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What should you do when you are arrested?

Whether you were in the wrong place at the wrong time or did something you should not have done, facing the consequences of alleged criminal activity can be scary. These days, the reputation and trustworthiness of law enforcement have suffered due to their misconduct, so you may fear what will happen to you upon arrest.

The best thing to do is prepare now in case you ever find yourself in that situation. Follow these steps if a Texas officer arrests you:

The collateral consequences of a criminal conviction

It is no surprise that criminal activity can lead to a prison sentence, high fines and legal fees. These are the natural consequences of receiving a conviction. Sometimes they can seem like no big deal, especially to repeat offenders.

If you only focus on these effects, however, you may overlook the ways a conviction can hurt other areas of your life. Once you understand the complete ramifications of facing criminal charges, you will understand the importance of having a qualified defense attorney represent you so you can avoid them.

How serious is committing fraud?

People tend to have a stereotype in mind of the typical criminal, usually a violent and frightening person committing heinous acts. When offenders do not fit this picture, they may think that the crimes they are involved in are less severe. They may believe they can easily get out of charges or face limited legal consequences.

An example is white-collar crime. The average participant in occupational fraud, reports the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, is a well-educated, middle-aged white male in an accounting position. Furthermore, fraud usually does not entail personal interaction with victims. These characteristics can make it easy for perpetrators to think they can get off easy, but this is not true. The government takes all white-collar crimes very seriously.

Facing statutory rape charges? You can defend yourself

Charges for statutory rape are probably something you never saw coming. Maybe you started dating a girl who said she was 18 (but turned out to be 14) while you're 25, or you started hanging out with a man who said he was 21 when he was really only 15. The age of consent matters in these cases, of course, but if you've slept with someone under the age of consent, you can face statutory rape charges.

There are a number of factors that play a role in your case. First, know that statutory rape is a strict-liability offense. That means that the burden is on you to know the true age of the person you were with. In some cases, you may be able to show that you had no idea about the person's age, either due to a fake ID or meeting that person in a club for those over 21. If you can do that, it may help your defense even if your case isn't able to be dismissed completely.

12 face charges in marijuana drug ring in Texas, New Mexico

When you come into the United States and participate in a crime, you could face criminal penalties in the country. That's what's happening to a Mexican national who has been sentenced on drug charges in Texas.

A news article following the case described the man as a 34-year-old man who helped traffic marijuana across the border. He was living in El Paso when he was arrested. He faced charges including money laundering and drug trafficking; he pleaded guilty and received a sentence for 97 days in prison.

What you need to know about child porn in the United States

Child pornography charges can quickly ruin a person's reputation, even if they're proven false. As someone accused, it's important to protect yourself by speaking with your attorney and devising a strong defense against the allegations you face.

Legally, the definition of child pornography is loose. Any image of a child, naked or participating in sexual acts, is child pornography. However, an image of a naked child needs to be significantly sexually suggestive to fit the legal definition.

Sexual harassment on the job: The shock of statistics

According to a survey, one in three women has been sexually harassed at work. That in itself is a shocking statistic, and it's one you have to contend with if you're accused of sexually assaulting another person. Fortunately, you can defend yourself, and these statistics don't necessarily tell the whole truth.

Sexual harassment itself is anything including unwanted sexual advances, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature or requests for sexual favors. As a man, you probably already know that there are lines that can't be crossed in the workplace, but there are also times when well-intended conversations go wrong and lead to harassment claims.

Dealers face charges after woman's heroin overdose

What a person does with his or her body is largely out of the control of others. Despite that, a man from Dallas has been charged by federal authorities for his role in selling heroin to a woman who later died from an overdose. Two others face charges for trafficking illegal narcotics.

Is it fair to hold someone accountable for a death when that person only sold or trafficked the drugs? The U.S. Attorney working on the case seems to think so. He stated that he aims to find the people selling these drugs before prosecuting them for their actions.

Stand your ground laws protect your right to defend yourself

You were at home, and you heard something break in the kitchen. You recognize the sound of shattering glass, so you pick up your gun and head toward the sound. There, you find a person entering your house. He isn't recognizable, and you can see he has a weapon, too. You realize you are being burgled, so you take the steps you need to keep your family safe.

You fired on the person entering your home, but he did not survive his injuries. Now, you face your own problems, because it's been alleged that you hurt an innocent person.

Revenge porn and virtual worlds: Digital defenses

Revenge porn allegations can get you into deep trouble. The people around you may be concerned that you actually committed this crime, straining your social circle. Or, your family may be the center of scrutiny, disrupting your family life. What is revenge porn, though, and why is it such a big deal?

Revenge porn itself is when a person takes nude photographs given to them while in a relationship and uses them as blackmail. They may post the images online where employers could see them, or they could use them to disrupt a person's social life. This isn't the only kind of sexual abuse that happens online, and some don't ever involve physical contact.

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