What is the Statute of Limitations on Shoplifting in Texas?

Shoplifting is the theft of merchandise from a business premise. It is one of the “offenses against property” detailed in Title 7 of the Texas Penal Code and, more specifically, a theft offense consolidated under Section 31.03 of the Code. Theft offenses are classified according to the value of the property taken and, like most […]

Understanding Texas Penal Code 30.05

In Texas, the offense of criminal trespass, as outlined in Texas Penal Code 30.05, can lead to jail time and long-term consequences that can seriously impact your future. As such, if you are charged with this crime, you need to start thinking about how you will defend yourself...

Been Arrested: Can the Police Search My Phone?

Being arrested or approached by police can be intimidating. You may not know your rights, or you may feel pressured into consenting to police requests you’re not sure about. The Constitution protects us from “unreasonable search and seizures”, but what does that mean when you’re arrested? The police can search your pockets, and maybe even […]

Is Domestic Assault a Felony in Texas

Domestic violence is a serious problem both here at home in Texas, and across the country. In fact, in the United States it is estimated that one in three women, and one in four men will experience violence perpetrated by an intimate partner or family member at some point in their lives. Today we will take a closer look at each type of domestic violence crime in Texas and discuss what you should do if you have been arrested for domestic violence.

Can a Felony be Expunged in Texas?

Mistakes are a part of life, and, unfortunately, some of those mistakes can follow us for years. In Texas, and the U.S. generally, a criminal record can affect the opportunities available to you throughout your life even if you are not convicted of a crime.