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You could face assault charges without ever touching someone else

Many legal terms are commonly misused and confusing to people. Despite the rise of the police procedural show, with everyone talking law enforcement jargon, certain terms still confuse many people. For those who find themselves potentially facing criminal charges, having an accurate understanding of what that offense entails can make a big difference.

Assault is one such term that people often find confusing. Many people associate assault with the act of harming another person. While that isn't inaccurate, it also isn't thorough. People accused of assault may believe that they have an airtight defense, because they never actually hurt the other person involved. However, harming someone isn't actually necessary for the state to file assault charges against you.

Growing pot in your Texas home could mean serious jail time

While much of the rest of the country is adopting more lenient approaches to marijuana, Texas still has a firm stance on the prohibition of this popular medical and recreational drug. People get arrested every day in Texas for all types of marijuana charges, from possession to distribution. One of the more serious offenses that Texans who use marijuana could face relates to growing marijuana.

Due to more permissive cultural attitudes about marijuana, most people think of it as less of a crime and more of a nuisance. That can lead marijuana users to believe that so long as they avoid creating a nuisance with smell or parties, they can quietly smoke and even grow their own marijuana without major legal repercussions. The truth is that getting caught growing marijuana in Texas can ruin your life. Marijuana cultivation charges in Texas will not result in a simple slap on the wrist in most cases.

Are you familiar with your Fourth Amendment rights?

Imagine driving to Katy from downtown Houston, on your way home from a long day at the office. As you exit off of I-10, you suddenly see red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. You find a safe place to pull over and wait patiently for the police officer to approach the driver's side window and briefly wonder why the traffic stop is even occurring.

You are pretty sure you were not speeding, at least not so much to warrant a stop. Maybe you have a tail light out. You even wonder if you forgot to signal when you were exiting the highway. Unfortunately, what you expect to be a routine traffic stop turns into something else completely when the officer asks you to step out of the car and then proceeds to start rifling through things.

Am I liable if my child commits a drug crime?

In Texas, parents do not generally face criminal charges if their child commits a crime, although they may face some civil penalties. However, parents may face criminal liability in some instances if a child uses illegal drugs or commits a crime involving illegal drugs.

The actual consequences a parent may face may range significantly from case to case, depending on the knowledge or involvement of the parent. In some cases, a parent may face criminal consequences if a child commits a drug-related crime, even without the parent's knowledge.

Drug charges: When addiction is the underlying problem

Many people think that everyone involved in the criminal justice system are "bad" people who are intentionally breaking the law. This misconception makes it hard for the people who have legitimate underlying problems that led them to face criminal charges.

One type of charge that might be subjected to this type of assumption is a drug charge, namely drug possession. This charge is often associated with someone who has a drug addiction.

You have the right to defend yourself or others from attack

Security is far from a given these days. People can find themselves in danger while shopping, at a movie theater or even during a walk outside. You could be the unintentional victim of a would-be mugger. Perhaps you witness someone mercilessly beating someone else. Maybe you run into someone you have had a bad interaction with in the past, and things turn violent.

When someone attempts to hurt you or someone else, you have the right to defend yourself and innocent third parties from harm. That could include actions that would otherwise end up classified as assault. However, you must understand Texas law to avoid being put at legal risk when defending yourself.

When more than one case comes out of a criminal matter

Many people assume that the double jeopardy protections in the United States Constitution mean that you can only face one legal case for a specific incident. This is a misconception that some people realize isn't factual too late. It is possible to have to answer to two types of cases that both stem from one event.

Here are some points to remember if you are facing two cases from one alleged criminal action:

You can fight back against assualt charges

Like other criminal acts, a charge for assault in Texas can come with severe consequences. If you commited the alleged act, you could face criminal penalties, including jail time. In addition, the alleged victim might also try to sue you in civil court in order to obtain compensation from you for any injuries that resulted from the act.

If a Texas court in Houston has charged you with assault, it is important to fully understand the range of consequences that might affect you. Knowing this information can help you make decisions about how to proceed with your defense.

All about drug trafficking for those facing charges

Drug trafficking charges tend to be automatic if authorities find you in possession of a large quantity of controlled substances. Those substances could be pharmaceuticals or other types of drugs like marijuana, heroin, cocaine, molly, hash, LSD, ecstasy or something else.

Perhaps your charges happened something like this: You were driving in your vehicle when police pulled you over in a routine traffic stop for speeding. Next thing you know, police decide to search your vehicle and they find several pounds of marijuana. This, in turn, leads to a search of your home, where authorities find a hundred pounds of marijuana. Such a large quantity of drugs will no doubt lead to a drug trafficking charge.

Using an ignition interlock device

Residents in Texas who are convicted of a criminal charge for driving while intoxicated may face a range of penalties that could include the loss of driving privileges. Some people may have the opportunity to have their driving privileges restored but in order to do so they might have to install and use an ignition interlock device.

As explained by the Texas Department of Public Safety, approval for this requires that the driver ensure their license is in good standing. This may involve paying fees and also submitting proof of an SR-22 with the state. Once approved, it is the responsibility of the driver to arrange the installation of the device using a state-approved vendor. Payment for the installation must be made by the driver and ongoing maintenance costs are also to be paid for by the driver.

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