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Father faces felony charge for leaving daughter in hot car

A Texas father is expected to surrender himself into police custody after an arrest warrant was issued for him. He is facing a felony charge for forgetting his young child inside of his car for a short period of time. Although the young girl was not injured, police are not taking the matter lightly.

The 25-year-old father had his young daughter -- aged 10 months old -- in the back of his car when he drove to work. After arriving at his workplace, he apparently forgot that his daughter was in the vehicle, and he left her as he went into work. A short while later, police were notified that a small child had been left inside of a car.

Fatal accident leads to drunk driving charges for Texas student

A Texas woman was recently charged in a fatal car accident that police suspect might have involved alcohol. She is currently facing drunk driving-related charges for the wreck, including intoxicated assault and intoxicated manslaughter, both of which are felonies. Authorities believe that she had been drinking alcohol earlier that day.

The Texas State student told authorities that she had spent time floating at the nearby river while also drinking alcohol, although it is not clear how much time elapsed between those activities and when she climbed behind the wheel. Later on, while traveling on Highway 21, she allegedly veered across the center lane of traffic and into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The two cars collided, killing the other driver and sending his pregnant passenger to the hospital in serious condition.

Mother faces state crime charges for passing out in parking lot

Police in Texas recently took a woman into custody after discovering her lying unconscious in a parking lot. Her state crime charges include public intoxication and child endangerment, and she is currently out on a $5,750 bond. Her son was initially placed in the care of the mother's friend, and it is not clear if he has been returned to her custody.

Police were called to the scene at about 10:30 p.m. when the 31-year-old was discovered unconscious in an area restaurant's parking lot. The woman was not actually inside of her vehicle, but apparently lying nearby in a patch of grass. The front door on the driver's side was open, and her son was inside of the vehicle in the backseat. Police did not clarify if the child was strapped into a safety seat.

Pokemon Go threat prompts felony charge

The popular Pokemon Go app has made headlines all across America as players attempt to catch virtual creatures with their smart phones. Some of the most recent news related to the app focused on a felony charge filed by Texas police officers for what they called a terroristic threat. The defendant was arrested after allegedly threatening to take violent action against players who participate in the game.

The apparent threat came just before multiple Pokemon Go events were scheduled to take place. Police claim that the 29-year-old man posted on a Facebook page that he and his friends intended to "purge" individuals spotted playing the game at the various meet-up locations. He further indicated that people should not walk around the area and that he had some type of modified paintball gun.

Sexual assault charges filed against Texas man

Police claim that social media was used by a defendant in order to make initial contact with three of his alleged victims. Charged with sexual assault, the Texas man has yet to post his $665,000 bond and is currently still in police custody. He is also facing a single count of robbery in addition to the assault allegations.

The social media website used by the defendant was not named by police, although popular sites used by many people in Texas include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The 21-year-old man claims that he did indeed befriend three different women between January 2016 and his arrest on June 7, 2016. However, he denies engaging in any type of forced sexual behavior with any of the individuals he subsequently met in real life.

Facing multiple state crime charges? You need our help.

Being accused of committing a crime is often an emotionally volatile time that can be further complicated when multiple criminal allegations are involved. Defense strategies that are appropriate for drug charges are not necessarily the most effective for juvenile or sexual offenses. Because of this, Texas defendants who are facing multiple state crime charges of various natures usually require the careful guidance of attorneys familiar with defending against many different allegations.

While months-long investigations that lead to multiple drug charges tend to make the news, this is not necessarily how most drug-related allegations surface. In many instances, drug charges are the result of traffic stops or other type of innocuous encounters. However, this does not mean that the discovery of alleged drug-related materials was necessarily legal. Many defendants are surprised to learn that the evidence being used to prosecute them was illegally seized.

Multiple Texas educators charged with sexual assault

Although the school term has ended and most Texas students are enjoying their summer vacations, educators across the state are being charged for inappropriate actions that allegedly took place while school was still in session. At least five different educators have recently been charged on various allegations of sexual assault and child molestation involving students. Another teacher was charged for receiving child pornography and, although he is no longer employed, the school where he taught stressed that none of his students were harmed.

A 38-year-old former teacher was fired from his culinary arts position after he was accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with one of his students. The relationship was apparently uncovered by the victim's girlfriend, who showed text message conversations between the teacher and the male student to the police. Police claim that the teacher and his student initially swapped phone numbers back in 2015, and the pair supposedly ran errands with one another before engaging in sexual activity in the teacher's apartment.

Money laundering charges filed against affluenza mom

The notorious affluenza case brought national attention to Texas on multiple occasions, perhaps most recently when the affluenza teen and his mother were accused of fleeing the country. Initially, the mother was criminally charged for allegedly aiding her son with his flight, but at least one additional charge has been filed since then. Added by a grand jury, she is accused of committing money laundering.

These charges stem from a Dec. 2015 incident, in which her son was apparently depicted in video that showed him drinking alcohol. This was an apparent violation of the boy's probation. He and his mother then drove a pickup south until they arrived across the border, and they continued to avoid authorities for another two or so weeks. In Jan. 2016, the mother was deported back to Texas and released on bond.

CMS cracking down on health care fraud in Texas

As a result of increasing concerns about fraud, home health care providers in Texas will soon be under even more scrutiny than ever before. The initiative hopes to cut down on Medicare and health care fraud, but some worry that the move could have unintended consequences. The extra scrutiny could jeopardize health care providers' careers, as well as patient coverage.

Home health care costs hit $83.2 billion for patients in 2014, the vast majority of which was covered by Medicare and Medicaid plans. However, the Center for Medicare Services claims that approximately 60 percent of home health claims in 2015 were possibly filed improperly, which can sometimes be an indicator for fraud. The CMS plans to address this by reviewing every single claim for home health care rather than the 20 percent that has been standard in the past.

Study links bail to outcome of state crime charges

To the average Texan, there might not appear to be any type of link between bail and how some defendants plea. However, a recent study found that whether people are assigned bail for their state crime charges greatly impacts the rate at which people plea guilty. This link has some questioning just how appropriate it is to continue booking people into jail when they are financially incapable of shelling out hefty fines.

In general, the amount that bail is set at is based upon an alleged criminal charge and not upon a person's actual ability to pay. Even though the law presumes that all defendants are innocent unless proven otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt, 6,800 individuals are currently incarcerated in a single Texas county simply for not being wealthy enough to pay. Advocates for these and other individuals claim that this system unfairly marginalizes the poorest citizens while giving otherwise wealthy alleged offenders a pass to pay up and walk free.