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Exceptions to Sex With an Underaged Person (Statutory Rape) in Texas

Accusations of any sex crime involving minors are very serious and can have far-reaching consequences. When a person is charged with statutory rape, they need to understand the possible exceptions and defenses that may be available in their case.

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What if the Alleged Victim Wasn’t Actually Injured?

Under Texas law, domestic violence does not have to result in physical injuries to a spouse, family member, partner, or person in a dating relationship. The violence can also exist of threats and verbal abuse. Police will come to investigate when someone reports a domestic violence abuse, but showing that such an event actually occurred still needs to be proven if charges are filed.

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What Are the Differences Between Types of Assault Charges?

According to Crime in Texas Report, there were about 90,759 total reported aggravated assault incidents statewide in 2022. Assault-related offenses, including simple assault, aggravated assault, and sexual assault, are serious crimes in Texas and usually attract harsh punishments. A defendant convicted of any assault offense may be subject to massive fines, lengthy imprisonment, a criminal record, and other life-altering consequences.

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How a Domestic Violence Charge Can Affect Your Life

Domestic violence is everywhere, and it affects many households across the United States. In Texas, about 1 in 3 people will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. This means that it is likely for you or someone you know to be a victim of domestic violence—or be accused of it.

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What Are “Conditions of Bond” In Family Violence Assault Cases?

Being accused of family violence assault can have lasting repercussions, legally and personally. One of the most immediate consequences of such an accusation is posting bond before your trial.

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What You Should Know About Plea Bargains

According to statistics from the Texas Crime Report, there were over 1 million (1,006,887) total criminal arrests statewide in 2021. When arrested and charged with a crime or during a criminal proceeding, a defendant may have the option to plead guilty to the alleged offense.

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What to Expect During Sentencing

In Texas, a person arrested and charged with an offense must go through the criminal court process to determine their face. One vital aspect of the criminal court process for defendants who plead guilty, no contest, or are found guilty at trial is the sentencing hearing.

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What to Expect at Trial

If you have been accused of a crime in Texas, it is crucial to understand the process that lies ahead of you, especially if your case proceeds to trial. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for the upcoming court hearings and be better informed about how to protect your rights.

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What to Expect at Your Arraignment

An arraignment is the first formal step in criminal court proceedings. It is the defendant’s initial appearance in court after an arrest and where they will be formally charged. According to Texas law, there shall be an arraignment in all felony cases after indictment and all misdemeanor cases punishable by imprisonment.

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Understanding Search and Seizure Laws in Texas

The Fourth Amendment grants every United States citizen protection from unlawful search and seizure by police officers or other law enforcement officials. However, there are many unique circumstances that can play into these practices. It is fundamentally important that you fully understand your rights and use them if you think they may be violated.

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