Needless to say, Texas has its quirks. It is an interesting state that has some interesting rules, some of which don’t always pertain to serious matters. Likelihood is, no matter where you may live in Texas, there are probably some weird or even silly laws that you may not have heard of. You may have even broken a few without knowing it.
Top Seven Craziest Texas Laws Still in Effect
Some of the craziest Texas laws include the following:
- In Texas, there is a law saying if you are planning on committing a crime, you must notify your victims orally or in writing 24 hours before you commit the act. This notification must include details on the type of crime you intend to commit.
- If you serve jailtime, technically you are entitled to a horse and a shotgun upon request when you are released. You know, in case you are attacked by bandits before you reach the saloon.
- It is illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel. However, there are no laws saying you can’t shoot one from the first, third or higher.
- It is illegal in certain Texas cities to take more than three sips of beer at a time while you are standing. Obviously, this is highly unenforceable, unless we lock up all the Texas college students.
- It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster. That said, maids should be kept away from all libraries and state buildings.
- The “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” saying can land you in jail in Texas. Legally, you cannot eat a neighbor’s garbage without their expressed permission.
- This one can get many people in trouble! You can legally become married by announcing yourselves husband and wife in public three times.
If you are facing any criminal charges, especially if you are arrested for shooting a buffalo from the second story of a hotel, you will want a criminal defense attorney on your side.
Mike Goolsby is a Dallas criminal defense attorney who defends the rights of those facing criminal charges in Texas. We also accept cases in the McKinney, Plano, Denton and Fort Worth areas.