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November 2018 Archives

Understanding child kidnapping charges in Texas

Kidnapping can occur in many contexts, from a parent taking a child away from the other custodian, to an adult forcibly holding another adult hostage for personal gain. In the vast majority of cases, those accused of kidnapping may be able to use the law to show that the situation was different from how it was perceived by another party.

Police use drug identification tests with high margins of error

The New York Times recently covered a story about a Georgia woman who spent three months in jail after police pulled her boyfriend over and misidentified melted cotton candy for methamphetamine. This situation highlights an ongoing problem: field drug identification test errors. It is for this reason that you should not rush to accept a plea deal if accused of drug possession charges. Police have misidentified chocolate chip cookies, tortillas, breath mints, and Tylenol as illegal drugs. If the substance is not verified in a laboratory setting, you could be living with a felony conviction for a crime you did not commit.

Examining the unlawful possession of a firearm in Texas

The state of Texas has laws in place that help to prevent people from possessing weapons, such as firearms, if they have convictions on their records. Today, we will take a look at the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in Texas so you know whether or not you are allowed to have a gun or other firearm.

What can happen if you violate probation?

A probation violation is a serious issue that thousands of people face each year. When people are placed on probation or released on probation from jail, they are expected to follow a certain set of rules to remain free. If they violate any of these rules and are caught, they could wind up back in jail for an extended period. Let's take a look at what happens if you violate probation.

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