In the wake of the most recent mass shootings in the United States, one of which took place in the state of Texas, residents everywhere are closely watching what will happen next in the legal proceedings involving the alleged shooters. While the man in Ohio accused of killing multiple people died himself, the man who is said to have opened fire and killed several people in El Paso is alive and may be charged with federal hate crimes.
It is sometimes difficult to make a distinction between behavior that is off-putting, upsetting or disturbing and behavior that is illegal. In November 2018, the FBI received a tip about a social media account making posts involving alleged hate speech, bomb-making and a desire to commit violence. An investigation traced the account to a 20-year-old former student of Texas State University. When the authorities caught up with the former student, he complied with their request to turn over his cell phone for analysis, which resulted in his arrest on child pornography charges.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a sex crime in Texas, you will want to learn about some of the potential penalties associated with a conviction for these types of offenses. One of the penalties may be the requirement to register as a sex offender depending on the offense.
Having your identity stolen by an identity thief can be a nightmare. It is even worse when the perpetrator uses your name to commit crimes. An identity thief using your name could be convicted of a number of crimes, but those convictions will go on your record, which will be noticed by Texas employers when you approach them for work. If an identity thief has left your good name in tatters, there are important steps you should take to reclaim your identity.
If one were motivated to search Texas for registered sex offenders, the most appropriate tool for the job would be the National Sex Offender Registry: a website- and app-accessible database of people who were ordered to maintain official records of their residences due to a sex crime conviction. However, that database does not contain everyone who was ever ordered to register.
Your life could change drastically for a number of reasons, but few events have the lasting consequences of a federal conviction. At Hunt & Tuegel, PLLC., our entire team understands what is at stake when it comes to these cases. That is why we commit ourselves to the fervent defense of each of our clients, whether it is on the national or the state level.