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Can police search my phone during a Texas traffic stop? Technology continues to change our world at lightning speed. The emergence of smartphones, for example, has put the power of a computer in nearly every adult’s hands across the globe. While technology has often led to alterations and updates to our laws, one important tenant […]

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What is super aggravated sexual assault of a child in Texas? Super aggravated sexual assault of a child is one of the most serious criminal offenses in Texas – and the state tries to punish it as such. The term “super” refers to the enhanced punishment that comes with a conviction. Super aggravated sexual assault […]

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Court Ruling: Are Eight-Liners Legal? The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth addressed the issue of eight-liners in Texas. The issue was whether the eight-liner gambling machines are unconstitutional or illegal. Short Answer: Eight-Liners are Illegal in Texas, according to the Second Court of Appeals. What are Eight-Liner Machines? An eight-liner machine is an […]

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Does my child need a juvenile attorney in Texas? If your child has been taken into custody and is charged with an offense, he or she must be represented by a juvenile attorney. That is the law. Whether you hire the attorney – or one is appointed by the court – will depend on your […]

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Are Texas juvenile hearings open to the public? It depends on the age of the child. If the child is 14 or older, Texas juvenile hearings are generally open to the public. Under Sec. 54.08 of the Texas Family code, however, hearings are closed to the public if the child is under the age of […]

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When Can Police Interrogate a Minor? Have you ever wondered when the police or even CPS can interrogate a minor in Texas? Let’s face it. Kids don’t always make the best choices and, sometimes, they get caught up in bad situations. Maybe they witnessed a crime or are suspected of committing one themselves. So what […]

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In Texas, shining a laser pointer at someone is often seen as a prank or harmless fun. However, this behavior can be criminal if it is directed at an aircraft or at a uniformed safety officer, including a police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical worker. In this article, we will explain the illegal use of […]

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the car theft TikTok trend that’s sweeping the nation. Teenagers and young adults are using USB cables to hotwire Kia and Hyundai vehicles and then taking them on a joyride – sometimes even intentionally crashing the vehicles. The motive behind the trend appears to be “street cred,” but people […]

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If you ask someone to define murder in Texas, they will usually say it’s intentionally taking someone’s life – often with a weapon such as a gun, knife or ligature. And while that is certainly accurate, there is also another, less common way to commit murder. It’s called “felony murder” and it covers situations in […]

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Over the past several years, catalytic converter thefts in Texas have been on the rise. To combat the problem, lawmakers passed legislation in 2021 making it a felony to steal, buy or sell stolen catalytic converters in Texas. In this article, we are going to explain the crime and consequences of catalytic converter theft in […]

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Can Police Search My Phone During a Texas Traffic Stop? (2023)
2023-01-31T07:54:50-06:00
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