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The only people who want to go to court are attorneys. For most, it’s a hassle to deal with parking, bureaucracy, and procedure. But if you’re facing charges, helping a loved one, or looking to get a vital outcome, going to court can be intimidating. First off, going through the Harris County Court experienced defense attorney who knows the local system. However, here are a few other things to know if you’re going to court in Houston, Texas. Harrison County Court: Where to Go If you were arrested and told… The post Appearing in Harris County Court: What to Expect?
The laws in place for mandatory reporting in Texas are clear. Mandated reporters such as teachers, coaches, and other professionals, are obligated to report suspected child abuse or neglect. This includes suspicions of child sexual abuse as well. Once a mandated reporter makes a report, what happens next? In many cases, it leads to an intensive investigation and sometimes criminal charges. Unfortunately, all too often, there is a rush to judgment with lives and reputations in ruins. Who Is a Mandated Reporter Under Texas Law? Under Texas Family Code, Section… The post Mandatory Reporting of Child Sex Abuse in Texas
You did the right thing by hiring a criminal defense attorney instead of trying to go it alone, but you may have chosen the wrong person for the job. With so much at stake, there’s little room for error by an attorney. Here are some of the things to look out for and when to make a change in your legal representation. 1. They Make Big Decisions Without You Generally, attorneys should make well-measured, tactical decisions that help your strategy. You should be the one making the important calls that… The post 5 Signs You Need a New Criminal Defense
If you’re charged with a crime, you have options. Whether you decide to go to trial or accept a plea will depend on many factors, but your attorney should explain what puts you in the best possible position. A Harris county criminal court sounds scary, but trials are there to be won, and it could be the best way to clear your name. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering a trial to address criminal charges in or around Houston, TX. Pleading Guilty Pleading guilty… The post Considering a Harris County Jury Trial? appeared first…
Internet stings are increasingly common. With so many people meeting up online, law enforcement may have good intentions in conducting these sting operations. They are trying to protect minors and individuals vulnerable to sex trafficking. But the fact remains, many people are wrongfully accused or shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place. Often, people are caught up in something they had no intention of being engaged in. However, what they say and how they behave only complicates their situation. Here are some of the most common mistakes you should… The post 3 Mistakes To Avoid if You’re Arrested in
A Houston DWI arrest can significantly impact your life. You may lose your driver’s license, and you may spend time in jail. It’s essential to take a DWI charge seriously. But things have become much more complicated during the pandemic. Concerns over The post How To Handle a DWI in Harris County During the Pandemic appeared first on Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Ned Barnett.…
Online solicitation charges have become increasingly common in Houston recently. But this isn’t necessarily because more and more Texans are engaging in these crimes. Many of these people have never even met the people they were accused of soliciting online. But just because you never met doesn’t mean you can’t be charged. Internet stings have made it possible for police to arrest pedophiles and others engaging in online solicitation of a minor. But it has also led to many wrongful arrests. Online Solicitation & Internet Stings Many online solicitation charges… The post Can You Be Charged With Online Solicitation if
Child pornography charges are severe. They carry some of the harshest penalties of all sex crimes in Texas. If you have been arrested and charged with a child porn sex crime, you are likely worried. And if you aren’t, you should be. You need to understand the factors that influence a potential punishment, and an experienced Houston defense lawyer can help. Texas Child Pornography Laws In Texas, there are several illegal activities involving pornographic content. But child porn laws refer to anyone under the age of eighteen. Essentially, child porn… The post How are Child Porn Sentences Determined? appeared first…
Texas takes a tough stance on sex crimes. And it takes sex crimes that involve children even more seriously. Many people who find themselves charged with this offense lose hope. They think there is no way to fight back – much less get it dropped. But there may be a way to avoid prison and fines. Fighting your charge with the help of an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer could be your way out. Understanding Sexual Assault of a Child Charges Getting charged with a sex crime is disorienting. But… The post What Is Sexual Assault of a Child in
Statutory rape, or sexual assault of a child, in Texas can be a difficult charge to defend. If you’re an adult who had sexual contact with someone younger than 17, it doesn’t matter what you thought the person’s age was, what may have been a reasonable belief, or what that person told you. To have charges dropped, you need a valid and robust defense so you avoid a conviction and prison. What is Statutory Rape? Under state law, someone 16 years old or younger can’t legally consent to sexual contact…. The post How to Get Statutory Rape Charges Dropped? appeared…