Most of us that grew up in Texas were told things that were illegal even though a lot of them are perfectly legal to do, so what are they?

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Going Topless

Texas law only states that no genitals can be exposed for an Indecent Exposure charge, and since women's breasts do not fall under "genitals" it is technically legal for women in Texas to go topless. But you still can get charged with Disorderly Conduct depending on the situation.

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Underage Drinking

The only legal way anyone underage can drink is if the parent, legal guardian, spouse, or anyone that has custody of said minor buys the alcohol and is present when the minor is consuming the alcoholic beverage.

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Dumpster Diving

Yes, you can root through a dumpster in Texas as long as you are not trespassing on private property, or breaking any other kinds of laws while dumpster diving.

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Carrying Brass Knuckles

This is a new one that is no longer illegal so most still think it is illegal, but as of October 21, 2019, you can legally own and carry a set of brass knuckles.

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Driving Barefoot

This is one I was told back when I was first starting to drive, but I had friends who did it all the time. Well, it is NOT illegal in the state of Texas to drive barefoot no matter what you heard from your elders.

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Listening to Police Radio

While it is more difficult to get the equipment to listen to police radio, it is not illegal to do so. So if you can get a hold of a scanner, app, or online source to listen to police radio, feel free to listen to it. But, if you are caught trying to block or interfere with police or emergency medical radio frequencies, you can be arrested.

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Recording Conversations

In the state of Texas as long as you get permission to record someone, it is perfectly legal to record them on a phone or in person.

So if you have been told the above things are illegal just know they are not as long as you follow some simple guidelines.

 

 

Bet You Didn't Know: 10 Bizarre Texas Laws Still on the Books

Many states still have strange laws on the books that aren’t enforced or taken seriously anymore, and Texas is no exception.

Most of these laws are just funny now, but at one time, there was a valid (or at least somewhat valid) reason for them to exist.

Texas has plenty of strange rules and regulations that you could technically be prosecuted for if you violate them, since they've never been amended. Some of these are only for specific cities and not state-wide, but all of them are pretty odd!

Let's take a look at 10 of the weirdest ones in the Lone Star State.

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