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Criminal Defense Attorney Fighting for Clients in Plano and Dallas Since 1993

If you are accused of a crime – and it can happen to anyone – you’ll need an experienced defense attorney who fights relentlessly on behalf of every client – someone with a reputation for legal excellence. Based in Plano and licensed to practice law across the state of Texas, Jeffrey Grass is a highly-skilled, substantially experienced criminal defense attorney who listens carefully to his clients’ needs and crafts effective defense strategies to resolve their legal challenges. Jeffrey Grass believes that every client deserves a comprehensive, aggressive defense. He is no stranger to long hours, hard work, and doing whatever it takes to ensure clients are treated fairly.

If you’re charged with a crime in Texas, do not try to act as your own attorney. Your future and freedom will be stake. However, a swift response is essential in criminal cases because evidence deteriorates, witnesses’ memories fade, and it takes some time to tailor an effective defense strategy. If you are accused of a crime, speak to Plano criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Grass at once. He will challenge the government’s evidence against you, and he will fight aggressively for justice on your behalf. If you need legal help now, arrange an initial free consultation by calling the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at (972) 422-9999.

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As criminal defense lawyers, we help defendants gather the evidence they need to challenge effectively the government’s case against them. In every criminal case, we examine the actions of law enforcement officers to determine if our client’s rights were violated. If evidence against one of our clients was obtained illegally, we challenge that evidence and can usually have it thrown out of court. If your case goes to trial, we will use every available legal tool in your defense. Even in the worst scenario – when the evidence of a client’s guilt is overwhelming – we seek mercy from the court and negotiate for reduced or alternative sentencing.

Plano criminal defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has more than twenty years of criminal defense experience in north Texas, and he frequently represents individuals before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas. Known for being passionate and relentless, attorney Jeffrey C. Grass lets nothing stand in his way when he fights for justice on behalf of his clients. Jeffrey C. Grass has been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and as one of the 10 Best for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

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Federal Crimes

Attorney Jeffrey Grass has defended scores of persons charged with federal crimes. While there is often overlap between state and federal law – for example, heroin possession is illegal at both levels – the government may choose a federal prosecution if a crime is particularly serious, involves a large operation, or state lines were crossed. If you are now under investigation or if you have already been charged under federal law, attorney Jeffrey Grass can help. He represents defendants charged with federal sex, drugs, and weapons crimes, public corruption, fraud, other white collar crimes, and he defends those threatened by immigration authorities with deportation.

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Drug Crimes

When someone is charged with a drug crime in Texas, time is of the essence. You must retain legal representation at once – any delay could lead to a conviction, possibly with the harshest penalties. Don’t let this happen to you. If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime in Plano, Dallas, or anywhere in Texas, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can provide a passionate and aggressive criminal defense. Federal and Texas state prosecutors do not have a reputation for leniency when prosecuting drug cases. Attorney Jeffrey Glass will do everything legally possible to have the charges reduced or dismissed and to shield his clients from the most serious penalties.

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Sex Crimes

If you are under investigation for a sex crime – or if you’ve already been arrested and charged – you need a lawyer with substantial experience handling these serious criminal charges. Attorney Jeffrey Grass has extensive experience defending clients charged with state and federal sex crimes. He knows the stakes, and he understands the concerns of the accused. As a former Judge Advocate General (JAG), a former prosecutor, and a criminal defense attorney with more than two decades of experience, Attorney Jeffrey Grass has the background and resources to advocate effectively for those charged with committing any sex crime, including the most serious crimes.

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Theft Crimes

The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass represents Texas defendants charged with theft crimes that include burglary, shoplifting, robbery, aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property, and various types of fraud. We also defend persons who have been charged with larceny, the theft of personal property without force. While there can never be a guaranteed outcome in any particular criminal case, if you face a theft charge in the state of Texas, your best hope for justice is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has established a reputation for tenacity and a record of legal excellence – Plano criminal defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass.

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Violent Crimes

If you are charged with a violent crime in the state of Texas, whether or not you are guilty, you must speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. The penalties for those convicted of violent crimes are harsh in this state because violent crimes often end with injuries or death. A violent crime can be committed with or without weapons; it is any crime where violence is used or threatened against a victim, including but not limited to murder, manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping, forcible rape, sexual battery, and domestic violence. If you are accused of any violent crime, contact attorney Jeffrey C. Grass immediately.

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White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes include embezzlement, money laundering, tax evasion, securities fraud, and insurance fraud. These are usually non-violent, financially-oriented crimes. Plano criminal defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has extensive experience defending clients who have been charged with either state or federal white collar crimes. White-collar crimes are usually felonies; a conviction can mean stiff penalties including heavy fines, a lengthy prison term, and a number of other potential consequences. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass as soon as you can if you are charged with committing fraud or any other white collar crime in the state of Texas.

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DUI

If you’re charged with DUI in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at once. Experienced Plano DUI attorney Jeffrey C. Grass and his legal team can assess the details of your case, provide candid legal advice, and develop a sound, aggressive defense on your behalf. When your future and freedom are at risk, you need an experienced DUI lawyer who routinely, effectively defends accused drivers. With heavy fines, a license suspension, and possible jail time if you’re convicted, it’s imperative to have an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth DUI attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass working on your behalf.

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Domestic Violence

If you are accused of domestic violence in Plano or anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact Plano domestic violence defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass as swiftly as possible. Texas aggressively prosecutes anyone accused of domestic violence. The criminal laws governing domestic violence in this state are complex and apply to a variety of circumstances and behaviors. If you are charged with criminal domestic violence, your future, your family, and your freedom could all be at risk. You must have the help of an experienced Texas domestic violence defense lawyer – an attorney with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass.

What Our Clients Say

I am so very thankful that Jeff Grass was our attorney for my husband's case. Jeff understood my husband and his case perfectly. Jeff was excellent in his professionalism. At the same time, he was compassionate in his approach to my husband and to me. We received the best possible outcome which was so much better than what our previous attorney had anticipated.

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Why Our Clients Appreciate Us

Located in the heart of Plano, Texas, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass has been a staple in the community for over two decades serving the greater Plano and Dallas-Fort Worth areas.

Attorney Jeffrey Grass fights for his clients with tenacious and aggressive defense representation. When providing criminal defense services in north Texas, Mr. Grass focuses on a client’s interests and needs while defending that client’s constitutional rights and providing frank, candid legal advice. Mr. Grass will personally meet with you to review your case, your options, and the potential outcomes.

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our mission is to get each of our clients the justice they deserve from the criminal accusations that they are currently facing. If you need a knowledgeable, experienced Texas criminal defense attorney, or if you simply need quality legal advice, call our offices today for a free consultation.

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2101, 2017

Possession Of Marijuana Concentrates In Texas = Automatic Felony

By | January 21st, 2017|

Even a Houston or Dallas criminal defense attorney couldn’t explain this, because if you look at it closely and logically, it doesn’t make any sense at all. If you are arrested for the possession of any form of marijuana concentrate in Texas, you will automatically be charged with a felony. On the other hand, if you are arrested for possessing any amount of marijuana under two ounces in this state, you will be charged with only a class B misdemeanor – even if your pot technically contains more THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana) than a small amount of concentrate. The laws aren’t consistent, and that means the laws aren’t just.

One Texan plans to offer the Texas Legislature a bill that would end the inconsistency in the marijuana laws, and he’s hoping that the state’s lawmakers will approve his proposal in 2017. Marshall Williams is a co-founder of Denton NORML, an affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Williams says that he wrote the bill himself in response to what he sees as a need for average citizens to be involved in government.

Williams explains, “In Texas, marijuana under two ounces is a class B misdemeanor, whereas if you take that two ounces of marijuana and extract cannabinoids from it and produce ten grams of wax, even with the same original weight and chemical content, it is now an instant felony. This is a felony since you would be charged with THC possession, not marijuana possession. The law in Texas makes a distinction between the two, even when THC is present inside the marijuana.”

WHAT WOULD WILLIAMS’ PROPOSAL ACHIEVE?

Williams says that his legislative proposal accomplishes several purposes, Firstly, it provides a legal definition of “hashish” – “the resin or oils extracted from a part of the Cannabis sativa L. plant or a compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the resin or oils.” Secondly, the penalties being proposed for possessing any “hashish” or marijuana concentrate are the same penalties now in place for marijuana possession – but “pro-rated” down to one-fifth the original weight. That is roughly what would be derived with a high-yield extraction technique.

The proposal is not a step toward decriminalization, and Williams says it “isn’t attempting to make a major reform statement, this bill is merely applying common sense to how we enforce cannabis laws in Texas.” Williams explains that under his proposal, “You get the same penalty for ten grams of hashish as you get for two ounces of marijuana. The bill also applies the same logic and criminal penalty assignment to delivery of hashish and delivery of hashish to a child.”

“If you take a 20 milligram pain killer,” Williams says, “and extract the active ingredient from all the inactive sugar and other pill fillers, we don’t prosecute you harder for doing so, we prosecute you for the amount of active drugs. There is no reason why 1000 milligrams of THC in a marijuana bud should be treated differently from 1000 milligrams of THC in a cannabis oil. It’s the same chemical, the same amount with the same effect. They should be treated identically.”

How did Marshall Williams wind up actually writing a bill for consideration by the Texas Legislature? “I enjoy reading long legal documents. I appreciate the fine nuances of the law and the way it is written. Because of this, I undertook the initiative to write a bill. This gives me the advantage of going to Austin, not just with an idea to propose to a legislator, who will have to take time to research the bill, research how the law is written and formulate a good solution to the problem, but I get to go in with a packaged problem-solving bill.”

Marshall Williams says that because lawmakers don’t have much time for writing legislation, he hopes that a bill already written may grab their interest. Without naming names, Williams says he has spoken with a number of elected officials and political figures who’ve expressed receptivity to his proposal. Williams says that he intends to write more legislative proposals in the future.

WHAT OTHER POT-RELATED BILLS WILL LAWMAKERS CONSIDER IN 2017?

Several other marijuana-related proposals were filed by Texas lawmakers prior to the January 10th opening of this year’s legislative session. One bill would allow the voters of Texas to decide on legalizing medical marijuana. Another measure would entirely decriminalize small amounts of cannabis, changing possession for personal use from a misdemeanor to a civil penalty – like a traffic ticket.

Shaun McAlister, speaking for the Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate of NORML, told KXAS News, “I believe Texas is at a tipping point where we’re seeing the rest of the country having a sensible marijuana policy. I believe after this session we will stop putting people in cages for possessing small amounts of this.” McAlister added, “I also believe doctors will be able to recommend – not prescribe but recommend – marijuana as a medicine to patients.”

Opponents of marijuana legalization don’t believe the laws will change this year. Corky Schalchlin, a retired Texas Department of Public Safety narcotics agent, says decriminalizing marijuana would be a mistake. “Are you going to have a doctor show up to surgery who has been smoking or a nurse? A fireman?” Schalchlin asks. “If you legalize it, are you going to have police officers out there carrying a gun that have been smoking? It’s scary. I think it’s a slippery slope.”

WHAT IS THE CURRENT PENALTY FOR POSSESSING POT IN TEXAS?

In this state, cannabis laws are complicated and unlike the laws governing other drugs, so anyone facing a pot charge in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will need the advice and services of an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney. The possession of two ounces or less of marijuana in Texas is a Class B misdemeanor. A first offense is punishable upon conviction by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2000.

Already this year in Harris County, a new district attorney has declared that she will no longer put in jail suspects arrested with small amounts of marijuana. First offenders will instead be placed in a diversion program that includes drug education classes. Nevertheless, it is still against the law to possess, sell, and grow cannabis in the state of Texas, and some of the felony charges for sale and distribution are still punishable with lengthy prison terms and substantial fines.

2112, 2016

Is Sharing Your Netflix Password Really A Federal Crime?

By | December 21st, 2016|

If you’re online a lot in Texas, you may soon need the advice and services of a Dallas criminal defense attorney, because a recent court ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit just made sharing your Netflix password – and lying about your age on Facebook – potentially criminal acts. In July 2016, a three-judge panel determined that David Nosal had used computer passwords “without authorization” and upheld his 2013 federal conviction on a six-count indictment for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFAA).

Precisely what were the judges deciding in United States v. David Nosal, and does the ruling really prevent you from sharing your Netflix password with others? In 2004, David Nosal resigned from Korn Ferry, an executive search and recruiting company based in Los Angeles. Nosal agreed not to compete with the company for one year. Soon after resigning, however, Nosal persuaded three Korn Ferry employees to help him launch a new executive search and recruiting business. Before resigning from Korn Ferry, the three downloaded “highly confidential and proprietary” information from the company’s computers – for their own use.

In 2008, the federal government indicted Nosal and the three employees for twenty violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986. Federal prosecutors charged that the four had no authorization to download data “knowingly and with intent to defraud” from Korn Ferry’s computers. Nosal’s attorneys insisted the CFAA was designed to target hackers and “does not cover employees who misappropriate information or who violate contractual confidentiality agreements.” Nosal’s lawyers pointed out that as Korn Ferry employees, Nosal’s associates did not “act without authorization.”

PRECISELY WHAT IS THE COMPUTER FRAUD AND ABUSE ACT OF 1986?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is both a criminal law and a civil law that creates a private right of civil action. It allows individuals and companies to sue for damages caused by violations. The CFAA makes liable anyone who “knowingly and with intent to defraud, accesses a protected computer without authorization, or exceeds authorized access, and by means of such conduct furthers the intended fraud and obtains anything of value.”

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California agreed with Nosal and dropped the counts based on the CFAA from the indictment. Prosecutors appealed this move, arguing that Nosal and his accomplices indeed acted without authorization because Korn Ferry’s computer policy restricts the “use and disclosure of all information, except for legitimate Korn Ferry business.”

When the Ninth Circuit Court heard the appeal in 2011 and rendered their decision in 2012, the judges ruled that an employee “exceeds authorized access” under the CFAA when an employee violates an employer’s written access policies and restrictions. Since Korn Ferry had computer use restrictions in place which the defendants violated, the Ninth Circuit Court overturned the District Court’s ruling and ordered the District Court to reinstate the five counts based on the CFAA.

ARE MILLIONS OF US REALLY COMPUTER CRIMINALS?

Nosal’s attorneys argued that Ninth Circuit Court would turn millions of us into criminals because almost everyone occasionally uses their computer at work to check their personal email, a sports score, or a news or weather story. These small and harmless acts are in fact technical violations of most employers’ computer policies. Some legal observers voiced similar concerns, fearing the prospect of federal prosecutions for actions like lying about your age on Facebook – a violation of Facebook’s terms of service.

The court’s response is that such small and harmless acts lack any “intent to defraud” and are not “furthering fraud by obtaining something of value” as required for prosecution under the CFAA. However, other parts of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 do not include such requirements, so the current ruling may in fact still allow for the prosecution of harmless behaviors that had previously been considered out of the range of the CFAA.

After the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California tried the case again in 2013, Nosal was convicted on six charges. He appealed his conviction to the Ninth Circuit Court, and in July 2016, a three-judge panel affirmed the conviction by a 2-to-1 vote and found that Nosal had acted “without authorization.” In this second decision, the Ninth Circuit Court “rejected the defendant’s contentions regarding jury instructions and sufficiency of the evidence in connection with the CFAA counts, as well as his sufficiency-of-the-evidence, instructional, and evidentiary challenges….”

WILL YOU BE PROSECUTED FOR SHARING YOUR NETFLIX PASSWORD?

So, does David Nosal’s conviction make it illegal to share your Netflix password? Probably not, although the courts haven’t directly ruled on the question. Yes, “Terms of Service” violations and password sharing could potentially be seen as violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986. However, Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit, the dissenting judge on the three-judge panel that affirmed Nosal’s conviction, wrote in his dissenting opinion, “In my view, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) does not make the millions of people who engage in this ubiquitous, useful, and generally harmless conduct into unwitting federal criminals.”

“This case is about password sharing. People frequently share their passwords, notwithstanding the fact that websites and employers have policies prohibiting it,” Judge Reinhardt added. But Judge Reinhardt is not the only person who thinks that sharing your Netflix password should not result in a criminal prosecution. Early in 2016, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings even encouraged password sharing and called it a “positive” thing.

In a world where plenty of murderers, terrorists, drug lords, and other violent criminals still terrorize the innocent, it’s hard to imagine that a United States Attorney would prosecute anyone for sharing a Netflix password or lying about his or her age on Facebook. Yet stranger things have happened. Some internet crime defendants have been wrongly accused, or they simply made a mistake, went to the wrong site, or downloaded the wrong item.

In fact, virtually anyone could be prosecuted because almost everyone has made a mistake online at some point – or has used an employer’s computer to check personal email. While you probably won’t be prosecuted for sharing your Netflix password, you’re going to need the counsel of an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney if you are charged with any computer-related crime in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass – $500 Scholarship

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For more than 20 years, Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has fought hard for people who face criminal charges in the Dallas, Texas area. He has built his business around the concept that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams. The law firm he established reflects that core value. Jeffrey C. Grass knows about hard work and dedication. He takes pride in helping his clients and overseeing his practice. He also believes in supporting college students, especially when they do not have the financial means to achieve their goals. We are blessed to live in a country where we are free to pursue our dreams. When college students receive an education and training, they often struggle to pay for their degree. Sometimes that financial burden is more than a student can manage, and they cannot afford to continue their education.

Most students will take advantage of financial aid, but it is never enough. They soon discover that student loans are only a temporary solution. Student loans must be repaid, and the payments usually begin when many adults are starting their careers. For this reason, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass has established The 2017 Grass Law Firm Scholarship. Any student with a financial need can apply for this $500 scholarship. This is the law firm’s way of giving back to the community and investing in the future leaders of our nation. The scholarship does not require the winner to repay the award, and it can be used for any cost related to your education.

We encourage you to submit your application. It is free to apply!

Requirements of Eligibility

If you are interested in applying for the 2017 Grass Law Firm Scholarship, please meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or authorized to live as a permanent resident in the U.S.
  • Must gross an annual income of less than $35,000 in 2015.
  • Must provide your current email address and Facebook profile.
  • Must be enrolled in college as a part-time or full-time student (undergraduate or graduate).

Requirements of Scholarship Application

Applicants must submit a university-level essay about one of the following topics. The essay must be written by the applicant and cannot include any plagiarized material.

Essay Topics & Submission Types

Applicants must submit a high-quality essay. The essay must be 100% original work, written by the applicant in their own words.

Suggested Essay Topics:

  1. What challenge have you overcome while pursuing your college education?
  2. Who has been your greatest inspiration and why?
  3. What is the best advice you ever received as a young adult?
  4. What type of job would you like to have after graduation?
  5. What was the hardest decision you’ve made since starting college?

Essay Directions

Essays must be typed (12-point font and single-spaced) and written in the applicant’s own words. Please format essays as either a PDF or Microsoft Word Document.

Video Essay Response (Optional)

A video response about one of the essay topics can be submitted instead of a written essay. The video should range in length between 3-10 minutes. Send the entire video or the link/URL to the host site for your original video. This video is only optional and not a requirement to be selected as the winner.

Winner Selection

If you are selected as the winner, you will receive an email confirmation one week after the deadline. Once you provide your identification, the law firm will mail you a check for the $500 scholarship award.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: April 31, 2017

How To Apply

Please follow these guidelines and review your submission before sending it:

  • Attach your essay or video to the application, and email it to
    Jeffrey.Grass.Attorney@gmail.com
  • Please provide your name, age, address, GPA, and the link/URL to your Facebook account or video hosting.
  • Include the subject line “Scholarship Submission” in your email.
  • All applications sent before the deadline will be reviewed. The winner will receive an email approximately one week after the scholarship deadline ends. The email will contain instructions to help the winner claim the $500 scholarship. (ID is required).

Questions About The 2017 Scholarship

1. Can I submit my essay again?

No. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants, each student can only apply once per year. If you need to submit a revised copy of your application, please follow the same application requirements and resend it before the deadline along with the email subject line “Edited.”

2. Can I call or visit the law firm to find out if I won?

No. All correspondence must be sent by email. All questions or inquiries about a scholarship should be sent to Jeffrey.Grass.Attorney@gmail.com. No letters, calls, or face-to-face visits will receive updates.

3. Is a Facebook account required?

Yes. Applicants must provide the URL to their Facebook profile to be considered for the scholarship. If you do not have a Facebook profile, please set up a free account at Facebook.com.

4. If I already receive financial aid for college, can I win this scholarship?

This scholarship was designed to help students struggling to pay for the rising cost of college. However, any applicant can be selected if they meet the eligibility requirements and follow the application guidelines.

5. How can I apply for the scholarship?

All applications (essays and videos) must be sent electronically via email. No hard copy applications will be reviewed.

6. Can I include any visual effects, music, pictures, or statistics in my video?

Yes. Videos can be unique, but all submissions must follow the application requirements and include a link/URL to the video host site.