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Plano criminal defense attorneyEven the most devoted parent may be shocked to discover their child is allegedly involved in criminal behavior. To make matters worse, parents are often accused of helping children break the law and offering them protection by allowing them to hide illegal substances or stolen goods in their home. 

If the police are investigating you because they suspect you knowingly helped your child, you need a criminal defense attorney - even if you are absolutely certain of your innocence. Police, investigators, and prosecutors are not your friends. They may act friendly, but they are not looking to protect your rights and do not have your best interests at heart. Instead, they are often looking to convict however they can - even if they do not entirely believe you are guilty. A Texas criminal defense attorney can guide you throughout a criminal investigation and, if necessary, give you the best criminal defense possible. 

What if My Child Hid Stolen Goods in Our House? 

Texas law makes it illegal to have property in your possession that you know is stolen - as illegal, in fact, as having stolen the property yourself. Depending on the value of the property, if you are found to have knowingly possessed stolen property, you could be facing anything from Class C misdemeanor charges to first degree felony charges. Expensive fines and years in jail could be at stake. 

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Tarrant County Sex Crimes Defense LawyerOriginally Published: January 31, 2022 --- Updated November 10, 2022

 

Teacher Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Earlier this year, we told you about a teacher from the Conroe Independent School District who was charged with indecency with a child for having an improper relationship with one of her students. According to local news outlets, law enforcement started an investigation following reports from the student’s family that he and the teacher were engaged in a sexual relationship. Family members said that the teacher and student had sex on multiple occasions and that the student even stayed overnight at the teacher’s home. The student’s family reportedly found out about the relationship after the student overdosed on prescription medication.

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Plano sex crimes defense attorneyMost people are aware that prostitution is the exchange of sexual acts or behavior for money. In Texas, even for consenting adults, prostitution is illegal. However, charges of prostitution do not automatically mean a conviction; with an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can fight the charges against you and hope for a better future. 

What Counts as Prostitution in Texas? 

Any sexual contact for money is considered prostitution; in fact, two people do not have to engage in sexual conduct or exchange money to be charged with a crime. They merely have to agree to have paid sexual conduct, making this a serious crime that could be charged simply by showing intent. Even making an offer could be enough to get you in trouble. 

This is intended to make it easier for police to go after people soliciting sex, although it also means innocent people can get caught up in charges. Having someone believed to be a sex worker in your car, taking money out of an ATM, or just offering to have sex for money could be charged under Texas law. Sting operations are common, and the police often engage in questionable practices as they try to catch those they believe may be trying to hire sex for money. 

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Plano federal criminal defense attorneyWhen criminals or criminal organizations are taking in large amounts of money because of their criminal activities and need to make that money look like it came from a legitimate source, they will often engage in a process known as “money laundering.” This is the process of taking “dirty” criminal money and “cleaning,” or laundering it, through sources that appear to be legal. Money laundering is a serious crime that is often prosecuted at the federal level. Banks, companies, and even international organizations are constantly renewing their efforts to catch and prevent money laundering, but criminals are nothing if not creative, and new ways to launder money are constantly being created. 

Sometimes, people get involved in money laundering schemes without realizing that was what they were doing - or at least, not to the full extent of the charges they may be facing. Whether you realized it or not, you may have been committing a serious crime, even if you were accidentally helping someone launder money, and you need help from a Texas criminal defense lawyer. 

Money Laundering Mules

Someone who moves criminally obtained money for someone else is known as a “mule.” When mules are used to launder money, the mule may not necessarily know they are engaged in money laundering - although there are usually some red flags that all is not well. If someone paid you a commission to help them deposit money in your personal account or small business, you may have been serving as a money laundering mule and you can still be prosecuted for your actions. 

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Plano criminal trespass defense attorneyMany people are familiar with the term “breaking and entering,” but may not know exactly what it means. It is often loosely used on television shows and in crime novels to describe property crimes, but without specifically providing a definition for the particular crime. In Texas, breaking and entering is not actually the technical term for the crime of wrongly entering someone’s property and stealing something; instead, Texas uses the terms “burglary” and “criminal trespass.” However, in Texas, you may also hear people use the term “breaking and entering” and you can generally understand it to mean the same thing as burglary and criminal trespass

Understanding Burglary and Criminal Trespass

Burglary and criminal trespass are crimes of entering a home, building, or vehicle without the permission of the owner with the intent to commit a crime such as theft or assault. Specifically, criminal trespass is entering or remaining on property without the consent of the owner, while burglary is going onto that property with the intent to commit a crime. 

However, someone who does not successfully commit a theft or assault while trespassing on private property may still be convicted of burglary. Indeed, someone who even reaches their hand into a window and gropes about for something to take can be convicted of both criminal trespass and burglary, even if they did not actually grab and take anything. 

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