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
    • Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

      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 ...

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  • Bounties: How Law Enforcement Tracks Down Criminals

    … the defendant’s release. They also charge the defendant a non-refundable fee and/or require collateral in exchange for paying the bond. A defendant arrested for embezzlement may have a bail set at $20,000. The defendant’s family can’t pay the cash bail. A cash bail is the full amount of money the court wants in order to release the defendant…

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  • How Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

    … to 10 years for some felonies. More serious felonies like indecency with a child and murder don’t have a time limit. Getting to Trial Many steps occur prior to a trial. For instance, an arraignment hearing is where a judge reads the criminal charges against the defendant. The defendant has the chance to enter a plea and request a continuance. During…

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  • Expungement: Removing Crimes from Public Records

    … Criminal charges and convictions tend to follow individuals long after the case and sentencing period end. A criminal record can affect job prospects, a professional reputation, and personal relationships. Certain charged and convicted criminals can petition for the expunction of felony and misdemeanor arrests. HAVE YOU BEEN ARRESTED…

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  • Types of Vehicular Crimes in Texas

    … Breaking The Law In A Vehicle In Texas In the state of Texas, driving a vehicle on public roads is a privilege, not a right. When motorists drive on roadways and highways in the state, they are expected to abide by all applicable laws and exercise a duty of care. This means that drivers are expected to operate their vehicle in a way…

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  • Lawyer, Flop House Operators Charged with Medicaid Fraud

    … Anti-Kickback Statute is a criminal law that prohibits the exchange of anything of value in an effort to induce the referral of federal health care program business. It doesn’t matter whether you paid, received, solicited or offered the bribe. New York has a similar law. Kickbacks and bribes are illegal in all 50 states. Regulators believe…

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  • What Happens If I Fail to Appear in Court?

    … in a certain manner. For example, they are expected to be sober, dressed appropriately and cooperate with the rules of the courtroom. Failing to abide by these rules can result in criminal punishments. Check out the following information to learn more about what can happen if you fail to show up for your court date in Texas. When Do I Have…

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  • What Is Double Jeopardy and Does It Apply to Me?

    … What Is Double Jeopardy and Does It Apply to Me? Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law October 26, 2016 The Truth About Double Jeopardy in Texas Under the laws of the United States and the state of Texas, a person can be charged with a criminal offense if there is a reasonable suspicion that they are guilty of breaking the law…

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  • Accidental Crimes and Ignorance of the Law

    … Accidental Crimes and Ignorance of the Law Posted by Matthew Sharp under Criminal Law August 17, 2016 What Happens If You Accidentally Commit A Crime In Texas? Many people have heard the saying “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” While it is true that someone who breaks a law that they did not know existed can still be penalized, ignorance…

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