There is nothing simple about simple assault. If you've been charged with simple assault in Texas, you face potentially serious consequences. Assault seems like such a loaded term, but under Texas law it can mean "intentionally or knowingly" threatening someone with bodily injury, rather than actually touching them. Texas statutes break assault into several categories, with the particular form of assault considered either a misdemeanor or a felony. It is crucial to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
The Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity drug and death scandal continues to grow. The police have charged six more fraternity members as a result of the overdose death of Texas A&M University student Anton Gridnev. The college sophomore was an economics major.
Violation of Probation in Texas is a much different legal affair than being convicted of a crime. The Texas Attorney General issued an opinion written by then Attorney General of Texas Jim Mattox. The date of the of the opinion is 1984 and it is still relevant today.
Any time there are allegations of assault, it's a serious matter. However, people often wonder whether assault is classified as a felony or a misdemeanor in Texas. The answer is, "it depends." The Texas Penal Code assigns different levels of severity to different types of assault charges.
Much like cancer, nearly everyone can name at least one addict they know or are related to. Understand that there is no judgment here; just help. No matter what the circumstances were or what your previous criminal record is, you are going to need a defense attorney. To take that a step further you are going to need a good defense attorney. Let's examine some reasons to hire an experienced defense attorney rather than going with a public defender or a lawyer with little criminal case background.
It feels like a nightmare. A million thoughts are racing through your head, colored by panic, fear, and worry. You clamor for ideas, for information, for a guide on what exactly you need to do. Who should you call? What do you say? What will this mean for your future?
We would all like to think society forgives and forgets easily when a person has committed a crime and paid their dues. However, this does not seem to be the case. Even for nonviolent crimes, the social stigma is very real and long-lasting. According to a Justice Department Survey in 2012, state records across the country contain a total of 100 million criminal records. That is a huge chunk of our population that has been charged with a crime. But even with this vast number of people, they are still faced with ongoing consequences.
Two Houston residents have been taken into custody in connection with the murder of a 51-year-old employee of M.D. Anderson, who was found beaten to death in his home on Sept. 29. Police discovered the body of the deceased after his coworkers reported that he had not shown up for work; officers made a welfare check call to the victim's home in Pearland.
Texas residents suspected of serious crimes may find themselves linked to another criminal charge by their DNA. The Supreme Court has ruled that the state can collect DNA samples from those who have been detained under the suspicion of a serious crime. The Supreme Court justices were divided on the issue and passed it with a vote of five to four. This ruling will benefit the police but may raise some privacy law concerns. This ruling has reinstated a conviction in a case where a man was convicted for a sexual assault that occurred in 2003 based on DNA evidence that was collected by police during an arrest for an assault charge six years later.
The death of a 24-year-old motorcyclist in 2009 resulted in intoxicated manslaughter charges against the 27-year-old law student whose vehicle ran over her. The case against the now-graduated law student ended Jan. 25 with his no contest plea to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Sentencing is slated for February. Evidence showed that both the motorcyclist and the 27-year-old were intoxicated. The driver had a blood alcohol content level of 0.13, according to a blood test performed after his arrest. The prosecutor handling the case told the judge that it would have been difficult proving intoxicated manslaughter because police officers at the scene were not convinced of the link between the man's intoxication and the accident. The defense attorney was prepared to argue that the motorcyclist might have been able to control her motorcycle had she not been intoxicated.