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How Texas Handles Stalkers: Laws and Penalties

Posted on March 23, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

  Criminal harassment in Texas is defined as a person purposely contacting someone with the intention of embarrassing, annoying, tormenting or scaring them. The contact be done via telephone or email. The punishment for harassment is 180 days in jail and/or $2,000 fine. If it’s a repeat offense, the punishment is a year in county jail and/or $4,000 fine. When the harassment involves threats of violence, the...

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Is There a Difference Between Molestation and Sexual Abuse?

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

In Texas, child molestation, also called indecency with a child, and child sex abuse are separate crimes. They have different definitions and penalties. Child molestation and child sex abuse aren’t the same as statutory rape. Texas defines statutory rape as a sexual relationship between an adult and a minor. A minor is defined as anyone under the age of 17 years old. However, the minor is...

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The Consequences of Domestic Violence in Texas

Posted on March 8, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

In Texas, domestic violence occurs when a person intentionally, recklessly or knowingly threatens to or actually causes bodily harm to a family member. It also includes intentionally causes physical contact with a family member when having a reasonable belief they will consider it offensive touching. The state has three domestic violence charges based on the above definition. An alleged victim can be any household or family member...

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Legal Defense Strategies When Accused Of A Sex Crime

Posted on March 1, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

While it is always troubling to be accused of any type of crime, people who are accused of a sex crime face a particularly difficult set of challenges. Sex crimes often bring feelings of outrage from the public and the defendant feels embarrassed for being accused of something so terrible. However, it is possible to mount a strong defense against this type of crime. Below is...

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Online Impersonation: Texas Laws and Regulations

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

In 2009, Texas lawmakers made it a criminal offense to harass someone online by using false identity. In many states the criminal offense is referred to as cyberstalking. In Texas it’s known as online impersonation. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ONLINE IMPERSONATION, CONTACT THE LAW OFFICE OF BRETT A. PODOLSKY TODAY FOR AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE. What is Online Impersonation? According to Penal Code Section...

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