Houston Criminal Attorney James Sullivan Defends Clients from Rogue Prosecutors

Monday, February 27th, 2012

013Houston Misdemeanor Lawyers Jim Sullivan and Associates represent clients accused in criminal court throughout the State of Texas, including in Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty and Chambers County.  They have stood up to prosecutors with questionable ethics and secured acquittals from juries, no bills from grand juries and even dismissals from the prosecutors.  If you want dedicated Houston Criminal Defense Attorneys to represent you, call Jim Sullivan and Associates right now at 281-546-6428.

In the Houston Chronicle today, Daniel Medwed, a law professor at the University of Utah who teaches and writes about wrongful convictions, put the spotlight on rogue prosecutors in the State of Texas.  Who are these rogue prosecutors?  They are prosecutors who intentionally and knowingly withhold and refuse to disclose evidence that exonerates an accused.  Rather than acknowledge that the wrong person was initially accused and dismiss the case, they continue to prosecute an innocent person and thus allow the responsible party to go free.
In the case of the wrongly accused Michael Morton (see below), it is possible that Debra Masters Baker may not have been killed by Mark Norwood had the State allegedly not pursued a conviction against a person that evidence indicated was innocent and that the State withheld from the defense.  The prosecutor in that case is now a state district judge and is being investigated by a “court of inquiry” by a Fort Worth judge appointed by the Texas Supreme Court.
When prosecutors behave badly

By Daniel S. Medwed
When most of us break the law, we pay the price. Submit your income tax return late? You’re on the hook for penalties and interest. Go too fast rushing to pick up your daughter from school? Wham, here comes a speeding ticket. And if you get caught committing a crime? Well, chances are good that you will be charged and eventually convicted.
But what about lawbreaking by America’s prosecutors, the officials in our country entrusted with the power to charge people with crimes and to litigate those matters in court? What happens when they violate the Constitution and refuse to disclose evidence that exonerates an accused? Very little. Even if their misdeeds are uncovered, they seldom suffer personally. Disciplinary sanctions are rare, let alone criminal penalties.
Texas has a sad history of prosecutors suppressing evidence before trial that supports a criminal defendant’s innocence. From 2007 to 2009, no fewer than six wrongful convictions were overturned in Dallas County alone because previous prosecutors withheld evidence from the defense that they were constitutionally obligated to disclose. Take the case of James Curtis Giles, a man convicted of a horrific 1982 North Dallas rape.
Before the trial started, Dallas prosecutors had information pointing to another man— James Earl Giles— as the culprit but neglected to turn over that material to the defense.
James Curtis Giles spent a decade in prison and another 14 years on parole as a registered sex offender before DNA testing exonerated him. Fortunately, current Dallas County prosecutor Craig Watkins has made rectifying wrongful convictions a priority in his administration.
But a key question remains: When individual prosecutors break the law and hide evidence that signals a defendant’s innocence, what price should they pay?
Former Williamson County prosecutor (now state district judge) Ken Anderson is about to learn the answer to that question.
A Bexar County judge asked the Texas Supreme Court to convene a novel “court of inquiry” to explore whether Anderson violated any criminal laws and ethics rules in prosecuting Michael Morton for murder 25 years ago.  Last week, the Texas Supreme Court accommodated that request by appointing a Fort Worth judge to handle the inquiry.
In 1987, Morton was convicted of killing his wife, Christine, in their north Austin house. It appears as though Anderson may have concealed police reports and other evidence pointing to Morton’s innocence — including a report indicating that Morton’s 3-year-old son saw another man attack his mother — in an effort to secure a conviction at trial.
Indeed, last year DNA testing of biological evidence from the crime scene linked another man, Mark Norwood, to Christine Morton’s murder.
Had Anderson come forward with the exculpatory evidence in 1987, Michael Morton most likely would not have spent time in prison and Debra Masters Baker may have avoided death.  Norwood has been tied to the 1988 slaying of Baker.
The eyes of the nation are on the Texas criminal justice system, once again, but this time for positive reasons. Let’s hope the unique court of inquiry becomes a paradigm for how rogue prosecutors should be forced to account for their behavior in a public forum.
Let’s also hope that justice prevails, including the possibility — if the evidence supports it— of some form of punishment against Anderson.
It would be a small price to pay, after all, if it helps stop future prosecutors from acting above the law.
Medwed is a professor of law at the University of Utah who teaches and writes about wrongful convictions.

LIBERTY COUNTY TEXAS CRIMINAL ATTORNEY JAMES SULLIVAN FIGHTS FOR HIS CLIENTS

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Liberty County Texas Criminal Defense

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James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Liberty County Criminal Defense Attorney. For over 20 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

The National Trial LawyersProven Results

James Sullivan gets results (see Case Results).  Over the past 20 years, Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of criminal and juvenile case, including murder, aggravated robbery, drug cases, sex offenses, domestic assault and DWI.

Philosophy

James Sullivan practices criminal law with a simple philosophy.  If a client says he is not guilty, and if the prosecutor will not dismiss the charge, then Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial.  Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty.  Instead, Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation (see Trial Case Results).

Reputation

James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  Sullivan is humbled by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO. He is also very grateful for clients who write testimonials on his behalf. Most of his business comes from referrals from past clients and other lawyers, although it is not necessary to have a referral for him to defend you.  Anyone can call Sullivan to represent them.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Houston criminal defense attorney James Sullivan to discuss your case.

Sullivan generally tries to answer his own phone so that you can speak to an attorney directly. He wants to hear from you and to help you. Call him right now. Don’t go to court alone. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your case, call (281) 546-6428 right now.

 

 

LEAGUE CITY / GALVESTON COUNTY TEXAS CRIMINAL LAWYER JAMES SULLIVAN CAN DEFEND YOU

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Galveston County Criminal Defense

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Galveston Criminal Defense Attorneys James Sullivan and Associates have handled over 3,000 cases and have over 45 years experience defending adults and  juveniles in criminal and juvenile courts in Harris County and throughout southeast Texas.

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Galveston Criminal Lawyer. For over 20 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Proven Results

James Sullivan gets results (see Case Results).  Over the past 20 years, Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of criminal and juvenile case, including murder, aggravated robbery, drug cases, sex offenses, domestic assault and DWI.

Philosophy

James Sullivan practices criminal law with a simple philosophy.  If a client says he is not guilty, and if the prosecutor will not dismiss the charge, then Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial.  Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty.  Instead, Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation (see Trial Case Results).

Reputation

James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  Sullivan is humbled by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO. He is also very grateful for clients who write testimonials on his behalf. Most of his business comes from referrals from past clients and other lawyers, although it is not necessary to have a referral for him to defend you.  Anyone can call Sullivan to represent them.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Galveston Criminal Attorney James Sullivan to discuss your case.

Sullivan generally tries to answer his own phone so that you can speak to an attorney directly. He wants to hear from you and to help you. Call him right now. Don’t go to court alone. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your case, call (281) 546-6428 right now.

DEL RIO VAL VERDE COUNTY TEXAS CRIMINAL LAW ATTORNEY JAMES SULLIVAN

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Val Verde County Texas Criminal Defense

Del Rio Criminal Trial Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Del Rio Criminal Defense Attorney. For over 20 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

The National Trial LawyersDefending Your Freedom

James Sullivan chose to become a criminal lawyer.  It was not by accident.  Fighting the government and defending people come natural to him—he was born into a diverse, dynamic family of conservative Baptists and liberal social activists.  Unlike many colleagues who practice criminal law, Sullivan has never prosecuted anyone and never will.  That is not him.  His entire career is devoted to defending people accused of crimes and delinquencies.

Proven Results

James Sullivan gets results (see Case Results).  Over the past 20 years, Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of criminal and juvenile case, including murder, aggravated robbery, drug cases, sex offenses, domestic assault and DWI.

Philosophy

James Sullivan practices criminal law with a simple philosophy.  If a client says he is not guilty, and if the prosecutor will not dismiss the charge, then Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial.  Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty.  Instead, Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation (see Trial Case Results).

Cares About His Clients

James Sullivan cares about his adult and juvenile clients and is concerned about their future.  He frequently counsels with clients at his office for hours at a time. He listens to their concerns, answers all of their questions and discusses legal strategies. He also explains how a criminal conviction could affect them and how to get on the right path for a successful life. Because Sullivan understands that people need to honor work and family commitments, he offers afternoon, early evening and same day appointments along with free parking.

IMG_2914BReputation

James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  Sullivan is humbled by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO. He is also very grateful for clients who write testimonials on his behalf. Most of his business comes from referrals from past clients and other lawyers, although it is not necessary to have a referral for him to defend you.  Anyone can call Sullivan to represent them.

I cannot thank you enough for your help with my case in Montgomery county. It was a very serious accusation against me. My teenage nephew falsely accused me of molesting him. You took our initial call on a weekend and assured us then that everything would turn out fine. You explained that it was very important for a good attorney to get involved before indictment because you believed a good defense attorney could get the case no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury. And, that’s exactly what you did. You are very talented and professional at what you do. I cannot thank you enough for standing beside me, believing in me and and most importantly, your confidence. You are truly a super lawyer. ~K.M., Dallas (AVVO review)

The law practice of James Sullivan is devoted solely to criminal and juvenile defense. Sullivan has tried many cases in Texas criminal and juvenile courthouses. Approximately half of his cases involve criminal charges while the other half involves juvenile charges.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Val Verde County criminal defense attorney James Sullivan to discuss your case.

Sullivan generally tries to answer his own phone so that you can speak to an attorney directly. He wants to hear from you and to help you. Call him right now. Don’t go to court alone. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your case, call (281) 546-6428 right now.

 

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Val Verde County Courthouse Information

Honorable Judge Enrique Fernandez
63rd Judicial District100 East Broadway
2nd Floor
Del Rio, Texas  78840
830-774-7523 Telephone
830-774-1359 Fax

Honorable Judge Carl Pendegrass
83rd Judicial District
100 East Broadway
3rd Floor
Del Rio, Texas  78840
830-774-7654 Telephone
830-774-7651 Fax
Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon / 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
District Attorney’s Office
209 East Losoya Street
Del Rio, Texas  78840
Telephone 830-775-0505
Fax 830-775-0352
Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez
295 FM 2523
Hamilton Road
Del Rio, Texas  78840
830-774-7513 Telephone
830-775-9678 Fax
Honorable Judge Sergio Gonzalez
County Court-At-Law Judge
400 Pecan Street
2nd Floor
Del Rio, Texas  78840
830-774-7575 Telephone
830-778-7440 Fax
Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon / 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
County Attorney

207 Losoya Street
Del Rio, Texas  78840
830-774-7571 Telephone

 

What do I do during a traffic stop? Ask Richmond Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Fort Bend County Criminal Defense

What to Do During a Traffic Stop

Imagine you see blue flashing lights in your rear view mirror when you are just driving along and minding your own business.  When you look down at your speedometer, you realize you are driving 5 miles over the speed limit in a school zone.  Woops.  What you do next is very important.

  1. If an unmarked car is trying to pull you over, you should drive at a safe speed to a highly visible area where other people are present.  However, you should pull well off the road and activate your emergency lights if it is a marked police car.
  2. Turn the car engine off, put both hands on the steering wheel and keep them there in full view, otherwise the police may point their handgun at you.
  3. “Do you know why I pulled you over?” The officer usually will ask you.  You should just answer “No, Officer, I do not. Please tell me.”  The officer is hoping that you will confess to some traffic infraction such as speeding, changing lanes without signaling, etc. because such statements can be used against you later in court, if it comes to that.  For the same reason, do not apologize for your driving.  Just play dumb and let the officer do the talking.
  4. Move slowly and deliberately when the officer asks for your driver’s license, proof of insurance and car registration.  If the documents are in the glove compartment, tell the officer that you have to take your hands off the steering wheel to obtain the items he is requesting.  Absolutely do not reach under the seat as this might result in the officer pointing his handgun at you.
  5. If the officer orders you out of the car, always comply and get out.  Do not argue.  Tell the officer if you need to reach down and release your seat belt.  A 20 year old male was shot by FBI agents near Baltimore in 2002 after the FBI agents in an unmarked car pulled him over, mistakenly thinking he had been involved in a bank robbery.  The man was shot in the face by one of the FBI agents when he reached down to unbuckle his seat belt.  Why?  The agent later explained that he “felt threatened.”
  6. If the officer wants to search your car, do not give consent, even if he threatens to get a drug dog to sniff over the car.  The officer cannot legally search your car if he does not have your consent or “probable cause.”

Regardless of what you learned in school, in traffic stops, the police officer is not “your friend”.

NTL-top-100-memberRichmond, Texas Attorney James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Attorney. For over 20 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Houston criminal defense attorney James Sullivan to discuss your case.

Sullivan generally tries to answer his own phone so that you can speak to an attorney directly. Sullivan wants to hear from you and to help you. Call him right now. Don’t go to court alone. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your case, call (281) 546-6428.

WHAT IS AN APPEAL?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
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A good appeal (also called a “direct appeal”) is taken soon after a conviction as well as sentence. A person generally necessary to file a brief statement using the court called the “Notice of Appeal” within a few days after he is actually convicted. For instance, with some restricted exceptions, a Notice of Appeal should be filed within 10 days after one is sentenced in the federal case and within thirty days after one is sentenced in a situation court case within Texas.

An appeal is restricted to what is actually “in the report. ” In additional words, if a problem was not raised through a pre-trial movement or at test, it generally can’t be raised on immediate appeal (of course there are several exceptions to this particular rule). Usually, in order to achieve the possibility of successful an appeal, three things should have happened: (1) The actual trial judge should have committed an “error” (we. e. did something he shouldn’t have done or didn’t do something he must have done); (2) The actual defense lawyer objected towards the error at that time it was created; and (3) The actual error was dangerous (i. at the. the error may have affected the confidence or sentence).

You will find four possible final results from an attractiveness: (1) The actual conviction and sentence could be affirmed; (2) The actual defendant (known as the “appellant” upon appeal) could be given a brand new trial; (3) The defendant could be given a brand new sentencing hearing; or (four) The defendant’s conviction could be overturned and he can’t be retried.

In the actual federal system, an appeal is actually taken to among the twelve courts associated with appeals. For instance, a person charged in federal courtroom in Texas, Mississippi or Louisiana requires an appeal to america Court of Appeals for that Fifth Circuit which sits in Brand new Orleans, Louisiana. The Appellant the situation submits a created brief, arguing the problems to be elevated on appeal, towards the Court of Is attractive. The government is given a chance to respond with its brief and then your Appellant can file an answer brief to the actual response. Often occasions, but not all of the times, the lawyers is going to be called to Brand new Orleans to argue the problems raised on attractiveness Eventually the Courtroom of Appeals may render its decision as a written viewpoint. While the time can differ greatly, generally talking, it takes regarding 9-18 months from whenever a Notice of Attractiveness is filed to obtain a decision from america Court of Appeals for that Fifth Circuit. If either side isn’t happy with caused by the appeal, that party may file a Request for Writ associated with Certiorari with america Supreme Court requesting the Supreme Court to think about the case. In contrast to, the Court associated with Appeals, the Supreme Court doesn’t have to consider the situation and, indeed, it considers under one percent from the cases it is asked to know.

In Texas, and in many other states, an appeal is come to a state courtroom of appeals. Within Texas, there tend to be fourteen courts associated with appeals. Like within the federal system, an appeal is set by a 3 judge panel from the particular court associated with appeals that hears the situation. The party which lose a criminal appeal inside a Texas court of appeals may then ask the Tx Court of Felony Appeals (basically the Supreme Court within Texas for felony cases) to think about its case through filing a Request for Discretionary Evaluation. Like the Usa Supreme Court, the Texas Courtroom of Criminal Appeals isn’t required to hear all of the cases it is asked to know. If the Courtroom of Criminal Appeals will not hear the situation or if it will hear the case along with a party is unsatisfied with the end result, a Petition for any Writ of Certiorari may then be filed with america Supreme Court asking it to think about the case. Once again, however, the Supreme Court considers under one percent from the cases it is asked to know

Texas appeal procedures

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

gavelbookflagProspects seeking relief within the Texas appeal procedure must act rapidly to preserve as numerous of their rights as you possibly can. The appeal plan is unforgiving. It should be complied with purely to preserve an individual’s right to evaluation in Texas appellate legal courts. Texas criminal protection lawyers, and potential appeal clients as well, must be acquainted with the applicable period limits regarding felony appeals.

The day of sentencing may be the critical date within the Texas appeal procedure. Most time limits imposed inside a criminal appeal start to run on your day a defendant is actually sentenced. Generally, the actual defendant has thirty calendar days inside which to document a motion with regard to new trial. Mastering appeal also demands the defendant in order to file a discover of appeal, which vests jurisdiction within the appellate court, in this same 30 day time period.

In the plea bargain scenario, where the test judge accepts, or doesn’t exceed, the punishment recommendation through the prosecutor, a defendant usually waives his to appeal except with regard to matters raised through written motion as well as ruled upon before the plea. For instance, motions to control evidence, ruled upon before the plea, are kinds of such appealable issues. Most appeals, nevertheless, result when an individual’s guilt or purity is contested and fought-out prior to the trial judge or even jury. A charged defendant then is attractive the finding associated with guilt. Also, errors committed throughout the punishment phase from the trial can end up being raised during this appeal.

The motion with regard to new trial is really a tactic to create non-record claims with regard to appeal. Such statements might include inadequate assistance of lawyer, juror misconduct, or even disproportionate sentences. Other possible claims raised inside a motion for new trial range from the denial of lawyer, the misdirection from the jury, defense witnesses avoided from appearing within court, or evidence maintaining establish a individuals innocence being deliberately destroyed or withheld. Additionally, any time the actual verdict is unlike the law as well as evidence a claim could be raised in the actual motion for brand new trial.

In Tx, the notice of appeal should be filed within thirty calendar days associated with sentencing. The only exception is whenever a timely motion with regard to new trial had been filed. This extends the actual deadline for perfecting attract 90 days following sentencing. After the actual appeal is enhanced, the transcript (we. e., “reporter’s record”) should be requested and the “designation for material” (at the. g. exhibits) filed using the clerk. Although the request the reporter’s record and also the designation are not susceptible to the 30 day time deadline, they ought to be filed early to make sure the ball is rolling and also the appeal is proceeding inside a relatively rapid style.

After notice associated with appeal is submitted the defendant might request an attractiveness bond, provided the sentence didn’t exceed ten (10) many years confinement. Granting an appeal bond is at the trial judge’s discernment. The judge could also order the defendant adhere to bond conditions. This kind of conditions include normal reporting, a curfew, or even other reasonable problems while on discharge pending appeal.

What is an index crime and how often do they take place in Texas?

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Kittitas County Jail - Ellensburg WA - Ministr...Image by zverina.com via FlickrIn the following paragraphs I will determine what index offenses are and exactly how often they occur in Texas. The statistics are actually going to blow the mind and give a person some perspective about the importance of individual security and self-defense.

In Texas crime rates change from city to city like every other state across The united states; I’ve decided to break up the crimes inside a time estimate to create it clear to see how often they occur.

What is a good Index Crime?

Catalog crimes include homicide, rape, burglary, irritated assault, robbery, and automobile theft; they are known as index crimes do for their seriousness and rate of recurrence of occurrence. Homicide, rape, aggravated attack, and robbery all come under violent crimes, while automobile theft, burglary and larceny come under property crimes. The index crime stats are utilized to indicate exactly what the crime levels have been in specific areas in the united states from cities as well as counties to states and a general national outlook. Index crimes may have pretty much individual categories based on each areas own constitute; for instance in Texas the above mentioned list are just about all considered index offences but Michigan’s checklist also includes arson. Check your local state to recognize what the criminal offense rates are in your town. You can discover that information at the local state bureau associated with investigation.

How often do they occur in Texas?

Time estimates through least occurring to many occurring for chaotic crimes and home crimes. Violent offenses; a murder happens every 6 several hours and 23 minutes, rape once an hour or so, robbery once each and every 14 minutes, as well as aggravated assault each and every 7 minutes. Home crimes; a automobile theft takes location every 6 minutes, a burglary each and every 2 minutes, along with a larceny every forty eight seconds. If you combined each one of these figures together a good index crime happens every 29 mere seconds. Can you picture what the nationwide wide what that’s? These numbers tend to be staggering at best and really should be taken critically.

The Texas Penal Code defines these infractions of the law, and details the offense

Monday, August 29th, 2011

HandcuffedHandsThe actual Texas Penal Signal defines these infractions from the law, and particulars the offense. They might seem similar but because the penalties for conviction can vary from probation to 99 many years in state jail their differences may carry huge outcomes.

Theft (Larceny)

Theft (or even Larceny) is defined through the Texas Penal Signal as “unlawfully appropriating home with intent to deprive who owns property. ” Unlawful appropriation occurs if it’s without the customer’s consent or the home was stolen and also the perpetrator was conscious of this. Other considerations for example previous transactions and testimony of the accomplice also enter the definition. It is best to let a felony attorney sort this out if you’re facing charges.

Theft is really a misdemeanor if this involves property value of under $1, 500. It may be considered a criminal offence if it the home value is a lot more than $1, 500 or even involves weapons. There are a lot of circumstances where theft could be classed as a felony based on where the theft happened, what was taken and from who.

There are 3 classes of misdemeanors that carry fines through $500 to $4, 000 and sentences as high as one year within jail.

Robbery

Robbery is defined within the Texas Penal Signal as, “in the span of committing theft with intent to acquire or maintain control from the property a individual intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily problems for another person or even intentionally or knowingly threatens or even places another in concern with bodily injury or even death. ” Robbery occurs once the victim is present throughout the theft.

Robbery is recognized as a second level felony with phrases of 2 to two decades in a condition prison and/or an excellent up to $10, 000

Aggravated Robbery is really a Violent Crime

Aggravated robbery is defined through the Texas Penal Signal as “in the span of committing a thievery the perpetrator leads to serious bodily problems for another, uses or displays a deadly tool or causes bodily problems for another person or even threatens or places someone else in fear associated with imminent bodily damage or death, if your partner is 65 years of age or older or even disabled. ”

Aggravated robbery is actually classified as chaotic crime while theft-larceny is classified like a property crime.  Aggravated robbery is really a first degree criminal offence carrying sentences associated with 5 to 99 many years in state jail and/or a fine as high as $10, 000.

These laws and also the definition of these types of laws in Texas, as is additional states, are complicated and available to interpretation in line with the particular set associated with circumstances surrounding the actual crime. Sentencing for these types of offenses are equally complicated and could come from jury recommendations when the case goes in order to trial, a bargain plea to some lesser offense designed to the prosecutor because of your defense attorney or perhaps a judge may enforce sentencing. A criminal defense attorney is usually a necessary element in these kinds of criminal proceedings

Getting a sex crimes attorney

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Photograph of Haitian Human Rights lawyer, Mar...Image via WikipediaStruggling with a sex crime is definitely an emotionally scarring, distressing ordeal. Part of the actual healing process is really seeing that the actual perpetrator is convicted for crimes. This can end up being accomplished by hiring a lawyer versed in this region of law. Finding a lawyer who will help you work through this problem can bring a feeling of closure towards the proceedings, affording you the chance to move on together with your life. Included here are some tips that will help you find a intercourse crime attorney in your town.

Your first purchase of business when trying to find a sex offenses attorney is to locate a professional who you are feeling comfortable working along with. You may maintain an emotionally fragile place at the moment and you will need to make sure that you’re working with the legal attorney that understands and values the healing procedure. In this kind of case, this is what you need to look for very first.

The second thing you need to seek out inside a sex crimes attorney is really a professional who includes a history of successfully trying such cases. Any attorney ought to make their case history easily available upon request. When looking on a lawyer’s case history you need to look for the kinds of cases they been employed by on and how successful they’ve been in bringing individuals cases to test. If they have successfully done cases that look like yours, then you can move ahead knowing they possess the experience necessary that will help you with your person case needs.

Getting a sex crimes attorney is really a slightly different procedure than finding every other type of attorney. If you will find a professional you are feeling comfortable working with that has successfully tried comparable cases to yours previously then you will be on the way to receiving necessary and deserved drawing a line under.