Category: Civil law

Texas Gets Two Dozen New Laws in 2022

Texas Gets Two Dozen New Laws in 2022

The new year in Texas means scores of new laws and bills taking effect. Read about all 24 of the new laws/bills that the Texas Legislature enacted. House Bill 115 (HB 115) HB 115 amended the Tax Code to revise the eligibility requirements for the property tax exemption for certain property that is owned by […]
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Dallas Police Officer Arrested for DWI

Dallas Police Officer Arrested for DWI

A Dallas police officer was relieved of his badge after being arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) on December 14. Officer Brandon Innes was arrested in Grand Prairie after somebody called 911 about a suspected drunken driver on Lake Ridge Parkway near Joe Pool Lake. Responding officers stopped Innes and took him into […]
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buying sex a felony

New Texas Law Makes Buying Sex a Felony

Texas became the first state to make buying sex a felony, a move signaling a crucial change in how the justice system has long approached prostitution. The state unanimously passed House Bill 1540 (HB1540), which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in June, to crack down on so-called “johns” who pay for sex, […]
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sex crimes

Sex Crimes Still Being Charged in Dallas

The Dallas Morning News reported that a Tarrant County man used his job running a church’s sound system to try to solicit a sex act from a girl, authorities allege. Kenneth Tyler Hostin, 33, of Haslet was arrested Thursday on a felony count of criminal solicitation of a minor and was released from the Tarrant […]
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Domestic Violence Remains Concern

Domestic Violence Remains Concern in Dallas

KXAS-TV reported on December 8, 2020, that there was a “dramatic increase” in calls to a domestic violence hotline operated by the leading provider of domestic violence services in Tarrant County. Kathryn Jacob, President and CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County, an organization that operates two shelters, a 24/7 hotline, and provides a series of […]
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drug arrests

Major Drug Arrests in North Texas

Drugs remain a major issue in many criminal justice proceedings, and they are a complicated subject to address because many drugs can be legal to own with lawful prescriptions. While many news stories about drugs focus on the more illicit substances prohibited in all circumstances, it is important to remember that people can face criminal […]
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Possession of Marijuana

Councilman Seeking Marijuana Decriminalization in Dallas

Councilman pushing to decriminalize marijuana in Dallas According to KDFW-TV, Councilman Adam Bazaldua plans to propose next month that Dallas police officers stop citing or arresting people possessing less than 2 ounces of pot. Bazaldua told Fox that the plan is “a way to address the systemic racism in marijuana enforcement,” in addition to saving […]
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Los Angeles Angels.

Los Angeles Angels Employee Charged with Federal Drug Crime

The MLB community was shaken to its core after the death of Tyler Skaggs, a 27-year-old pitcher who played for the Los Angeles Angels. The team issued a public statement extending their condolences to Skaggs’s loved ones, and the game they had scheduled for later that day was postponed. Now that more time has passed, […]
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street racing

Dallas Police Crack Down on Street Racing

Proposal would crackdown on street racing in Dallas with tougher ordinances In Dallas, police officers are making efforts to closely enforce street racing in hopes of making it less common in our communities. On May 12, 2020, officers submitted a proposal to the Dallas City Council that would impose fines for spectators of street races […]
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Stay-at-Home

Dallas Mayor Issues Emergency Stay-at-Home Regulations

Stay-At-Home County Orders Issued by Judge Jenkins – Coronavirus Outbreak Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has recently issued emergency regulations that will enforce the county’s stay-at-home order in parts of the city that don’t fall under the county’s jurisdictions. Mayor Johnson provided this explanation in a statement issued to the public: “This step is necessary to […]
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