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What is paraphernalia for drugs under Texas law?

Most people who live in Texas or attend school here understand that the state has a relatively strong policy against drugs. Compared to some other states, Texas has rather strict penalties for those convicted of drug offenses ranging from possession to distribution and manufacturing.

One secondary charge often involved in both possession and distribution or trafficking charges is a paraphernalia charge. Far too many people overlook this potential legal risk, in part because paraphernalia possession is a misdemeanor offense.

One criminal conviction can ruin your reputation

Your reputation is incredibly important to your career. Whether you're trying to get a new job, bring new clients and customers to your business or ask for a promotion, your reputation plays a large role. That's especially important in the modern era, when so much information is readily available on the internet. You can't hide anything.

Experts agree that one of the fastest ways to ruin that reputation is to get convicted of a crime. It can cause you to lose your job. It can ruin your credibility. It can push potential clients and business partners away. Your career may never get back on track again.

Domestic violence and substance abuse: A complex link

You may assume that the link between domestic violence and substance abuse is easy to understand: Someone who abuses drugs or alcohol is more likely to abuse family members and those living with them. It can create domestic violence situations and lead to arrests.

At least, that's the prevailing thought from those who have never studied the issue. The reality is that it is far more complex.

Common household items can impact your pending drug charges

The Texas criminal justice system is notorious for having a harsh stance on drug offenses. While it is true that substances carry various penalties, there is no doubt that charges of manufacturing or distribution are infinitely more serious than allegations of simple drug possession.

Unfortunately, even if you don't engage in any sort of distribution practices, you could find yourself accused of an offense that involves distribution or sales.

Assault and battery: Know the differences

When you're accused of assault or battery, you may believe you understand the charges you're facing. However, there is a real difference between the two charges, and knowing the difference between them can be paramount in your case.

Usually, people are charged for assault and battery together, but sometimes they are one or the other. The differences between the two might seem minor, but assault and battery are distinct. Here are a few reasons why.

Understanding chain of custody when it comes to legal evidence

Those accused of a criminal offense often find themselves thrust into a strange and hostile world full of confusing, arbitrary rules and terrifying stories from others who have faced similar charges. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when facing the criminal justice system, but anyone accused of a crime has the right to a defense.

Your best option in most cases will be to explore the case against you and start to build a defense strategy that can minimize the impact of the charges on your life. Such strategies can include an affirmative defense, such as acting in self-defense. Other strategies could involve invoking the protection offered by the statute of limitations.

You don't have to actually steal to face Texas theft charges

Mistakes and oversights can sometimes result in criminal charges. This is even true of theft-related charges. A common example involves an individual who perhaps left an unpaid item on their cart during the checkout process. Most of the time, those charges would result in petty theft shoplifting criminal consequences.

However, it is possible for people from all different backgrounds to face serious theft charges in Texas without actively stealing from anyone else. Those who buy or sell goods secondhand or used may be at particular risk for theft charges.

Harassment takes many forms and can have serious consequences

Contrary to popular opinion, harassment does not just happen at work. While the workplace is a common source of harassment, it can actually happen anywhere. You can harass anyone that you interact with, from a neighbor to someone working at a business you patronize. Some people find themselves accused of harassment after a practical joke gone wrong or a botched attempt at flirting.

What you think of as harmless flirting or banter could actually feel intimidating or harassing to the other person involved. While that doesn't mean you should avoid interacting with other people, it does mean you should take care with how you approach other people.

When is it legal for police to take your cash or your car?

Many citizens in Texas and visitors to the state do not understand the civil asset forfeiture law in place in Texas. That can leave them vulnerable to potential abuses and financial losses. Every year, many people find themselves in a situation where police seize their cash or even their car.

Even people who never get convicted of a crime could still lose property to law enforcement in this manner. Unfortunately, in many cases, this process is legal under the Texas criminal code. Those who have lost property to law enforcement during an arrest or a search should review the details of their case carefully to determine if their items were seized unlawfully.

What are the most effective criminal defense strategies?

If you have been accused of a crime in the state of Texas, you will likely want to take immediate action in order to defend yourself and clear your name. Therefore, it is important that you understand the way that criminal defense strategies work and how you can go about getting a fair assessment of your case.

Depending on the specific situation, there are many ways in which you can go about defending yourself, whether you were guilty of the crime or not. While your defense strategy must be based on your individual circumstances, there are three main ways that you can defend yourself from a criminal accusation.

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