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What are the penalties for a DWI arrest?

The United States, including Texas, has very tough laws for driving while intoxicated to dissuade, prohibit and keep drunk drivers off the streets. A drunk driver does not only affect his or her life, but often injures or kills fellow passengers, pedestrians or other travelers on the road. The effects of a DWI accident can be severe; equally severe are the penalties for a DWI charge.

In Texas, if you're stopped and suspected of driving while intoxicated, you may be asked to take a breath or blood test. If you refuse to take the test, you will automatically have your driver's license suspended for 180 days, as well as facing additional penalties.

Woman robbed with screwdriver in Frisco

It does not matter the weapon. Whether it is a gun, a knife or a screwdriver, an aggravated robbery can be charged regardless of the weapon or object used. In a recent robbery in Frisco , a 42-year-old woman was robbed of her jewelry in her back yard.

According to recent reports, the incident began early afternoon, around 1:30pm, when she noticed a man near the sidewalk in front of her house. She saw him enter a car and drive off, but then heard a noise coming from the back yard. When she went to investigate, she supposedly found a man climbing her fence. She approached the man, who then grabbed her and threatened her with a screwdriver to her neck. He then allegedly stole her jewelry and took off. She immediately called 911.

How to handle a drug manufacturing or cultivation arrest

Getting arrested for drug manufacturing or cultivation, whether in Dallas, Texas, or anywhere in the United States, is a very serious situation and could lead to life-long repercussions. The charges are typically felonies and convictions can lead to significant time in prison, hefty fines, and probation.

Two of the most common drugs manufactured and cultivated in the United States are marijuana and methamphetamine. With the exception of marijuana production in certain states and under very specific conditions, any production or even the assistance of a producer can lead to a conviction.

Understanding Texas sex crime laws

Texas sex crimes come in many forms and can lead to serious penalties and prison time if convicted. Many sex crimes follow the guilty throughout his or her lifetime with the "sex offender" label, requiring the offenders to remain on registries and limiting their opportunities for employment and places to reside.

A few offenses under the "sex crimes" umbrella include and are defined as follows:

  • Indecent exposure is the exposure of one's genitals in public;
  • Sexual assault involves the unwanted sexual touching by a person;
  • Rape is the act of non-consensual sexual intercourse committed by force, under duress or the threat of injury;
  • Statutory rape is the act of engaging in sexual relations with a minor or someone under the varying "age of consent," depending on the state where the incident took place;
  • Prostitution is the offering or engagement of sexual acts for money; and
  • Solicitation is the enticement of one person to another to commit a sexual crime, like prostitution.

Convenience store manager shoots two robbers in Dallas area

You never know when or where the next violent crime may take place. Violence occurs throughout the United States, including the Dallas, Texas, area. It could be road rage on the streets, domestic abuse inside your neighbor's home, or a robbery at a convenience store, as evidenced by a recent incident in Oak Bluff, Texas.

Late Wednesday night, March 12, two 30 year old men attempted to rob the Rayyan Exxon on East Illinois Avenue in Oak Bluff. They entered the store at approximately 11:30, shortly before the store was to close down, and began assaulting a clerk. But they were soon in for a surprise as the store manager entered and shot the two men, one in the stomach, the other in the foot. No one else was injured in the incident.

What are the Texas laws regarding kidnapping?

There's no possible way to positively spin the word "kidnapping" to the public, but the law views it in a certain context. When a person in Texas is arrested and charged with the crime of kidnapping, there is the possibility for long-term consequences that go along with a conviction. This is an especially egregious crime when it involves children and leads to allegations of child abduction. Knowing the law and how it views these acts can be beneficial to a person who has been accused of a crime.

Kidnapping occurs when a person is found to have abducted another person. This must be done in an intentional or knowing manner. With this act, there is the possibility of an affirmative defense if evidence shows that it is applicable. This means that if there is a viable reason for the alleged kidnapping to have occurred, there won't be criminal or civil charges. An affirmative defense could be used if the abduction wasn't done with the intention of threatening or using deadly force, if the alleged kidnapper was a relative of the abductee or if the person who committed the alleged kidnapping did so to take lawful control of the victim. If the act is found to be criminal, it is a felony of the third degree.

Formulating a defense against drug charges in Texas

When confronted with drug charges in Texas, there could be serious consequences, including a long jail sentence, massive fines and the stigma of having been involved in drugs and its ancillary implications even after the sentence - if any - has been completed. Often there are people who are caught up in a situation they didn't understand or might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time resulting in the charges.

There are multiple levels of involvement with drugs for which a person can be charged, including distributing banned substances, manufacturing banned substances, possessing them, selling them or trafficking in them. Along with these issues, there will also be money involved. In order to use money that is accrued via drug transactions and not attract attention, it will have to be laundered somehow.

Understanding the law regarding homicide charges in Texas

When a person is arrested for any crime in Texas it is important to do whatever is possible to avoid a criminal conviction. This is especially true when the allegations involve violent crimes. Homicide charges are viewed as among the worst kinds of crimes that can be committed against a person. Knowing the laws of the state and how these acts are classified is important when facing criminal charges. The acts that fall into the category of criminal homicide are murder, capital murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.

There are numerous subsets of the crime of murder, with varying accompanying punishments in the event of a conviction. There are two categories of murder under Texas law including adequate cause and sudden passion. Adequate cause refers to instances in which the circumstances would create a degree of rage, anger, terror, anger or resentment in a person whose temper would be considered "ordinary." The reasons for the crime could be judged as sufficient to leave the accused's mind incapable of cool reflection. Sudden passion refers to the accused having been provoked by the individual who was killed, or another who was with the person killed, with the passion arising at the time of the act, and it isn't the sole result of prior provocation.

Federal charges for Texas man over alleged false claims

The federal government has its own criminal justice system that operates alongside of Texas' criminal justice system. The federal courts have their own rules of evidence, criminal charges and penalties.

One Texas man is facing federal charges for an alleged real estate scam. According to reports, the 40-year-old man is accused of lying to potential real estate clients about a plan to open up a Disney theme park in north Texas. Prosecutors claim that the man used rumors of a potential Disney park to entice people to purchase land. The man allegedly told people that Disney had plans to open a park called "Frontier Disney" in Texas.

Texas law when it comes to sex crimes

Texas takes sex crimes very seriously, and those who are arrested and charged need to understand the details of the law, when charges can be filed and why. If there is a conviction for a sexual assault charge of any kind, the person who is arrested can face prison time, damage to reputation and other long-term ramifications that don't simply go away. Sex crimes are viewed more harshly than other criminal acts by sheer connotation of what's occurred. This is especially true when children are victimized.

The laws on sex crimes are clear. If a person knowingly or intentionally penetrates the mouth, anus or sexual organ of another without consent, or if the sexual organ of another is forced to penetrate someone else without consent, it is a sexual assault. If this occurs with children, it is also a sexual assault. It will also be considered a criminal act in the event that the alleged perpetrator uses force or violence; threatens force or violence; commits sexual acts on the person while he or she is unconscious and cannot resist; if the victim suffers from a mental issue or defect and cannot resist; if the alleged perpetrator knows that the other person has not consented; or if the perpetrator is a public servant who uses coercion to garner the other person's participation.