Monthly Archives: April 2017

Hate Crimes in Texas: Proving Intent Is Difficult

Texas law defines a hate crime as a crime that targets or is carried out against a person or group of people because of their status. Hate crimes are often violent in nature and can be based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, economic status, disability and even age. From 2010 to 2015, 981 potential hate crime cases were reported to Texas police. Out of those, only eight convictions were discovered when…
Read More »

Posted in General Information | Tagged | Leave a comment

New Study Supports “Raise the Age” Campaign for Juvenile Offenders

Should 17-year-old offenders be charged as adults? We’ve blogged in the past about efforts and arguments to raise the age of responsibility from 17 to 18. New data from a broad coalition of groups working to raise the age shows that 17-year-olds face much poorer outcomes than 16-year-olds who commit similar crimes. And yet, the law still remains the same. Statistics on the Issue The offenses typically committed by 17-year-olds do not differ much from…
Read More »

Posted in General Information | Tagged | Leave a comment

What Elevates a Drug Charge to Federal Court?

When is a drug crime a federal crime? It’s an important distinction. Federal drug crimes often lead to harsher sentences and penalties for those convicted, so it’s important to know what can turn a drug crime into a federal crime. The first and perhaps the simplest way to land a federal drug crime charge is to be arrested by a federal officer. Oftentimes (especially in minor drug crimes like possession), people caught in drug crimes…
Read More »

Posted in Federal Defense | Tagged | Leave a comment

Accused of Interfering with an Emergency Call?

In Texas, you can be punished for the crime of interfering with an emergency call. Typically, this occurs during domestic violence situations, but it also happens during assaults or hit-and-runs. Once someone pulls out a phone to contact 911, any attempt to stop them is a crime. It’s not just police officers, either – it is a crime to interrupt any call made to a law enforcement agency, medical facility or other agency or entity…
Read More »

Posted in Interfering with Emergency Call | Tagged | Leave a comment

What To Do If You’ve Been Charged with Violating a Protection Order

Protective orders serve many different purposes in Texas, but most commonly, you hear about them in terms of domestic violence or stalking. If you are accused of violating a protective order, there are some steps you need to take – and quickly – to help protect yourself from penalties. Intentional violation of a protective order is a Class A misdemeanor, but don’t let the word “misdemeanor” fool you. This kind of crime can result in…
Read More »

Posted in Protection Order | Tagged | Leave a comment

I’ve Been Charged with Criminal Mischief – What Do I Do?

In Texas, we describe crimes involving property destruction as criminal mischief. It can mean a variety of things. Perhaps you fled the scene after a hit-and-run and damaged a parked car. Maybe you lost your temper and smashed a car window with a baseball bat. Or maybe you defaced a statue or monument representing something you disagree with. Proving Criminal Mischief The prosecution in these cases must prove one of the following three factors to…
Read More »

Posted in Criminal Mischief | Tagged | Leave a comment

What Do I Do If I Get Caught Driving on a Suspended License in Texas?

Revocation of your driver’s license is common after certain offenses, such as DWI, repeated traffic violations, driving without insurance and even failure to pay child support. The legal term for this is Administrative License Revocation, or ALR. If you are caught driving on a suspended license, you can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. This comes with a maximum fine of $500 and no jail time. However, certain situations can result in increased penalties….
Read More »

Posted in Driving on Suspended License | Tagged | Leave a comment

How Do Bail Bonds and Other Release Options Work in Texas?

You’ve seen the billboards and the TV ads, but until you find yourself facing incarceration for crimes you are accused of, you probably don’t know the specifics of how bail bonds and other release options work. There are three basic release options after booking. Release Options Cash bail. This means that you give the court or jail the amount of cash you are being held for. This option is attractive for the court/jail because cash…
Read More »

Posted in Bail Bond | Tagged | Leave a comment