Misdemeanor

Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor is a crime that is less serious than a felony that is punishable by imprisonment and/or fine.  Generally, misdemeanors are more serious than a simple infraction such as traffic violations.  There are three classes of misdemeanors, Class A, Class B, and Class C.

Punishment range for Class A Misdemeanor: Fine not over $4,000, or jail not over 1 year, or both.

Punishment range for Class B Misdemeanor: Fine not over $2,000, or jail not over 180 days, or both.

Punishment range for Class C Misdemeanor: Fine not over $500.

Here at The Vitelli Law Firm we handle all ranges of misdemeanors.

Will I go to jail if I plead out with the prosecutor?

Generally no.  You need to look at the crime, your history, and all the options available to you.

 

What do I need to wear to court?

I always make the suggestion, look like you are going to church.  Address the Judge with your Honor.

 

If you have been charged with a crime recently contact me at sherea@vitellilawfirm.com immediately so that your rights will be protected.

 

DISCLAIMER: This website is designed to provide educational information only and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice.  Every case is unique and every outcome will vary depending on the facts and legal issues of the case.  You should not make any decisions about any legal matters without consulting an attorney first.  The use of this information on this website does not form an attorney/client relationship with The Vitelli Law Firm or its attorneys.  You are invited to contact The Vitelli Law Firm via telephone, fax, or email; however, please be cautious when transmitting confidential information over the internet.

 


 

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Criminal

Criminal

A crime is defined as any behavior that is punishable by fine or imprisonment or both.  The Texas Criminal Code details what the state legislature has defined as criminal behavior.  When you are faced with a charge you need to know that your rights will be protected.

Getting charged with a crime in Texas can affect you for life.  There are certain types of cases that can affect you in family matters, future employment, and other situations unknown to you.  The Vitelli Law Firm will provide you with the best representation at an affordable price.  There are certain things that every individual will need to know when they are faced with criminal charges, such as how to clear a record, is this person eligible for probation, or can this charge affect me in a custody suit later in life.  When faced with a criminal charge you need your attorney to be knowledgeable about not just the crime but also the consequences of your decisions.

If you have recently be charged with a crime, contact me immediately at sherea@vitellilawfirm.com so you can have adequate representation with you when you go to court.  This is not a time to be alone.

 


 


Wills FAQ

Wills FAQ

  • Do I need a will?
It is a personal choice.  I have found that families benefit best when their loved ones have a will.  In Texas if you die without a will (intestate) then the State can determine how your belongings get divided.  If you want to ensure that certain family members get certain property, invest in a will.
  • How long does the process take?
The process can take as little a 3 days to complete.  Once you contact me here at The Vitelli Law Firm I will immediately send you an email asking for certain information.  Once I have obtained that information from you I began to draft your documents.  I can email them back for approval and then print and mail them to you once they are approved.
  • Do any of these documents need to be notarized?
Yes, they all do.  The Vitelli Law Firm does not have a notary on staff, which helps keep cost down for will packages.  Most banks will have a notary and offer the service for free.
  • Do any of these documents need to be notarized?
Yes, they all do.  The Vitelli Law Firm does not have a notary on staff, which helps keep cost down for will packages.  Most banks will have a notary and offer the service for free.
  • Do I need to file my will with the Court?
No, it is not required.  It is highly recommended that you keep your will in a safe place such as a fireproof safe or safety deposit box at your bank.
  • Do I need to file my will with the Court?
No, it is not required.  It is highly recommended that you keep your will in a safe place such as a fireproof safe or safety deposit box at your bank.
  • Can I specifically leave certain family members out of the will?
Yes, you can.  It is best to do so if you truly feel that certain family members will try to obtain property you never intended to leave for them.
  • How do I go about picking the person to execute the will?

Generally, it will be a trusted family member.  That family member will simply have a meeting and read your will.  They will also see that the property is divided as you requested.

  • Will my family have to go through the Court system to probate my will?
Generally on small estates the answer is no.  Most likely your family can do a transfer of title also called Muniment of Title.

 

DISCLAIMER: This website is designed to provide educational information only and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice.  Every case is unique and every outcome will vary depending on the facts and legal issues of the case.  You should not make any decisions about any legal matters without consulting an attorney first.  The use of this information on this website does not form an attorney/client relationship with the Vitelli Law Firm or its attorneys.  You are invited to contact The Vitelli Law Firm via telephone, fax, or email; however, please be cautious when transmitting confidential information over the internet

 


 


Enforcement

Enforcement

Family law is composed of divorces, domestic abuse, adoptions, modifications, child support issues and the list goes on.  The Vitelli Law Firm is well rounded in the area of family law and there is no case that is to difficult to tackle.  As the founder of The Vitelli Law Firm, I strive to get the best results possible for each and every client.

In this area of law, enforcements are no different.  You have gone through the process of a divorce or modification of an order.  This order became final and now one party is not following the agreement that was entered into or the order of the court.  It is time to file for enforcement of that order.

At The Vitelli Law Firm, we understand your frustration.  We work with our clients both financially and emotionally to get the best end result.  Whether you are enforcing child support obligation or possession and access, you will have a strong advocate in your corner at all times.

For further information on each section, just click the links.  Be sure to check out the common questions and answers that have been asked over the years.  The website is always being updated so if there is a question you think that needs to be asked send me an email at sherea@vitellilawfirm.com and I would be glad to review it for future posting.

DISCLAIMER: This website is designed to provide educational information only and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice.  Every case is unique and every outcome will vary depending on the facts and legal issues of the case.  You should not make any decisions about any legal matters without consulting an attorney first.  The use of this information on this website does not form an attorney/client relationship with the Vitelli Law Firm or its attorneys.  You are invited to contact The Vitelli Law Firm via telephone, fax, or email; however, please be cautious when transmitting confidential information over the internet.

 


 

 

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Wills

Wills


  1. What is a will?
    In simple terms, its design is to tell your family who you have selected to distribute your property to upon your death. Our Texas law has very specific requirements for the distribution of property when you do not have a will. Therefore, without a will, your property may not be given to the people who you intended to get it or anyone who you believed needed it the most. A will designates who will be responsible for your minor children if they are left alone.  Additionally, a will can also inform your family about your preference for your funeral.

  2. What is an advance directive?
    An advanced directive is also known as a living will. What  this document does is it informs doctors and family members your wishes if you become incapacitated. The best example is the Terry Shirvo case.  That young women was left on life support and her family disputed with her husband regarding this young ladies wishes.  This can be avoided with an advance directiv.
  3. Decisions for you if you cannot.
    The difference between an advance directive and a medical power of attorney is that an advance directive specifies whether or not to keep you alive through extraordinary measures; a medical power of attorney allows your agent to consent to medical treatment if you are unconscious.
  4. What is a statutory durable power of attorney?
    This document allows someone you trust to act in your name. This statutory durable power of attorney gives your spouse or other agent the authority to sign papers and conduct business in your name. It can be made effective immediately, or only upon your incapacity.  You can also limit the power of the agent you choose to represent you.
  5. HIPAA Release.
    This document allows your doctor to discuss your condition with your family members, explain your treatment to them, and go over options and alternatives.

 

There are other documents available upon request.  Please contact The Vitelli Law firm for package pricing for the above documents.

 

 

***THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE.***

 


 

 

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Family Law

Family Law

Family law is composed of a multitude of areas such as adoption, divorce, enforcement and modifications.  There are even cases of paternity or suits affecting the parent child relationship.   The Vitelli Law Firm handles all these types of cases.  Once you call me I will ask you a series of questions to determine what it is that you are seeking and the best course of action for you.

Family law is an intensely emotional time for anyone.  Whether it is an adoption, divorce, enforcement, or modification it truly takes a toll on a person to make the decision to move forward.  My clients need to know that when they call upon me to fight for their rights in court, I have listened to them, prepared them, and made them feel comfortable.  It is my goal that when the judge makes their decision my client can walk away with satisfaction.  Here at the Vitelli Law Firm we focus on what is best for the client both financially and emotionally regarding taking a case to trial or attempting to other resolutions such as alternate dispute resolutions.  Being a mediator also enables me to discuss the different options with each client individually to better suit their needs.

For further information on each section, just click the links.  Be sure to check out the common questions and answers that have been asked over the years.  The website is always being updated so if there is a question you think that needs to be asked send me an email at sherea@vitellilawfirm.com and I would be glad to review it for future posting.


 


Modification FAQ

Modification FAQ

  1. What exactly can you modify?

    You can modify child support, possession and access, or even Holidays.

  2. Is there a waiting period for modifying my divorce decree?

    Texas statute states that a modification can be filed after a three year waiting period unless a material and substantial change has occurred.

  3. I want to change my last name, is that considered a modification?

    No.  Even though it may not have been requested at the time of divorce, you would actually just file a petition for name change.

  4. How much will a modification of child support cost me?

    Depending on your issues, most modifications will cost around $5000.00.  The Vitelli Law Firm will work with all clients regarding financial matters.

DISCLAIMER: This website is designed to provide educational information only and is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice.  Every case is unique and every outcome will vary depending on the facts and legal issues of the case.  You should not make any decisions about any legal matters without consulting an attorney first.  The use of this information on this website does not form an attorney/client relationship with the Vitelli Law Firm or its attorneys.  You are invited to contact The Vitelli Law Firm via telephone, fax, or email; however, please be cautious when transmitting confidential information over the internet.