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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.
How Do the Police Prove You Had an Intent to Sell Your Marijuana? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Drug Crimes April 15, 2015 The consequences of being caught with marijuana can range from small fines to long prison time, but the penalties for being convicted of possession with the intent to sell are usually much more severe.
Expungement vs. Sealed Records: Do You Know the Difference? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Uncategorized April 8, 2015 A criminal record can have a lasting effect on the life of someone convicted of or even charged with a crime. It can cause big trouble later in life when trying to get a job, apply for a loan, or even rent an apartment. Fortunately there are ways to clear a record from the past.
So, How Do Expunctions Work? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law April 1, 2015 Having a criminal record is one of the most inhibiting things that can happen to you. Regardless of how minor the crime, the consequences can affect your life for years in terms of being employable, acceptance to learning institutions and even finding accommodation.
Arrested in Harris County: Do You Know What’s Next? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law If you or a member of your family gets arrested in Harris County, what happens to you depends to a degree on which local police agency makes the arrest. If you don’t bond out, you’ll end up in one of the county jails, but first you’ll be taken to the local jail for the municipality ...
Legal Vs. Illegal Drugs: You Need to Know the Difference Posted by Matthew Sharp under Drug Crimes No matter where you stand on the subject of drugs, there’s no denying we live in a drug culture. And that doesn’t pertain to just illegal drugs – people in the US are often tied to numerous medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, that alters or affects their health and well-being.
What Are Drug Free Zones? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Drug Crimes Almost two-thirds of all arrests countrywide take place for drug-related offenses. These include manufacture, delivery or possession of a range of controlled substances and the seriousness of the charge depends on the quantity and value of the drugs involved.
Houston Prostitution: 3 Local Sex Worker Cases Posted by Matthew Sharp under Sex Crimes In Texas, it is against the law to commit, promote or solicit prostitution. So prostitution – dubbed Houston’s “dirty little secret” by 13 Eyewitness News – tends to gain a lot of headlines. In 2009, a prostitution ring described as “upscale” was raided by Houston police, who found some 1 ...
Texas Embezzlement Penalties: If Convicted, You May Never See the Light of Day Again Posted by Matthew Sharp under White Collar Crimes Embezzlement is a crime that occurs when a person who is entrusted with money or property misuses that money or property in order to benefit themselves. For example, imagine that a building contractor hires an accountant to manage funds for a new project.