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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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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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Raising Consent as a Defense in Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual assault is a serious crime and a conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence, heavy fines and other penalties. Also, a criminal record can easily result in the loss of employment and reputation and also can foreclose future business and personal opportunities. Therefore, any allegation of sexual assault should be taken with the Read More

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The Most Common Texas Juvenile Offenses and Their Penalties

Children may end up on the wrong side of the law while growing up. Juvenile delinquency is partly attributable to immaturity and lack of life experience. Most offenses committed by juveniles are isolated incidents of youthful indiscretion. However, minors can also be charged with serious and sometimes violent offenses. Such charges should be met by Read More

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How a Title IX Violation Can Lead to a Criminal Prosecution

Congress enacted Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to prevent gender discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding, including academic, athletic and social programs. As years passed, a series of court decisions expanded the scope of Title IX to include protection against sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape and other acts of sexual Read More

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