Can I Be Fired If I’m Convicted of Domestic Violence?
Being convicted of domestic violence in Texas can have serious consequences beyond fines and jail time. A conviction for domestic violence could make it hard to get into the school you want, qualify for a loan, or even get a job. Could you even be fired if convicted of domestic violence in Houston, Texas? What […]read more
How Should I Dress For A Court Appearance?
A defendant’s personal appearance can have a big impact on their case. At the law offices of Houston criminal defense attorney Lisa Shapiro Strauss, we always advise our clients to be well dressed and groomed when they appear for their scheduled court dates. Conservative, professional attire shows that a defendant respects the court and takes […]read more
What Is Aggregate Theft in Texas?
Porch pirates beware. You could find yourself being arrested on aggregate theft charges. Depending on the value of the packages you swiped, you could find yourself facing felony rather than just misdemeanor charges. What is aggregate theft in Texas? According to Section 31.09 of the Texas penal code, aggregate theft occurs when an individual commits […]read more
When Is Bail Considered Excessive in Texas?
In most situations, when a person is arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony charge in Houston, they are required to post bail before they can be released from jail. For some, the amount of bail the court asks for can be too steep to pay. What is considered excessive bail in Texas? And […]read more
What Is the Difference Between Stacked and Concurrent Sentences in Texas?
Houston criminal defense attorney Lisa Shapiro Strauss has represented many clients who have been arrested and charged with multiple misdemeanors and/or felonies. One of their biggest concerns is how long of a sentence they will have to serve if convicted of all the charges. Will their sentences be served concurrently, or cumulatively — stacked one […]read more
Is It Illegal to Threaten Someone in Texas?
Is making verbal threats a crime in Texas or protected speech? There are many reasons a person could make a verbal threat against the other. In some instances, a verbal threat could be made as a joke; in others, it could be a means of self-defense with no real intention of causing bodily harm or […]read more
An Affirmative Defense Against Injury to a Child by Omission Charges in Texas
If you’ve been charged with causing injury to a child by omission in Houston, it’s important to take immediate action to protect your rights. Houston family violence defense attorney Lisa Shapiro Strauss is here to defend you. Injury to a child by omission is a felony in Texas; if found guilty, you could face stiff […]read more
What Evidence Does a Prosecutor Have to Disclose to the Defense?
If you’re awaiting trial after being arrested on a misdemeanor or felony charge in Houston or Harris County, the outcome of your trial will depend on the evidence the state uses to make their case for conviction. In order to obtain a conviction in Texas, prosecutors must convince a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that […]read more
Why Did I Get a Letter from Walmart Demanding That I Pay Them For Shoplifting Damages?
David was caught shoplifting at a local Walmart. He was detained by loss prevention staff; the property he is accused of attempting to steal — a $12 T-shirt — was recovered. No charges were filed, but he was banned from returning to the store. Sandra was also accused of shoplifting at Walmart, for about $25 […]read more
Who’s Knocking At Your Door? Don’t Fall For A Houston Knock and Talk Search
Is it legal for law enforcement to search a private residence or business without a search warrant? It is if they have consent from the owners or occupants to do so. This is the basis of the “knock and talk,” a popular investigative technique used by Houston law enforcement. Knock and talk allow law enforcement […]read more