed misdemeanor theft crimes. If the owners had pursued the issue, it would have [...]

Apr 5

Posting Online You Have Coronavirus When You Don’t Is a Crime in Texas

COVID-19/Coronavirus | False Report

Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), is a concern for everybody right now. That’s why when a 23-year-old Woodville man falsely posted on social media that he had tested positive for the virus, it was taken very seriously.

How seriously? Ultimately, he was charged with a misdemeanor for making a “False Alarm/False Report.” This Class A misdemeanor isn’t simply a slap on the wrist.

The response by law enforcement should highlight to others how serious making a false report is – especially in the middle of a pandemic. It doesn’t matter where you make it or what the false report is, it’s serious business.

So what are the laws surrounding false reporting in Texas? Here’s what you need to know so [...]

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