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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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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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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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