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What to Do at a Texas DWI Checkpoint

Being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint is a major source of anxiety for many drivers. Regardless of whether or not you have been drinking, the process of being stopped at a roadblock, questioned by the police, and possibly being subjected to further interrogation can be an unsettling experience - especially if the police should have reason to suspect that you are guilty of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ensure your rights are protected and reduce your chances of winding up in the back of a squad car.

I've Been Falsely Accused of Child Molestation - What Do I Do?

One of the worst things that can happen to a person is to be falsely accused of a crime they did not commit - especially one as serious as child molestation. Texas child sexual molestation laws are some of the strictest in the country and can expose a person to incredibly harsh penalties upon conviction, including a lengthy prison sentence and the possibility of being required to register as a sex offender for life. Unfortunately, many allegations of child molestation are either deliberately false accusations by a child or are the result of simple misunderstandings, causing parents, teachers, babysitters, and other accused parties to be placed under serious legal scrutiny.

An Overview of Texas' Statutory Rape Laws

In the state of Texas, those aged 17 or younger do not legally have the ability to give informed consent to sexual activities. Therefore, an adult aged 18 or older who engages in sex with them is said to have committed a crime known as "statutory rape," even if the sex was actually consensual. In statutory rape cases, the prosecution is not required to prove that any force or violence was involved, just that sexual conduct occurred between an adult and someone younger than the age of 18.

Do You Know Your Fifth Amendment Rights?

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution states clearly that no one can be compelled to provide evidence or bear witness against themselves in a criminal case. In other words, if the police ask you if you committed a crime and answering openly would incriminate you, the choice to remain silent is an acceptable alternative option.

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