Many people think that they can go out and enjoy a night of drinking with their friends and then drive home safely. While this is certainly possible (though never a good idea), there is a chance that a law enforcement officer will throw a wrench in that plan.
Property crimes like theft and robbery exist in a gray area between violent and non-violent criminal charges. Depending on some very specific details, two acts that are almost identical may yield two substantially different sets of charges and sentencing.
Although it may not sound serious, shoplifting can lead to a variety of punishments.
Not all criminal charges result in a person having to sit through a jury trial. Many criminal cases are resolved through the use of plea bargains. There are many benefits and drawbacks of these agreements for both sides.
Heroin laws in Texas are very strict because of the public heath impacts of this drug. For people who are facing heroin charges, knowing the possible penalties and options for a defense are important.
New Texas laws could allow you to drive after a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction immediately. Thanks to the ignition interlock device, you could regain your driving privileges as soon as the device is installed.
One person dies due to a drunk driver every 51 minutes in this country. These deaths, as well as the chance of injuries and property damage, are the reasons why lawmakers have taken such a tough stance against drunk driving. Texas lawmakers are no exception.
A criminal conviction can have lasting consequences beyond the fines you paid and any jail time you served. You might experience trouble finding a good job or even renting a nice apartment. Anytime someone runs a background check on you, an arrest or conviction could come back to haunt you after you have paid your debt to society. Fortunately, you might have an option available to keep that one mistake from stalking you for the rest of your life.
The issue of domestic violence is one that is largely misunderstood. Some people think of domestic violence as only physical abuse and battery. This is far from the truth.
People who are facing a drunk driving charge in Texas might soon have a second chance at having a clean record. For people who haven't faced criminal charges before, HB 3016 could enable them to have the drunk driving offense sealed upon meeting certain conditions.