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What is the Age of Consent in Texas?

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

In Texas, the age of consent is 17 years old. Throughout the United States, each state’s age of consent is the youngest age at which a person is deemed mature enough by law to consent to sexual activity with a partner. In other words, a person 16 years of age or younger in the state of Texas isn’t legally old enough to agree to participate in...

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Warning Signs of Inappropriate Student-Teacher Relationships

Posted on October 11, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

We read about the warning signs of inappropriate student-teacher relationships almost each day. We hear about improper student-teacher relationships all too often. News concerning allegations of inappropriate relationships between teachers and their students is on the rise in Texas. Some say it's an epidemic: Texas currently ranked number one in the nation involving the number of cases filed per year alleging sexual misconduct or otherwise inappropriate relationships between educators...

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Houston Sex Crimes: Texas Laws and Examples

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

Most Texans think of law enforcement professionals as those who protect us. Sometimes, the very people we count on to keep us safe do us harm. A recent news story shows just how much harm a public officer can allegedly do. This defendant needs the best criminal defense attorney or legal team he can assemble. He’s facing multiple criminal counts in Georgia that could put him behind...

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Penalties for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child in Texas

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Sexual abuse of a child is a serious crime in Texas. Within the range of sexual abuse crimes involving children, continuous sexual abuse of a child is an extremely serious offense. The definition of the crime includes sexual contact of any kind between a minor child of less than 14 years old and an adult that occurs at least two times within a 30-day period. This may also...

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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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