Participation in a Riot

In the United States, it is legal to congregate and to express freedom of speech. Each year, millions of people in the United States and other countries take to the streets to raise awareness about a cause or attempt to implement legislation reform. However, some groups have changed these peaceful meetings into situations that incite mob tactics, such as being physical, violent, or obstructive.

Texas defines "riot" as an assemblage of 7 or more people that create a hostile environment for other people in the area. Some groups may engage in hate speech, but the US Constitution defends this, for it is the right of the people to express their convictions of a certain subject. However, it is not acceptable for groups to riot. If they are found to be an immediate danger to the property of an area, the people of an area, a place of an employment, or police authorities, then the mob can be dispersed by force. If any person is found to be causing this kind of destruction, he or she may be taken into custody and be charged with rioting.

Many groups have peaceful intentions, but a select group of individuals can ruin this the moment they start throwing rocks at police officers or trashing the streets. Many protesting groups obstruct passageways for employees or employers to get to their respective place of work. These are grounds for rioting charges.

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If you or someone you know has been accused of rioting, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.

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