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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.
Terroristic Threats: Laws and Consequences in Texas Posted by Matthew Sharp under Threats March 29, 2017 Texas defines assault as intentionally, recklessly or knowingly causing bodily injury to another. Assault is also knowingly or intentionally threatening another with imminent bodily harm. The punishment for assault is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine.
Murder Laws in Texas: Types, Degrees, and Punishments Posted by Matthew Sharp under Murder March 29, 2017 Criminal homicide is different from homicide. Both terms involve the killing of a human being. There could be some legal justification why the homicide occurs such as self-defense. Criminal homicide is a criminal act.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...