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What Constitutes Public Intoxication? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Uncategorized July 22, 2015 Public Intoxication in Texas Many people may wind up facing a public intoxication charge in Texas. Although this charge is common, it can still have serious consequences. Although it is not against the law to have a few alcoholic drinks and take a stroll in public, getting too into ...
Should I Turn Myself In If There is a Warrant for My Arrest? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Sentencing July 15, 2015 Arrest Warrants in Texas When someone finds out that there is a warrant for their arrest in Texas, they may have a lot of questions. They may wonder if the police will show up at their homes or places of work to arrest them.
This is my First Arrest. Will the Judge go Easy on Me? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law July 9, 2015 First Arrests in Texas People are arrested in Texas every day. For many of these people, being arrested is a new and confusing experience. If they have never been arrested before, they will probably have a lot of questions.
Arrest Record vs Police Records, vs Criminal Records, vs Convictions Posted by Matthew Sharp under Expunctions and Non-Disclosures July 1, 2015 When someone is arrested, charged with a crime or convicted of a crime in Texas, information about the incident will be stored in their records. However, people may be confused about which records are stored and how they are recorded.
Hit and Runs: What You Should Know Posted by Matthew Sharp under Felonies June 24, 2015 In Texas, striking a pedestrian or vehicle and leaving the area is a serious criminal offense. Also known as leaving the scene of an accident, a conviction for hit and run can incur severe legal penalties. After a Texas road accident, the person responsible for the collision is required t ...
I Was Arrested for DWI – Now What? Posted by Matthew Sharp under DWI/DUI June 17, 2015 After being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Texas, people may wonder what will happen next. The state of Texas takes DWI cases very seriously. A conviction for Driving While Intoxicated can have serious, long-term consequences.
Texas Statutory Rape Laws and Penalties Posted by Matthew Sharp under Sex Crimes June 11, 2015 In Texas, statutory rape is defined as sexual activity between a person who is aged 18 or older and a person who is younger than 17 years of age. Under the law, this kind of sexual activity is illegal even if both parties give their consent to engage in sexual activity.
What is the Texas Sex Offender Registry? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Sex Crimes June 3, 2015 One of the penalties for sex crimes in Texas includes being entered into the sex offender registry. The registry is a database of personal information about every person who has been classified as a sex offender. In most cases, this information is permanently stored in the registry.
Expunction Hearings: What Happens after Filing a Petition for Expungement of Criminal Record Posted by Matthew Sharp under Expunctions and Non-Disclosures May 27, 2015 In Texas, some people who been been accused of or charged with crimes may qualify for an expunction. An expungement order removes information about a crime from a defendant’s criminal record.
Do I Need an Attorney to Expunge My Criminal Record? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Expunctions and Non-Disclosures May 20, 2015 In today’s society, employers, lenders, landlords and more are all trying to limit their liability and risk. One way that they do this is through background checks. Just like a credit history, a background check with some flaws in it can negatively i ...
Requirements for Expunction of Criminal Records in Texas Posted by Matthew Sharp under Expunctions and Non-Disclosures May 13, 2015 Not every mistake has to follow somebody around for a lifetime. Arrest records, trial transcripts, police interviews and more can all be erased. In Texas this process is called expunction, and for certain records in Harris County, following this ...
Criminal Indictments: How Are Cases Started? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law May 8, 2015 Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal advice and does not reflect the opinions of The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. Criminal cases are normally initiated and progress in a sequenced and orderly manner and it is important to understand the various steps and docume ...
Punishment for Aiding and Abetting in Texas Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law May 6, 2015 The purpose of criminal law is to identify conduct that society wants to prevent, and punish those individuals who violate the law by engaging in the prohibited conduct. Aiding and abetting laws take it a step further by recognizing the fact that a person who assists another ind ...
Consequences of Marijuana Convictions beyond Prison Posted by Matthew Sharp under Drug Crimes April 29, 2015 Living with a criminal record is something that millions of Americans have to face. Everybody makes mistakes, but some are more serious than others and have greater consequences throughout life.
What is an Expunction Petition? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Expunctions and Non-Disclosures April 22, 2015 It is not always possible to erase a mistake, though surely everyone has at least one or two that they would like to. Fortunately, under Texas law it is possible to completely erase certain criminal records and then legally deny that they ever happened.