Criminal Law in Tyler TX
Occasionally, the clients seeking the services of the Sinclair Law Office, PC are facing criminal charges. While our law office focuses on family law, we do take criminal cases. In many cases, these criminal charges stem from proceedings involving family law. For example, failure to pay child support may eventually result in charges of criminal nonsupport, which is punishable as a state jail felony.
The Sinclair Law Office, PC may be able to help you in a criminal proceeding. If you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, then our team may be able to help you. To see how we can help you with your specific case, schedule a consultation with us.
Civil and Criminal Law in Texas
Typically, the law is divided into two different types: civil law and criminal law. Family law falls under civil law. Civil law affects disputes between individuals and/or organizations. Criminal law, however, deals with the punishment of criminal offenses. In many situations, the division between civil and criminal law is clear and consistent. For example, a divorce is affected by civil laws because it deals with a dispute of two individuals. Similarly, a burglary is subject to criminal laws because an individual committed a crime and can be punished accordingly.
Within criminal law, there are two different degrees of criminal charges: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense considered less serious than a felony. Depending on the severity of the crime, different punishments exist for both misdemeanors and felonies.
There are cases in which civil and criminal law overlap. An example of this may occur in domestic violence. Domestic violence may lead to a divorce, or it may be the product of a divorce. Either way, the civil proceedings of the divorce may overlap with a criminal case related to the domestic violence. When this happens, the results of either the civil or criminal proceedings may affect the outcome or process of the other.
How We Can Help
At the Sinclair Law Office, PC, we have experience working with clients who are pressing criminal charges against someone and clients who need to defend themselves against a criminal charge. While we work with clients engaged in only criminal cases, our experience with family law makes us uniquely prepared for cases in which both criminal and civil issues are present. These cases require experienced attorneys and knowledge of multiple legal codes like the Texas Family Code and the Texas Penal Code. This expertise and experience makes the Sinclair Law Office, PC well-prepared to handle any concern, be it civil or criminal, and adapt to criminal developments if they arise in a civil case.