Many people think that anyone who is facing criminal charges is in that position because he or she willingly broke the law. What they might not realize is that this may not be the case. In some instances, people can break the law without realizing they are doing this. In fact, there are some laws in Texas that can seem a bit odd.
Myths abound when it comes to what one can and cannot do in Texas. If you are arrested and charged with a crime it’s typically in your best interest to consult a criminal defense attorney. Here are some laws that are widely held to be valid.
Strong smells can break the law
One law on the books is that it is illegal to create an unreasonable odor. This is actually on the books. However, what is unreasonable is not specified. This is a misdemeanor, so you likely aren’t going to face considerable time in jail if you are convicted of this offense. It falls under Penal Code Title 9, chapter 42.
Sipping beer can land you in jail
Many people believe that there is still an active law on the books that states you can’t take three sips of beer while standing. An exhaustive search of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code shows that there is not a 3 Sips of Beer prohibition in state law.
No selling your eye
It is against the law in Texas to sell your eye. In fact, the sale of body parts is illegal everywhere, but the fact that Texas singled out the eye makes this an oddity. Typically, you should keep your body parts unless you are working with an accepted medical program to donate something like a kidney or part of a liver. It is also interesting to note what body parts this statute allows you to sell: your hair, your blood including plasma and blood derivatives and your blood reagents.
Some cities have had laws that are specific only to them. A few notable ones include:
- Texarkana: Horses can only be ridden if they have tail lights, based on legal precedent.
- Mesquite: Children can’t have unusual haircuts.
- Port Arthur: No obnoxious odors can be released in the elevator.
- Galveston: You can’t sit on the sidewalk.
- Clarendon: It is illegal to dust a public building if you are using a feather duster.
If you find yourself in legal hot water for disobeying a questionable law be sure to learn about your options so that you can address the situation head on.