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Marijuana continues to be legalized in many states in the U.S. However, Texas still strictly regulates this drug and outlaws people in the state possessing, growing or selling it. If you are charged with any of these offenses, you could face serious legal and civil penalties. You can protect yourself from going to jail or paying steep fines by hiring an experienced marijuana defense attorney to represent you. Marijuana Laws in Texas Texas state law defines marijuana as a substance that offers no medical value. It is legal in Texas to use low-THC cannabidoil oils to treat illnesses like epilepsy.…
Texas has some of the most stringent drug laws in the U.S. It particularly does not tolerate anyone in the state possessing or selling cocaine. People in Texas who are found guilty of these offenses face steep penalties and punishments. If you are charged with cocaine possession or distribution in the state, you should retain an experienced cocaine defense lawyer to represent you immediately. Cocaine Laws in Texas The reason that penalties and punishments for cocaine possession and distribution are so harsh in Texas stems from the fact that the state’s laws do not allow for any misdemeanor charges regarding…
Hit and run, also known as leaving the scene of an accident, can catapult a civil liability to a crime. Regardless of which side of the issue you may be, all individuals have requirements to fulfill when an accident occurs with a motor vehicle.  When you get into a car accident, the best thing you can do if you’re at fault is to stay at the scene and do everything the law requires. If you are responsible for a hit and run, and the police or your insurance company contacts you, call an attorney first before answering any questions. Hit…
Were you or a loved one recently arrested on a drug charge? The sentencing for drug offenses in Texas is complicated and based upon the classification of the drug. Learn more about the laws regarding different drug offenses and their penalties below. Categorization of Drugs in Texas The penalties associated with drug offenses in Texas depend upon the category of drug associated with the charge. Some drugs may fall into multiple categories, while marijuana has its own category. Narcotics Narcotics include any drug that is derived from opium. These include: Morphine Hydrocodone Oxycodone Codeine Fentanyl Depressants Depressants are drugs…
If you are falsely accused of a crime in Texas, your entire life could be affected. Your reputation can be damaged, and you could face long-term repercussions in financial and personal relationships because of these false accusations. If the person who accused you knowingly made false allegations, they could face jail time and fines under Texas law. If you’ve been falsely accused, read below to learn what consequences your accuser could face. What is a False Allegation? In order for a person to be accused of making false allegations, you will have to be able to prove in court…
If you have been charged with the crime of cyberstalking in Texas, you might be worried about what type of penalties you might face. The charges and trials surrounding cyberstalking can often be very complex, and the severity of your penalties may vary depending upon whether or not you have an experienced criminal defense attorney. What Is Cyberstalking in Texas? Cyberstalking occurs when a person uses electronic communication devices to harass or stalk someone. Although the crime of “stalking” has been prosecuted in the courtroom for many years, it has only recently been linked to the Internet. “Stalking” occurs…
Anyone being accused of committing a crime in the state of Texas has the right to a fair investigation process. Part of this fair process includes protection against illegal search and seizure. These rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution, and determine when police are able to search and obtain evidence. Understanding what constitutes illegal search and seizure is vital to protecting your rights when being accused of a crime. What Is Illegal Search and Seizure? The terms of an illegal search and seizure are defined in the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment states that you…
Remember when our parents warned us about talking to strangers online? Long gone are those days! As adults, about 53% of the population think that dating sites, where you meet strangers online, are “very” or “somewhat” safe. Do you really know who you’re talking to, though? What happens if you end up in an intimate relationship with a minor? If you’ve exchanged photos or certain text messages, then you could have unknowingly broken child pornography laws in Texas. Understandably, child pornography laws in Texas are strict, and there are harsh consequences for those convicted. If you or a loved one…
Did you know that about 100 Texans get fatally injured each year after trespassing onto railroad tracks? Trespassing is not only dangerous, but it’s also considered a crime in Texas. These laws have been put into place to protect both property owners and individuals who might otherwise wander onto someone else’s property. Have you or a loved one recently been accused of trespassing? If so, then it’s important to inform yourself and the law and the potential consequences. Too many Americans mistakenly believe trespassing is a minor crime. So, just how serious are trespassing laws in Texas? Learn everything you…
Did you know that bad checks collectively cost us about $18.7 billion every year? You might think checks have become obsolete in the tech-savvy year of 2020, but that’s far from the case. Millions of checks still get cashed around the country all year, and some of them are inevitably fraudulent.  So, what happens if a check you cash bounces? You’re likely thinking – can I go to jail for cashing a bad check? What happens next?  If you’ve recently cashed a bad check, then your concern is warranted. Learn everything you need to know about bad checks and check…