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Category: Criminal Law

Juvenile Diversion Programs in Texas


A juvenile diversion program is a program or approach to hold youth accountable for their behavior without resorting to typical criminal legal sanctions. Typical criminal legal sanctions may include: Court oversight Confinement Criminal records According to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice, Delinquency and Prevention, 41% of juveniles were referred for diversion nationwide in 2018…. read more

Texas Open Container Law


Texas takes drinking on its public highways very seriously. On September 1, 2001, Texas passed its Open Container Law, which states: “A person commits an offense if the person knowingly possesses an open container in a passenger area of a motor vehicle that is located on a public highway, regardless of whether the vehicle is… read more

Texas’s Romeo and Juliet Law


When most people think of Romeo and Juliet, they think of Shakespeare’s star-crossed young lovers. Their families were bitter enemies, and the young couple had only love on their side. It was apparent these young lovers’ story would end badly, but what about young couples in Texas with a simple one or two-year age difference… read more

The Age of Consent in Texas


Everyone in Texas needs to know and understand what an age of consent law is and how it may apply to themselves and their loved ones. An age of consent law sounds simple; however, several complex situations can arise from what were thought of as consensual relationships and lead yourself or your loved one to… read more

Texas Anti-SLAPP Protection Against Police Misconduct


Texas Protestors May Have More Protection Than They Realize Peaceful protestors in Texas have a legal tool, often overlooked, to protect themselves against police misconduct and brutality, the Texas Citizens’ Participation Act (“TCPA”). The TCPA is Texas’ version of an anti-SLAPP law, or law against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Many states have anti-SLAPP statutes,… read more