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5 Examples of Criminal Mischief Laws in Texas

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Under Texas law, criminal mischief is a crime in which vandalism or damage to someone else’s property occurs. Often, what’s considered criminal mischief is thought to be “unfair.” It’s possible to find yourself in serious legal trouble if you destroy another person’s property or vehicle in anger, even if you’re related to him or her. A single mistake can leave you or someone you love with a criminal...

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The Animal Abuse and Cruelty Laws of Texas

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

An accusation of animal abuse in Texas is a serious charge. If you’ve been accused of abusing livestock or a pet animal, you need help from a criminal defense lawyer in Houston. The laws protecting animals in Texas are complex and challenging to understand. In some cases, a conviction of an animal abuse crime can bring a harsher sentence than your action merits. It’s important to...

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Questions to Ask a Criminal Defense Attorney Before Hiring

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Time is at a premium when you’re interviewing a criminal defense attorney. There's not a minute to lose. Before you decide on a criminal defense lawyer, to choose wisely, you need answers to questions concerning your care and legal circumstances. When possible, check prospective defense counselors' reputations with law enforcement and other attorneys in your area. Determine the attorney’s experience in defending other clients charged with...

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What Is Jessica’s Law and What Does It Mean?

Posted on May 3, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Public concerns over sex offenders produced tighter restrictions with the passage of Texas’ Jessica’s Law. In 2005, a repeat sex offender named John Couey abducted a nine-year-old girl, Jessica Lunsford, from her home in Florida. She was raped and murdered. Outrage over the case caused Texas, New York, and California to pass a version of Florida’s Jessica Lunsford Act. In Texas, Jessica’s Law (2007) requires a...

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What’s the Difference Between State and Federal Crimes?

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

The differences between state and federal crimes may be complicated. Because laws overlap in the criminal sphere, criminal courts sometimes argue about in what venue a crime should be prosecuted. If a crime occurs in one state, it’s typically considered a state crime if it expressly breaks a federal law. If a crime is committed in more than one state or the alleged activity crosses state lines...

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