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Sex Crimes: The Basics for Sexual Assault Claims in Texas

Nothing is more frightening than being accused of committing a sex crime, and no other crime carries a greater stigma based on a single accusation. Since most sex crimes have no physical evidence to corroborate them, an accusation can be brought against a person based on the word of one other individual. Consequences for the accused can be horrific. Convictions for this type of crime generally come with a lifetime sex offender registration requirement and penitentiary time.
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Have You Been Charged With Domestic Violence?

Few accusations can cause more lasting damage than domestic violence.  The allegation can change the life of an individual or family forever.  After an accusation of family violence, the police will almost always make an arrest. After that, a couple can lose control over how the charges are handled.
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Messina Madson & Kendall Castello, MC Criminal Law

What Does “Affirmative Consent” for Sexual Activity Mean?

According to statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were 18,057 sexual assault incidents reported statewide in 2019. Under Texas law, sexual assault involves any form of sexual activity that lacks consent.
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Messina Madson & Kendall Castello, MC Criminal Law

What You Should Do When Accused of Sexual Assault in Texas

Any time a person contacts law enforcement and claims sexual contact occurred without their consent law enforcement will begin an investigation. The focus of the investigation can range from penetration (including by object or oral penetration), lack of consent of the victim, or in situations of statutory rape if the person is younger than 17 years of age.
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Bail Bonds in Dallas

Getting out of jail is often the most immediate need faced by our clients. As criminal defense attorneys, we’ve been helping people bond out of the Dallas County jail and other detention facilities for years. To clarify, posting bond, or bail, is very different than getting probation or parole*—though all of these can help limit your time behind bars. So let’s start with a basic definition
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Messina Madson & Kendall Castello, MC Criminal Law

Marijuana Possession in TX | Dallas County Crime

As more states have legalized marijuana, media reports about changes in local enforcement have caused misunderstandings about marijuana charges in Texas. To clear up any confusion, we wanted to offer some guidance and precautions.
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Messina Madson & Kendall Castello, MC Criminal Law

How Texas Deals with Violent Crime Differently

Many people have become crime show junkies through TV, movies, and the ever-expanding world of podcasts, but you won’t learn much about Texas law that way. The Lone Star State has its own way of doing things, including criminal law.
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Messina Madson & Kendall Castello, MC Criminal Law

Do You Know Your Rights?

If you find yourself in trouble with the law, it’s important to know your rights.
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