Juvenile Law

If your child has been arrested and charged with a crime, you are most likely worried and uncertain about how that will affect his or her future. Teens and kids below the age of 18 who get in trouble with the law need legal help to ensure that their lives are turned around and put back on track. Attorney Jerry Michael Acosta criminal defense team is committed and fully equipped to help you and your child achieve the best possible outcome from any juvenile crime accusation.

In the State of Texas the juvenile system is designed for rehabilitation as opposed to punishment. Most youngsters who commit some type of criminal offense do not deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. When a juvenile is convicted of an offense, he or she will often be given alternative programs to help them turn their lives around.

These programs can consist of counseling, community service requirements, alcohol / drug or other treatment programs, or other diversion programs as opposed to lengthy detention and heavy fines. These types of programs often ensue when charges are reduced and may not result in a permanent criminal record which can limit future opportunities.

If your son or daughter is facing a juvenile criminal charge, the consequences can be serious. A conviction could cause him or her to lose a driver’s license. It could leave a permanent mark on his or her academic record that impacts the ability to get financial aid or go to the college of his or her choice. It could lead to incarceration until adulthood.

The worse the crime is, the more serious the consequences. In severe cases, the prosecution will work to see that your minor child is charged as an adult. Attorney Jerry Michael Acosta works to keep juvenile cases in juvenile court, where rehabilitation and good life choices are the focus, rather than punishment.

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Cyber Crimes

If you or someone you know is being investigated for, or has been charged with committing a cyber crime, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. In Texas, most computer or Internet crimes are prosecuted as felonies and come with substantial jail or state prison sentences. Cyber Crimes (also referred to as Computer crime and Internet crimes) are a broad category of crimes involving computers and the Internet. These crimes range from child pornography, to hacking, to stalking and identity theft.

Computer or internet crimes involve a number of different criminal activities, including the following:

  • Internet fraud and computer fraud, including e-mail campaigns to secure bank information
  • Credit card fraud and identity theft, phishing, and DNS hijacking
  • Internet gambling
  • Sale of counterfeit goods over the internet, including software piracy, computer game piracy, video game piracy, music piracy
  • Internet pornography, including possession of child pornography, dissemination of child pornography, and violation of local obscenity ordinances
  • Cyber stalking
  • Sexual solicitation, including online child sex solicitation, instant messaging sexually explicit material to children
  • Human trafficking — using the internet for illegal online trafficking in women or children for sex or servitude and child sexual exploitation
  • Internet Viruses
  • Hacking and Computer Sabotage
  • Invasion of privacy by planting Crimeware & Spyware

Over the years, cyber crimes have come increasingly under the investigation of federal authorities. In 2008, the FBI teamed up with other federal agencies to create a Joint Task Force designed to anticipate and combat cyber threats. In 2014, the Internet Crime Complaint Center processed an average of 22,000 complaints per month. As with their search for drugs, federal agencies often take cyber crimes investigations too far.

If you have been accused of committing a computer crime, contact the Law offices of Jerry Michael Acosta who has a thorough knowledge of computer technology and understands the various computer crime laws is critical. Cyber crime is a serious offense and with that, carries serious penalties; in some cases you may face prison time, fines or both. At the Law offices of Jerry Michael Acosta, we combine our knowledge of technology and our extensive criminal defense experience to provide clients with the effective representation that protects their rights and their future.

Misdemeanor Charges

The Texas law distinguishes between a felony and a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are crimes that are considered less serious, and felonies are some of the harshest offenses. Within those broad categories there are distinctions to determine the severity of the charge and the correlating consequences.

Both felony and misdemeanor offenses come with a host of collateral consequences that can impact your educational and professional opportunities. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12 months in jail. Any criminal offense with a statutory maximum punishment of incarceration that exceeds 12 months is a felony.

Some common examples of Misdemeanors include; but not limited to:

  • Assault
  • Criminal mischief
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Harassment
  • Indecent exposure
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Prostitution
  • Theft
  • Violation of a protective order

In Texas, misdemeanor charges are broken into three classes: A, B, and C, classes according to the severity of the offense

  • Class A Misdemeanor: Conviction of a Class A misdemeanor carries a punishment range of up to one (1) year in the county jail, as well as a fine of up to $4,000.
  • Class B Misdemeanor: Conviction of a Class B misdemeanor carries a punishment range of up to 180 days in county jail, as well as a fine of up to $2,000.
  • Class C Misdemeanor: Conviction of a Class C misdemeanor carries penalties of up to a $500 fine.

If you have been accused of a misdemeanor in the state of Texas, you may be feeling worried, angry, frustrated, and overwhelmed. You may have a number of questions about the implications of the charges against you and what you should do next. Your first step should always be to contact a Texas criminal defense attorney with a trusted reputation and a long-standing reputation for success and client commitment.

Federal Crimes

Crimes committed on properties owned by the federal government, military and national parks are typically charged as federal crimes. These can include theft and other property crimes, vandalism, trespassing, traffic offenses, and breaking and entering. You can also be charged with DUI/DWI on federal property.

Types of Federal Criminal charges, including the following (not an exhaustive list):

  • Federal White Collar Crime
  • Federal Drug ChargesMedicaid and Medicare Fraud
  • Social Security Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Money Laundering
  • RICO
  • Federal Weapons Charges
  • Alien Smuggling
  • Tax Fraud
  • Computer Fraud and Internet Crimes
  • Federal Sex Crimes

Federal criminal cases are much different from other types of criminal cases. The rules of procedure are unbending; the charges are usually complex; and the penalties can be severe. Unlike other criminal cases, the Government spares no expense or resource in its attempting to obtain convictions and seizing the valuable assets of individuals and corporations that are under investigation for, or have been charged with, the alleged commission of federal crimes.

If you are a subject or the target of a federal investigation, your or your corporation’s assets have been seized, or you have been charged with a federal crime, contact The Law Offices of Jerry Michael Acosta by clicking here or call us at (714) 869-4000.

Criminal Appeals

A criminal appeal is a formal request to rehear a case that has already been decided — a request that a new court reconsider the decision of the first court. When one or both sides of a case that has already been decided think there was a mistake made at trial, they can file an appeal. An appeal is entirely different than a jury trial. There is no testimony taken. The court of appeals decides the case entirely upon the written briefs filed by your attorney and the office of the Attorney General who represents the prosecution and asks that the conviction be upheld.
The Criminal Appeals Process in the State of Texas

Keep in mind that not all of the following options may apply to your specific situation. However, the following is a general overview of the criminal appeals process in Texas:

  • Trial Court Sentencing: After a conviction, sentencing is set at the trial court level.
  • Court of appeals:You have 30 days after sentencing to file a notice of appeal. The appeal is filed in one of the 14 court of appeals in Texas.
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals:If the case is not remanded or reversed at the court of appeals level, you have 45 days to file an appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. This is the highest appellate court level in Texas.
  • United States Supreme Court:The next level would be to file a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Appeal United States Supreme Court ruling

If you require criminal appellate court representation in Texas, contact The Law Offices of Jerry Michael Acosta by clicking here or call us at (714) 869-4000.

Homicides

TITLE 5. OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSON – CHAPTER 19. CRIMINAL HOMICIDE

To begin with, not all homicides are crimes. Homicide is the act of a human being causing the death of another human being. Many homicides, such as murder and manslaughter, violate criminal laws. Others, such as a killing committed in justified self-defense, are not criminal.

The Texas Penal Code defines criminal homicides as :

  • A person commits criminal homicide if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual.
  • Criminal homicide is murder, capital murder, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide.

Classification of Criminal Homicide:

  • Murder: Knowing and intentionally causing the death of an individual, or intending to cause serious bodily injury and commits an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes death to another individual.
  • Capital Murder: The murder of a police officer or fireman while acting in their official duties, committing murder in the course of committing a felony, hiring someone to commit murder, or killing someone while escaping (or attempting to escape) a penal institution.
  • Manslaughter: Reckless conduct that causes the death of another person.
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide: Causing the death of another individual through criminal negligent conduct.

The state of Texas has the highest record in the nation for executing prisoners. To avoid this outcome, a person accused of homicide needs to hire an attorney who has the skills and experience to craft a successful and strong defense. There is no more serious circumstance than being charged with taking the life of another person. Being convicted can result in a loss of your liberty, and, possibly, the loss of your life.

For representation in homicide or capital murder cases, or for more information about criminal defense, contact the Law Office of Jerry Michael Acosta in Houston, Texas. We can be reached by phone at (713) 869-4000 or by sending a message through our Contact Us page.

Felony Charges

The Texas law distinguishes between a felony and a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are crimes that are considered less serious, and felonies are some of the harshest offenses. Within those broad categories there are distinctions to determine the severity of the charge and the correlating consequences.

Both felony and misdemeanor offenses come with a host of collateral consequences that can impact your educational and professional opportunities. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12 months in jail. Any criminal offense with a statutory maximum punishment of incarceration that exceeds 12 months is a felony.

Some common examples of a Felony charge include; but not limited to:

  • Aggravated crimes
  • Arson
  • Drug charges
  • Felon in possession of a weapon
  • Injury to a child
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Robbery
  • Stalking
  • Weapons charges

In Texas, Felony charges are divided into several degrees, including:

  • Capital Felony: This is punishable by the highest penalty of all, the death penalty.
    First degree felony: A first-degree is punishable by five years to 99 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. The punishment, depending on the crime, also could include confinement to prison for life.
  • Second-degree felony: A second-degree felony is punishable by between two to 20 years in prison, a fine up to $10,000 or both.
  • Third-degree felony: A third-degree felony is punishable by between two to 10 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines or both.
  • State Jail Felony: A state felony is punishable by between six months in jail to 2 years in the jail, a $10,000 fine or both.

If you have been accused of a felony in the state of Texas, you may have a number of questions about the implications of the charges against you and what you should do next. Your first step should always be to contact a Texas criminal defense attorney with a trusted reputation and a long-standing reputation for success and client commitment.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crime is the term used for intricate crimes that are committed for the sole purpose of financial gain. Such crimes typically encompass traditional notions of deceit, deception, concealment, manipulation and breach of trust. White collar crime does not necessarily involve coercion or violence. In some cases it can be engaged in innocently and without the knowledge of the person or entity to be charged. White collar crimes are often considered federal offenses and finding the right attorney to help you navigate the complexities of the federal court system can make the difference between victory and defeat.

Types of White Collar Crimes:

  • Bank Fraud
  • Blackmail
  • Bribery
  • Cellular Phone Fraud
  • Computer fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Currency Schemes
  • Embezzlement
  • Environmental Schemes
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insider Trading
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Investment Schemes
  • Kickback
  • Larceny/Theft
  • Money Laundering
  • Racketeering
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Evasion
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Welfare Fraud
  • Weights and Measures

The majority of white collar crimes are charged as felonies in the state of Texas, but there are some minor offenses that can receive a misdemeanor charge. Texas Penal Code Chapter 12 lays out the penalties for all types of white collar crimes. If proven guilty of a White Collar Crime the consequences can range from $500 to $10,000 with up to 99 years of life in prison.

If you are involved in a white collar crime claim, click here to contact the Law offices of Jerry Michael Acosta.

Sexual Offenses

There are a number of important concerns that people should consider that are charged with a sex crime in Texas. Some of the most important concerns relate to registering as a sex offender, the type of crime that will end up on the person’s record and going to jail or prison. These are all legitimate concerns and depending on the outcome of your criminal case can affect you for the rest of your life.

Sex offenses include all forms of illegal sexual activity, ranging from the crime of rape, usually defined as sexual penetration without consent, to the crime of prostitution, usually defined as sex for hire. The most serious crimes involve the sexual assault of children or include physical injury. Other sex offenses include public indecency, prostitution, solicitation, lewd acts, and statutory rape.

Generally, sexual assault includes unwanted physical contact with a sexual organ. In some states, the laws also prohibit aggressive sexually suggestive statements, without requiring physical contact. Physical contact is considered unwanted if the victim refused, physically objected or was unable to give legal consent. It is not necessary to show that the accuser physically resisted. Current laws are usually gender-neutral, so they protect all sexual-assault victims.
Types of Sexually Motivated Offenses

  1. Sexual Assault: Also referred to as rape. It is the crime of having nonconsensual sex, either with a stranger or someone you know. You can also be charged with sexual assault if you have sexual relations with someone who is unable to consent, whether because of consciousness, age, or mental capacity.
  2. Online Solicitation of a Minor: These charges involve the accused allegedly engaging in sexually explicit behavior with a person who is 14 or younger, or a person who the accused believes is 14 or younger. The offense is a third-degree felony, unless the accused offender knows the victim is younger than 14 years old
  3. Indecency with a Child: Indecency with a child in Texas also occurs when someone commits indecent exposure knowing a child is present. Also, it is committed when you cause the child to expose the child’s anus or genitals. Merely exposing oneself or having the child expose him or herself is insufficient. The exposure must be done with the intent to arouse or sexually gratify someone.
  4. Aggravated Sexual Assault: Aggravated sexual assault is a sexual assault in which the victim sustained serious bodily injury, a deadly weapon was used or the accused threatened to make the victim become part of sex trafficking.
  5. Sexting: Sexting involves the sending of sexually explicit pictures and/or messages by use of a cellphone or other device. When sexting involves a minor, the minor who sends or receives the messages may be subject to criminal penalties under Texas law.

Punishments for sex crimes vary depending on the particular charge and the circumstances involved. People who have prior sex crime convictions face much harsher penalties. Punishments for sexual offenses can range from 180 Days to 99 years in prison.

At the Law Office of Jerry Michael Acosta we work hard to get the best outcome in your case. To get more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense lawyer regarding sex crimes charges, please contact us at (713) 869-4000 or send us a message by clicking here.

Criminal Traffic Defense

Traffic offenses may seem minor on the surface, but they can have far-reaching impacts on your life through your car insurance rates, points on your driver’s license, or by affecting your employment if you drive as any part of your job.

When you get a ticket, you may think you should just pay it and move on with your life. However, paying a ticket is the same as a guilty plea, and if you’re charged with a criminal traffic offense such as aggressive driving, you don’t have the option of paying a ticket and must go through the court process.
Types of Traffic Offenses you could be charged with in Texas:

  • DMV Hearings
  • Driving While Suspended
  • DUI / DWI
  • Expired License
  • Expungement
  • Racing on the Highway
  • No Valid Registration
  • Reckless Driving
  • Speeding Tickets
  • Suspended License
  • Traffic School
  • Traffic Ticket Bail Bonds
  • Traffic Warrants
  • DPS Surcharges
  • Hit & Run
  • Fleeing and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle

If you plead guilty or are found guilty of a traffic infraction or a criminal traffic offense, you may find that possible consequences include:

  • Fines
  • Jail time in the case of a misdemeanor or felony traffic violation
  • Points on your driver’s license
  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Increased car insurance premiums
  • Loss of your commercial driver’s license
  • Increased likelihood of being found negligent in a civil lawsuit if your traffic violation resulted in an accident
  • It’s always worth considering whether a Texas traffic defense lawyer can help you to minimize the effects of a traffic ticket on your life, or help you to fight a criminal traffic charge.

Contact the Law offices of Jerry Michael Acosta by clicking here.

Drug Crimes

Offenses involving controlled substances are taken extremely seriously throughout Texas, and the crimes can carry a wide range of penalties. Penalties for narcotics crimes typically depend on the type of substance involved, as well as the amount of the substance involved. Once you are arrested for a drug crime, a criminal record of your offense goes on file in the police database and becomes available to the public. Whether or not you go to jail is not the only concern now. If you are convicted of a drug crime, you could ruin your career opportunities, become ineligible to receive student loans, lose your driver’s license, even if the drug offense was a misdemeanor, and lose the ability to rent an apartment.

Texas and federal criminal statutes impose strict punishments on people convicted of the misuse of controlled substances. This means there could be state penalties in addition to federal drug penalties. These could include the possession of a substance, distribution of a substance or even trafficking narcotics.
Drug offenses in Texas include:

  • Manufacture or delivery of substance
  • Possession of substance
  • Manufacture, delivery, or possession of miscellaneous substances
  • Delivery of marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Delivery of controlled substance or marijuana to child
  • Possession or transport of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture controlled substance
  • Possession or transport of anhydrous ammonia; use of or tampering with equipment
  • Possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia
  • Falsification of drug test results
  • Diversion of controlled substance property or plant
  • Unlawful transfer or receipt of chemical precursor
  • Transfer of chemical laboratory apparatus for unlawful manufacture
  • Manufacture or delivery of controlled substance causing death or serious bodily injury

Consequences of Drug Crime Cases:

The penalties and punishments for narcotics charges often depend on a host of different factors, such as the type of controlled substance involved and the amount of the drug involved in the crime. A person can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime. The most severe penalty would be a life felony, which is punishable by between five to 99 years or life in prison, up to a $250,000 fine or both followed by:

  • First-Degree Felony: Sentencing between five (5) and 99 years or life in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.
  • Second-Degree Felony: Sentencing between two (2) and 20 years behind bars, up to a $10,000 fine or both.
  • Third-Degree Felony: Sentencing between two (2) and 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.
  • Class A misdemeanor: Sentencing to up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.
  • Class B misdemeanor: Punishable by up to 180 days behind bars, fines up to $2,000 or both.

If you are involved in a Drug Crime then contact The Law Offices of Jerry Acosta to schedule a consultation to review your case. Each case is different and many different factors play a vital role. Please click here to send us a message or call us at (713) 869-4000.

Marijuana Defense

Marijuana is clearly one of the most common drug encountered in across the United States. Arrests involving marijuana are relatively common and this is not surprising when you consider that it is estimated that as much as $35 billion of marijuana is grown in this Country every year. If you or a loved one find themselves charged with possessing or selling marijuana, we can help.

Marijuana possession, delivery, cultivation and trafficking are regulated by both state and federal law. In Texas, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, which means that it has a high potential for abuse and no generally recognized medical value.

  • Marijuana Possession: It is a crime to possess marijuana in Texas. Penalties vary according to the amount possessed, with increased penalties for offenses in a drug free school zone.
  • Marijuana Delivery: Delivery of marijuana is knowingly or intentionally delivering marijuana. This also is known as the sale of marijuana or drug dealing
  • Marijuana Cultivation: This is considered cultivating or growing marijuana.
  • Marijuana Trafficking: Is the process of intentionally transferring marijuana to another person.

Marijuana punishments in Texas range from possession of marijuana less than two ounces-a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2000 fine-to Delivery (sale) of 2,000 pounds or more-a first degree felony which can carry a sentence of Life in Prison.

If you were arrested for marijuana possession or any other drug-related offense, it is in your best interest to obtain skilled and aggressive representation from an experienced drug defense attorney. Call The Law Offices of Jerry Michael Acosta at (713) 869-4000 to discuss your case or send us a message by clicking here.

Illegal Search and  Seizures

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”–The Fourth Amendment, United States Constitution

All searches without a search warrant are unconstitutional. The police can ask. They can also threaten, cajole, and manipulate. However, unless certain exceptions apply, they still cannot legally search you, your house, or your vehicle without a warrant.
Situations in which law enforcement can search without a court warrant:

  • Consent: If the police ask to search you, your car, or your house, and you give consent, they do not need a warrant. The search is legal. However, you do have the right to refuse.
  • Probable Cause: If the police believe that a crime has been committed, or that a certain property is connected with a crime, they do not need a warrant.
  • Plain View: Contraband drugs or weapons that are in plain sight give the police probable cause to search.
  • Avoiding Arrest: If you are in a vehicle, do not cause yourself to be stopped for an arrestable offense. Do not speed, drive recklessly, or drive drunk, and make sure that your taillights are in working order. Police often use these “pretext stops” to look for drugs.

To schedule a consultation to review your case, contact The Law Office of Jerry Michael Acosta by completing our online contact form or call at (713) 869-4000.

Organized Criminal Activity

Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (EOCA), also referred to as Organized Crime, is a offense described in Texas Penal Code Chapter 71. The “Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity” offense does not really describe a new kind of criminal activity, but instead increases the severity of the penalty for committing an offense when a group works together to commit the crime.

Types of Organized Crimes

Section 71.02 of the Texas Penal Code makes it a crime to engage in or conspiring to engage in organized criminal activity involving any of the crimes listed in the statute, including:

  • Murder and capital murder
  • Arson
  • Robbery and aggravated robbery
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual assault
  • Gambling
  • Promoting prostitution
  • Unlawful sale of firearms
  • Unlawful manufacture or delivery of controlled substances or dangerous drugs
  • Felony fraud offenses under chapter 32 of the Texas Penal Code

Keep in mind that you do not need to be a member of a gang to be charged with the offense of engaging in an organized crime in Texas. All that needs to occur for this charge is evidence that more than two people collaborated to carry out a criminal action.

Consequences of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
A charge of organized criminal activity under this statute is punishable as one category higher than the most serious underlying charge. For example, if the most serious offense is a Class A misdemeanor, then the offense is a state jail felony.

If you have been charged with EOCA then schedule a consultation to review your case, contact The Law Office of Jerry Michael Acosta by completing our online contact form or call at (713) 869-4000.

Grand Jury Proceedings

There are 12 jurors that serve on a grand jury. The prosecutor will present the charges to the grand jury and introduce just enough evidence to secure an indictment. The proceedings are secret and are usually held without the suspect’s knowledge or presence. When the grand jury determines that there is probable cause to charge the suspect, they return a “true bill.”

Sometimes, the prosecutor will call witnesses, or even the suspect, to testify before the grand jury. If you are called to testify at grand jury proceedings and believe that you are a possible target of the investigation, you have a right to remain silent and not answer incriminating statements. Also, if you are indicted by the grand jury, you are permitted to obtain the transcripts from the hearing to evaluate the evidence. This is part of the reason a prosecutor uses the minimum amount of evidence to secure an indictment.
What Happens After the Grand Jury’s Decision?

A grand jury does not need a unanimous decision to indict a person. However, it does need a supermajority of 2/3 or 3/4 agreement for an indictment, depending on the jurisdiction. If the grand jury chooses to indict, the trial most likely will begin faster.

If the grand jury does not choose to indict, the prosecutor still could bring the defendant to trial if he or she thinks there is a strong enough case against the person or group. The grand jury proceedings, however, often are used as a test run for prosecutors in making the decision to bring the case against a person.

If you have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and you believe that you may be held liable for any criminal act, it is extremely important to contact The Law Office of Jerry Michael Acosta by completing our online contact form or call at (713) 869-4000. for a consultation as soon as possible in order to protect your rights and to prevent your own indictment. It may be necessary to invoke your right under the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution not to testify.

Asset Forfeiture

When money or assets are obtained through illegal means, federal and state law enforcement authorities have the right to forfeit those assets. Many people accused or charged with a drug crime experience asset forfeiture. For example, if you used a vehicle to transport marijuana, the police can confiscate your vehicle. In some cases, the police may confiscate larger assets, such as a home, if they believe the money used to purchase home was obtained through illegal drug activity.

It should also be mentioned that you don’t need to be charged or under investigation for a drug crime for the police or government to seize your assets. The police just need to prove that the money or assets were obtained from the profits of an illegal activity.

The laws on seizure are extremely complex, and it can be difficult to recover seized property after a judge has ruled in favor of the seizure. That is why it is so critical to have an attorney on your side as soon possible if you face the seizure of your property. Our firm jumps ahead of the asset forfeiture game by demonstrating to the government the legitimate nature of the seized assets. If that fails, we stand ready, able and willing to litigate the return of the assets.

If you assets have been seized then contact The Law Office of Jerry Michael Acosta by completing our online contact form or call at (713) 869-4000. for a consultation as soon as possible in order to protect what belongs to you.

Violent Offenses

Texas considers violent offenses to be extremely serious and prosecutes them aggressively. A violent offense conviction can come with lengthy prison time, hefty fines and in some cases the death penalty. According to the Texas Penal Code Chapter 22 a violent offense is an assault that a person commits if the he intentionally or knowingly:

causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse
threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse
causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

Not exhaustive, but some of the more common violent offenses are:

  • Sexual assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual
  • Abandoning or endangering child
  • Deadly conduct
  • Consent as defense to assaultive conduct
  • Terroristic threat
  • Aiding suicide
  • Tampering with consumer product
  • Leaving a child in a vehicle

If you or someone you know has been charged with a violent crime, it is imperative that you contact The Law Office of Jerry Michael Acosta by completing our online contact form or call at (713) 869-4000. for a consultation as soon as possible in order to protect your rights.