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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

How You Can Have Your Texas Juvenile Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged

May 12, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The qualifications for each is as follows: Automatic restriction To qualify for automatic restriction, all of the…

Understanding How Texas Prosecutes Adults and Teens for Sexting

May 11, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law against electronically transmitting sexual depictions of children is used to prosecute teens suspected of sexting.  This…

What to Do If Your Minor Child is Arrested in Texas

May 10, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble for violating his probation by driving him to Mexico.  Now she is facing criminal charges and…

How Jurisdiction is Determined in Texas Criminal Cases

May 09, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state offenses. State jurisdiction If a crime occurs within a state’s borders or within three miles of…

About the Stand Your Ground Law in Texas

May 06, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect the actor against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful force.” Prior…