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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.

How Texas defines aggravated assault for criminal cases

Most people understand that assault involves causing bodily harm to another person or inciting fear of bodily harm in someone. However, the term aggravated assault may seem a little less direct and more confusing to many people.

If you find yourself facing charges related to aggravated assault, you will likely wonder what defines the difference between simple assault and aggravated assault under Texas criminal law.

Stalking: A serious crime and felony in Texas

Stalking is defined as a pattern of behavior that makes a victim feel endangered, afraid or nervous. It can be that they're being followed or repeatedly contacted. They might be sent threatening emails or receive threatening phone calls.

Stalking behaviors are illegal, and you can face serious penalties if you are accused and convicted of this crime. With stalking charges, the other party will need to prove that there is a clear pattern of unwanted conduct. This conduct must include threatening, harassing or following another person in a way that makes them fear for their life.

What kind of evidence is necessary for a shoplifting conviction?

Shoplifting allegations can plague even the most ethical person. You could find yourself accused of shoplifting even if you never leave a store with an item you didn't pay for. Texas laws have a relatively broad definition of shoplifting, which some people also call retail fraud. Simply putting an item in a pocket or under something else in your cart could lead to allegations of attempted theft.

Depending on the value of the items allegedly involved, shoplifting offenses could be petty theft, or they could be grand theft, in some cases. Regardless of what theft charges you find yourself facing, you will undoubtedly want to push back against them to protect your freedom.

The potential impact of a guilty plea on your career

It only takes a moment for a simple mistake to leave you facing serious criminal allegations. Anything from choosing to get behind the wheel after a business dinner with drinks to a case of mistaken identity could leave you dealing with criminal charges and the various consequences that come with them.

As a professional, you, no doubt, want to take proactive steps to mitigate the impact of these pending charges on your current and future career opportunities.

Using crime lab analysis to defend against drug charges

These days, fighting drug possession charges is more important than ever, as different parts of the country use competing, often incompatible, approaches to drug law enforcement. Here in Texas, the punishments for drug possession are severe compared to other parts of the country. Simply receiving charges within these state lines can mean years behind bars.

If you face drug possession charges, you cannot afford to wait another day to begin building your defense. Police and prosecutors are already working on their case against you, and if you do not use all the defensive tools that you have available, your future may take a bad turn that you may never overcome.

Understanding domestic violence laws in Texas

Just like in other areas of the country, a domestic violence charge in the Dallas-Fort Worth vicinity is a serious matter. Furthermore, a conviction can carry consequences like jail time and expensive court fines. However, to win a case, the prosecutor has to show beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged perpetrator intentionally committed an act of domestic violence.

In general, domestic violence includes actual bodily injury, the threat of injury or other kinds of contact that the individual on the receiving end considers offensive. While many domestic violence cases involve people in a romantic relationship, it can actually apply to members of the same household regardless of the relationship. Here are few other things you should know about domestic violence laws in Texas.

Reselling stolen items could lead to Texas theft charges

Theft takes many different forms in modern Texas society. The most common form of theft is probably shoplifting or petty theft from friends and family. The most visible and frightening forms of theft are armed robberies or muggings.

However, there are many other kinds of things that fall in between these examples. Some individuals who benefit from thefts but never actively engage in them could find themselves facing theft or larceny charges eventually.

What is the difference between extortion and theft?

If you're facing criminal charges, it's important to know exactly what charges are pending against you and what they mean. Even when they seem similar or when popular culture often confuses them, they may be very different.

Take, for example, the difference between assault and battery. People often use these words incorrectly, from a legal perspective. Battery means that someone suffered physical harm. Assault may just mean that the alleged perpetrator threatened the victim. If the victim thinks it is an honest threat with the potential to lead to physical harm, that's assault, in many cases, even if the perpetrator never touches the victim.

Possessing medication prescribed to someone else is a crime

There are countless reasons why you could come to possess someone else's medications. Perhaps your friend felt like they were becoming dependent on a medication prescribed by their doctor, and they asked you to hold on to them to keep them out of the house. Maybe you used a similar medication in the past, and your friend or family member generously agreed to give you the remainder of an unused prescription.

You could even have a neighbor or coworker who worries that their children or spouse will abuse the medication if it gets left in their home. There are many possible scenarios in which you could wind up with someone's medications for perfectly innocent reasons.

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