Monthly Archives: November 2017

Are Homeowners Declining to Report Crimes in Texas?

According to a study recently published by Security Baron, Texas homeowners sometimes do not report property crimes that occur on their property, such as vandalism or burglary. As many as 11 percent of Texas homeowners would consider not reporting a minor crime on their property to police. Taken as a national average, roughly 19 percent of people would consider not reporting property crimes. Why is it that some homeowners are reluctant to report property crimes?…
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What Do I Do If I Am Caught Burglarizing a Car?

Two young adults were recently apprehended in College Station after a series of car burglaries. Witnesses who called in to report the burglaries identified an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man wandering an apartment complex parking lot, checking door handles for unlocked vehicles. Once arrested, they were discovered to be in possession of stolen items, including a firearm. The two were arrested and charged with three counts of criminal attempt burglary of a vehicle and…
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To Blow or Not to Blow: Refusing DWI Tests in Texas

If a police officer pulls you over this holiday season under suspicion of DWI, what should you do? Under Texas’s implied consent law, drivers who are lawfully arrested by an officer that has probable cause to believe the drivers are intoxicated are required to submit to chemical testing. The key words, however, are “lawfully arrested.” Often prior to an arrest, police officers will ask drivers suspected of driving under the influence to submit to a…
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What Are the Penalties for Getting Caught Growing Weed?

A hunter in a wooded area north of Waco recently called police after making a big discovery – 13 patches of marijuana growing, nearly 10,000 plants in all. Police say it may be the largest marijuana operation ever uncovered in Hill County. At the site, deputies discovered temporary living quarters, likely used by harvesters, as well as a kitchen and a gathering area. Most of the marijuana was harvested already, but there were still many…
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Is Organized Crime a Serious Charge in Texas?

Waco police recently caught several suspects alleged to have organized a powdered baby formula theft ring in Texas cities. The ring is suspected to have stolen thousands of dollars worth of formula from stores across the state. Police in Arlington, Sachse and Coppell assisted Waco police in investigating the ring, which is accused of stealing between $25,000 and $30,000 worth of formula, including $7,000 in Waco alone. Several warrants have been issued and more are…
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Should Texas Change the Law to Keep 17-Year-Olds Out of Adult Prison?

Do 17-year-old offenders belong in adult prison? Would there be benefits to raising the age of responsibility to 18 instead? The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, alongside several other groups including the ACLU of Texas and Texans Care for Children, are pushing to have the age of responsibility raised in the 2019 legislative session. In 2013, there were 12 states left in the country that had not raised the age of responsibility. In 2017, Texas is…
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