Criminal Law

Criminal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It regulates social conduct and prescribes whatever is threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare of people. It includes the punishment of people who violate these laws. Criminal law varies according to jurisdiction, and differs from civil law, where emphasis is more on dispute resolution and victim compensation than on punishment.
Posts about Criminal Law
  • What to Do If You Have a Missed Court Date

    … Nothing should prevent you from keeping a court date. Failure to appear in court can have serious consequences. Regardless of the reasons behind the need for you to appear in court, you must show up. If you’re considering skipping a court date, it’s important to revisit the decision. If you don’t appear, the judge is more > The post What to Do If You Have a Missed Court Date appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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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…

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

    … received a buyout offer from DEF, and he knows that the board of directors plans to announce the acceptance tomorrow, his decision to buy shares of ABC today violates the law. If Joe buys ABC and sells on the announcement, this is specifically considered insider trading. A well-known case involving Martha Stewart’s insider trading is an example…

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  • Texting and Driving: What Does Texas’s New Law Mean for Drivers?

    …, Floresville, Galveston, Grand Prairie, Harlingen, Hereford, Hurst, Jacksonville, Kyle, Lake Dallas, Lakeway, Liberty Hill, Lockheart, Maypearl, Meadowlakes, Midlothian, Missouri City, Mount Vernon, Nacogdoches, Overton, Pampa, Penitas, Port Aransas, Rowlett, San Benito, San Marcos, Seagoville, Selma, Sinton, Socorro, Sunnyvale, Sweetwater, Universal City…

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  • Driving With a Suspended License: Texas Laws and Penalties

    … to Do Next If You’re Charged with Driving with a Suspended License in Texas As you can see, the very best next step involves contacting a criminal defense lawyer. Matthew D. Sharp will prepare your case under Texas laws. If your charges include a repeat offense, you face more severe consequences. Call The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp now to arrange a free consultation. …

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  • Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

    … of a first-degree felony include: 1) aggravated kidnapping; 2) aggravated sexual assault; 3) aggravated robbery; 4) attempt of capital murder; 5) burglary [of a habitation] with intent to commission or commit a felony; 6) murder; 7) solicitation of a capital murder; 8) escape from custody in which a serious bodily injury results; 9) human trafficking…

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  • Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

    … allowed to contest. If you’re indicted for a criminal offense, you aren’t entitled under the Constitution to argue the grand jury’s probable cause finding. In Kaley v. United States, a defendant challenged the legality of a pretrial order to freeze assets by challenging the grand jury’s True Bill result. The Supreme Court determined…

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  • Bounties: How Law Enforcement Tracks Down Criminals

    … the police and court The court puts warrant out for the defendant’s arrest. The defendant becomes a fugitive, and the bonding company is responsible for paying the bond. In the example of the defendant accused of embezzlement, they decide to jump bail. They are deemed a fugitive. The bonding company takes the spouse’s pledged collateral, the house…

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  • How Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

    … 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. The police take…

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  • What Happens When Someone Drops Charges Against You?

    …, trafficking in persons, leaving the scene of an accident with fatality 10 years: crime against elderly or disabled, arson, compelling prostitution 7 years: most financial crimes and identity theft 2 years: misdemeanors Is It Possible to Sue Someone Who Made a False Accusation Against Me? Judges and prosecuting attorneys, as well as their staffs and police…

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  • Expungement: Removing Crimes from Public Records

    … expunged criminal records. What is Expungement or Expunction? The terms expungement and expunction both refer to the process of removing and/or destroying arrest information in public records. Individuals who were arrested but not convicted, those who were convicted and then pardoned, or those who accepted a deferred adjudication arrangement may…

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