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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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Sealing a Criminal Record With a Non-disclosure Order

A criminal past can haunt you for life. Arrests, charges and convictions are ordinarily public records that may be accessed by anyone and be used to deny you employment, credit, housing and education. They can also tarnish your reputation in the community and follow you even if you relocate. Fortunately, Texas law provides a form Read More

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White Collar Crime on the Internet

The power and accessibility of the internet has made possible a broad range of computer-based white collar criminal activity commonly known as cyber crime. A large percentage of this activity is financial in nature, focused on deceiving people for monetary gain. In turn, the rise of cyber crime has led to stepped up enforcement measures Read More

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Texas’s No-Drop Policy in Domestic Violence Cases

Victims of domestic violence sometimes regret bringing a criminal complaint against a family member and seek to drop the charges. The state of Texas does not allow complainants to withdraw such charges on their own accord. However, it is sometimes possible to demonstrate good cause allowing for such dismissal. Domestic violence complainants may recant their Read More

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Why an Attorney Is Essential When Facing Title IX Accusations

Title IX is a civil rights statute that prohibits sex discrimination by educational institutions that receive federal funding. The prohibition also applies to sexual harassment or assault by school employees or students. Schools are obligated to investigate allegations of such misconduct and to discipline offenders. As Title IX is not a criminal statute, a person Read More

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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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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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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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