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Blog Posts in January, 2015

  • Can the Victim Decide to Drop Domestic Violence Charges?

    During a heated argument, a husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend may decide that it would be best to call the police. What they may not realize is that this could initiate a series of events that are no longer in their control. Once law enforcement is involved in a domestic dispute, an arrest will almost always be made. Even if the alleged victim does not want to press formal charges, this may ...
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  • When Could I Be Charged with Shoplifting in Texas?

    Under Texas Penal Code Section 31.03, you could be charged with shoplifting under a wide range of circumstances. While the most obvious form of shoplifting would be carrying an item out of a store without paying for it, there are numerous other situations that could lead to a petty theft charge . Switching price tags, improperly concealing an item, under-ringing an item and fraudulently returning ...
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  • What You Should Know About Your Miranda Rights

    The Miranda Warning was created in the 1960s as a way of protecting a defendant's rights during questioning. You've probably heard the expression, "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." This is the beginning of the Miranda Warning, which goes on to say that you have the right to hire an attorney or seek representation from a ...
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  • What is the Difference Between Robbery & Burglary?

    Although the crimes of burglary and robbery are often lumped together, these are, in fact, two separate offenses. While both involve the unlawful taking of someone else's property, there are very distinct elements that separate these offenses. Generally defined, robbery involves the act of taking another person's property through the use of force or the threat of force. Burglary, on the other ...
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