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

      White-collar crime is a phrase that’s been used since 1939. It was originally used to define a crime committed by a “person of respectability” and significant social status in the course of his or her occupation. Today, the debate continues about which crimes qualify as white-collar crimes. However, generally speaking, white-collar crime includes a range of non-violent crime ...

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  • Driving With a Suspended License: Texas Laws and Penalties

    … convicted for a DWLS or DWLI, a new incident may be enhanced to a more serious charge. Have you been arrested for driving with a suspended license in Houston? The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp is ready to defend you. Matthew Sharp will fight on your behalf and ensure the best results possible. Texas is a big place that’s full of wide open spaces…

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  • Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

    … Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law May 31, 2017 In Texas, a felony is a crime that’s punishable by more than a year in jail. With few exceptions, a prison sentence is served in the Institutional Division/State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Texas…

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  • Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

    … is granted powers to investigate a possible felony crime. The grand jury body may issue summons to witnesses by subpoena. This process enables grand jurors’ ability to examine a witness under oath. The grand jury is granted powers to vote. In this process, the grand jury may determine whether it is in the people’s interest to pursue an indictment…

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  • Bounties: How Law Enforcement Tracks Down Criminals

    … or uniform that indicates they are a police officer, federal agent or employee of the government Excessive Force Unallowed Excessive force occurs when someone’s constitutional rights are violated. Beating someone to subdue them is an example of excessive force. For instance, a bounty hunter can enter a defendant’s residence without their permission…

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  • How Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

    … they will and won’t prosecute. Arrest in Texas An arrest in Texas can happen one of two ways: with probable cause or a warrant. Probable cause involves police being able to point to specific and objective circumstances leading them to believe a suspect committed a crime. No criminal charges have been filed against them. An arrest warrant means criminal…

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  • What Happens When Someone Drops Charges Against You?

    … or an illegal search was thrown out Lack of sufficient probable cause to make an arrest The evidence is not sufficient to justify the charge The state’s attorney feels that there is little chance of getting a conviction Witnesses may have been mistaken and later changed their story or a witness cannot be located The arresting officer was simply wrong Once…

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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

    … that Cornachio maintains his innocence and told reporters, “These were long-term street addicts, sleeping in subway tunnels, doorways, committing larceny to pay for the drugs, prostituting themselves.” Parallel Civil False Claims Act Charges The federal False Claims Act is an 1863 vintage fraud recovery statute that remains the government’s main fraud tool…

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  • What Happens If I Fail to Appear in Court?

    … issue a bench warrant for that person’s arrest. A bench warrant is an official document which states that law enforcement officers are allowed to arrest you and place you in jail for failure to appear in court. This means that a law enforcement officer, usually a warrant officer, has the legal authority to come to your home or your place of work…

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