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Criminal defense: What should I do about this fraud charge?

Facing criminal charges is more than just dealing with the police and courts before moving on with the next stage in your life. There are serious implications to being convicted of a crime, including a criminal record that will follow you for years on top of possible jail time and hefty fines. Depending on the charge, you could even lose out on valuable employment opportunities. Because of this, it is important for you to handle your criminal defense planning in a careful manner.

Criminal defense: Woman accused of stealing packages

Texas shoppers accomplished much of last season's holiday shopping through online retailers, but some of those people might not have received all of their packages. Police recently arrested a woman they say stole hundreds of those packages from Texas homes. She is currently facing charges for possessing a controlled substance as well as for mail theft, the latter of which are federal charges, which makes criminal defense planning especially important.

School bus driver preparing criminal defense after arrest

School bus drivers are responsible for the safety of dozens of children at one time, and sometimes they are forced to make split-second decisions. However, those decisions do not always turn out as some drivers might hope. Texas police recently arrested a bus driver who they say endangered a child's life when he drove through flood waters. It is unclear if he has any concrete criminal defense plans yet.

Criminal defense: Texas couple charged with embezzling millions

A Texas couple was recently arrested for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from retirement accounts. Charged with wire fraud, identity theft, conspiracy and more, both individuals could face potentially severe consequences. When decades of jail time is on the line, careful criminal defense planning is essential.

USA Gymnastics' former chief executive facing criminal charges

A Texas grand jury recently indicted the former chief executive from USA Gymnastics. Steve Penny served as the organization's chief executive for 12 years before he resigned amid the molestation scandal that made national headlines. He is now facing criminal charges for allegedly destroying and concealing materials related to the scandal. 

Criminal defense: 3 charged with defrauding the VA

Three Texas residents are facing serious criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs. Of the three, only one actually works at the VA, while one other is his wife who may have used her bookkeeping business as part of the scheme. The third individual is the owner of Whitetail Industries, which provided services and goods to an area VA. Their current criminal defense plans are not clear. 

Criminal charges filed over alleged daycare abuse

The owner and operator of a Texas daycare was recently arrested for allegedly abusing the children who were in her care. Multiple parents say they suspected that something was not right in the in-home facility, but police were not involved until after one father attached a camera to his son's car seat. She is now facing criminal charges for abuse. 

Criminal defense plans unclear for woman facing charges

A Texas woman is facing serious charges for alleged theft of property from her place of work. She was recently indicted by a grand jury and could face potentially serious consequences if convicted. It is unclear if the woman has begun any preparations for her future criminal defense.

Criminal defense: Texas family accused of running theft ring

Texas authorities recently arrested four people believed to be running a local theft ring. Of those arrested, one is a former police officer while another worked as a librarian at a high school. These types of charges may lead to serious criminal consequences if convictions result, so an early criminal defense plan may be a smart idea.

Texas one of few states with open-file criminal defense reforms

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1963 required prosecutors to hand over to the defense evidence they uncover, even if it is exculpatory (meaning it could potentially help the defendant). Despite the fact that this is required in criminal defense cases across the country, in practice prosecutors do not always comply with this ruling. Texas is among the states that have adopted "open file" reforms to address this issue.

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