The Law Office of Matthew Valley

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A “Not Guilty” Is An Excellent Way To Start The Holiday Season

Making the holidays a little happier for a client: this afternoon, after approximately 10 minutes of deliberation, a Milam County jury returned a Not Guilty verdict for a client of mine facing a Class A Theft of Services charge. While every case is different, and going to trial is not always to be recommended, I Read more about A “Not Guilty” Is An Excellent Way To Start The Holiday Season[…]

Think Pre-Trial Diversion Will Stop you From Being Deported in Texas? Think Again!

A new decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) casts a shadow on the common policies and practices of many counties when it comes to handling criminal cases involving non-citizen immigrants. The Case On September 5, 2017, the BIA released Matter of Mohamed, 27 I&N Dec. 92 (BIA 2017), a case concerned with whether an Read more about Think Pre-Trial Diversion Will Stop you From Being Deported in Texas? Think Again![…]

A Short Reflection on Punishment Enhancements: Repeater Status

Many are already aware that the repeated commission of criminal offenses can result in increased punishment. Sections 12.42, 12.425, and 12.43 of the Texas Penal Code provides for general “repeater” enhancements. These include the following: Class A misdemeanor with prior Class A Misdemeanor Conviction, or Felony conviction: Minimum sentence increased to 90 days Class B Read more about A Short Reflection on Punishment Enhancements: Repeater Status[…]

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Hello, This is Matthew Valley from The Law Office of Matthew Valley. Please visit this page for what I hope will be regular updates and musings on current developments in the law.