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WHAT IS THE OFFENSE OF UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS IN TEXAS? The Texas law against unlawfully carrying a weapon, commonly referred to as “UCW” or “unlawful carrying,” prohibits Texans from carrying handguns and large knives in limited circumstances. House Bill 1927, known as Texas’s “Constitutional Carry” law, became effective in September...

WHAT IS ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF CERTAIN VISUAL MATERIAL DEPICTING MINOR IN TEXAS? The Texas law against electronic transmitting certain visual material depicting a minor prohibits a person under 18 from creating, possessing, selling, providing, delivering, transferring, publishing, disseminating, exhibiting, or circulating by electronic means any film, photograph, videotape, or reproduction...

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WHAT IS PROSTITUTION IN TEXAS? The Texas law against prostitution prohibits offering or agreeing to engage in sexual acts for a fee. WHAT IS THE PROSTITUTION LAW IN TEXAS? Tex. Penal Code § 43.02. PROSTITUTION. (a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly offers or agrees to receive...

WHAT IS ILLUMINATION OF AIRCRAFT BY INTENSE LIGHT IN TEXAS? The Texas law against illuminating an aircraft by intense light criminalizes directing light at any aircraft, including law enforcement helicopters, with enough intensity to potentially hinder the pilot’s control. Such practice is referred to as “spotlighting,” or causing “flash blindness,”...

WHAT IS USE OF LASER POINTERS IN TEXAS? The Texas law against using laser pointers criminalizes shining a laser pointer at law enforcement officers, uniformed safety officers, and first responders. WHAT IS THE USE OF LASER POINTERS LAW IN TEXAS? Tex. Penal Code § 42.13. USE OF LASER POINTERS. (a)...

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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.
Question 2

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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