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WHAT IS KEEPING A GAMBLING PLACE IN TEXAS? The Texas law against keeping a gambling place prohibits using or permitting another to use any property the person owns or controls for making or settling bets, bookmaking, or the conducting of a lottery or playing of gambling devices.   What is...

WHAT IS GAMBLING PROMOTION IN TEXAS? The Texas law against gambling promotion prohibits bookmaking, holding bets, selling chances on an outcome of a game, contest, or political nomination, election, or appointment, promoting a lottery, selling participation in a lottery, or otherwise operating or participating in the earnings of a gambling...

WHAT IS GAMBLING IN TEXAS? The Texas law against gambling prohibits betting on: (1) a political nomination, appointment, or election, or the degree of success of an appointee, nominee, or candidate; (2) a game or contest, or a participant’s performance in a game or contest; and (3) a game played...

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WHAT IS UNLAWFUL TRANSFER OF CERTAIN WEAPONS IN TEXAS? The Texas law against unlawful transfer of certain weapons prohibits selling renting, leasing, loaning, or giving a handgun, firearm, or other prohibited weapon to another who is not permitted to own or possess one. What are examples of illegal weapons transfers...

WHAT IS UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM IN TEXAS? The Texas law against unlawful possession of a firearm prohibits felons, members of criminal street gangs, persons subject to a protective order, and persons convicted of family violence offenses from possessing firearms under most circumstances. WHAT IS THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM...

WHAT IS THE OFFENSE OF PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED IN TEXAS? In Texas, anyone 21 years of age or older who can legally possess a firearm may carry openly or concealed in any place not expressly prohibited by law. The Texas law against places weapons prohibited makes it a crime to...

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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.
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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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