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New Law Targets Teachers Who Fail to Report Inappropriate Relationships with Students

Published: Oct 10, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

The number of inappropriate sexual relationships between students and teachers has increased within Texas in recent years. In 2016, the Texas Education Agency opened 222 investigations into these inappropriate relationships. Frustrated with battling this criminal conduct, Texas legislators decided to take a decisive step. Senate Bill 7, which was signed into law in May of 2017, states that educators who fail to speak up about any inappropriate relationship they are aware of are subject to criminal charges. Teachers, principals, superintendents, and other educational professionals who are accused of misconduct or…

Looting After Hurricane Harvey

Published: Oct 03, 2017 in Criminal Defense

Along with any natural disaster comes the fear of looting – people stealing products from stores during and right after the emergency. Panic arose during Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on August 25 as a Category 4 hurricane with winds upward of 130 mph. Harvey caused up to 61 inches of rainfall in some areas, causing massive flooding throughout parts of Texas and Louisiana. There have been accounts of looting after Harvey, and even video that seems to suggest robberies and theft. However, experts say the fear of a crime…

Should I Plead Guilty or Accept a Plea Bargain?

Published: Sep 29, 2017 in Criminal Defense

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you’re probably asking yourself, “should I plead guilty?” It’s likely that the prosecutor has offered you a plea bargain, and they’re pressuring you to accept it. A plea bargain is a contract between you and the prosecutor’s office involving the prosecutor’s promise of reduced penalties in exchange for your promise to plead guilty to the crime. The prosecutor has probably told you that the plea deal is your best shot at avoiding the harshest penalties for the offense you’ve been charged with. This…

New Sexual Assault Witness Amnesty Law in Texas

Published: Sep 25, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Sexual assault is a serious problem in Texas, and the state’s legislators are working hard to put laws into place that would encourage people to report these crimes when they occur. One such effort is a sexual assault witness amnesty law that would protect anyone who reports sexual assault from prosecution for underage drinking. This new law has gained approval by both the Texas House and Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Abbott. Why Do Sexual Assault Witnesses Need Amnesty? Many sexual assaults occur on…

Why Am I Being Charged with a Federal Drug Crime?

Published: Sep 18, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

Drug crime investigations and arrests take up a large portion of Texas law enforcement resources each year. The court system in Texas is bombarded with cases that result in drug convictions and the associated legal penalties that follow. The state imposes a range of penalties for drug crimes that include heavy fines, prison time, probation, and mandated community service. Some drug cases, however, are more likely to be charged at the federal level. Whether or not the drug offense for which you are arrested is charged as a state or…