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New Texas Rules May Force Inmates to Close Social Media Accounts

Published: Jun 06, 2016 in Criminal Defense

Social media is a daily part of many people’s lives, allowing them to keep in touch with friends and family. However, a new Texas rule makes it clear that prisoners within the state are not allowed to have active, personal social media accounts. This includes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and any other social media platform. This rule has significant implications on the free speech rights of prisoners and their friends and family members. If you have concerns regarding the social media accounts of someone in prison, contact Ned Barnett, a…

When Transmission of HIV Amounts to a Crime in Texas

Published: Feb 23, 2016 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

If you’re living with HIV, you already have plenty to worry about without thinking of possible criminal charges. But many states have enacted laws that require individuals who test positive for HIV to report their status to the state as well as their current and previous sexual or needle-sharing partners. Some states through laws or court rulings even equate HIV and AIDS to a weapon. Informing your sexual or needle-sharing partners of your HIV status is the right thing to do, but it may also be the only way to…