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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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Texas Law Makes an Attack Against Law Enforcement a Hate Crime

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

This post discusses H.B. 2908, an expansion of hate crime protections to benefit law enforcement professionals. Governor Gregg Abbott originally backed the expansion after five police officers were attacked and killed in Dallas in July 2016. H.B. 2908 goes into effect on September 1, 2017. Similarly, the Thin Blue Line Act, a federal bill, was recently passed in the U.S. House. The bill imposes the death penalty...

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How Texas Handles Stalkers: Laws and Penalties

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Stalking is a big problem that affects the lives of many Texans. Almost everyone has experienced extreme annoyance with another person’s persistence or actions. For instance, a former girlfriend or boyfriend may make repeated hang-up calls or a co-worker might ask incessant or overly personal questions. These behaviors are irksome but not usually illegal. However, when another person’s merely bothersome actions turn to intimidating stalking behavior,...

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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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