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Did your attempt at romance fit the definition of stalking?

There are many conflicting and confusing perspectives on dating and romance. Actions that receive popular acclaim as romantic in books or movies may be met with derision or even criminal prosecution in real life.

Sometimes, when one person has very strong feelings for someone else, they are willing to take extraordinary action to win the affection of the other person. While persistence and dedication can pay off in certain circumstances, it is not always the best approach in dating scenarios.

Dallas County pre-trial diversion programs help defendants

Facing a criminal charge is often challenging, especially when it is your first time. Some people don't realize that there are many programs available now that can help individuals facing criminal charges to minimize the consequences they will face. However, these programs aren't easy or fast.

Many programs require active participation in specific activities to help the person live a life without breaking the law. They are usually pre-trial diversion programs, so you have to ensure that you look into these prior to entering a plea. One program that is unique to the Dallas County area is Intercept, which was spearheaded by Judge Shequitta Kelly.

Do you know what happens to you after an arrest in Texas?

People get arrested in Texas for all kinds of offenses, from reckless driving and drug possession to domestic violence and theft. Some of the people who get arrested did not commit the crime that law enforcement officers accuse them of. Others may have made mistakes but may not have had any kind of criminal intent.

Regardless of the circumstance of your arrest, it's important to educate yourself about the potential consequences of an arrest so that you can try to contain the fallout from affecting much of your life.

These 2 elements must be present for a shoplifting conviction

While you may not think it's a very serious crime, shoplifting can get you into deep trouble with the law. Not all stores or shops will pursue charges against those who shoplift, but for those that do, the people accused face an uphill battle to clear their names or protect their own interests.

Shoplifting is an interesting charge, because it has to contain at least two elements:

  • The intent to take items from the original owner without paying the purchase price
  • Willfully taking items that are being sold

How should you challenge a shoplifting charge?

Shoplifting doesn't sound like the most serious criminal charge, but a conviction can result in a variety of punishments. Depending on the value of the property, prison time is even possible.

There is no right or wrong way to challenge a shoplifting charge. Your defense strategy is based largely on the details surrounding your arrest.

Why you need the right domestic violence defense strategy

If you're charged with domestic violence, it will change your life on the spot. Not only are you facing serious penalties, but a conviction can impact your personal life, career and finances.

Rather than hope for the best in court, it's critical to implement a comprehensive domestic violence defense strategy. This gives you the best opportunity to avoid a conviction, or at the very least minimize your punishment.

Victims can't drop criminal charges against you

Many domestic violence cases come down to one person's word against the other person's. While there might be some evidence, it may not be all that much. People facing these charges must understand how the alleged victim's testimony and cooperation can come into the picture.

The circumstances surrounding a domestic violence claim may be chaotic. They often include personal information, which can make these matters challenging to deal with. In some cases, the alleged abuser and victim end up reconciling, but this won't necessarily do away with the criminal charges.

Even prescription medications can lead to a DWI in Texas

Driving while impaired (DWI) is one of the more common criminal offenses that happens in Texas. People enjoy drinking and may not realize they are dangerously under the influence and no longer functioning at full capacity when they get behind the wheel.

In other words, many people who find themselves facing DWI charges don't even realize that they broke the law. That is also frequently true for individuals who get in trouble with the law for driving after taking prescription medication. Despite what you may believe, driving after taking a prescribed drug could result in criminal charges.

Violating probation carries serious consequences

Imagine that you have been convicted of a crime like shoplifting. You went to court and pled your case but a jury still found you guilty. In addition to the fees and fines you had to pay, the court also handed you a year of probation. In other words, you have to meet certain conditions such as performing community service, not leaving the county and, of course, staying out of legal trouble. But what happens if you cannot meet these terms and end up violating your probation?

In general, probation violation occurs when an individual has broken the terms of his or her probation. The punishment that results often depends on the seriousness and nature of the violation. Here are a few things that can happen when a person violates their probation.

The difference between possession and possession with intent

Both law enforcement officers and court officials take a dim view of individuals who flout Texas' prohibition policies. The state of Texas has declared a large number of substances as controlled substances. These drugs range from prescription medications that people can and do abuse to popular street drugs that have no acknowledged medical use.

Unfortunately, in the legal efforts to crack down on the black market sale of controlled substances, innocent people can sometimes wind up charged with unnecessarily harsh offenses. Anyone who gets caught in possession of a controlled or prohibited substance in Texas will probably face criminal charges.

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