When your freedom is at stake, hire a winning criminal defense lawyer

Are you facing criminal charges?

Sit down and talk to Houston defense attorney Matthew Sharp.

Matt Sharp

    If you've been charged with a crime in Harris County or a surrounding area, start protecting your rights and future right now.

    Schedule your free consultation with Matthew Sharp.

    Have you or a loved one been arrested?
    Are you facing a criminal investigation?

    Choosing the best criminal defense lawyer to represent you should be your top priority.

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    Help! I got arrested.

    Being charged with a crime is a frightening experience. Matthew Sharp, a seasoned criminal defense lawyer, protects your rights and future.

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    Why choose Matthew Sharp?

    Matthew Sharp dedicates his practice to fighting for clients’ rights. He provides custom legal solutions. He will defend you.

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    Our experience and results

    Matthew D. Sharp is results-driven and experienced. He brings invaluable insight to your case. Contact him now.

    Results Matter.

    My results-driven approach means I can bring invaluable insights from past victories to help in your case.

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    Not Guilty

    If you’ve been arrested or face a criminal charge in Houston, you’re probably feeling scared and confused.

    While you can tell the police your name, address, date of birth and other identifying information, you DON’T have to answer questions about any alleged crime or where you were when it happened. Don’t answer any questions or make any statements about your case to the police or the District Attorney (DA). Don’t sign any prepared statements. Tell the police you want a lawyer whether they read your rights or not.

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can outsmart the police or that they will release you if you talk to them. You might be worried that hiring an attorney will make you look guilty, but this is a myth. Politely and calmly tell the police that you don’t wish to answer questions without speaking to your lawyer first.

    As a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in Houston, I understand the intense stress and scrutiny a person and their family goes through when faced with a criminal charge. As a long-time member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, I have been nationally recognized for my legal skills and ethics — and I’m fully prepared to use this experience to help you.

    I have a different approach than most defense attorneys because I put my clients’ needs first. For starters, I offer a free initial consultation to carefully evaluate your case, at no charge to you, without pressure or coercion. If you ultimately decide to hire me to represent you, I’ll work hard to earn and keep your trust.

    By delivering a strong and aggressive legal defense that’s tailor-made for each case (no cookie cutter defenses here), I’m able to secure the best possible outcome every time.

    I have successfully won not-guilty verdicts and dismissals in a wide variety of cases, including DWI chargestheft and property crimesdrug-related chargesweaponswhite collar crimesassault/batteryprostitution crimessex crimes defensefederal defense and other criminal cases.

    I can also help in the sealing of criminal records, including expungement and petitions for non-disclosure throughout Texas.

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    Attorney Matthew Sharp

    My winning results speak for themselves. My one and only goal is to get you the BEST outcome for your circumstance. Being charged with a crime is a frightening experience. Don’t face it alone.

    I believe everyone deserves a second chance. My job is to defend YOU.

    If you’ve been charged with a crime in Harris County or a surrounding area, start protecting your rights and future right now.

    Schedule your free consultation with Matthew Sharp.

    I’ll use proven, hardball defense tactics to effectively represent you both in and out of the courtroom.

    No matter what charge you or a loved one are facing — whether it’s a minor misdemeanor or a capital felony

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    Harris County continues to lead the nation in the solicitation of prostitution arrests. A conviction is likely to mean jail time, fines, and a criminal record. Regardless of the nature of your offense, I have the resources and skills to defend you against prostitution and related charges.

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    Cases involving guns are often sensitive, high-profile matters. State and federal level gun laws are complex. You need an experienced weapons lawyer to protect your constitutional rights. I have the legal skills and experience needed to protect Texans facing weapons charges.


    The laws of Texas and the U.S. make no allowances for those caught with illegal controlled substances. Individuals charged with drug possession or trafficking face serious penalties and punishments. I have the experience to secure your freedoms and rights in the wake of drug crime allegations.



    I represent Texas citizens charged with violating the Driving While Impaired (DWI) statutes. As a highly qualified DWI lawyer, I’m often able to identify factual and legal defenses to lessen or avoid significant penalties associated with a DWI conviction.



    I am a powerful voice for defendants accused of violent crimes and assault offenses. I will create a customized defense for your case. As an experienced assault defense lawyer, I consistently take on the most complex assault cases.

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    Sex Crimes

    Don’t wait to contact the Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp if you have been accused of a sex crime. I understand what’s at stake. I will protect your rights, reputation, and future.

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    Getting charged or arrested?
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    One wrong move or saying the wrong thing can negatively impact the outcome of your case.

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    If I am arrested, should I speak to the police?

    The very simple answer is no! Upon arrest, you have the constitutional rights to remain silent and to consult with an attorney. 

    When you have been arrested or interrogated, remember that the police are not your friends. They are trained to trick you into speaking with them by being friendly and offering to help you. If this happens, simply request an attorney and stop talking.

    What should I look for in hiring an attorney?

    The most important consideration is finding a lawyer with experience in the type of law that you are dealing with. For example, if you are facing criminal charges, you need a criminal defense lawyer. A family lawyer will be a licensed attorney, but may not have the training and experience to be effective as a criminal defense attorney.

    Each area of law has its own rules and procedures, and you need a lawyer who understands your case so that your rights can be protected effectively.

    Another important factor to consider is the legal fees. The idea that you get what you pay for is often proven true when talking about legal fees. Most people probably wouldn’t want a cut-rate lawyer when their freedom is at risk. You should look for quality representation at a reasonable cost.

    Do I even need a lawyer for my criminal case?

    Yes, it is often said that anyone who represents himself in a legal matter has a fool for a client. 

    Defense attorneys often have working relationships with officers, prosecutors, and judges that can greatly benefit the client. Only an experienced criminal lawyer can help you effectively navigate through the criminal justice system and protect your rights.

    What happens when I go to court?

    Your first court appearance is known as an “arraignment.” Typically, this is when the court will advise you of your charges and what the punishment may include. Sometimes judges will forego this formality, and your attorney will give you this information.

    An arraignment is also your attorney’s first chance to collect information about your case by reviewing the prosecutor’s file. Also, the prosecutor may offer a “plea bargain” to try to close the case and avoid a trial.

    Often, an arraignment will result in your case being reset to a future date. While most people want a speedy disposition, this delay is necessary so that your attorney can conduct their own investigation of the state’s evidence.

    Your next court date may be a motion to suppress evidence if your attorney feels that evidence or statements have been unlawfully obtained. After settling any evidence issues, your attorney may negotiate a plea agreement, or your case will be set for trial.

    At trial, your attorney will be able to argue your case in front of a judge or jury, who will decide whether you are guilty or not. Normally, if you are found guilty, punishment will be administered immediately.

    Why hire Houston criminal defense lawyer Matthew Sharp?

    There are many law firms in the Houston metro area, so how do you find the best criminal defense attorney to represent you aggressively and advocate for your rights? Here are a few top reasons why you should contact me immediately if you or a loved one face a criminal charge:

    • Passionate. I stand deeply committed to providing dedicated, tireless, and aggressive legal representation to ensure your rights and freedoms are vigorously protected.
    • Attentive. I deliver superior representation by combining the undivided attention of a small law firm with the full-service abilities of a large firm. I believe in quality over quantity.
    • Available. The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make sure you’re able to get the answers and assurances you need quickly and without delay.
    • Experienced. With over 12 years of experience in the legal field, I have the experience to handle complex legal issues and all types of criminal cases.
    • Specialized. Unlike other lawyers who dabble in civil litigation and other practice areas, I dedicate my entire practice to criminal law and fighting for the rights of my clients.
    • Timely. I understand that your time is valuable. I always strive to provide effective and efficient solutions using the most timely and rigorous professional standards.
    • Caring. Compassionate listening is a cornerstone of my practice. I’ll take the time to truly understand your needs and fears because it’s your future at stake.
    • Free. It costs absolutely nothing to discuss your legal options with me during the initial consultation. Schedule your free case evaluation today.

    Matthew Sharp is also a member of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association and licensed to practice in federal court for the southern district of Texas.

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    I believe clients should be #1. Read my testimonials to see what past clients have said.

    5/ 5stars
    Very positive experience
    “Mr. Sharp handled my case very professionally, he had great communication throughout the process, & was very easy to talk to. I had a very positive experience with his service and would recommend to anyone. I thank him for assisting me.”
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    Helped me change a negative to a positive
    “I brought Matt an almost no-win case and he was able to help me change a negative to a positive. His advice is solid and staight forward. I highly recommend The Law Office of Matthew Sharp.”