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    Defining Embezzlement

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Embezzlement is a type of white collar crime that is broadly defined as illegally taking money or property that had been entrusted to the individual, such as via employment or a partnership in a business. Embezzlement is a type of theft. However, not all thefts are embezzlement. For example, if an individual breaks into an electronics store to steal cash and other items, this is not embezzlement. If that same individual works for the electronics store and skimmed off the top of the cash register, this act is embezzlement.

    The difference primarily lies in the fact that the individual who is accused of embezzlement was entrusted with the money or property. The employee of the electronics store is legally able to accept customers’ money in a business transaction. In other words, the employee did not initially obtain the money illegally, yet the employee later misappropriated the money by failing to return all of it to the store. Embezzlement doesn’t only occur in retail establishments. It may also refer to an executive that siphons money from a company’s accounts into his or her own accounts. Anyone accused of this serious crime should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer promptly.

    Have you or a loved one been accused of a white collar crime in Dallas? Call (214) 613-1972 and let the criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass help.

    Understanding Megan's Law in Texas

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Megan’s Law was signed in 1996 to promote community awareness about convicted sex offenders that live nearby. The law was passed following the rape and murder of Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old girl. The incident prompted widespread outrage and calls for public notification about individuals convicted of sex crimes. Although Megan’s Law is federal and applies to all states, each individual state, including Texas, may set certain criteria for administering it. 

    Who Is Required to Register?
    Under Megan’s Law, individuals in Texas who are convicted of sex crimes must register within seven days of moving to a new municipality. The law also applies to out-of-state offenders who move to Texas.

    What Information Is Collected?
    The sex offender registry in Texas collects information such as the offender’s full name, aliases, sex, date of birth, height, weight, and other identifying information, including the individual’s Social Security number. The registry even collects the offender’s shoe size. Offenders are required to submit to a photograph and they are fingerprinted. They must provide information pertaining to their employment and current education, if applicable. Specific details about the conviction, such as the age of the victim, are also entered into the registry.

    How Is the Information Verified?
    Periodically, law enforcement officers in Texas are required to verify the information of those convicted of sex crimes. Sex offenders who have been civilly committed are checked every 30 days. Address verification is required every 90 days for individuals convicted of two or more crimes that are sexually violent. Other sex crimes convictions require annual address verification.

    Have you been charged with failure to register in Texas? You have the right to defend yourself from the charges by retaining the services of a criminal defense attorney. Call (214) 613-1972 to contact the Dallas or Plano locations of the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, criminal defense attorney, or visit us online for more information.

    What Happens During the Pre-Indictment Stage of a Criminal Case?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The pre-indictment stage of a criminal case refers to the time before a person has been formally charged by the district attorney’s office or by the court. During this time, investigators are still trying to put their case together. If you know that you’re under investigation for aggravated assault, sex crimes, or any other type of criminal offense, you should contact a criminal defense attorney promptly.

    Watch this interview to learn why it’s best to arrange for legal counsel before being formally charged. As this expert explains, your lawyer will be able to advise you of the specific nature of the allegations, which lets you know what to expect. You’ll also have time to prepare for the grand jury and to consider a plea bargain.

    For exceptional criminal representation, turn to the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass in Dallas, Texas. Call (214) 613-1972 to schedule a consultation with our criminal defense attorney or visit our website to learn how we can help you move forward by connecting you with counseling, rehabilitation, and other services.

    What Is Considered When Bail Is Set?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Individuals charged with criminal offenses are not automatically granted bail. It’s important to have a criminal defense attorney present at your bail hearing to represent you, particularly since the prosecutor will attempt to have bail either denied or to set a very high amount for bail. There are a number of factors the judge may consider when granting bail and establishing the amount of bail.

    One of the most important factors the judge will consider is the nature of the offense. Individuals charged with crimes that are considered particularly heinous, such as child sex abuse, have a much more difficult time obtaining bail. The judge may also consider your prior convictions, if applicable. If you were previously released on bail, the judge will consider how you behaved during that time. To assess your flight risk, the judge will evaluate whether you have family and a job in the area, and how long you have lived in the area. Your financial resources are another important consideration.

    Don’t appear at your bail hearing alone; protect your legal rights by hiring a criminal defense attorney. Residents in Dallas and Plano can contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at (214) 613-1972 to arrange for exceptional legal representation.

    Can the Police Search Your Home Without a Warrant?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Under most circumstances, a police officer cannot enter your home unless he or she has a search warrant that specifies access to the home. This legal protection is granted to citizens by the Fourth Amendment, which makes unreasonable searches and seizures illegal. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

    You can hear about these exceptions by watching this video or by consulting your criminal defense attorney. For example, a police officer may enter your home and search it without a warrant if you provide consent for the search. An emergency, such as a house fire, is another exception.

    If you believe you’ve been the victim of an unlawful search and seizure, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass in Dallas, Texas. You can reach our criminal law firm at (214) 613-1972 or you can visit our website to learn more about our legal services.

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