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
  • Is There a Difference Between Probation and Parole?

    … Yes. Many people interchangeably use probation and parole, but there are important differences between the two. 1. Probation refers to an adult offender whom the court places on community supervision, generally instead of incarceration. A jurisdiction may sentence the offender to a short jail or prison term combined with an immediate probation term. This is called a split sentence. Probation more > The post Is There a Difference Between Probation and Parole? appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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  • When Do Police Officers Use Drug-Sniffing Dogs?

    … The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individual from unreasonable search and seizure. The U.S. Supreme Court previously held that if a lawful traffic stop is conducted, the officer may initiate a drug dog sniff. If the two events occur at the same time, the lawful traffic stop doesn’t constitute a search because more > The post When Do Police Officers Use Drug-Sniffing Dogs? appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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  • Everything You Need to Know about Prostitution Laws in Texas

    … This post addresses everything you need to know about prostitution laws in Texas. If you have been charged with a prostitution offense, solicitation offense, or promotion offense, learn as much as you can about the charge. The laws of Texas allow a prostitute, his or her john, or his or her management to be arrested more > The post Everything You Need to Know about Prostitution Laws in Texas appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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  • 139 Men Need a Houston Prostitution Attorney after Recent HPD Arrests

    … The Houston Police Department released a statement October 26 regarding the arrest of 139 men, including a Houston police officer, for the act of soliciting a prostitute. These men were arrested as part of a 10-day sting operated by the vice division in which a formerly shuttered brothel was opened on October 6 as a more > The post 139 Men Need a Houston Prostitution Attorney after Recent HPD Arrests appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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  • Penalties for Solicitation of Prostitution in Texas

    … The act of exchanging sex for money is strictly illegal in Texas. The crime is called solicitation of prostitution. If convicted of solicitation of prostitution, the offender faces significant fines and time behind bars. Recognize that a conviction for solicitation of prostitution can affect the rest of your life. You will have a criminal record that can more > The post Penalties for Solicitation of Prostitution in Texas appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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  • Can You Be Arrested for Assault after a Bar Fight?

    … A friendly get-together at a club or bar is usually filled with laughter and camaraderie. However, not all patrons of the establishment are there to enjoy fellowship. A pugnacious individual can start a bar fight for no reason at all, quickly turning a pleasant night into a chaotic nightmare. Alcohol is usually consumed in a more > The post Can You Be Arrested for Assault after a Bar Fight? appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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  • Plea Bargains: The Pros and Cons

    … A plea bargain is used to avoid a lengthy criminal trial. The prosecutor and criminal defense attorney work together. The defendant’s case isn’t litigated before a jury. There are many reasons why criminal defendants consider plea bargains. Plea bargains have become more important to defendants in recent years. Some defendants don’t want to risk the more > The post Plea Bargains: The Pros and Cons appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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  • How The New Texas “Campus Amnesty Law” Will Impact Sexual Assault

    … Sexual assault, commonly referred to as rape, is a serious crime in Texas. A sexual assault crime occurs when an individual knowingly and intentionally commits a prohibited sexual activity under Texas sexual assault laws without a victim’s consent. The state of Texas severely punishes those who commit sexual assault. Two new laws, State Bill 968 (SB more > The post How The New Texas “Campus Amnesty Law” Will Impact Sexual Assault appeared first on The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp. …

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  • 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

    … a designated driver or get a cab to take you home. Don’t tempt fate. Avoid getting pulled over. Be clear that law enforcement officers will be watching and waiting to identify potential DWIs on Labor Day weekend—and all high-profile holidays. Realize that even though law enforcement has given advance notice of this upcoming No Refusal weekend, a police…

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

    …. Both Texas and U.S. legislation list activities that are typically considered white-collar crimes: The U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause authorizes federal authorities to regular white-collar crimes. Multiple federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SEC, FBI, U.S. Customs, Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Postal Service…

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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

    …) stalking; 4) escape from a felony custody; 5) possession of firearm by a known felon; 6) bail jumping (felony arrest); 7) indecent exposure (child); 8) intoxication assault; 9) retaliation; 10) third offense DWI; 11) third offense (violation protective order); 12) evidence tampering; and 13) stalking. Examples of a state jail felony include: 1…

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