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When to Turn Yourself in for a Warrant

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Sentencing July 19, 2017

Learning that a warrant is open for your arrest is an extremely stressful situation. To verify that you do have an open warrant, contact a criminal defense attorney before turning yourself in. It’s certainly better to voluntarily turn yourself in before an arrest, but take precautions to protect yourself. You should consider the severity of more >

The Different Types of White-Collar Crime Laws in Texas

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law, White Collar Crimes July 12, 2017

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 more >

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

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law date

The state of Texas will soon be the 47th state to ban texting and driving anywhere in the state. Governor Gregg Abbott signed House Bill 62 into law earlier this month. If ticketed for texting while driving in Texas after September 1, 2017, the driver will pay a $25 – $99 fine for a first more >

Probation Violations: What Happens When You Break the Rules

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Probation date

Probation is an alternative to going to jail or prison. Instead of being incarcerated, the person remains free for the amount of time they’re sentenced to probation. Typically, probation is ordered for one to three years, but sometimes longer. Texas two types of probation: straight probation and deferred adjudication. Have you violated an order of more >

Terroristic Threats: Laws and Consequences in Texas

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Assault date

When an individual threatens to commit a criminally violent act against someone else, and when the intention of the threat is to terrorize another person, the actors commits a terroristic threat. A terroristic threat is considered a speech-based crime. It’s often difficult to discern if an individual’s acts alone constitute a criminal offense. Don’t risk more >

Murder Laws in Texas: Types, Degrees, and Punishments

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Murder date

There are few criminal offenses as serious as those concerning the loss of life. In Texas, the criminal justice system prosecutes laws pertaining to cases in which one person is responsible for another person’s death. There are distinctions between these offenses made regarding the defendant’s actions and his or her frame of mind when the more >

Driving With a Suspended License: Texas Laws and Penalties

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law, DWI/DUI date

Although it might not seem as serious a crime in comparison to an arrest for assault or DWI, you face serious consequences if arrested for driving with a suspended license (DWLS) or driving while your license is invalid (DWLI). This serious criminal offense in Texas may result in fines, surcharges, and jail time. If you more >

Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law date

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 felonies are divided into five classes. The Texas legislature determines what distinguishes a crime from a felony. more >

Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law date

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 more >

Legal Consequences for Sex in Public in Texas

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Sex Crimes date

There are several laws that describe the consequences of having sex in public in the state of Texas. If you’re found guilty of having sex in public, there will be serious repercussions. A sex crime conviction has long-lasting consequences. You may be required to register on the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry, serve jail time, more >