The Dallas Morning News today published a lengthy article filled with explosive charges against a civil court judge. The newspaper accuses the 44-year-old jurist of violent crimes, including domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as alleging that he used illegal drugs and frequented prostitutes.
Although theft is a nonviolent crime, theft charges result in serious long-term consequences in Texas. In addition to jail time and restitution, a theft crime can result in a permanent criminal record that makes it very difficult for a person to ever move on with his or her life. Once a person has a record of shoplifting or embezzlement, for example, it is unlikely that an employer will ever trust the individual again. A criminal record of theft can result in a dark cloud hanging over a person for years to come.