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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…

Penalties for Texas Sex Crimes

March 09, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

In Texas, sex crimes are quite serious, and some can carry sentences of up to life in prison. At the very least, those convicted of a Texas sex crime will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of time -- sometimes their…

What You Need to Know About Texas Sex Crimes Laws

July 02, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

Sex crimes in Texas are very serious offenses, and can carry sentences up to life in prison, depending on the offense.  At the very least, those convicted of a Texas sex crime will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of time…