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Change in Law Allows Diversion for Juveniles in Class C Misdemeanor Cases

In Texas, juveniles who find themselves facing Class C misdemeanor charges now have the opportunity to participate in diversion programs as an alternative to traditional court proceedings. Diversion programs offer juveniles a chance to address their behavior, make amends for their actions and avoid the long-term consequences of a criminal conviction. Youths who receive diversion Read More

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Removal from Registry Is Possible for Some Texas Sex Offenders

Being listed on the sex offender registry can have profound and lasting consequences on an individual’s life, affecting everything from employment opportunities to personal relationships. Depending on the circumstances, Texans may have the opportunity to petition for removal from the sex offender registry. Understanding the process and requirements for removal is essential for those seeking Read More

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What Determines When a Minor Can Be Tried as an Adult in Texas

In Texas, people under age 18 who are charged with crimes usually are diverted to juvenile court, where their cases are resolved without a criminal conviction. In some cases, however, the prosecution may seek to have a minor tried as an adult. This normally occurs when a crime of violence is charged or when the Read More

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Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges in Texas

In Texas, domestic violence is essentially an assault in which the victim is a family or household member. This can include a spouse, former spouse, parent, child or other individual related by blood or marriage or through a dating relationship. The crime is not limited to causing actual injury. It can also consist of threatening Read More

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How Are Sex Crimes Prosecuted Under Texas and Federal Law?

A sex crime can be any illegal act that has a sexual aspect or motive. These offenses can be prosecuted under state or federal law and sometimes both. How the case proceeds depends on jurisdictional issues as well as on the specific statute alleged to have been violated. Most sex crimes in Texas are prosecuted Read More

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Texas Enacts New Laws Against Cybercrime Activity, Including Doxing

Texas has passed new laws that expand the scope of cybercrimes: offenses committed by use of computers or other electronic devices. These measures include outlawing of “doxing,” the publication or dissemination of a person’s sensitive, private information without permission and with the intent to cause harm. The new laws also expand the prohibition of voyeurism Read More

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New Laws Extend Statute of Limitations for Family Violence Cases and Increase Penalties

Texas has lengthened the statute of limitations for certain domestic violence crimes, giving the state a longer period of time to bring charges. For misdemeanor domestic violence, the statute is extended from two years to three years. For felony domestic violence, the statute is extended from three years to five years. In addition, the penalties Read More

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Texas Law Creates the New Crime of Fentanyl Murder

In 2022, more than 100,000 Americans died from an overdose of illegal narcotics. A major contributor to this grim statistic is fentanyl, a highly addictive synthetic opioid that is often distributed illegally and mixed with other drugs. In response to this growing epidemic, about 30 states across the country have enacted laws imposing criminal liability Read More

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Defenses to Raise Against Title IX Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Sexual harassment and sexual assault are problems throughout society, including on college campuses. Title IX of the federal Civil Rights Act prohibits gender-based misconduct at federally funded institutions of higher learning. However, accusations of sexual misconduct sometimes result from misunderstandings and false accusations, which can ruin the reputations and careers of the students accused. Title Read More

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Defending Against Criminal Fraud Charges in Texas

Fraud is the intentional use of deceptive means to obtain money or property from its rightful owners without violence or threat of violence. Fraud offenses are white collar crimes for which a conviction can carry severe penalties, including months or years in prison, fines and required restitution of losses to victims. Texas law recognizes a Read More

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