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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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What You Need to Know About Reckless Driving in Texas

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Reckless driving is a serious crime in the state of Texas. An individual commits the offense of reckless driving by operating a motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of another person or property. Reckless driving refers to an individual’s indifference to others’ safety. Under Tex. Transp. Code Ann. § 5405.401 (2016), a driver can be charged with reckless driving even if he or...

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Has the Statute of Limitations Expired for Your Texas Crime?

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

In Texas, an “expiration date,” called a statute of limitations, is in place for almost all types of crimes. A statute of limitations restricts how long an individual or entity can delay taking legal action regarding a matter. Statutes of limitations exist for both criminal and civil matters. The criminal statute of limitations sets time limits regarding how long after a specific incident, such as the date of arrest,...

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