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WHAT IS PUBLIC INTOXICATION IN TEXAS? The Texas law against public intoxication prohibits appearing in a public place while intoxicated to the point of endangering oneself or another. What is the legal limit for intoxication in Texas? Texas Penal Code Section Section 49.01 defines “intoxication” in two ways: (1) a...

WHAT IS PROHIBITED CAMPING IN TEXAS? The Texas law against prohibited camping criminalizes temporarily residing and setting up shelter in a public place without consent of the officer or agency in charge of the public place. WHAT IS THE PROHIBITED CAMPING LAW IN TEXAS? Tex. Penal Code § 48.05. PROHIBITED...

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WHAT IS SMOKING TOBACCO IN TEXAS? The Texas law against smoking tobacco prohibits smoking a cigarette, e-cigarette, or other tobacco product, or holding a burning tobacco product in a school, elevator, theater, library, museum, hospital, bus, place, or public train. WHAT IS THE SMOKING TOBACCO LAW IN TEXAS? Tex. Penal...

WHAT IS POSSESSION OF GAMBLING DEVICE, EQUIPMENT, OR PARAPHERNALIA IN TEXAS? The Texas law against possession of a gambling device, gambling equipment, or paraphernalia prohibits manufacturing, transferring, owning, or possessing gambling devices, any altered gambling equipment, or books, instruments, or apparati to further gambling. What is a game room in...

WHAT IS COMMUNICATING GAMBLING INFORMATION IN TEXAS? The Texas law against communicating gambling information prohibits communicating information regarding bets, betting odds, changes in betting odds, and providing, installing, or maintaining equipment used to communicate or receive such information. WHAT IS THE COMMUNICATING GAMBLING INFORMATION LAW IN TEXAS? Tex. Penal Code...

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Question 1

What is Theft in Texas?

The Texas law against theft prohibits unlawfully appropriating property with intent to deprive the owner of the property. Theft in Texas describes several crimes beyond just stealing another’s property, including receiving stolen property, shoplifting, embezzlement, theft by false pretext, extortion, receiving or concealing embezzled property, and issuing a worthless check. Read more.
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What are the Texas Criminal Mischief laws?

The Texas law against criminal mischief prohibits intentionally or knowingly, without effective consent: (1) damaging or destroying another’s property; (2) tampering with property and causing pecuniary loss or substantial inconvenience; or (3) marking, painting, drawing on, or otherwise “tagging” another’s property. Read more.
Question 3

What is the punishment for Public Intoxication?

Public intoxication is ordinarily a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $500. If a person is ticketed at least twice in two years for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, or a combination thereof, and commits either of those offenses a third time within the two-year period, the penalties are increased to a maximum fine of $2,000, and up to 180 days in jail. Read more.
Question 4

Can you go to jail for shoplifting in Texas?

The penalty class for a theft charge depends on the character and value of the appropriated property, and whether the person has prior theft convictions. Texas law further enhances theft penalties based on the person’s or theft victim’s status. Read more.
Question 5

Is Possession of Marijuana a misdemeanor?

The penalty classification for possession of marihuana depends on the amount: Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in county jail, if the amount is two ounces or less; Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in county jail, if the amount is four ounces or less but more than two ounces. Read more.
Question 6

What is Disorderly Conduct in Texas?

Texas law prohibiting disorderly conduct criminalizes behavior that breaches the peace. Such behavior includes vulgar language, offensive gestures, creating harmful chemical odors, loud noise, fighting, nudity, or displaying or discharging a firearm. While most of the conduct prohibited by the disorderly conduct statute is legal in the privacy of one’s home, it is illegal in public when it incites a breach of the peace or is otherwise offensive. Read more.

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