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Probation violations can happen for many reasons in Texas

Having the option to be on probation instead of going to jail can seem like a second chance for those accused of criminal offenses in Texas. Probation is a far better alternative to incarceration for many, but it is a process that is deceptively difficult to complete.

Probation is both expensive and complicated, which leaves people in Texas at risk of violating the terms of their probation and winding up serving a jail sentence anyway.

Types of online and social media fraud

As social media channels continue to become increasingly popular and widespread among different demographics, there are more opportunities for criminal activity to take place. Many people who engage in fraudulent activity online believe that since they are operating under an anonymous alias, they will never be held responsible for their behavior.

However, this is not the case. Those who engage in criminal activity online can be tracked down by law enforcement officials when an investigation is initiated. If you have been accused of online or social media fraud, you should take the time to understand the different types that exist.

Can I be accused of assault if I was not violent?

It's common for people to be accused of assault when they were at the scene of a bar fight or when a family argument got out of control. Many of those accused of assault become confused about why this was the case since they never acted physically.

The definition of assault is often confused with that of battery. This is why you must gain a basic understanding of these terms before reacting to any accusation.

The elements to the crime of tampering with evidence

Almost any object or material can have the potential to serve as evidence in a crime. This does not mean that destroying or otherwise tampering with any object could be enough to warrant an accusation of tampering with evidence. To be charged with tampering with evidence, you must know that the evidence was suspected of being involved with a crime, and have the intention to alter it due to this knowledge.

If you are worried that you may be accused of tampering with evidence, take the time to understand more about the elements of the crime. By doing so, you may learn more about the defense options available.

What is the purpose of drug courts in Texas?

Many states will consider alternative methods when dealing with minor drug charges. Due to the overwhelming prison population across the United States and the alarming rate of repeat offenses, drug courts offer a way to provide consequences for an offender while aiming to prevent them from breaking the law in the future.

Drug courts have started to appear in Texas in recent years. They may help those accused of drug crimes to avoid jail time and to get their life back on track. If you have been accused of drug possession in Texas, you may want to consider the ways that the drug courts could benefit your case.

Do you have to register your weapon with the state or government?

When you buy a gun or other weapon, you may think that it is your right to possess those items, but the reality is that there are many laws that you have to follow to possess them legally.

Texas is among the states that has fairly loose gun laws. It's believed that it is a citizen's right to possess a weapon and to use it in their defense. However, those feelings still need to match up with regulations to protect others.

How are hate crimes investigated?

Some crimes are defined by what motivated them. A hate crime can be almost any type of criminal act, including violence or a threat of violence, but it must be motivated by intolerance regarding a person's race, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity or disability.

If you have been accused of a hate crime, you may be subject to serious legal consequences. Taking action to understand how the crime is prosecuted will help you take informed action to build your defense.

What are the common types of probation violations?

Probation is a sentence that is often given to offenders as an alternative to jail time. The sentence allows the offender to live their normal life in society to a certain extent, but it limits the activities they can take part in.

Every probation sentence has tailored rules and regulations that must be followed by the offender. Some require that the offender stays away from illegal drugs, and frequent drug tests will be demanded to verify whether this rule is being followed. Other probation sentences may ban a person from a certain place or demand that they be home before a certain time. The following are some of the most common types of probation violations.

Defending yourself against assault after a bar fight

When a disagreement occurs in a bar or club, things can escalate quickly. It's easy to react to violent situations with considerable force; it's our natural instinct to want to protect ourselves and the people we care about. If a fight occurred in a bar and club and you have been accused of assault, it is important that you understand the definition of assault under the law and that you take action to defend yourself.

To be charged with assault, a person does not need to have caused injury to another person. They need to have acted with threatening behavior that created a reasonable fear of harm in the victim. Showing that you did not cause injury is not a viable defense. The following are some possible defenses, however.

What are the laws on marijuana in Texas?

Many states across the U.S. have become more lenient when it comes to the use and possession of marijuana. However, Texas laws remain largely unchanged, with the exception of allowing the use of low-THC cannabis oil in certain medical circumstances.

Being found in possession of even a small amount of marijuana in Texas could lead to serious legal consequences. Therefore, it is important to understand exactly where the law stands when it comes to the possession and sale of marijuana so that you know what to expect if you face charges.

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