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When it comes to theft laws, guns are treated differently

Being accused of any type of theft can open the door to serious consequences. The situation can be especially severe though if a person is accused of stealing a firearm. This is because guns are given special treatment under Texas theft laws.

For most types of property, if the property’s value is low enough, being accused of stealing it can be a misdemeanor rather than a felony. For example, generally, theft of property under $2,500 is a misdemeanor here in Texas.

Probation limits your voting rights

Voting eligibility has been one of the most hotly contested topics throughout our nation’s history. The country heavily encourages citizens to exercise their right to vote in important elections and often receive a sticker that demonstrates their pride in going out to vote for the politician representing their beliefs.

However, while there are not as many limitations on gender and races these days, the same cannot be said for those with criminal convictions. Each state has different voting restrictions for those who are imprisoned, on parole or on probation. Understanding Texas’ voting restraints can help you avoid further punishment if you are currently dealing with criminal charges.

PROSECUTION OF REPEAT OFFENDER DWIS

CHARGED WITH A DWI? MORE THAN ONCE?

DWI stands for driving while intoxicated. A person has committed this offense if they are intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. Police make arrests for these charges when the operators of motor vehicles are revealed to have a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.08.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FEDERAL AND STATE CRIME PROSECUTION

KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS

There are two kinds of courts in the United States - federal courts and state courts. State courts are established by the individual states, while federal courts are established under the United States Constitution.

DEFENDING AGAINST DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRAUD

DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRAUD

Fraud, one of the many categories of white collar crime, is a general term referring to a wide variety of offenses involving dishonesty, misrepresentation of fact, knowingly withholding of information, and other types of fraudulent behavior. To put it simply, fraud is the intentional deception of a person or entity by another person or entity for personal or financial gain. There are many categories of this offense, including bank fraud, tax fraud, identity theft, insurance fraud, mail fraud, credit card fraud, and more. In this article, we discuss the following types of fraud: insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, immigration fraud, and credit card fraud, along with their possible sentences, punishments, and defenses. As all cases are different, the information is not to be considered legal advice.

THE FOURTH AMENDMENT PROTECTS PEOPLE, NOT PLACES

WHAT DOES THE FOURTH AMENDMENT PROTECT?

Fourth Amendment Protection - Imagine glancing outside to see a uniformed man rifling through your mailbox. When you approach, he grins broadly from behind a pair of mirrored aviators.

"What's this all about, officer?" you inquire.

"Oh, nothing in particular," he replies, shredding his way into another envelope bearing your name. "Just thought I'd see if you're up to anything suspicious!"

TEXAS COUPLE ACCUSED IN HEALTHCARE FRAUD SCHEME

Texas Couple Accused of Taking Over $600,000 in Healthcare Fraud Scheme - In the United States, health care fraud and similar charges are not taken lightly. If one is accused of this type of crime, he or she could face hefty fines and years behind bars. Moreover, federal agencies can get involved in the investigation. This might create lifelong consequences for suspects or offenders. 

DEFENDING INTERNET SOLICITATION OF A MINOR CASES

Becoming the subject of an internet investigation related to the online solicitation of a minor is life altering. Not only are there criminal penalties, but also if convicted sex offender registration rules apply and jobs and housing can be hard to come by because of required background checks.

Recently, the Texas Attorney General announced the arrest of a federal agent on charges of internet solicitation of a minor. The man allegedly posted an explicit online advertisement and arranged a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl who responded. When the man arrived at the location where he had agreed to meet the girl, he found out that the girl was actually an undercover police officer.

EXPUNGEMENT & EXPUNCTION: CLEARING YOUR CRIMINAL HISTORY

If you are arrested or tried for a crime in Texas, you know how the arrest can change your life, even if you are ultimately acquitted of the charges. Many jobs and rental applications require you to disclose any arrests or criminal activity in your background and a less than stellar record can seriously hinder housing and employment opportunities available to the public at large. Thanks to the process of expungement, or expunction, there is a solution to this issue. 

HOW DNA EVIDENCE IS USED IN CRIMINAL CASES

One of the more recent technological advancements in the criminal justice world is DNA analysis. More and more frequently, especially in Texas, DNA evidence gathered from a crime scene is used to identify someone who may have been present. It is also used to exclude someone from consideration as a suspect or to save him or her from a wrongful conviction. Depending on how DNA evidence is used, the results can help or hurt a criminal case, so let's dig a little deeper into the issues surrounding DNA evidence trial results. 

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