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Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the state of Texas.

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Is refusing service to unvaccinated equal to a vaccination mandate?

Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-40 that says: No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who ...
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Can I be charge with burglary of habitation for giving someone a ride? [closed]

I recently gave smy friend a ride to his uncles house and he ended up stealing. They trying to charge me for it because my friend is saying I helped him but I only gave him a ride.I live in Texas.
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Am I liable to pay new fees after a lease ends?

So I moved out of my old apartment recently. Unfortunately the move-in date for the new place was too close the move-out date so I had to leave some stuff behind. I couldn't clean it all up. On the ...
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Template for Motion for Emergency Hearing Civil Family Court Texas

As per the title, the court has been unable to assist so does anybody have a simple Motion for Emergency Hearing template they could share with me?
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Castle Doctrine as it applies to unruly Guests

If you have a guest at your house in Texas, United States that has started acting in an unpredictable and threatening way that will not leave, does the castle doctrine apply in getting them to leave? ...
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Can a restaurant deny service to patrons for wearing masks?

I understand that restaurants need not follow the government mandated mask policy for their private place. But here a patron is willing or has opted to wear a mask. Can a restaurant deny service for ...
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Is the new Texas law on social media invalid on first amendment grounds?

I have just seen this video on Youtube: "Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott has signed a law that forbids social media companies from banning people from their platforms based on their ...
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What would happen under Texas civil procedure law if multiple claimants file against the same defendant for the same SB.8. incident?

According to provision 171.210 of SB.8, Texas residents may sue the defendant in the plaintiff's county of residence. So what would the procedure be if multiple suits are filed for the same incident &...
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Under Texas SB.8 can physicians immunize themselves by paying damages to the person of their choice?

If a physician performs an abortion in Texas, then immediately makes a payment of $10k to the person of their choice for violating SB8, are they immune to further damages under the bill?
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Does double jeopardy apply to the Texas abortion bill?

Suppose Alice performs an abortion, and Bob files a suit based on Texas SB8. Can Charlie also file a suit against her? Could a million people file suits asking for $10k each?
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Is calling abortionist criminals defamation?

According to well-established precedent, Texas' heartbeat bill is not valid law. Is it therefore defamation to claim that those who violate it are "breaking the law"? Also, even if the bill ...
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Texas: Standing

Citizens can sue abortion providers for alleged violations, and plaintiffs will receive $10,000 from the accused if successful. The law also impacts anyone who "aids or abets" an abortion, ...
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Could a declaratory judgement be used to nullify the Texas abortion law?

Could TX SB8 (the controversial abortion law) be nullified by a declaratory judgement? Suppose a would-be abortion provider were to file suit against Texas Right To Life, who are running the ...
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Could the Texas Heartbeat Law (S.B. 8) be used by a mother who had an abortion and then changed her mind?

Thinking about the risks imposed by Texas Heartbeat Law, it occurred to me that a potential plaintiff with the very highest chance of winning a case would be the mother herself if she later regrets he ...
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Does Texas S.B. 8 actually "ban abortion"? [closed]

Note: I voted to close my own question. I agree, the way I asked it was too opinion-based. I've not read the Texas statute exhaustively, but as far I understand, it is not a criminal statute. ...
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What standard of evidence is used in suits related to Texas SB8?

If someone sues another person over a claimed infringement of Texas' new professedly anti-abortion bill, what standard of evidence is used? The bill itself calls its enforcement provision a "...
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Can a state governments outsource actions that are illegal for the state government to perform?

There is some history behind oppression by proxy: both Nazis and Communists sponsored pro-government militias that committed violence on the respective governments' behest while the governments denied ...
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Did Texas and other US states actually execute people with intellectual disabilities just because they were disabled?

I have many times heard how Southern US states used to (or maybe still do) execute intellectually disabled people. I always thought that this sounded crazy, because I assumed that they did this solely ...
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Contract to hire in Texas

There are a lot of employers who normally hire people only after a period of time as a contractor. They seem to hire people as contractors and they go through a contracting agency that is separate ...
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Texas - Regional Jail Facility Regulations

DFW Metroplex. Some of the smaller municipalities don't have jails. They outsource to regional jail facilities for imprisonment. So arrested by 1 non-jail city, you get jailed in a neighbor city ...
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Can Texas jail illegal border crossers?

From recent news: Texas Begins Jailing Border Crossers on Trespassing Charges (5 NBC Dallas-Fort Worth) I was under the impression that immigration and border protection were the exclusive domain of ...
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How to avoid in-person schooling in Plano, TX for 2021-22 school year?

Texas legislature killed funding for remote learning in the upcoming 2021-22 school year, meaning that children will have to do in-person schooling again. Because of the increased spread of the delta ...
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Removing deceased spouse from mortgage - TX | USA

A couple years ago, the lender on my mortgage approached me about refinancing the house to lower my payment, but my wife passed away several years ago. Being in our early 30s, and poor as could be, a ...
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Can two people put their driver licenses in the same wallet?

I was wondering if two people can put their driver licenses in the same wallet. For example, could two spouses keep each of their licenses in the same wallet? Another example could be a parent and ...
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Is it illegal to give my friend money for drugs?

I live in Texas and my friend wants me to give them Bitcoin in order for them to buy drugs online. I will not ever see these drugs or partake in them, I would simply just give the money to my friend ...
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I abandoned my bicycle in the parking of the apartment I was living (Houston, Texas), what will happen?

I was in Texas(Houston) and lived at a place where my name isnt on the lease. I had to rush a few places and go back home and my bicycle remained locked to a small corner in the parking spot. My ...
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What is the average cost of attending law school?

What if an 18 year old wanted to go to law school as cheaply as possible? How mutch could he manage it for? What about an ivy league school? What about the university of Texas? He is a dependent of a ...
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Would it be legal for a minor to participate in social gambling?

Someone is holding a poker game, would it be legal for a minor to participate? This is in Texas.
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auto ownership but not a resident

I intend to move overseas for a few years. I expect to return to the US periodically and will need a car when I do. Can I purchase and license a car for my use in the US? Can I use a post office box ...
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Retired Police Officer (still state licensed) obligation to report a crime

A retired Police Officer still holds state license (former chief of police in small suburb). A family member of the officer tells him of an [alleged] assault against her What is the oath or sworn ...
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Could I be held liable for a roommate on a separate lease subleasing without permission?

My roommate and I live in a student apartment in Texas. Due to special circumstances, he wants to sublease his half of the apartment to another student for about a month. We've signed separate leases ...
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The extent to which probate proceedings impact the timeline for payouts to beneficiaries of (ir)revocable living trusts upon the death of the settlor

In the State of Texas, Settler creates a revocable living trust which, among other things, provides for certain GST-exempt cash payouts to be made upon her death. The trust also provides that ...
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Texas, USA - Is it illegal to have an applicant do work for your company as a "Test?"

I've got a college grad I am mentoring and he just drove for 2 days, to apply for a job. The person he met with wanted him to take a programming test, and instructed him to create a website to show ...
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Can a Tx landlord demand payment for garage on expired lease?

My prior lease expired in February and I signed a new lease. The prior lease included a garage addendum. I was charged separately for the garage the first 2 months, then the charges stopped. I ...
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Product liability for kitchen drawer pulls [closed]

The drawer pulls in our kitchen look like this: A couple days ago, the cuff of my wife's pants snagged on the bottom drawer pull and she fell hard on her hip. She's going to spend a week in the ...
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Interpretation of "and" for conditions on when a law applies to a person

My question is also about this legal language structure in general: "This law applies to a person if they X and Y." I read this as a strict and, that the law applies only if the person ...
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Is a non compete clause in an offer letter enforceable in Texas?

Can a company enforce a non compete only mentioned in an offer letter in Texas ? Suppose that the offer letter made mention of non compete/ non solicitation once: “A 6 month non-compete/solicitation ...
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Landlord Reneged on Text Message Early Exit Agreement

San Antonio, TX On March 13th, 2021 I was informed by my landlord that the house I have been renting for three months was about to be listed on the market for sale. During that phone conversation, the ...
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Can I use the court report to show false statements? [closed]

I have filed a Motion for New trial in Texas. Lots of prejudice and bias on my end (not just me - all involved agree, of course). I had 5 hearings in 1 day, attorney quit week before (I caught her ...
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Do judges really care about perjury?

Much of what I have read gives the impression that Judges expect the parties in a divorce to lie. But if the lie is persuasive, it prejudices the Court. I do not see pointing this out to a Judge ...
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Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law

In a divorce case, when Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law are signed by the Judge, but they have errors or false statements, can the requester respond and ask for more clarity? Does it serve a ...
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Preparing for Motion for New Trial [closed]

What is needed to prepare for a Motion for New Trial Hearing? My understanding is I will get to make an opening statement, opposing counsel will list reasons to deny and then I will get to discuss my ...
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Can Findings of Facts and Conclusion of Law be corrected

When Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law are signed by the Judge, but they have errors or false statements, can the requester respond and ask for more clarity? Does it serve a purpose to request?...
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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?

I sold a car a year ago in TX and didn't realize that I should take the plates off. The buyer has taken full advantage of this and is racking up lots of tolls in my name. Fortunately I'm able to get ...
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Can a Power of Attorney nominate a successor/backup?

I have my Dad's Power of Attorney, and he is in assisted living and hospice. I was the backup for his wife who died. Since I'm single, can I appoint someone else in case something happens to me? Or ...
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10-day Demand Letters in Texas

Some Texas districts/counties publish a 10-day demand letter that can be used when trying to retrieve property from a person, such as Cleburne, Dallas and Houston. Some of these letters reference ...
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Criminal? Vehicle stolen by family member

If a policeman refuses to record or investigate a crime, such as a vehicle theft by a family member where the case could be borderline criminal or civil. What can one do to give the police department ...
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Can I become a resident without changing my car registration? Co-lessee and lease are in Texas; the car and I moved to Pennsylvania

Recently I moved to PA after graduating from WV. I, my car, and my car's lease (from a credit union) are from Texas. When I leased, my dad got on it with me so I could go through his credit union. He'...
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Second lien forecloses but does not pay off first lien

Our house was foreclosed by a roofer who put a lien on our homestead in Texas. The roofer bid $3000 against his $80000 lien. He has not done anything else. He has not paid off the first lien, a ...
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What standing does one state have to determine if another state(s)' implementation of their own constitution violates the federal constitution?

Background Various media outlets have been reporting on the notoriety and expansiveness of State of Texas vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, etc.. This lawsuit alleges the following: • Non-...

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