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Are Homeowners Declining to Report Crimes in Texas?

Car Theft

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?

Car Theft

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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Will a New Law Keep You Out of Jail for Failure to Pay Court-Ordered Fees?

The Texas state legislature is taking steps to curtail the practice of jailing those who can’t pay court-ordered bills. Once the law goes into effect on September 1, judges in Texas will be required to offer low-income defendants alternatives to fines and fees, such as community service. Additionally, judges will be allowed to fully or partially waive debts if community service alternatives would impose undue hardships on defendants. Debtors’ prisons have been illegal in the…
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Can I Be Arrested for Standing in the Road During a Protest?

A federal judge recently preliminarily approved a class action settlement involving Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were arrested during a protest after a police shooting in Louisiana. In the class action lawsuit, the protesters claim the arrests violated their constitutional rights. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the story, which involved protests that took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the aftermath of the Alton Sterling shooting. Reportedly, during the protests, some of the protesters…
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Crime Scene Errors Could Affect Your Criminal Case

A disturbing revelation from auditors looking into Houston crime labs – crime scene errors that could throw a wrench in dozens of criminal prosecutions. A crime scene investigator apparently made errors in 88 different cases. In 65 of those cases, there was incomplete documentation. In 32, there were administrative errors and in eight, evidence was misplaced. While it is not known which specific cases are involved in these crime scene errors, it is known that…
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Is My Criminal Record Permanent?

The specter of past crimes can follow you for a long, long time. It can affect employment prospects, housing options and even prevent you from pursuing education. So, a common question we hear is: is it possible to have the record wiped clean? The answer is yes – sometimes. Non disclosures and expungements are not an easy process. In Texas, if you are convicted, there is no way to expunge or seal your record unless…
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