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The details of a murder charge

The topic of murder in Texas is a tricky one. Any situation in which one individual causes the death of another individual must be closely scrutinized through criminal law. Regardless of how the incident occurred, the defendant must go through a series of steps and proceedings in the court system to receive the verdict on their status as a U.S. citizen.

Potential signs of violence in the workplace

Workplace violence is a very real concern for workers in Houston and all over the nation. While it can often be impossible to predict workplace violence, incidents are sometimes preceded by certain warning signs. Being able to recognize these signs will allow both management personnel and other employees to address the issue before tragedy strikes.

The hidden consequences of a misdemeanor conviction

Being convicted of a crime in Houston is no laughing matter. Generally, crimes are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. Felonies are the more serious of the two and are can result in prison time served in a state penitentiary, according to the Free Dictionary. On the other hand, misdemeanors are considered more minor crimes. If the sentence calls for jail, the term is usually shorter than one year and is served at a county jail. Some misdemeanor convictions involve only the payment of fines.

Facts about capital punishment

Certain crimes are punishable by the strictest penalties in Texas and other states across the nation. The death penalty is the most severe punishment that can be meted out, and as a result it is relegated to only the most heinous crimes imaginable.

Texas man's death sentence to be re-evaluated

Upon being convicted of a serious felony, many Texas residents might feel that their futures are out of their controls. When a sentence after a conviction is imposed, the feelings of despair and hopelessness may increase. However, it is important for defendants to remember that they are always due fair treatment.

What constitutes a terroristic threat in Texas?

Along with violent crimes, terroristic threats are taken very seriously in Texas. Accordingly, it’s important for you to understand what exactly constitutes a terroristic threat and the types of punishments that may be possible. Depending on the exact circumstances, you could be faced with fines, court costs and even jail time based on the details of the incident in question.

When self-defense turns into an assault charge

If you have ever been the victim of an assault, you may have attempted to defend yourself vociferously against your attacker, using whatever was at hand, including your own feet and fists. Texas has always had liberal gun laws, and the same extends towards the rights of its citizens to defend themselves against criminal aggression. But there are circumstances where a Houston resident can find him- or herself in legal hot water facing assault charges when a self- defense situation went awry.

Eyewitness identification: Not always reliable in court

When people in Texas are charged with a violent crime, their case may go to trial before a court-appointed judge or jury. Using their judgement from the evidence presented in the case, the judge or jury ultimately determine the accused offender’s fate. In some cases, there may be eyewitnesses, who give testimony as to what they saw or perceived to have happened during the incident. Many studies show, however, that eyewitness testimonies and identifications are unreliable and they may lead to innocent people being convicted of a crime they did not commit.

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