Criminal law in Texas refers to the body of rules that define and proscribe criminal offenses and set out the punishment for those offenses. In Texas, criminal law is governed by both state and federal law. The Texas criminal justice system comprises several different agencies and organizations that work together to investigate, prosecute, and punish illegal activity.
In Texas, criminal offenses are generally classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the severity of the offense. Misdemeanors are less severe crimes that are punishable by up to one year in jail. In comparison, felonies are more severe crimes that are punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. In all, criminal law encompasses:
(Drug Possession and Drug Distribution, including cases involving cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and marijuana)
It can be difficult when facing a criminal offense case alone. When dealing with criminal law, reach out to an experienced attorney who can provide comprehensive and practical advice for your specific case.
John Smith was arrested and charged with armed robbery after a convenience store was held up at gunpoint. According to eyewitnesses, a man matching John’s description entered the store with a handgun and demanded cash from the register before fleeing the scene. The police were called, and John was arrested a short time later, still in possession of the cash and the weapon.
John’s defense attorney argued that there was a lack of evidence linking John to the crime. Furthermore, he argued that there were several inconsistencies in the eyewitness testimony and that the police had not followed proper protocol when they arrested John.
At trial, the prosecutor presented evidence such as footage of the robbery, and the cash and the gun found on John were presented as evidence. The eyewitnesses were also called to testify.
However, the defense was able to cast doubt on the prosecution’s evidence, and the jury ultimately found John not guilty of the armed robbery charge. While the arrest and trial had been a difficult experience, John was relieved to have been cleared of the serious criminal charges.
It’s worth noting that a case such as this would have much more complexity in reality and a more involved process, but this is just a hypothetical scenario for the sake of the example. Additionally, the not guilty finding does not indicate the actual guilt or innocence of the person, it’s based on the ability of the prosecution to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.