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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyone who is facing a domestic violence charge here in Harris County should know that the Texas courts take a serious view of the offense. As such, so should those who have been arrested for the crime.
If you recently received property crime charges, it is important to understand exactly which charges you face so that you can more effectively build a strong defense. While many of the terms for various property crimes are used interchangeably in conversation by the general public, these charges all revolve around specific definitions that may entail a legal slap on the wrist or serious legal consequences including jail time.
Drug paraphernalia laws restrict people from possessing items used to take or administer illicit drugs. Many of these items are used for other purposes, but when used for illegal purposes are not legal to own.