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Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law May 24, 2017

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 May 17, 2017

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 >

Texas Laws for Juvenile Crimes: Definitions and Penalties

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

A child’s arrest is a devastating experience for many parents. If your child is charged with a crime and arrested, you have many questions. An experienced juvenile defense attorney can answer your questions, including: Will my child face jail time? What are the differences between the juvenile justice system and the adult justice system? How more >

Public Urination and Texas Laws

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

The decision to urinate in a public place can have lasting negative consequences. You may be charged with indecent exposure. If that has already happened to you or a loved one, you need to know the definition of indecent exposure, what legal defenses may be available, and, if convicted, the punishments that may apply to more >

Common Defense Strategies When Charged With a Sex Crime

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

Texas is tough on sex crimes, particularly when sex crimes involve children. Being accused of a sex crime is a life-destroying event. If you’re falsely accused of a sex crime and physical evidence is slender or even completely lacking, you might be convicted. After serving your sentence, your name will be included on the public more >

When Drinking In Public Becomes a Crime

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

Texas is a big state with a whole lot to do, see and learn. Here’s a fun fact you might not have known about: in Texas, it’s not illegal to drink in public. Does that mean you can freely drink as much as you want wherever you go in Texas? No, there are specifics to more >

What Happens When Someone Drops Charges Against You?

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

There are any number of reasons that could lead to being arrested, and almost as many reasons for having your original charge dropped or dismissed. In this post we’ll take a look at why charges may be dropped and then review your options for clearing your arrest from your record. IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING AGAINST more >

How Do Plea Deals and Plea Bargains Work? Are They Good or Bad?

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law, Defendants' Rights date

The vast majority of criminal cases in the United States are resolved through plea negotiations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In fact, well over 90 percent of all criminal cases prosecuted on both the federal and state level end in plea agreements. The ratio of plea agreements to trials is above 90 percent more >

Expungement: Removing Crimes from Public Records

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

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 FOR COMMITTING A CRIME IN TEXAS? GET more >

After a DWI Charge: What You Should Know About ALR Hearings

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

Texas’s ALR (Administrative License Revocation) Program takes place independently of criminal charges and proceedings. In the state of Texas, anyone who refuses to take or fails a breath or blood alcohol test automatically receives notice of a pending driver’s license suspension. An ALR hearing gives the accused the ability to challenge the suspension. HAVE YOU more >