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CRIMINAL LAW

Texas Criminal Laws

 

Texas' criminal statutes identify a wide range of conduct considered illegal, such as theft or murder, made punishable by fines, imprisonment, and other sanctions. Criminal laws and sanctions in Texas are similar to those of other states, but the Lone Star State is unique in a number of ways, such as its tough penalties for drug offenses and frequent use of the death penalty. This section covers a wide variety of Texas criminal laws, including statutes prohibiting child abuse, kidnapping, extortion, and illicit drugs.

 

Texas Assault and Battery Laws

 

The basics of assault and battery law under Texas statute. Criminal assault is the threat of violence and criminal battery is the unwanted touching (such as hitting) of another person.

 

Texas Domestic Violence Laws

 

Overview of Texas domestic violence laws, beginning with the legal grounds for charging defendants with the crime, penalties and sentences for offenders, information for victims, and links to related resources.

 

Texas Capital Punishment Laws

 

The main provisions of Texas capital punishment laws, which govern when and how the death penalty may be applied as a punishment for particularly serious crimes, like first degree murder.

 

Texas Drug Possession Laws

 

Details about the Texas Controlled Substances Act and its prohibition of illicit drug possession, including classifications, defenses to possession charges, penalties for offenders, and links to other drug-related resources.

 

Texas Gambling Laws

 

Despite the popularity of Texas Hold 'Em, gambling is strictly prohibited in Texas except for dog and horse racing. 

 

Texas Sexual Assault Laws

 

Basics of Texas sexual assault (or rape) laws, which prohibit the commission of sexual acts against an unwilling partner, often through force or threat of force.