Bill Stradley, Criminal Defense Practice Areas
Criminal defense lawyer, Bill Stradley has over 25 years of criminal law experience. He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legalization in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Bill specializes criminal defense law, handling misdemeanors and felonies of all levels of complexity. He advises and handles serious criminal matters throughout Texas for both individuals and companies. Bill practices in state courts and in federal courts.
If someone may be the target of an investigation, Bill can assess the best courses of action and handle the interaction with law enforcement. Sometimes early intervention and professional communication can prevent charges being filed or facilitate a grand jury not returning an indictment.
He often works collaboratively with lawyers from other practice areas and from other jurisdictions. For example, family law cases sometimes have criminal law implications that are specialized and local in nature. Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations can have criminal law implications and have specific concerns that Bill has experience managing.
Texas State Court Cases
In Texas, there are two basic types of offenses: Felonies and Misdemeanors.
Here’s a list of Texas Felonies and Misdemeanors:
Criminal Homicide: Murder, Capital Murder, Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide
Kidnapping, Unlawful Restraint, Smuggling of Persons: Including Aggravated Kidnapping, Trafficking of Persons.
Sexual Offenses: Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children, Public Lewdness, Indecent Exposure, Indecency with a Child, Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student, Improper Photography or Visual Recordings
Assaultive Offenses: Assault, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault, Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual, Disabled Individual, Abandoning or Endangering a Child, Deadly Conduct, Terroristic Threat, Aiding Suicide, Tampering With Consumer Product, Leaving a Child in a Vehicle, Harassment by Persons in Certain Correctional Institutions, Harassment of a Public Servant.
Offenses Against the Family: Bigamy, Prohibited Sexual Conduct, Interference with Child Custody, Agreement to Abduct from Custody, Enticing a Child, Criminal Nonsupport, Harboring a Runaway Child, Violations of Certain Court Orders or Conditions of Bond in a Family Violence Case, Violation of Protective Order Preventing Offense Caused by Bias or Prejudice, Sale or Purchase of a Child, Advertising for Placement of Child, Interference with Rights of Guardian of a Person, Continuous Violence Against the Family,
Offenses Against Property: Arson, Criminal Mischief, and Other Property Damage and Destruction, Robbery, Burglary and Criminal Trespass,
Theft: Theft of Service, Theft of Trade Secrets, Theft By Check, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Tampering with Identification Numbers, Manufacture, Distribution, or Advertisement of Multichannel Video or Information Service Device, Sale or Lease of Multichannel Video or Information Device, Possession, Manufacture, or Distribution of Certain Instruments Used to Commit Retail Theft, Organized Retail Theft, Unauthorized Acquisition or Transfer of Certain Financial Information.
Fraud: Forgery, Criminal Simulation, Trademe Credit Card Abuse or Debit Card Abuse, False Statement to Obtain Property or in the Provisions of Certain Services, Hindering Secured Creditors, Fraudulent Transfer of a Motor Vehicle, Credit Card Transaction Record Laundering, Other Deceptive Practices, Issuance of Bad Check, Deceptive Business Practices, Commercial Bribery, Rigging Publicly Exhibited Contest, Illegal Recruitment of an Athlete, Misapplication of Fiduciary Property of Financial Institution, Securing Documents by Deceit, Fraudulent Destruction, Removal or Concealment of Writing, Simulating Legal Process, Refusal to Execute Release of Fraudulent Claim, Deceptive Preparation and Marking of Academic Product, Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identification Information, Fraudulent, Substandard, or Fictitious Military Record.
Computer Crimes: Breach of Security, Solicitation of Minor, Tampering With Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machine, Online Impersonation.
Telecommunication Crimes: Unauthorized Use of Telecommunications, Manufacture, Possession, or Delivery of a Telecommunications Devices, Theft of Telecommunication Service, Publication of Telecommunications Access.
Offenses Against Public Administration: Bribery and Corrupt Influence, Perjury and Other Falsification, Obstructing Governmental Operation, Abuse of Office.
Offenses Against Public Order and Decency: Disorderly Conduct and Morals: Weapons, Unlawful Carrying Weapons, Unlawful Carrying of Handgun by License Holder, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Metal or Body Armor by Felon, Unlawful Transfer of Certain Weapons, Interstate Purchase, Hoax Bombs, Components of Explosives, Deadly Weapon in Penal Institution, Weapons in a School Zone, Making A Firearm Accessible to a Child, Firearm Smuggling.
Gambling: Gambling Promotion, Keeping a Gambling Place, Communicating Gambling Information, Posession of Gambling Device, Equipment, Paraphernalia.
Conduct Affecting Public Health: Smoking Tobacco, Prohibitions Relating to Purchase and Sale of Human Organs.
Intoxication and Alcoholic Beverage Offenses: Public Intoxication, Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI or known in some jurisdictions as DUI), Driving While Intoxicated With Child Passenger, Flying While Intoxicated (FWI), Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter.
Organized Crime: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Violation of Court Order Enjoying Organizing Criminal Activity, Coercing, Inducting, or Soliciting Membership in Criminal Street Gang, Directing Activities of Certain Criminal Street Gangs.
List of Federal Crimes:
Federal Crimes have significantly increased in recent years, and many federal crimes overlap Texas state crimes. As politicians don’t want to be seen as weak on crime, many national politicians have federalized crimes that didn’t use to be federal offenses.
As the number of Federal Laws increase, the laws have decreased how much a defendant needs to know about the crime to have committed it. It’s becoming increasingly easy to accidentally commit federal crimes.
In addition, when bad events happen related to a business, sometimes prosecutors look to see if companies or company personnel should be facing criminal prosecution and not just civil punishment.
It’s difficult to put together a comprehensive list of federal crimes as Congress creates many new criminal laws each year. Here’s a partial list:
Aircraft and Motor Vehicle Crimes, Animal, Bird, Fish and Plants Crimes, Arson, Assault, Bankruptcy, Biological Weapons, Bribery, Graft, and Conflicts of Interest, Child Support, Chemical Weapons, Civil Disorders, Civil Rights, Claims and Services in Matters Affecting Government, Coins and Currency, Common Carrier Operation Under the Influence, Conspiracy, Contempt, Contracts, Counterfeiting and Forgery, Criminal Street Gangs, Customs, Election and Political Activities, Embezzlement and Theft, Emblems, Insignia, and Names, Escape and Rescue, Espionage and Censorship, Explosives and Other Dangerous Articles, Importation, Manufacture, and Storage of Explosive Materials, Extortion and Threats, Extortionate Credit Transactions, False Personation, Firearms, Forfeiture, Fraud and False Statements, Fugitives From Justice, Gambling, Genocide, Homicide, Kidnapping, Liquor Traffic, Lotteries, Mail Fraud and Other Fraud Offenses, Malicious Mischief, Obscenity, Obstruction of Justice, Peonage, Slavery and Trafficking in Persons, Perjury, Piracy and Privateering, Protection of Trade Secrets, Racketeering, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Riots, Robbery and Burglary, Sabotage, Sexual Abuse, Sex Offender Registry, Domestic Violence and Stalking, Destruction of, or Interference With, Vessels, Stolen Property, Telemarketing Fraud, Terrorism, Torture, Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco, Treason, Sedition and Subversive Activities, Transportation for Illegal Sexual Activity and Related Crimes, War Crimes, Wire and Electronic Communications Interception of Oral Communications, Stored Wire and Electronic Communications And Transactional Record Access, Prohibition on Release and Use of Certain Personal State Motor Vehicle Records, Child Pornography Allegations.
Contact Bill Stradley.
There are many crimes you can be accused, under investigation or charged with under both State and Federal Laws. Contact Bill Stradley at (713) 224-5455 today. If he doesn’t handle your type of case, he likely knows someone who does.