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What to Do If You’re Falsely Accused of Online Solicitation

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Computer Crimes, Sex Crimes February 21, 2018

Many Texans are falsely accused of online solicitation of a minor every year. Often, the accused is charged after aggressive sting operations implemented by state and federal authorities. Innocent people may be caught with the guilty in these widely case sting operation nets. It’s easy for many folks to assume that a person accused of more >

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Arrests 103 Alleged Sex Buyers in Prostitution Sting Operation

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Prostitution, Sex Crimes February 15, 2018

Harris County continues to lead the nation in sex buyer arrests for the second year in a row. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced that more than 100 alleged sex buyers (johns) were arrested in a month-long (January 7 – February 4, 2018) sting operation leading up to Super Bowl Weekend, as part of more >

Yes, Social Media Can Be Used Against You in Court

Posted by The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp under Internet Crimes, Jury February 14, 2018

If you’ve ever asked “Can social media be used against me in court?” the answer is definitely yes. Social media can—and often will be—used against you in a criminal proceeding. Most people use social media technology in their daily lives. As more people use social media sites, it’s logical to assume that technology also influences more >

What Does ‘No Refusal’ Mean?

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

Most cities and counties in Texas are committing greater resources to combat drunk driving. “No refusal” weekends allow law enforcement agents to obtain a warrant to take blood even if the accused driver refuses to submit to breath and/or blood tests. Don’t be misled, though. In reality, law enforcement officers use no refusal policies every more >

Carrying a Firearm in Your Car

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

House Bill 1815 became effective on September 1, 2007. It permits the ability of law-abiding Texas residents to legally carry a handgun in their motor vehicles in Texas (without a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or other type of permit. If the resident is legally permitted to own firearms and the vehicle belongs to the permitted more >

The Differences Between Prostitution and Escort Services

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

If you’ve ever wondered about the legal differences between prostitution services and escort services, you’re in good company. There’s a lot of confusion about the differences between the two. An escort is an individual whose companionship, social company, and time are available for hire in a commercial setting. The customer of an escort service pays more >

Erasing Your Criminal Record: Expunctions and Non-Disclosures

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

If you or someone you care about was previously arrested or convicted of an offense, expunction or an order of non-disclosure can provide a fresh, new start. If you’re interested in cleaning up your record, learn more about expunctions and non-disclosures. In the state of Texas, you may qualify for an expungement if you were arrested more >

What Is Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution in Texas?

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

The aggravated promotion of prostitution offense in Texas allows law enforcement professionals to arrest an individual if they believe he or she runs, or helps to run, an enterprising with at least two prostitutes. This is a very serious charge. It is described under Title 9 (“Offenses against Public Order and Decency”) in the Texas more >

Can I Be Arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Texas?

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

You can be arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in Texas. It is a serious crime to possess drug paraphernalia. In addition to other drug use or possession crimes, possession of drug paraphernalia is a separate criminal charge. Drug paraphernalia is any item that’s used to consume, package, or process an illegal substance or drug. more >

When Sexting Is a Crime in Texas

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

If you’ve ever asked “When is sexting a crime in Texas?” you’re not alone. Almost everyone owns or has access to a smartphone today. Many teens and young adults participate in sexting,an activity that involves sending sexually-oriented text messages to others. Although younger people may view sexting as a relatively commonplace or harmless activity, law enforcement more >