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What to Do If You Have a Missed Court Date

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp Staff under Criminal Law, Defendants' Rights August 16, 2017

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 >

What You Need to Know About “No Refusal” This Labor Day

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law, DWI/DUI August 9, 2017

This Labor Day is a no refusal weekend. Labor Day is a high-profile holiday—along with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, July 4th, and Memorial Day— because many people travel to attend parties and events with family and friends that include alcoholic beverages on these days. Dozens of drivers are typically arrested for drunk driving more >

Open Carry: New Law Allows Texas Residents to Carry Swords and Knives

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law, Weapon and Firearm Crimes date

On September 1, 2017, Texans over the age of 18 will be allowed to carry knives, spears, sabers, machetes, and swords. H.B. 1935 (Texas Knife Law Reform Bill) eliminates ownership and restrictions on knives with blades longer than five and one-half inches long, including daggers, double-edged knives, swords, dirks, poniards, dirks, stilettos, and Bowie knives. more >

Criminally Negligent Homicide in Texas: Laws and Consequences

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

Texas Laws on Criminally Negligent Homicide Taking the life of another person is one of the most serious offenses that can be committed in Texas. There are a range of criminal charges that can be applied in a case involving the killing of another person. For example, the most serious charge of this type is more >

Property Crime: What You Should Know About Punishments and Statistics in Houston

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

The legal term for property destruction is criminal mischief under Texas law. Criminal mischief may include property damage, tampering with the property or belongings of other people, arson, or vandalism: It could be accidental, unintended damage after a hit and run accident. It could also be intentional damage, such as cutting a vehicle owner’s tires. more >

When to Turn Yourself in for a Warrant

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

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 date

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 >