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Prosecutors may seek death penalty against dad

When people in Texas hear or read reports of defendants charged with serious crimes like murder, one of the challenges can be to remember that every defendant is innocence until proven guilty. These early reports often made right after the death of someone or after an arrest or initial arrest are often emotionally charged and generally offer very few details. The lack of detail is important as that information left out may make a big difference in identifying whether or not a person is actually guilty of the crime as alleged.Last

How serious are false rape accusations?

An allegation for a crime such as rape is always a serious matter. When there is a chance that allegation could be false, a person's reputation, mental and physical state are on the line. Looking for truth in a rape case can be complex, but it is important to know about recent accounts and other information regarding fale accusations in Texas. 

False murder charges and damaged reputations

The media has long been known to highlight grisly crimes such as murder, especially when law enforcement arrests a high profile suspect. Within a matter of minutes, the world can catch a glimpse of these suspects, who are often later cleared from their charges. Many media consumers are quick to forget the individuality of these suspects, who are commonly thrown under an overwhelming spotlight for lengthy periods of time only to be acquitted. Texas law protects these individuals, who maintain innocence but are often never truly purged from the emotional burden of publicity. 

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.

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