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What Happens at an Arraignment in Texas?

The criminal justice process consists of several phases. The first process generally includes arrest, booking, and arraignment. Once the police arrest a suspect for a crime, they will book the suspect at the police department, documenting a mug shot, the suspect’s fingerprints, and a list of all items in the suspect’s possession at the time… read more

How Do Bail Bonds Work in Texas?

The bail bond system exists to ensure that individuals charged with crimes appear for their court dates as required while allowing them to move freely between booking and arraignment. After someone has been arrested for a crime in Texas, the judge hearing the case may require the individual to remain in prison until trial, release… read more

Animal Cruelty Laws in Texas

Animal cruelty laws exist to protect animals from neglect, abuse, and mistreatment, and each state has unique animal cruelty laws everyone should know. A new United States House Bill seeks to make animal cruelty a federal offense, and the bill apparently shows strong bipartisan support. In the meantime, Texas residents should know how the state… read more

Texas Tobacco Laws

Tobacco may be a legal substance in Texas, but that does not give users free rein to smoke wherever or whenever they want. Like all states, Texas has tobacco laws that restrict the use of tobacco products – including cigarettes, vaporizers (vapes), and e-cigarettes. Obeying the laws in Texas is important as a smoker if… read more

Can I Get a DUI for Being Under the Influence of Medical Marijuana?

The Compassionate Use Program in Texas permits medicinal use of marijuana, but under tight restrictions that make it legal for only about 600 people – patients who have intractable epilepsy. Even those who can use marijuana legally, however, cannot drive under the influence of this drug. It is illegal in every state to operate a… read more

What Crimes Have No Statute of Limitations in Texas?

A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time one has to bring a claim to court. Both civil and criminal cases in Texas have a statutes of limitation. In the criminal court system, the statute of limitations puts a deadline on how long the prosecution has to press charges against… read more

Is Salvia Legal in Texas?

Salvia divinorum, sometimes called the “Diviner’s Mint” or “Seer’s Mint,” is a plant with psychoactive properties that grows in sandy, moist climates. For years, this drug has been relatively unknown to the American public, slowly gaining popularity over recent years due to its assumedly mild effects and non-addictive nature. If you have been charged with… read more

What Is the Age of Consent in Texas?

When it comes to protecting minors from sexual activity, the law determines the age of consent – i.e., the age where an individual can legally consent to sexual activity. If an adult engages in any form of sexual activity with someone below the legal age, it is statutory rape, even if the younger party gave… read more

Texas Knife Laws

The sale of weapons is a heavily regulated activity, and Texas weapons laws do not pertain solely to firearms. The state also regulates bladed weapons like knives and swords, and the Texas Right to Bear Arms includes a provision that allows the state legislature to control the sale of weapons for crime prevention purposes. However,… read more

Can You Get a DWI on an Electric Scooter?

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have grown increasingly popular over recent years, and now rideshare programs for electric scooters and bicycles offer an ecologically responsible alternative to public transportation or driving in large cities. While these programs and services help alleviate traffic congestion and limit the consumption of fossil fuels, there are significant issues… read more