Last updated 7 days ago
Sex crimes encompass much more than nonconsensual or forced sex; they also include consensual acts that involve an underage individual. When an individual transmits a sexually explicit photo or video via a cellphone, it is known as sexting. When the sexually explicit photo or video involves an underage individual, it is illegal and that person can be charged with a sex crime. Sexting can also involve the posting of these images to Facebook or other social media websites.
These images are considered child pornography, even if they were taken by another minor. Most often, an individual suspected of illegally sexting will be charged with solicitation of a minor. In Texas, the penalty for this conviction is two to 10 years in prison, along with registration as a sex offender. However, if the individual whose image was transmitted was under the age of 14, the charge is upgraded to an aggravated charge, which carries stiffer penalties.
Has your child been accused of illegal sexting in the Dallas or Plano areas? Call the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587 and work with a criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience in handling sex crimes.
Last updated 7 days ago
Methamphetamine is a potent, highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It belongs to a family of drugs known as amphetamines. This synthetic drug is extremely dangerous, causing health issues ranging from convulsions to hallucinations to violent behavior. Many states, including Texas, have very strict laws concerning the possession, production, and distribution of meth. If you have been charged with a drug crime, your criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the charges and the potential penalties in the event that you’re convicted.
Possession of Meth
If you are charged with possession of meth, it means that the arresting officer allegedly found it on your person, in your car, or in your home. In Texas, possession of methamphetamine is categorized under penalty group one in accordance with the Texas Controlled Substances Act. The mere possession of any amount of meth is a felony. If you’re convicted, the potential penalties vary, depending on the amount that was allegedly found. Your criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the potential penalties you’re facing, which range from 180 days to two years in jail for less than one gram to between five and 99 years in prison for 200 to less than 400 grams.
Production and Distribution of Meth
If you’re accused of intent to manufacture or distribute meth, you are facing even steeper penalties. Intent to distribute is generally based on circumstantial evidence, such as possession of large quantities of meth, possession of multiple, packaged bags of drugs, or even possession of large quantities of cash. The penalties for a conviction of intent to manufacture or distribute meth are also based on the quantity of the drugs.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime involving methamphetamine in the Dallas or Plano areas, you need a veteran criminal defense lawyer as your ally. At the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass, our criminal defense team has a wealth of experience in investigating and defending against these types of criminal charges. Call our criminal law firm at (888) 694-0587 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your drug charge, DUI charge, or other accusation.
Last updated 15 days ago
If you’ve recently been charged with a crime, it’s a good idea to talk to your criminal defense attorney about your Fourth Amendment rights. The Fourth Amendment establishes that individuals are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures of their houses and effects. This means that a police officer cannot search your home or vehicle unless he or she has probable cause or a search warrant. If the police officer violated your Fourth Amendment rights, your criminal defense attorney can argue that the charges should be dropped.
You can hear an in-depth explanation of your Fourth Amendment rights by watching this video. This expert discusses the historical roots of the Fourth Amendment and explains more recent court cases that established the parameters for reasonable searches and seizures.
For almost 20 years, criminal defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has been vigorously defending the rights of the accused throughout the Dallas and Plano areas. If you’re in need of expert legal representation, call the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587.
Last updated 19 days ago
Every individual in the U.S. has certain legal rights, including the right to privacy as granted by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from illegal searches and seizures by law enforcement officials. Unfortunately, these rights are sometimes violated. It’s important to understand your search and seizure rights, and to contact a criminal defense lawyer if you feel a police officer has violated them. Your criminal attorney may be able to have the charges dropped if a police officer did indeed conduct an illegal search and seizure.
Fourth Amendment Rights
The Fourth Amendment safeguards individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. This applies to actions conducted by both state and federal officials. This means that under most circumstances, the police may not enter your home or car to conduct a search for contraband unless they have a warrant or your permission.
Reasonable Searches and Seizures
The Fourth Amendment allows police officers to conduct “reasonable” searches and seizures of your property. A reasonable search is considered to be one for which you have given your consent. If you refuse to give consent—which you can legally do—the police may try to obtain a search warrant for your home or other property. They can also search and seize your property in the event they have probable cause. For example, if a police officer observes drug paraphernalia lying in plain view on a car seat, he or she would have probable cause.
If a police officer requests access to your property and you deny permission, you should assume that the officer will try to obtain a warrant. It’s imperative to contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. You should also contact a lawyer right away if you denied permission and the officer entered without a warrant. Let the attorney know exactly what happened and what actions the police officer may have taken. Your criminal defense lawyer can assess whether your search and seizure rights may have been violated.
Criminal attorney Jeffrey Grass specializes in defending individuals accused of serious crimes, including aggravated assault, sex crimes, and DWI/DUI charges, among many others. If you feel your search and seizure rights may have been violated, contact the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass right away. You can connect with our criminal law firm in Dallas by calling (888) 694-0587 or by visiting our website.
Last updated 1 month ago
Statutory rape and other types of sex crimes are taken very seriously. The mere accusation of a sex crime can significantly damage an individual’s reputation, family relationships, and employment prospects. If you or a loved one has been accused of statutory rape—even if you have not yet been charged—it’s essential to get in touch with a veteran criminal defense lawyer right away. A criminal attorney can help you understand statutory rape laws and the potential penalties.
What Is Statutory Rape?
Statutory rape is defined as sexual contact between an individual and a person who has not yet reached the age of consent. The age of consent varies among the different states. Under Texas law, an individual cannot consent to sex until the age of 17. It does not matter if both individuals agreed to the sexual act.
Are There Any Exceptions?
Statutory rape laws do acknowledge some exceptions. For example, in Texas, an individual can be charged with statutory rape if the other individual was under the age of 17 and the accused rapist is more than three years older. This means that a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old could legally engage in sex. However, if one of the individuals is under the age of 14, the other individual will be charged with statutory rape. No child under the age of 14 in Texas can legally consent to sex.
What Are the Potential Penalties?
If convicted of statutory rape, you’re facing severe penalties. If you were charged with indecency with a child, you are facing between two and 20 years in prison. This is a second-degree felony. Sexual assault, which is also a second-degree felony, carries the same potential prison term. Aggravated sexual assault is defined as any type of sexual penetration. It is a first-degree felony and carries a prison term of five to 99 years.
At the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass, we specialize in defending the rights of those accused of sex crimes, including statutory rape and child sex abuse. Mr. Grass has extensive experience in the courtroom and guides clients through every step of the judicial process. If you or a loved one in the Dallas and Plano areas require the services of a criminal defense lawyer, call our criminal law firm at (888) 694-0587 or visit our website.