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What the RICO Act? What Does It Cover? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Organized Crime September 16, 2015 What Is the RICO Act? When people talk about legal cases involving the RICO Act, they are usually referring to cases of organized crime. This is because Congress established the RICO Act in 1970 to create specific laws to deal with incidents of organized crime groups like the Mafia.
Forgery: Texas Laws Regarding Falsifying Documents Posted by Matthew Sharp under Felonies, Fraud September 9, 2015 Forgery Laws in Texas In Texas, forgery is defined as an illegal action that involves using false information to create, alter or sign a document for the purpose of fraud or harming another person.
How Serious Is Cyberbullying? What Are the Laws in Texas? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Internet Crimes, Threats September 2, 2015 Cyberbullying Is a Serious Criminal Offense in Houston Most adults can tell stories of their childhood experiences dealing with a schoolyard bully who found pleasure in intimidating other children.
Embezzlement and White Collar Theft Posted by Matthew Sharp under White Collar Crimes August 26, 2015 The act of embezzlement is considered a white-collar type of theft. While most people may think of theft as the act of taking property which belongs to another person, white-collar theft involves property or money which is stolen in a business setting.
Drug Trafficking and Distribution Laws in Texas Posted by Matthew Sharp under Drug Crimes August 19, 2015 Being charged with a drug trafficking offense in Texas is a serious matter. A conviction for drug trafficking can lead to years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. A charge for drug distribution can apply to many different cases involving different types and amounts of drugs.
House Arrest: Who Is Eligible and How Do I Request It? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Sentencing August 12, 2015 House Arrest in Texas The subject of house arrest comes up often in movies and television shows but many people may not know how it works in the real world. Although it is not common for defendants to be sentenced to house arrest, it is still used in some cases.
Are ‘No Refusal’ DUI Checkpoints Legal? Can I Still Refuse? Posted by Matthew Sharp under DWI/DUI August 5, 2015 “No Refusal” DWI Checkpoints in Texas Many drivers in Texas may have come across a DWI checkpoint at one time or another. These checkpoints allow police officers to interview drivers in order to determine if a driver appears intoxicated.
I’ve Been Falsely Accused of Rape. What Can I Do? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Sex Crimes July 29, 2015 False Rape Accusations in Texas Being accused of rape in Texas is a very serious matter. Although the majority of rape claims are based in reality, some people may face false claims of rape at some point in their lives. These false claims can have serious, long-lasting complications.
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.