• 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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    • Accidental Crimes and Ignorance of the Law

      Accidental Crimes and Ignorance of the Law Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law August 17, 2016 What Happens If You Accidentally Commit A Crime In Texas? Many people have heard the saying “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” While it is true that someone who breaks a law that they did not know existed can still be penalized, ignorance of the law can create complex legal situations.

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  • Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

    In the state of Texas, a grand jury is comprised of 12 people who must determine whether probable cause exists for a felony offense. The grand jury is assembled to inquire into a felony offense or a relatively small number of misdemeanor offenses. According to Title 1, Chapter 19, Article 19.40 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, a quorum of nine jurors must be establis ...

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  • Legal Consequences for Sex in Public in Texas

    There are several laws that describe the consequences of having sex in public in the state of Texas. If you’re found guilty of having sex in public, there will be serious repercussions. A sex crime conviction has long-lasting consequences. You may be required to register on the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry, serve jail time, submit to community supervision (probation), p ...

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  • Texas Laws for Juvenile Crimes: Definitions and Penalties

    A child’s arrest is a devastating experience for many parents. If your child is charged with a crime and arrested, you have many questions. An experienced juvenile defense attorney can answer your questions, including: Will my child face jail time? What are the differences between the juvenile justice system and the adult justice system? How will the experience of an arrest a ...

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  • Public Urination and Texas Laws

    The decision to urinate in a public place can have lasting negative consequences. You may be charged with indecent exposure. If that has already happened to you or a loved one, you need to know the definition of indecent exposure, what legal defenses may be available, and, if convicted, the punishments that may apply to you.

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  • Common Defense Strategies When Charged With a Sex Crime

    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.

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  • Property Damage Crimes and Texas Laws

    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.

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  • 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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