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Prank or felony class

Presentation suitable for high school social studies or psychology class. Students look at pranks and stunts, pulled from real news stories. Students get practice reviewing the facts of a case and actual Texas law and rendering a legal opinion on what, if any, charges could be filed.

Suitable for in-class, homework assignment, after-school, church, library instruction. Visit the website for Texas TEKS alignment for §113.45. Psychology, §113.44. United States Government , §113.41. United States History Studies.

Presentation suitable for high school social studies or psychology class. Students look at pranks and stunts, pulled from real news stories. Students get practice reviewing the facts of a case and actual Texas law and rendering a legal opinion on what, if any, charges could be filed.

Suitable for in-class, homework assignment, after-school, church, library instruction. Visit the website for Texas TEKS alignment for §113.45. Psychology, §113.44. United States Government , §113.41. United States History Studies.

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  7. 7. True Story: While filming a "Jackass" style video involving (it In Texas, arson is a second degree felony; (Tex. Penal Code § 28.02) seemed reasonable at the time) the actors could also be charged setting a playground slide on fire, with criminal mischief (Tex. Penal the fire burns out of control, Code § 28.03(b). causing $50,000 in damages. $50,000 in damages would constitute a third degree felony. Criminal trespass is generally a Class B misdemeanor. (Tex. Penal Code § In this New York case involving 30.05) It could be a Class A private school youths 16 and misdemeanor, however, if: “the younger, all were charged with person carries a deadly weapon felony arson, criminal mischief, during the commission of the offense.” How would you classify reckless endangerment and this? Would the gas and the match trespassing. constitute a deadly weapon? www.auntlee.com
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  9. 9. In Texas, some professional groups have rule-making authority and some lobby the state legislature for rules that govern their profession. This is as good a place as any to discuss the These rules change constantly; oftentimes professional collateral consequences of a felony conviction. In associations will take a strict stance Texas, a felony conviction will result in jail time against licensing applicants with criminal convictions , then and possible fines, but said conviction will also become more lenient and then make you ineligible to be a doctor, lawyer, or strict again. teacher. Maybe it’s not so very unexpected that you wouldn’t be able to become a licensed attorney with a felony conviction, but you may be surprised to learn that under Texas law this very day, with a felony conviction you would be ineligible to be a licensed athletic trainer, (Tex. Occupation Code § 451.251) a dental hygienist (Tex. Occupation Code § 263.001) a landscape architect, Texas Administrative Rule: 22 TAC 3.149(e) a marriage and family therapist (Tex. Occupation Code § 502.252) a physical therapist, (Tex. Occupation Code § 453.351) a realtor (Tex. Occupation Code § 1101.352). There are many, many more. www.auntlee.com
  10. 10. Sec. 12.34. THIRD DEGREE FELONY PUNISHMENT. (a) An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Think back to the kid who put the Department of Criminal Justice for any term wick in the perfume bottle at school. of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years. (b) In addition to imprisonment, an In Texas, he could be convicted of individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the Illegal Weapons Possession on school third degree may be punished by a fine not premises, a 3rd degree felony to exceed $10,000. www.auntlee.com Okay, so 2-10 years, a Just a few years ago the State Bar of Texas stated that the median price per hour of a Criminal fine not to exceed Defense lawyer in Texas was just under $200. $10,000, and kiss The kid with the perfume bottle was actually goodbye dreams of charged, remember, in real life in Minnesota. Whether he did jail time I can’t say for certain, but becoming basically any it is almost certainly true that his parents paid thousands of dollars in legal fees to deal with the licensed professional. situation, and probably nobody in the family got an iPhone that year.
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  12. 12. Mostly misdemeanors. In Texas they Prank or Felony? could be charged with Criminal Trespass, which is a Class B misdemeanor. Penal Code § 30.05. In Texas there is a special prohibition against trespassing on school grounds, a Class C misdemeanor. Education Code § www.auntlee.com 37.107. It would also be possible to be charged with cruelty to livestock animals, depending upon the Real-Life Outcome: These New Jersey specific facts of the case. Penal high school kids were charged with Code § 42.09. The story does not trespassing and disorderly conduct. mention any damages, but if there There were also some questions about whether the chickens were purchased were damages Criminal Mischief or stolen; if stolen, obviously, theft charges would apply. charges will come into play.
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