Criminal Law

Municipal Court 101: Small Courts with a Big Impact

If you shop, work, live or drive through any municipality in Texas, then you need to know about municipal courts. A municipality is a city or town having a corporate status and limited self-governance rights.  Part of that self-governance is having a court.  Every Texas municipality is entitled to have at least one court. Texas currently has 933 municipal courts. Every municipal court has a judge.  While the judges do not...

Criminal Investigations – Be Smart

Your business and personal disaster planning should include the unthinkable: how to respond if you or your business become the target of a criminal investigation.   Before you dismiss the thought, remember the Enron and Arthur Anderson execs.  It could happen to you. Sometimes investigations come to your attention quietly, with an officer coming to your office or house to ask a few questions.  At other times, they are all sound...

Shoplifting

“Shoplifting” is a crime with complications.  Just ask Lindsay Lohan, Winona Ryder, Megan Fox,   Anthony Warrall Thompson, Maria Gomez, Jose M. and James Garza. The first four got some bad publicity and a relatively light punishment.      But Maria Gonzalez?  Maria was deported.   She had been arrested twice for shoplifting in the span of two months in 2009, and pled guilty to two Class B Misdemeanor Theft charges (in 2009, that...

7 Things to Remember if You are Stopped for a DWI in Texas

1. If you see police lights, pull over and stop. Stay in your car. Assume you are being videotaped. 2. Turn the interior lights on for the police officer's benefit. Get out your driver's license and insurance certificate. After that, keep your hands on the steering wheel and in plain sight when the officer approaches. 3. If you have doubts that it is really a police officer behind you, then you...

3 Things You Should Expect from Your Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether you are a crook or wrongfully accused - you should have good criminal defense representation.  What should you expect your criminal defense attorney to do for you? Discuss possible defenses to your crime and the penalties you may face if convicted, as well as possible alternatives to jail time, including treatment options. Represent you at all hearings.  Your attorney should  be by your side to advocate for you every step...

North Texas Crime and Punishment

Misdemeanors and Felonies In Texas, crimes are often classified by their types of punishments. Misdemeanors are classified as: Class C – No confinement, $500 maximum fine Class B - up to 180 days in county jail, $2,000 maximum fine Class A - up to 1 year in county jail, $4,000 maximum fine Examples of misdemeanors: • Purchasing alcohol for a minor or furnishing alcohol to a minor (Alcoholic Beverage Code 106.06) – Class A • Driving...
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