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Qualification For Sex Offender Registry Removal

In almost every instance, a convicted sex offender will have to register in Texas. They will have to remain on the “sex offender registry” for 10 years or life depending on the offense ... Continue reading »

Robbery

Most states describe robbery as theft/larceny of property or money through the offender’s use of physical force or fear against a victim. Where a deadly weapon like a gun is used or the victim ... Continue reading »

RICO Charges Are Serious

RICO (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) was originally passed by Congress in 1970, and signed into law by President Nixon, to prosecute members of organized crime. In the 1970′s ... Continue reading »

Sexual Assault

Certain laws differ by state, but sexual assault usually alludes to any crime in which the offender exposes the victim to sexual touching that is unwelcome and distasteful. These crimes can extend ... Continue reading »

Texas Criminal Code: Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations is the time limit that charges can be brought against the alleged perpetrator of a crime. In criminal cases, the state or federal government is the prosecutor and the ... Continue reading »

Cyber Crime is One Click Away

The age of technology has infiltrated every fiber of life. Computers, cell phones, and pads are always within arm’s reach. Most Americans do not go through the day without touching some type of ... Continue reading »

What's the Difference Between a Search and a Frisk?

We’ve written previously about police searches and the laws surrounding them, and you may have heard of a stop-and-frisk before in which police pat you down in public. While they may feel the ... Continue reading »

Distinguishing Between Theft, Robbery And Burglary

As you may have realized, words that are exchangeable in common English can mean very different things when defined legally. We might use any of the words “ theft,” “ robbery,” ... Continue reading »

Public Urination: What You Need to Know

Austin is known for its bars. In fact, It has one of the highest bars per capita in the entire country. Consequently, alcohol-based offenses are relatively common here, from DUIs to DWIs to public ... Continue reading »

Avoiding a DWI This Holiday Season

The Christmas holiday season is supposed to be a time of celebration and jolly cheer–the last thing you want to be worrying about is a DWI charge. With holiday parties every weekend, it can be ... Continue reading »

Illegal Search and Seizure: What You Need to Know

The 4th Amendment In the U.S. constitution, limits are placed on law enforcement via the 4th Amendment. It limits police’s ability to make unlawful arrests, search people, seize their property ... Continue reading »

Hit and Run in Texas: Reasons, Penalties, Defenses

Texas’ Hit and Run Penalties Penalties for hit and run are very strict in Texas, however they depend upon the degree of damage at the scene. Penalties are much less harsh if no physical injuries ... Continue reading »

Is Forensic Science a Science?

Sherlock Holmes. Hercule Poirot. Nancy Drew. Dexter Morgan. Benson & Stabler. All famous detectives from the media who use forensic science to solve their crimes and catch the culprit. Forensic ... Continue reading »

A Guide To Posting Bail In Texas

When a loved one has been arrested, you may be scared, angry, and worried, not to mention the bail process can be frustratingly confusing and complicated. Putting all emotions aside, when a friend or ... Continue reading »

Expungement: Sealing Your Record

You’ve heard the saying “crime doesn’t pay” before. Not only can a criminal charge result in jail time, fines, probation, and legal costs, but a criminal record can follow you ... Continue reading »

Weird Thanksgiving Crimes

Assault by Turkey Back in 2004, a New York woman was driving down the highway when a group of menacing teenagers in an oncoming car tossed a frozen turkey through her windshield. Unfortunately, the ... Continue reading »

Terry Stops in Texas

Many might have the misconception that police cannot search a person without a warrant. However, in Texas, police search and frisks are completely legal–a police officer can stop and search a ... Continue reading »

The Criminal Charge Process

Perhaps your entire knowledge of the criminal process comes from television courtroom dramas and you’re wondering what really goes on in real life when it comes to the criminal charge process. ... Continue reading »

Public Intoxication

In general, public intoxication laws are meant to protect the safety of the intoxicated person and the public. According to the jurisdiction you’re in, public intoxication could fall under ... Continue reading »

Your Rights: Arrest and Holding

As you are probably aware, a police officer must have probable cause in order to arrest a suspected criminal. Probable cause is a very abstract term that can apply to various situations. Basically, a ... Continue reading »

Apps Every Lawyer Needs

Dictation App For those who can talk faster than they can type on their smartphone keyboards. It’s an easy way to take notes when you’re on the go. It’s like having a personal ... Continue reading »

Police Questioning and Your Rights

Sometimes it can be confusing to determine when you must legally answer police questions. Being read your Miranda rights is a signal that you have the right to remain silent during police questioning. ... Continue reading »

Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

The simple fact is that not very many defendants choose to represent themselves in court if they have been charged with a criminal act. The large majority of defendants will ultimately hire a lawyer ... Continue reading »

What are Status Offenses?

You may have wondered why it was illegal to skip school, run away, or be out past curfew when you were younger. As a minor, you could get into trouble with the police if they caught you doing those ... Continue reading »

White Collar Crime: What is Computer Fraud?

Computer fraud is a type of white collar crime in which a person uses a computer or the internet to defraud others (including people, companies, government agencies) of money, internet access, or ... Continue reading »