Many people don't take a drug charge as seriously as they should, especially if they are first-time offenders. This fact is exasperated because some states have legalized marijuana or other drugs. Don't be mislead, Texas is a conservative state with tough drug laws. The fact is that a drug charge can have a serious and long-lasting impact on your life and a Texas judge usually couldn't care less about what the laws are in California or New York.
An increasingly important point with employers are background checks on prospective employees. Not only can employers interested in credit related information but they are also interested in criminal background information. There is a ton of information on the internet regarding background checks in Texas, and unfortunately there is also a ton of misinformation there as well. The purpose of today's blog post is to clarify some of the Texas rules regarding Texas employer background checks, and what employers can legally see.
Most people don't know that a charge of shoplifting can be a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the value of the goods taken from the store. If you or a loved one has been charged with shoplifting then it is important to understand the laws surrounding the charge, where they can be found, and to have a qualified attorney working on your case. Call Chad Zubi for a free and confidential consultation.
Laws on Shoplifting in Texas
The state of Texas considers shoplifting to be a form of theft and the laws regarding the crime are found in Title 7, Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code. In general, theft is committed when a person "unlawfully takes or appropriates property with the intent to deprive the true owner of that property." If you have the owner's consent then you may not have committed theft, also, if you accept or take something and you know is stolen then you can be liable for theft. There are various other examples of theft like changing price tags at a store to pay a lower price, writing a bad check, or simply taking something from a store without paying for it. There is no such thing as a five finger discount.
For the most part, the handling of sexual harassment in the workplace cases takes place in a civil forum, and is no doubt serious. However, their is no criminal complaint involved. Of course, that is not always the case, and sometimes the behavior in question can rise to the level of criminal activity. First, let's have a discussion about sexual harassment claims in general and then let's talk about how sexual harassment at work can rise to the level of being a serious crime.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime or are being investigated for a crime you may have no idea what, when, or how the criminal case against you will move forward. You may have many questions, like: "What happens at the trial?" ; "How do I know if I have been charged with a crime?" ; "What is the next step?" ; "Can my case get dismissed?" ; "Can I make a plea bargain?". It is important for you to understand the basic anatomy of a criminal case so that you can mount the best defense possible and so that, hopefully, you can gain some peace of mind by knowing where you are in the criminal justice process. Although it is great to be informed, if you have have been charged with a crime or are being investigated for one, then you should seriously consider hiring a Houston criminal defense lawyer to help secure your rights to the fullest extent possible and to avoid the many possible missteps that can occur by representing yourself in this complicated process.