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This happens all the time. The lease for a rent house or an apartment is up. A deposit was paid, but the owner claims that none of the deposit will be returned. What are your rights?

Well, unless the owner has a valid legal justification, which is possible, you should probably get your deposit (or some portion of it) back. However, what happens if it turns out that the owner had no valid legal justification for withholding that deposit? Will a Texas court require the owner to pay up?

If your facts are right, the courts can award your deposit, your attorney fees, and a sizable penalty against an owner who illegally withholds a deposit. To know if your situation fits the recipe for civil recourse against a bad landlord, contact an attorney. You may be entitled to recover your lost deposit and more.

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“An offense under [Section 42.07 of the Texas Penal Code] is a Class B misdemeanor, except that the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if the actor has previously been convicted under this section."

So where is the line between irritating and harassing? It seems that too many people believe that they have been “harassed” when, for example, their neighbor rudely suggests that the dog should stop barking. Also, is your boss’s constant emailing at work harassment?

Consider the severity of the law when considering whether or not harassment has occurred.
Was any part of the Harassment….
Obscene,
A threat to inflict bodily injury,
Alarming & False,
or a Torment?
If not, you were not likely harassed. In fact, most people who claim harassment are simply victims of mere jerkiness, which is not necessarily against the law.

If, however, someone has crossed the line (and there is no simple test to know for sure), you may have a criminal and/or a civil action against them. Consult an attorney with your specific facts.

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This blog site provides only general information about the law and does not, under any circumstances, constitute legal advice. You should not act or refrain from acting based on these materials without first obtaining the advice of professional legal counsel.


 
 
In 1999 Napster was created and the craze to download music started. Since that time numerous other sites have sprung into action allowing users to download and share music files. The Recording Industry of America took action and began suing those that illegally downloaded music files associating the act to that of theft of a CD. However, today there are numerous sites, like iTunes, that allow legal downloads of songs. These sites are created to allow the ease of downloading music with the rightful payment to the artists.

So, what if you’re downloading from a site that does not charge to acquire that song? Chances are you’re illegally downloading music and the penalties are severe. Making unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings is against the law and may subject you to civil and criminal liability. A civil law suit could hold you responsible for thousands of dollars in damages. Criminal charges may leave you with a felony record, accompanied by up to five years of jail time and fines up to $250,000. So, be safe when you’re downloading music. If you have to question whether your download is legal then it’s probably not.

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This blog site provides only general information about the law and does not, under any circumstances, constitute legal advice. You should not act or refrain from acting based on these materials without first obtaining the advice of professional legal counsel.


 
 
Wouldn’t it be nice to say “Goodbye!” to all of your credit card debt?  We sometimes get the feeling that debts, which have gone dormant, have actually gone away.  That’s not necessarily true.

While it’s generally true that certain debts must be sought within four years to be actionable in a lawsuit, consumers sometimes fall prey to schemes which restart the clock.  Often consumers roll old debts into new loans, restarting the time period for purposes of the statute of limitations.

If you are currently being sued, or if you  are being  threatened with a potential lawsuit, you should seek an attorney to see if a statute of limitations defense can be applied to your set of facts.  Can some debts be beaten?  Sure, but you’ll need to be certain that a good legal defense can be implemented with your particular debt.

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This blog site provides only general information about the law and does not, under any circumstances, constitute legal advice. You should not act or refrain from acting based on these materials without first obtaining the advice of professional legal counsel.


 

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