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Common Types of Fraud Charges in Texas

Fraud Crimes

The crime of fraud is a very general and broad category of crimes, but the penalties and consequences of committing fraud in Texas can be very serious. Many fraud charges can lead to a conviction, arrest and a lengthy and difficult trial for you and your attorney. Texas courts take fraud seriously because there are so many different ways to commit it, and so the stricter the courts and law enforcement can be, the less…
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Most Common Crimes During the Holiday Season

Traffic Violation

It’s not uncommon for crime to spike during the holiday season. Here are four of the most common types of crimes that occur around the holidays and some advice for what to do if you are arrested for any of them. Shoplifting and pickpocketing. As shoppers descend on stores for sales and holiday gifts, these two theft crimes often spike. Burglary of vehicles often spikes for similar reasons as shoplifting and pickpocketing. People often leave…
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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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Is Organized Crime a Serious Charge in Texas?

Criminal Mischief

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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Can the City Put a Placard on My Door Due to Habitual Criminal Activity?

Possession of Marijuana

Are Dallas police able to mark your home or business to warn others that habitual crime takes place there? A newly proposed ordinance would allow it. The ordinance is part of a set of changes the Dallas Police Department is pushing to help better combat crime in problem areas. The process is called nuisance abatement, and would work something like this: If five abatable crimes – thinks like trespassing, prostitution, gambling, drug transactions, arson or…
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Livin’ Fajita Loca – Texas Man Arrested in Million-Dollar Meat Theft Scheme

Resisting Arrest

Holy guacamole! A South Texas man has been arrested after stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. The bizarre plot led to first-degree theft charges, a felony with a potential sentence of several years in jail. Gilberto Escamilla was a worker at the Darrell B. Hester Juvenile Justice Center. On August 7, he took the day off work to attend a medical appointment. While he was away, a driver with Labatt Food Service…
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Evading Arrest: Texas Woman Steals Cop Car after Shoplifting

Traffic Violation

Police officers in Texas have released a video showing an arrested woman shaking off her handcuffs and stealing a police cruiser in an attempt to escape from police. She was arrested for shoplifting at an Ulta store. Once inside the cruiser, police officers investigated her belongings. As they were preoccupied, the woman removed her seat belt. She then slipped out of her cuffs and crawled through the open 12-inch hole in the partition between the…
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The Difference Between Burglary and Criminal Trespass Charges

Burglary and Theft

Burglary and criminal trespass are two related, yet distinct, property crimes with different penalties. Criminal trespass occurs when a person enters or remains on or in the property of another, including residential land, agricultural land, an RV park, a building or a vehicle without effective consent. The person must notice that entry is forbidden, or must receive notice to depart and fail before police can levy criminal trespass charges. For a conviction, prosecutors must prove…
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Defenses Against Automobile Theft Crimes in Texas

Theft is one of those crimes where the penalties vary dramatically depending on the value of the item stolen. Naturally, cars tend to be valuable, so stealing a car can result in pretty serious charges. Prosecutors will look at the fair market value of the property or its replacement value to determine charges. In Texas, stealing anything worth $2,500 fair market value or more constitutes a felony. As such, nearly all automobile theft crimes are…
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