Matthew Sharp

  • Driving With a Suspended License: Texas Laws and Penalties

    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.

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  • Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

    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.

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  • Being Investigated by the CPS: What to Expect

    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.

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  • When Drinking In Public Becomes a Crime

    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 ...

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  • What Happens When Someone Drops Charges Against You?

    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.

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  • After a DWI Charge: What You Should Know About ALR Hearings

    After a DWI Charge: What You Should Know About ALR Hearings Posted by Matthew Sharp under DWI/DUI January 4, 2017 Texas’s ALR (Administrative License Revocation) Program takes place independently of criminal charges and proceedings. In the state of Texas, anyone who refuses to take or fails a breath or blood alcohol test automatically receives notice of a pending driver’s license suspension.

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  • What Is a Property Crime?

    A property crime mainly consists of burglaries and criminal trespasses. However, there are other forms of offenses that are classified under property crimes in Texas. Burglary and criminal trespasses are serious forms of property crimes in Texas. They can result in serious implications such as long-term imprisonment, huge fines and criminal bookings.

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  • How Texas Drug Laws Compare

    Comparison of Drug Laws in Texas Texas has a reputation for being tough on drugs. While there is some truth to this belief, drug laws in Texas are not necessarily all the same. The laws and the associated penalties for drug violations can be very different based on the type and amount of drugs involved in a particular case.

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  • Types of Vehicular Crimes in Texas

    Breaking The Law In A Vehicle In Texas In the state of Texas, driving a vehicle on public roads is a privilege, not a right. When motorists drive on roadways and highways in the state, they are expected to abide by all applicable laws and exercise a duty of care. This means that drivers are expected to operate their vehicle in a way that is safe and which does not endanger th ...

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  • Embezzlement: Texas Laws, Definitions, and Defenses

    Texas Embezzlement Laws Financial crimes in Texas are a unique category of illegal offenses. While many actions are criminalized because they threaten the public safely or physically endanger other people, financial crimes are violations that threaten the economic security of others. Financial crimes can occur in a variety of settings, from small local banks to huge business enterprises.

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  • What’s the Difference Between Harassment and Stalking?

    Harassment vs. Stalking Laws in Texas Many laws in the state of Texas are intended to preserve public peace and order. As part of this goal, there are specific laws which are used to protect the safety and privacy of public citizens. This means that some acts, such as harassment and stalking, are criminal activities that can lead to arrest, prosecution and legal penalties.

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  • What Happens If I Fail to Appear in Court?

    The Reality of Failing To Appear In Court In Texas When a person is given a summons to appear in court in the state of Texas, they are entering into a type of obligation with their county and state. According to this obligation, that person is expected to appear in court at the appointed date and time. They are also expected to appear at court in a certain manner.

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