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When Can a Minor Be Tried as an Adult in Texas?

In Texas, there is a separate court system for juvenile offenders. In the vast majority of cases, children under 18 years of age have their cases heard in juvenile court, where they are resolved with the goal of rehabilitation. However, Texas law permits minors to be tried as adults in cases of violent crimes or Read More

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Strategies for Defense Against Sex Crime Charges

Being convicted of a sex crime can ruin a person’s life. Most crimes involving sexual misconduct are felonies in Texas, which means they are punishable by multiple years in prison and substantial fines. Anyone accused of a sex offense should retain an experienced attorney who can develop and pursue a strong defensive strategy. There are Read More

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Which Texas White Collar Crimes Can Draw the Stiffest Penalties?

White collar crimes are generally defined as those that do not require the use of threats, physical force or violence. A typical white collar offender utilizes fraud, deceit or concealment to deprive another person of their property or to gain an advantage over a competitor in a business setting. Under Texas law, white collar crimes Read More

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Raising an Effective Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges

People charged with domestic violence crimes in Texas face harsh penalties, including significant prison time and heavy fines. In addition, the consequent injury to their reputation can make them pariahs in social and professional circles, effectively ruining their life. Acts of domestic violence (“assault”) are prohibited by the Texas penal code. The crime is defined Read More

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What are the Potential Costs of a Texas DWI Conviction?

Being charged in Texas with driving while intoxicated carries the risk of severe penalties as well as heavy costs. Even a first DWI offense can mean serving jail time in addition to paying fines, court fees and other related costs. A defendant may also have to observe probation conditions, attend DWI driver education programs and Read More

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Rules for Title IX Proceedings on Alleged Sex Assaults Remain in Flux

June of 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs or activities at federally funded colleges, high schools and middle schools. Title IX has been called the most important law passed for women and girls since women obtained the right to Read More

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Mentoring Shown to Be a Valuable Tool for Children in the Texas Juvenile Justice System

Children in Texas can be charged with felonies or misdemeanors, just like adults. But unlike adult crimes, juvenile crimes are handled in civil court under the Juvenile Justice Code, which is part of the Texas Family Code. Placing juvenile matters in civil court reflects the idea that young people who commit offenses may deserve to Read More

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What Are the Differences Between State and Federal Sex Crimes?

Most sex crime prosecutions in Texas take place in state courts, usually in the state courthouse nearest to where the crime took place. But some sex crimes violate both state and federal law. In those situations, the case can be tried in either federal or state court, and a person can even face two prosecutions. Read More

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White Collar Crimes Most Often Prosecuted in Texas

“White collar” crime is generally defined as diverting money or property from rightful owners without using violence, physical force or threats. Such crimes usually involve fraudulent activity and occur in a business, marketplace or government setting. Advances in communication and information technologies have resulted in a tremendous increase in white-collar crime. In fact, there are Read More

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Drug/DWI Specialty Courts Offer Alternatives to Criminal Penalties

Drug abuse and drunk driving are serious problems in Texas, just as they are throughout the nation. While state criminal laws seek to address the issues by adopting stiff penalties, most people who violate these laws do so because of physical and/or mental conditions, not due to criminal intent. One strategy for dealing with the Read More

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