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Aiding and Abetting a Criminal: Read This Before You Decide to Help a Texas Fugitive!

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Think very carefully before you decide to help another person commit a crime in Texas. Criminal law is intended to prevent and punish conduct that society wants to eradicate. Aiding and abetting laws in Texas extend the law by recognizing that when an individual assists another in the commission or concealment of a crime, he or she should be punished. Even though the individual might not have...

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The Statute of Limitations on Property Crimes in Texas

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

A property crime involves the violation of an individual’s right to his or her possessions. As defined by the Texas Penal Code, many kinds of property crimes exist, including identity theft, robbery, bank robbery, theft, armed robbery, grand theft auto, and burglary. This post addresses theft or property crimes in the state of Texas, punishments, and the statute of limitations (SOL) for these crimes. Generally speaking, failure...

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Texas Alcohol Laws: What You Need to Know About Boating While Intoxicated

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Most Texans understand the dangers and potential punishments associated with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (DWI), but many don’t know it’s illegal to drink alcohol or use drugs when boating. In Texas, operating a boat or water vessel when under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances can mean facing harsh criminal penalties. This post focuses on what you need to know about boating while...

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How Will Texas’ New David’s Law Affect Cyberbullying?

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Cyberbullying is on the rise in Texas and throughout the United States. Although cyberbullying is a relatively recent phenomenon, it’s a big threat to young people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that suicide rates among teens and young adults continue to climb each year. David’s Law (S.B. 179), named for a 16-year-old student who was harassed by his classmates, came about after David Molak’s...

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Bench Trial vs. Jury Trial: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Both

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

What’s the best option to render your trial verdict—a jury or a judge? In a criminal trial, the defendant is allowed to choose to have a trial by jury or a trial by judge, also called a bench trial. There are specific advantages to having your case heard in a bench trial instead of a jury trial: Bench trials are often less time-consuming. They may also be...

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