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When Is “Sexting” a Crime in Texas?

As every Collin County parent knows, your teenager communicates with their friends primarily by text message. Texting allows people to stay in touch constantly and quickly exchange personal messages. But remember, texting is not entirely private–and anything your child sends or receives over a communications network may be grounds for criminal prosecution, especially if it […]

How Is Bail Set?

If you are arrested and charged with committing a crime in Collin County, such as DWI or a drug offense, a judge will decide how much bail you need to post so that you can be released from custody pending trial. The conditions of bail depend on a number of factors, including a defendant’s past […]

How Police Investigate Drug Conspiracies

Even if you have never used, bought, or sold any illegal narcotics, you may still be a target of federal law enforcement authorities. Drug enforcement is serious business for the federal government agencies that investigate them, and they can and will use every tool at their disposal to investigate and prosecute people who they believe […]

What Is the Difference Between Shoplifting and Theft?

Many Collin County, Texas, residents have been arrested and charged with shoplifting. If you have been accused of stealing or “lifting” merchandise from a local retailer, do not assume it is a misunderstanding that will be quickly resolved. Shoplifting is a serious criminal charge and a conviction can have significant consequences on your life and […]

The Texas Three Strikes Law

If you are like most people, you have likely heard of Texas’s “three strikes law” in reference to criminal proceedings. The law derives its name from baseball, where batters who accumulate three strikes “strike out” and their chance to bat is over. In the context of Texas criminal law, rather than referring to missed or […]

What Constitutes a Computer Crime in Collin County?

The term “hacker” has become ubiquitous in the modern computer age. But not all hackers are created alike. Many people classified as hackers are actually hired by major companies for their computer knowledge and tasked with discovering weaknesses in information technology networks. The other type of hacker—the one most of us associate with the term—are […]

10 Things You Need to Know About Federal Gun Laws

Texas has always been a state that protects the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Texas law does not require law-abiding citizens to obtain a license or permit before purchasing a handgun or shotgun. A permit is only required to carry a concealed handgun in public. But Texas law is not the final word […]

Will Facial Recognition Technology Catch Criminal Suspects?

If you post personal photos to social media services like Facebook or Instagram, you may not realize that you are actually helping to the development facial recognition technology. According to a June 2015 report in the Washington Post, Facebook alone has “more than 250 billion user-uploaded photos,” which the company utilizes as part of a […]

What You Should Know About Open Carry In Texas

Amidst a lot of controversy, Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas’s open carry bill into law in June 2015. It went into effect on January 1, 2016, but despite the long lead time to prepare for its implementation, there is a lot of misinformation making the rounds about what the bill allows and what it does […]

Social Media & Criminal Proceedings: What Is Evidence?

Today’s technology can be both a blessing and a curse. Most Americans use social media to some extent, but many are unaware that nothing they post is ever entirely private. While information may be hidden from their family and friends, in certain circumstances it can be accessed by authorities. People should generally practice a modicum […]