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Stalking in Texas: definitions and criminal consequences

Like many Texas residents, you have heard about the term “stalking,” but you may be confused as to what, exactly, qualifies as stalking behavior. Much of what we see on television shows and social media trivializes actual stalking or assigns a humorous aspect to it. For example, a co-worker might jokingly say you are stalking…
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What to look for in a criminal defense attorney

Finding yourself charged with a crime is quite possibly one of the most serious events you will face in your life. It can be intimidating to understand your next steps, as well as your legal rights and obligations regarding the particular charges you face. This is one moment in life when you should seek out…
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Executory Contracts in Real Estate Transactions under Texas Law

When purchasing real property in which financing is involved, the Buyer may seek financing from a third party or from the Seller. In many real estate transactions, title and possession of the real property are delivered from Seller to Buyer by a Closing date. However, n certain transactions, especially when financing is provided by the…
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Criminal convictions and immigration status

Facing criminal charges can be a serious matter for anyone. Defendants who are not U.S. citizens may also face immigration concerns in addition to other consequences in the event of a conviction. Generally, an immigrant may face deportation and bans on future entry into the country based on convictions for so-called crimes involving moral turpitude….
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After Hurricane Harvey, many may be accused of fraud and related criminal charges

By Kevin Acevedo of The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with rain and floods of historic proportions, millions of people are now attempting to rebuild their lives and restore their property. But during this long period of recovery, many people will be investigated and some will be accused by authorities of…
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What constitutes animal cruelty in Texas?

Animal cruelty is a serious criminal offense. The state of Texas has strong laws on the books about what constitutes animal cruelty. Most people are familiar with the basic definition, which can include animal fighting and physical abuse. However, there are other forms of cruelty that could land a person in jail. Whether a person owns pets or livestock,…
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Robbery or burglary charges are different but serious

Most people use the words theft, burglary and robbery interchangeably. In the legal world, theft encompasses many crimes, such as shoplifting, burglary, robbery and petty theft. Although the distinctions are often small, the consequences for one of these crimes can be life-changing, even for first offenders. In Texas Penal Code § 29.02, robbery is when a…
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What you need to know about false and coerced confessions

It may seem absolutely incomprehensible why suspects would admit to a crime they did not commit, especially considering the lifelong consequences a conviction and prison sentence would have on their lives. However, false confessions are not a rare circumstance and have reasonable explanations for their occurrence. Understanding how a false confession happens can help you…
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