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Do you have to answer questions from police officers?

Talking to police officers can bring about mixed feelings in some Texas residents. If an officer stops your vehicle, you may wonder whether you have to answer any questions posed to you. Because police officers can often make individuals feel intimidated, you may think that answering any questions truthfully will lessen the likelihood of an officer charging you with a crime.

While the truth typically is a good option, it is important to remember that police officers can sometimes take even innocent-seeming answers and use them against you. For example, if an officer asks where you have been, you may not think twice about saying you went out with friends. However, the officer may then ask if you had any alcoholic beverages, which could lead to additional questions about drinking and possibly bring up suspicion of DUI.

Are you wondering how to get your loved one out of jail?

When you started your day or went out in the evening, you likely anticipated it being like any other. You may have had plans with friends, your spouse or loved ones and intended to do some fun activities. What you may not have anticipated, however, was having an officer take your loved one into custody.

An officer may have stopped your vehicle and considered your loved one driving under the influence, or maybe you all found yourselves involved in an altercation with another person and your loved one ended up accused of assault. Whatever the reason, an officer placed him or her under arrest.

Has your social media presence landed you in trouble?

These days, almost everyone has some sort of social media presence. Even if you only post occasionally or use the sites to mostly stay in contact with friends and family, you still end up putting a lot of information about yourself and your activities out into the world of the internet. You may think that your activities have protection because you have all the available privacy settings in place, but that may not be the case.

Social media can become the bane of your existence if you come under suspicion for any unseemly activity. Try as you might to keep your personal affairs online private, ways exist to access that information, and if you end up facing criminal charges, the prosecution could use it against you in court.

Should you talk to the police without a lawyer?

Ending up in jail is scary. Even if you are innocent, the police obviously believe you committed a crime, and you need to be cautious about how you proceed. From the moment the cops arrest you, you need to start planning your defense

Whether you are innocent or guilty, there is never any reason to talk to the police without a lawyer present. You have nothing to gain by accepting an interrogation from law enforcement without legal representation. In fact, you could end up making things a lot worse. At the time of arrest, you need to provide the police with your name and a copy of your driver's license and registration if the cops caught you driving at the time. 

Did you inadvertently commit tax fraud?

Today’s tax system is undeniably complex. If you are like many people across Texas, you may have concerns about whether you are doing everything “by the book” when filing. Unfortunately, there are many areas in which you may make errors when filing your taxes. In some cases, mistakes made during filing can lead to allegations of tax fraud.

Tax fraud is a serious offense that can bring with it serious consequences. Thus, the more you understand about what could potentially constitute tax fraud, the more likely you will be to avoid making errors that attract the attention of the IRS. Just what are some of the ways Americans commonly find themselves facing tax fraud charges?

Do you have to let the police search your car?

Under the Fourth Amendment, people have a right to reasonable search and seizure. This prevents the police from getting into anyone's home and searching for evidence of crimes. The police need a warrant to search a residence, but slightly different laws exist for searching vehicles. 

The cops do not necessarily need a warrant to search inside a car, but they do need a reasonable cause. There may not be time to obtain a warrant from a judge, but as long as the cops have probable cause to assume there is evidence of a crime inside a vehicle, then they can look inside. However, it is paramount for drivers to be aware of their rights and when they can deny a cop access to a vehicle. 

Does the product you offer qualify as mail fraud?

Let us suppose you developed an advertising campaign for a healthcare super product. As part of that campaign, you mail postcards describing the benefits of the product along with ordering instructions.

Customers have complained that the product does not work. It has no perceivable value, and they lost their money. This is what sparked a federal investigation into the possibility of mail fraud.

Drug trafficking versus distribution charges

While certain areas around the country work to decriminalize the use of marijuana, there are still certain drug activities deemed unacceptable across the board. The distribution of drugs is one of them.

For those caught in such interactions, facing drug charges is quite frightening. There are a few things to understand about such charges, particularly the differences between drug trafficking and distribution. 

Understanding key terms of drug charges

Facing drug charges is a serious matter. Depending upon the charge, the accused party may face serious fines and possible jail time upon a conviction.

Part of developing a strong defense is fully understanding what the charges mean. There are a few key terms that parties should know regarding drug charges.

Can a prosecutor make your spouse testify against you?

You rely on your husband or wife for a variety of things. Not only does your spouse provide you with companionship, but he or she also helps you work through difficult problems. Nonetheless, your spouse can probably only provide good guidance if he or she has information about the situation. If you talk to your partner about criminal conduct, though, you may wonder if prosecutors can require your spouse to testify against you. 

Few other relationships in society are as important and valuable as the marital union. As such, Texas law generally protects the communications you have with your spouse. Of course, there are many exceptions. If you think you are about to face criminal prosecution, you should understand marital privilege. 

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