Understanding How Texas Prosecutes Adults and Teens for Sexting

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 is a Class C misdemeanor with penalties of a … Continued

What to Do If Your Minor Child is Arrested in Texas

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 he is also on the hook for possible jail … Continued

How Jurisdiction is Determined in Texas Criminal Cases

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 its coastline, it will generally be prosecuted in a … Continued

About the Stand Your Ground Law in Texas

  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 to the enactment of that law, the use of … Continued

What to Do If You Are Arrested for a Crime in Texas

If you are arrested for a crime in Texas, you need to understand that what you do during and after the arrest can have a direct — and sometimes adverse — effect on the outcome of your case.   The following list of what to do after an arrest can help you avoid damaging your case: … Continued

California Case a Cautionary Tale of Fed’s Relentless Prosecution in a Dubious White Collar Crime

Regardless of whether you believe the feds are soft on white collar crime, there is one story out of California that illustrates their relentless prosecution of dubious charges against an entrepreneur and his attorney girlfriend. According to a Forbes article, California businessman Steven Zinnel’s bankruptcy was discharged in 2008.  In his filing, he listed assets … Continued

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