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Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Explains the Crime of Human Trafficking

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Texas has recently dedicated a team of ten professionals to the task of investigating and prosecuting human trafficking. It has been said that Texas has the second biggest human trafficking problem in the United States. Only California is reputed to have more incidents of human trafficking per year. The crime of human trafficking gets a lot of attention as it relates to sex crimes, but forced labor is also part of the problem. Some industries, such as mining, construction, agriculture, and seafood, are implicated in many incidents of human trafficking each year.

Human trafficking is a crime in Texas, as set forth in Sec. 20A.02. and Sec. 20A.03. of the Texas Penal Code. A person can commit the offense of trafficking of persons in one of a number of ways. One way that the offense can be committed is when a person knowingly transports, entices, recruits, harbors, provides, or otherwise obtains another person with the intent that that other person engage in forced labor or services including, but not limited to, forced labor or services, child labor, or prostitution. Other ways that people engage in human trafficking are by receiving a benefit from participating in a venture that involves any sort of activity involving a person who has been trafficked, or by engaging in sexual activity with a person who is being trafficked.

The continuous trafficking of persons is a separate offense, and it is described under Section 20A.03 of the Texas Penal Code. This offense requires a person to have engaged in two or more incidents of any of the types of conduct that are described in 20A.02., against one or more victims during a period of thirty days or more.  In Texas, human trafficking is often a felony of the second degree. It can constitute a felony of the first degree if a child is involved, or if death results. The statute further provides that if conduct that is considered an offense under Sec. 20A.02. is also considered an offense under another section of the Texas Penal Code, it is possible for the person who is alleged to have committed the offense to be prosecuted under either section or even under both sections.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Helping Texans Resolve Criminal Matters

Accusations of human trafficking can be intimidating, but you do not have to face those accusations alone. An experienced Texas Criminal Defense Attorney can protect your rights, and they can help you sort through the details of your human trafficking case and build a strong defense on your behalf. Skilled defense attorneys know what to look for, and they can analyze every aspect of your case to find the areas that are likely to be problematic for the prosecution. Perhaps you did not have the required intent to have committed the act that you are alleged to have committed, or you have been wrongfully charged with a crime due to a mistaken identity. So many things could happen that could result in criminal charges being brought against parties who are not in fact guilty of the crimes they are alleged to have committed. If you have questions about a human trafficking case or any other Texas criminal matter, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra today, at (903) 753-7499 or contact us online to find out whether we can help you.




Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks about the True Cost of a DWI

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

If you have been accused of driving while intoxicated, you are probably quite concerned about the effects that a DWI conviction could have on your life. Even if you eventually end up not being convicted, even just being accused of driving while intoxicated can affect your life in many ways. You may begin to experience hardships associated with your DWI charges as soon as you are arrested. Unfortunately, those hardships are likely to continue in the days, weeks, and months that follow your arrest as you work to get your charges dropped or reduced.

When you are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, you may experience consequences that affect your freedom and limit your options. You are also likely to experience a variety of economic consequences after being charged with a DWI and even more additional costs if you are convicted.

The costs associated with your DWI begin to add up as soon as you are arrested. Your car might be towed from the scene of the traffic stop, so you may have to pay fees for towing and storage before you can get it back. After your arrest, you may be required to post bond in order to be released. If the amount of your bond is more than you can pay, you may also incur the expense of paying a bail bondsman to post your bond.

When you consider the costs of DWI charges, it is easy to understand why some DWI defendants believe that they can save money by representing themselves in their DWI cases. However, retaining a DWI defense attorney could save you money in the long run. Being represented by counsel increases your chances of obtaining the best possible outcome in your DWI case because DWI defense attorneys know how to look at all of the information that is available in DWI cases and use that information to defend their clients the charges.

In addition to attorneys’ fees, there are other costs that are associated with a DWI. Depending upon how your case is resolved, you may have to pay additional fees for diversion programs, classes, and counseling. There are also costs associated with license suspension and reinstatement, including reinstatement fees, higher insurance costs, and the cost of a vehicle interlock device if you are required to get one.

Other costs associated with DWI charges and convictions include court costs, the cost of taking time off of work to attend court, and the costs of alternate transportation. If you have been charged with DWI, call a Texas DWI Defense Attorney right away. Your Texas DWI Defense Attorney can help you understand the charges that have been brought against you and the costs that will likely be associated with your DWI. Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra has helped many DWI defendants, and he may be able to help you. Please call our office today, at (903) 753-7499, or contact us online.



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