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What Legal Rights Do Juveniles Have When Taken Into Police Custody in Texas?

Posted by Brian Laviage on Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

Unlike adult criminal cases, juvenile crimes are handled in civil proceedings according to “The Juvenile Justice Code” within the Texas family code. In this system, the court is seeking what it deems as appropriate justice AND rehabilitation for the youth.

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How the juvenile justice system and criminal system differ in Texas

Posted by Brian Laviage on Monday, Feb 4, 2019

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is emerging as a national model for reform.

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Employment and the Potential Downsides of Having a Criminal Record in Texas

Posted by Brian Laviage on Friday, Dec 28, 2018

Having a criminal record in Texas often results in negative repercussions, many of which last long after the sentence or fine has occurred and the debt to society repaid. One example is employment related; potential employers often categorically deny jobs to applicants with criminal records. It often doesn’t matter when the arrest occurred or even the relevancy to the job.

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Traveling with a Criminal History

Posted by Brian Laviage on Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

To what extent does a criminal history affect international travel? The answer is far from simple.

Some countries require individuals with criminal records to apply in advance for pre-clearance to enter. Others require only a passport for admission, and there is no background check. Permission to enter could depend on the seriousness of the crime.

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Are Texas Arrest Records Public?

Posted by Brian Laviage on Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
An arrest record is never a good thing. It can ruin a person’s reputation, ability to find a decent job, and it releases personal information about the individual. Other negative effects include losing driving privileges or child custody rights. If you already have an arrest record you may be looking at more severe penalties and sentencing. Having a criminal record can affect you in many areas of your life and when public, it can be searched and accessed by anyone.

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