Is Panhandling Illegal in Texas? A Look at Panhandling Laws in Texas

While there is no statewide prohibition on panhandling, publicly asking for money or assistance can be illegal under certain circumstances. Many cities have enacted ordinances that prohibit panhandling in certain forms. The First Amendment prohibits an outright ban of all…

Interference with Public Duties in Texas

It is illegal to interfere with the activities of a peace officer, emergency personnel, police dogs, and animal control officers while they are performing public duties in Texas. This offense is commonly used to charge individuals who insert themselves into…

Texas Bail Bond Reform: Arguments Reach Fifth Circuit

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments last week in a case in which Harris County is being sued for its bail bond procedures which, plaintiffs argue, result in widespread detention of individuals who cannot afford bail…