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  • What You Need to Know About “No Refusal” This Labor Day

    This Labor Day is a no refusal weekend. Labor Day is a high-profile holiday—along with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, July 4th, and Memorial Day— because many people travel to attend parties and events with family and friends that include alcoholic beverages on these days. Dozens of drivers are typically arrested for drunk driving on a high profile holiday in Houston.

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  • The Different Types of White-Collar Crime Laws in Texas

    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 ...

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  • Terroristic Threats: Laws and Consequences in Texas

    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.

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  • Murder Laws in Texas: Types, Degrees, and Punishments

    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.

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  • Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

    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.

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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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