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Understanding Hate Crimes in Texas

Posted on March 25, 2020 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

For the majority of U.S. cities, the overall crime rate is steadily decreasing. What’s surprising, though, is that hate crimes are on the rise. The great state of Texas isn’t immune to this national trend. According to experts, hate crimes in Texas doubled between 2017 and 2018. Hate crimes are considered serious offenses, so if you’ve been accused of one, it’s crucial to start researching the law. How...

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What’s the Difference Between Theft and Robbery in Texas?

Posted on March 11, 2020 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

The FBI’s Crime Clock says that a theft crime happens about every 5.7 seconds across the nation. These startling statistics remind us that while the overall crime rate has decreased over the past few decades, theft crimes remain one of the most commonly committed crimes. From shoplifting a candy bar to holding up a bank at gunpoint, there’s a whole host of different actions that could be...

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Elder Abuse in Texas: Overview of the Law and Consequences

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Did you know that special rights and protections are afforded to all Texan citizens who are 60-years-old or older? A failure to fully understand these rights could cost you big time. That’s because there’s a ton of criminal charges that are encompassed under elder abuse laws in Texas. If you or a loved one were charged with an elder abuse crime, then you were likely taken right...

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An Overview of New Laws In Texas on September 1, 2019

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

On September 1, 2019, numerous laws went into effect that were passed during the 86th session of the Texas legislature. Several were expected while others may seem a little off the beaten path. Most may not apply to every individual. Here is a roundup of just a few of the new or updated laws of the State of Texas. SB 719 - Child Murder Charges The penalties for certain...

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Can I Record a Video in Public? When Do I Need Consent?

Posted on June 19, 2019 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Texas Video Recording Laws These days, it seems that almost everyone has a digital camera or a phone with video recording technology in their pocket. People use this technology to take pictures and record videos in many different locations and situations. However, in some situations, recording video or audio may be against the law. Texas has very specific laws regarding when and where it is legal to record...

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