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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.
Explaining White-Collar Crimes in Texas White-collar crimes are illegal actions which typically involve the misuse or misappropriation of finances. They are distinguished from other types of crimes because they do not often involve violence or threats of violence. While many low-level crimes, such as robbery and theft, involve physically taking money from a person or a busine ...
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.
White-collar crime is a phrase that’s been used since 1939. It was originally used to define a crime committed by a “person of respectability” and significant social status in the course of his or her occupation. Today, the debate continues about which crimes qualify as white-collar crimes. However, generally speaking, white-collar crime includes a range of non-violent crime ...
The state of Texas will soon be the 47th state to ban texting and driving anywhere in the state. Governor Gregg Abbott signed House Bill 62 into law earlier this month. If ticketed for texting while driving in Texas after September 1, 2017, the driver will pay a $25 – $99 fine for a first offense, and $100 – $200 for a repeat offense.
Probation is an alternative to going to jail or prison. Instead of being incarcerated, the person remains free for the amount of time they’re sentenced to probation. Typically, probation is ordered for one to three years, but sometimes longer. Texas two types of probation: straight probation and deferred adjudication.
When an individual threatens to commit a criminally violent act against someone else, and when the intention of the threat is to terrorize another person, the actors commits a terroristic threat. A terroristic threat is considered a speech-based crime. It’s often difficult to discern if an individual’s acts alone constitute a criminal offense.
There are few criminal offenses as serious as those concerning the loss of life. In Texas, the criminal justice system prosecutes laws pertaining to cases in which one person is responsible for another person’s death. There are distinctions between these offenses made regarding the defendant’s actions and his or her frame of mind when the act occurred.
Although it might not seem as serious a crime in comparison to an arrest for assault or DWI, you face serious consequences if arrested for driving with a suspended license (DWLS) or driving while your license is invalid (DWLI). This serious criminal offense in Texas may result in fines, surcharges, and jail time.
Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law May 31, 2017 In Texas, a felony is a crime that’s punishable by more than a year in jail. With few exceptions, a prison sentence is served in the Institutional Division/State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Texas felonies are divided into five classes.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.