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What Is the Three Strikes Law? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law February 24, 2016 The Three Strikes Law in Texas The Three Strikes Law is a term that many people have heard in reference to court cases or felony convictions. This term is derived from baseball, where a batter is considered out if he misses three pitches.
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.
What is a Statute of Repose? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law April 6, 2016 Statutes of Repose in Texas In the course of some legal cases, a defense attorney may bring up the topic of a statute of repose. Although this phrase may be unfamiliar to most, it comes up on a regular basis in certain legal cases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Improper Student-Educator Relationships: The Laws in Texas In Texas, the relationships between students and their teachers are supposed to remain professional and educational. If a grade school student and a teacher enter into a physical or sexual relationship, criminal charges may apply. While these laws typically apply to situations involving relationships between adults a ...
Manslaughter: Texas Laws, Definitions, and Penalties Posted by Matthew Sharp under Manslaughter December 7, 2016 Manslaughter Laws in Texas In Texas, taking a human life is a serious event that can have severe consequences. Even when this kind of incident occurs accidentally, criminal charges can still be filed.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.