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WHAT IS DISCHARGE OF FIREARM IN CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES IN TEXAS? The Texas law against discharging a firearm in certain municipalities prohibits firing a gun within city limits, if the city’s population is at least 100,000 people. WHAT IS THE DISCHARGE OF FIREARM IN CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES LAW IN TEXAS? Tex. Penal...

WHAT IS DESTRUCTION OF FLAG IN TEXAS? The Texas law against burning, defacing, or mutilating a United States or Texas flag was declared unconstitutional in 2015. The legislature has not repealed the statute, so although it is unenforceable, it is still a criminal offense in the Penal Code. WHAT IS...

WHAT IS COCKFIGHTING IN TEXAS? The Texas law against cockfighting prohibits knowingly participating in or attending a spectating event in which roosters fight one another, training roosters to fight, possessing sharp implements strapped to the roosters during a fight, and permitting cockfighting on their property. WHAT IS THE COCKFIGHTING LAW...

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WHAT IS ATTACK ON ASSISTANCE ANIMAL IN TEXAS? The Texas law against attacking an assistance animal prohibits intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly injuring or killing a service animal, or inciting or permitting a person’s own animal to attack another’s service animal. What is a service animal, or assistance animal? Texas law...

WHAT IS CRUELTY TO LIVESTOCK ANIMALS IN TEXAS? The Texas law against cruelty to livestock animals prohibits intentionally or knowingly mistreating cattle, horses, sheep, swine, fowl, and other livestock animals. What are examples of cruelty to livestock animals in Texas? Texas Penal Code Section 42.09 specifies types of conduct constituting...

WHAT IS ABUSE OF CORPSE IN TEXAS? The Texas law against abuse of corpse prohibits unearthing, damaging, transporting, buying, selling, or concealing an illegally disinterred human corpse. Vandalizing a gravesite, or treating it in an “offensive manner,” also constitutes abuse of corpse. WHAT IS THE ABUSE OF CORPSE LAW IN...

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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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