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Why Harris County is Cracking Down on Prostitution Crimes

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Prostitution, Sex Crimes December 6, 2017

If you live in the Harris County, TX area, you may be aware of the means by which Harris County is cracking down on prostitution crimes. The District Attorney of Harris County, Kim Ogg, recently announced more than $4 million in Texas grants were available to assist victims of violent crime and sex trafficking. More more >

Bounties: How Law Enforcement Tracks Down Criminals

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Criminal Law November 29, 2017

When a citizen is arrested, Texas law enforcement schedules his or her first court appearance within 48 hours of arrest. During the initial appearance, the individual is arrested, identified as a defendant, and informed about the availability of bail.

Is There a Difference Between Probation and Parole?

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp Staff under Criminal Law, Parole, Probation date

Yes. Many people interchangeably use probation and parole, but there are important differences between the two.

Harris Country Receives $4.4 Million to Crack Down on Sex Trafficking and Violent Crime

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

Harris County recently obtained significant funding towards cracking down on sex trafficking. A major sting operation in Polk County recently netted 277 arrests related to human trafficking. More emphasis is being placed on arresting and charging “pimps” and “johns,” or those who solicit prostitution, rather than the prostitutes themselves.

The Benefits of Using an Expert Witness in a DUI/DWI Case

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

An expert witness may play a vital role in a driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) case. You and your defense attorney are working to mitigate the severe potential damage of charges against you. An expert witness provides expert reports, testimony and evidence to assist in educating and informing the DMV more >

How Do Police Officers Use Drug-Sniffing Dogs?

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp Staff under Criminal Law, Drug Crimes date

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 >

Everything You Need to Know about Prostitution Laws in Texas

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

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 >

139 Men Need a Houston Prostitution Attorney after Recent HPD Arrests

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

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 >

Revenge Porn in Texas: What Are the Consequences?

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

In a word, the consequences for revenge porn in Texas are fierce. Here’s why. Texas’s revenge porn statute found at Texas Penal Code Section 21.16 became effective on September 1, 2015. If found guilty of breaking the law, the defendant faces a Class A Misdemeanor. Does this mean you shouldn’t hire an experienced attorney to fight the more >

10 Tips for Avoiding Legal Trouble on Halloween

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

The risk of injury and accident increases on Halloween. As many of us focus on what to wear or what candy to buy for trick-or-treaters, don’t forget to protect against potentially dreadful legal troubles on Halloween. Check your home and property for hazards to avoid a lawsuit. If a child, teen, or adult is injured more >