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Melissa High School teacher charged with multiple sex crimes

Many of our Dallas area readers may have heard by now that a Melissa High School teacher is suspected of an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student. What makes this story even more complex is that the student was also tied to a relationship with the high school's band director, who was also arrested recently.

The economics and government teacher, aged 50, was charged with both indecency with a child - sexual contact, as well as an improper relationship between an educator and a student. Both charges are felonies. He was also charged with failing to report child abuse, which is a misdemeanor. The affidavit states that the relationship began with texting of a sexual nature, often referred to as "sexting", and eventually moved on to inappropriate touching. The teacher has been with the high school since 2006. Upon his arrest, he was detained at the Collin County Detention Center and was released on bail a few hours later.

What rights are protected by search warrants?

Millions of Americans watched the first Republican presidential debate that occurred in early August. Those viewers may recall an animated discussion between Senator Rand Paul and Governor Chris Christie regarding the NSA, also known as the United States National Security Agency, and the agency's right to "search and spy" on U.S. residents. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the government enacted the Patriot Act, allowing the government to record and monitor phone conversations in an effort to track and catch potential terrorists. Although the Patriot Act was extended in 2011 and 2015, Section 215, related to recording phone conversations, was removed. How is this applicable to drug charges? It all comes down to warrants.

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits government agencies from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures without a warrant. A warrant is issued by a judge only after probable cause has been determined.

When is the death penalty used?

On August 7, 2015, convicted killer James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the Aurora, Colorado, mass shooting. The incident left 16 victims dead, along with 70 others injured, after Holmes used tear gas in a movie theater then opened fire on viewers of Batman's "Dark Knight Rises" movie. The incident received headlines throughout the world, and the subsequent court case that followed this spring kept the incident in the minds of many Americans.

Although Holmes was not able to use an insanity plea, the defense team was able to show the jury that a history of mental illness is what ultimately led to the incident, and Holmes was able to avoid the death penalty, often called capital punishment.

Protecting yourself from DWI penalties

With the summer months comes an increase of camping, barbeques, vacations, and outdoor parties throughout the United States. And with these activities and festivities comes an increased likelihood of drinking. And subsequently, driving while intoxicated may occur.

In Texas, nearly every 20 minutes a person is killed or injured as the result of someone driving while intoxicated. The impact on a victim due to the negligence of another is severe, and a true threat to everyone on the road. Due to the severity and frequency of DWI-related accidents, both local and state authorities create many safeguards and deterrents for driving while intoxicated, including police stops and severe penalties for DWI convictions.

Child Abandonment charges filed for father who left child in car

As we continue through the summer months, it is important to keep in mind the dangers of leaving a child, or even a pet in a car for any length of time. It is not uncommon for the temperature inside of a car to quickly reach a deadly level. Because of this, it is important to be aware of this serious danger and the consequences it could carry.

Recently, police from Dallas, arrested a 40-year-old father, charging him with child abandonment after he supposedly eft his 2-year-old daughter in the car following a day at the park. This purported action ultimately led to the death of the young girl.

Understanding the risks associated with child pornography

The innocence and vulnerability of a child often cannot be understated. Yet child pornography cases regularly occur throughout the United States and throughout the world each year. With today's technology advancements and the rise and ease of data transfer and sharing online, there is an inevitable rise in online child pornography cases as well.

According to Texas state law, child pornography is the exploitation or promotion of minors, which is children under 18 years of age, for employment, performance or conduct of sexual acts. Sexual conduct includes sexual contact, simulated or actual sexual intercourse, masturbation or lewd exploitation of the genitals or female breasts.

Boating under the influence may lead to serious penalties, jail

The summer months encourages many recreational enthusiasts to take to the water. Whether it's fishing, jet skiing, water skiing or just taking the boat out for a spin, it's important to keep in mind that boating under the influence, like driving under the influence, is illegal. Moreover, it could lead to serious penalties and prison time if convicted.

If you get behind the wheel of a motor-operated machine, it's important to be sober and capable of handling the machine safely, for your own safety and the safety of your passengers, as well pedestrians or anyone else who may be affected by your actions. This is applicable both to motor vehicles on the road as well as boats on the water. According to the U.S. Guard, fatalities due to boating accidents increase by 34 percent due to boating while under the influence.

Golf pro faces alleged ties to sports gambling laundering ring

Being accused of a crime is difficult for any Texas resident. A criminal charge could result in serious consequences. Moreover, it could damage the personal and reputation of the accused. Because of this, it is important that defendants take necessary steps to protect his or her legal right and interests.

Despite recently taking over the title of the highest paid golfer in the world from Tiger Woods, professional golfer Phil Mickelson may have just found himself caught in the rough with recent criminal allegations. According to recent reports, he allegedly transferred roughly $3 million dollars to an intermediary gambling client who recently pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Understanding your options after a drug possession arrest

If you've been arrested for drug possession, it is crucial that you understand your rights and understand what you can do to defend yourself. The Texas Controlled Substances Act states that prosecutors must "prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly possessed or had control over a controlled drug." Regarding prescription drugs, a defendant must not have a valid prescription or order from his or her doctor for the drugs for medical purposes.

If you can prove that you did not knowingly possess the controlled substance, that may be grounds for a not-guilty verdict. Examples of this type of situation include someone planting drugs at your home or vehicle, or when a friend or acquaintance leaves the drugs at your home without your knowledge. Another defense is when the drug is a substance not intended for human consumption, or a drug under approval for application and approved for investigation from the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

What is embezzlement?

Embezzlement is defined as a theft or larceny of assets by a person in a position of trust or responsibility over those assets. If an employee is given the responsibility of monitoring or managing funds and misappropriates or uses the funds for personal gain, they may be found guilty of embezzlement.

Embezzlement is not necessarily limited to money. It may also include property, such as company vehicles or computers, which are stolen or used outside of a company's rules or guidelines. Other examples may include not simply transferring a large sum of money at once, but may include small exchanges of finances over a long period of time, fraudulent billings, the falsification of records or "Ponzi" type schemes.