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Texas Open Container Laws: Is It Ever Legal? Posted by Matthew Sharp under DWI/DUI May 11, 2016 Open Container Laws in Texas Most people know that Texas law enforcement works hard to keep intoxicated motorists off of public roads and highways. Texas has a notorious reputation for being tough on cases of drunk or intoxicated driving.
Texas Perjury Laws and Penalties Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law May 25, 2016 Perjury Laws in Texas When someone is called to testify in a court of law, they are asked to swear to tell the complete truth. They are asked to take an oath regarding their honesty while they are delivering testimony during a trial.
Texas Search and Seizure Laws: What the Police Can and Can’t Do Posted by Matthew Sharp under Search and Seizure July 27, 2016 Search and Seizure in Texas In the course of investigations, law enforcement officers may sometimes confiscate a person’s property as evidence. Texas state law and the U.S. Constitution both allow this activity to take place but only under certain circumstances.
Texas is tough on sex crimes, particularly when sex crimes involve children. Being accused of a sex crime is a life-destroying event. If you’re falsely accused of a sex crime and physical evidence is slender or even completely lacking, you might be convicted. After serving your sentence, your name will be included on the public list of registered sex offenders for the rest of your life.
When a person is arrested, Texas schedules an initial appearance within 48 hours of their arrest. During an initial appearance, the person arrested, called a defendant, is told whether they’ll receive bail. Bail is a payment made on the defendant’s behalf in exchange for their freedom until their case is resolved.
Property Damage Crimes and Texas Laws Posted by Matthew Sharp under Arson, Property Crimes April 13, 2017 The term “crimes against property” is used to describe common criminal acts involving the destruction or theft of an individual’s property. The victim of this crime can be a person or company. Texas separates common criminal acts involving theft or destruction into two separate categories.
In Texas, a criminal investigation starts either by an individual filing a complaint about a crime or a crime occurring. If an individual files a police compliant, they allege someone committed a crime against them such as stalking or assault. The alleged victim may name the person they know or believed committed the crime.
Terroristic Threats: Laws and Consequences in Texas Posted by Matthew Sharp under Threats March 29, 2017 Texas defines assault as intentionally, recklessly or knowingly causing bodily injury to another. Assault is also knowingly or intentionally threatening another with imminent bodily harm. The punishment for assault is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine.
Murder Laws in Texas: Types, Degrees, and Punishments Posted by Matthew Sharp under Murder March 29, 2017 Criminal homicide is different from homicide. Both terms involve the killing of a human being. There could be some legal justification why the homicide occurs such as self-defense. Criminal homicide is a criminal act.
Driving With a Suspended License: Texas Laws and Penalties Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law, DWI/DUI March 15, 2017 Texas will suspend or revoke a person’s driving privileges for numerous reasons. A suspended license means a person’s driving privileges were temporarily taken away. The person can’t operate a motor vehicle for a specific time such as six months or one year.
In Texas, crimes are classified as misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are minor offenses such as theft of property, or taking something valued under $20. And felonies are more serious crimes. As you might expect, the minor charges have minor punishments attach to them while the major charges have harsher consequences.
Being Investigated by the CPS: What to Expect Posted by Matthew Sharp under Child Abuse March 1, 2017 Child Protective Services, or CPS, is a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). CPS investigates every found or unfounded claim of child abuse. A false, or unfounded, claim of child abuse occurs when someone contacts the CPS telling them a child was abused.
When Drinking In Public Becomes a Crime Posted by Matthew Sharp under DWI/DUI February 15, 2017 Texas is a big state with a whole lot to do, see and learn. Here’s a fun fact you might not have known about: in Texas, it’s not illegal to drink in public. Does that mean you can freely drink as much as you want wherever you go in Texas? No, there are specifics to the alcohol la ...
Demystifying Identity Theft in Texas Identity theft has increased rapidly because the popularity of online transactions makes it easy to steal a person’s identity. According to records from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2014, 7 percent of Americans aged above 16 years were victims of identity theft.
Is There a Difference Between Shoplifting and Robbery? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Theft February 1, 2017 Larceny is the taking of another individual’s property without consent and with the intent to permanently deprive them of the property. Larceny describes a lot of property crimes in Texas like shoplifting and burglary.
What Happens When Someone Drops Charges Against You? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law January 25, 2017 There are any number of reasons that could lead to being arrested, and almost as many reasons for having your original charge dropped or dismissed. In this post we’ll take a look at why charges may be dropped and then review your options for clearing your arrest from your record.
The vast majority of criminal cases in the United States are resolved through plea negotiations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In fact, well over 90 percent of all criminal cases prosecuted on both the federal and state level end in plea agreements. The ratio of plea agreements to trials is above 90 percent in the state of Texas.
Criminal charges and convictions tend to follow individuals long after the case and sentencing period end. A criminal record can affect job prospects, a professional reputation, and personal relationships. Certain charged and convicted criminals can petition for the expunction of felony and misdemeanor arrests.