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About Sharita

Sharita Blacknall and her team have decades of combined legal experience under their belt. Based in Dallas, Texas, Sharita and her team bring a unique perspective to the area of Criminal Defense and family law. Sharita and her team pride themselves on constant communication, as well as integrity, honesty and passionately working to serve their clients in all areas. She and her legal team form the backbone of The Blacknall Firm and strive to create tailored solutions for each client in order to protect their rights and preserve their futures. Whether you have been arrested for a criminal offense or have a family law matter, contact us today 214-678-9111.

Where Can I File My Divorce In Texas?

By | March 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day,  I discuss where you can file your divorce in the state of Texas.

What Happens If You Miss Your Court Date In Your Divorce Case?

By | March 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss what happens when you miss your court date in your divorce case.

Will A Charge Show Up On My Record While On Deferred Adjudication?

By | March 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss if a charge will show up on your record while on deferred adjudication. I hope that you found this information helpful - if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

What Should You Do If You Have A Warrant For Your Arrest?

By | March 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss what you should do if you find out you have a warrant for your arrest.

How Long Does It Take For Lab Results On Drug Charges?

By | March 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss how long it takes for lab results on drug charges. I hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Does A Defendant Have The Right To See Evidence If They Are Entering A Guilty Plea?

By | March 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss if a defendant has the right to see evidence if they are entering a guilty plea.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce In Texas?

By | March 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss how long it takes to get a divorce in Texas.  I  hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

What Is An Acknowledgement Of Paternity?

By | March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss what an acknowledgement of paternity is.

What Is A Counterpetition & Why Do You Need It?

By | March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss what a counterpeition is and why you need it.

How We Help Juveniles Get Out Of Detention Faster

By | March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss how we help juveniles get out of detention faster.

Can The DA Charge You With A Different Offense?

By | March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss if the DA can charge you with a different offense rather than the one you were arrested for.

Can A Felon Vote in Texas?

By | March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you know if a felon can vote in the state of Texas?  Find out in my legal tip of the day!

What Are Common Defenses For Disorderly Conduct?

By | March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Find out what some of the common defenses are when it comes to Disorderly Conduct in my legal tip of the day! I hope you that you find this information helpful.  If you have any more questions - please feel free to reach out!

Reasons Why A Theft Case Can Be Dismissed

By | March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss some of the reasons why a theft case can be dismissed in court. I hope that this information is helpful to you. If it is, please like, share and subscribe - and if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out.

What Is A T.R.A.S?

By | March 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss what a T.R.A.S. is. I hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out!

When Can Police Use A Police Drug Sniffing Dog During A Routine Traffic Stop?

By | March 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Can police use a drug sniffing dog during routine traffic stops?  I answer this question, in my legal tip of the day!  I hope this information is helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out!

Will An Affidavit Of Non-Prosecution Get My Family Violence Charge Dismissed?

By | March 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss if an affidavit of non-prosecution get your family violence charge dismissed. I hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out!

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

By | March 9th, 2020|Categories: Assault|

Do you know what disorderly conduct is?  Find out about what this charge entails in today's legal tip of the day! I hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out!  

Do Police Always Need An Search Warrant?

By | March 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Today in my legal tip of the day, we discuss whether or not police always need an search warrant.  I hope this information is helpful to you - if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!  

Is A Medical Marijuana Prescription Card Legal In Texas?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you have a medical Marijuana prescription card from another state?  Find out if you can legally use it in the state of Texas in today's tip of the day!  If you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out.

What Are Some Of The Defenses For Dangerous Drugs?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

There are two different types of defences when it comes to dangerous drugs - find out what they are in today's legal tip of the day!  If you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out.

What Is Bail System For Juveniles?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you know that there is no bail system of juveniles?  Find out what the process is for them once they are arrested in my legal tip of the day!  If you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out.

What Should You Do If You Don’t Have An Attorney For Your First Court Date?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss what you should do if you don't find an attorney in time your first court date.  I hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

What Is A Dangerous Drug?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you know what drugs are classified as dangerous drugs?  Find out more in my legal tip of the day! If you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out.

What Is A Guardian Ad Litem?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you know who a Guardian Ad Litem is and why they are important to your custody case?  Find out more, in todays legal tip of the day!  I hope you find this information helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out.

What Can I Do To Make A Non-Custodial Parent Show Up For Visitation?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you have a non-custodial parent who is either not showing up to scheduled visits or showing up late?  Find out if you can do anything in my legal tip of the day.  I hope this information is helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out!

What Should You Do If A Detective Asks You To Voluntarily Talk About A Case?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Has a detective ever contacted you to voluntarily talk about a case?  Find out what you should do in my legal tip of the day.  I hope this information is helpful to you - if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

What’s Wrong With Deferred Adjudication For A Family Violence Case?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss what's wrong with deferred adjudication for a family violence case. I  hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have anymore questions, please feel free to reach out!

What To Expect After Getting Arrested For Disorderly Conduct.

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Find out what happens to you after getting arrested for disorderly conduct in today's legal tip of the day!  I hope this information is helpful for you - if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Which Parent Can Apply For A Passport?

By | March 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

In today's Legal Tip Of The Day, I discuss which parent can apply for a passport for their child. I hope that this information is helpful to you - if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Charged with Drug Possession in Texas? Mount a Strong Defense!

By | February 28th, 2020|Categories: Drug Crimes|

If you have been charged with drug possession in Texas, it is vital that you mount a strong defense. Even a very small quantity of a controlled substance could mean serious time in jail and very steep fines. What do you need to know about drug possession defense? We’ll explore it below.   First Offense   [...]

The Most Common Types of Drug Offenses in Texas

By | February 21st, 2020|Categories: Drug Crimes|

Drugs come in all shapes, sizes, and types. There are depressants, narcotics, stimulants, and more. However, that does not mean that they are all equally present within Texas. In fact, there are some that are far more commonly seen than others.   The Most Common Drug Types   The single most commonly seen drug in the [...]

Understanding Drug Possession Charges in Texas

By | February 14th, 2020|Categories: Drug Crimes|

Texas has very strong drug-related laws on the books, and that includes possession of controlled substances. From marijuana to cocaine, heroin, crack, and even prescription medication in some cases, being found in possession of a controlled substance can have some very serious ramifications on your life.   What Are the Possible Charges for Drug Possession in [...]

What You Should Know about Possession of Cocaine in Texas

By | February 7th, 2020|Categories: Drug Crimes|

Texas treats drug possession very seriously. If you have been arrested on possession charges, it is important that you have experienced legal counsel on your side. This is particularly true for cocaine and its derivatives. What should you know about Texas cocaine laws and potential punishments? We’ll explore those below.   How Are Possession Charges Determined? [...]

What Is a Plea Bargain and Should I Take One?

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: Sentencing|

Did you know that most criminal cases in Texas actually don’t go to trial? Instead, they’re resolved through a plea bargain. If you have been arrested for a crime in the Lone Star State, there is a chance that prosecutors will offer a plea deal. It’s important to understand what this means and whether or not [...]

What Is an Agreed Divorce in Texas and Is It Right for Me?

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Divorce|

Divorce – it’s never a welcome word, but sometimes it is unavoidable. If, despite your best efforts and those of your spouse, you still just can’t make things work, it may be wise to dissolve your marriage. If you and your spouse are able to agree on everything, this is what’s called an agreed divorce, or [...]

Can You Be Arrested for Marijuana in Texas?

By | January 17th, 2020|Categories: Drug Crimes|

The nation as a whole is seeing a significant relaxation of marijuana laws. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really apply to Texas. While the Lone Star State is no longer as strict as it once was in regard to possession of marijuana, it’s still one of the least marijuana-friendly states in the Union. What should you know about [...]

How Is Property Divided in a Texas Divorce?

By | January 10th, 2020|Categories: Divorce|

You and your spouse have spent years building a life together, but things are just not working out. Despite your best efforts, you’re drifting apart. Maybe there are other problems driving a wedge between the two of you. Whatever the case, divorce is now a certainty, and you’ve got a lot of questions. One that you’ll [...]

5 Considerations with Child Custody in a Texas Divorce

By | December 27th, 2019|Categories: Divorce|

Divorce is rarely a simple, easy process. Having children involved adds complications to the process. Custody is often one of the most hotly contested elements, and if you’re about to go through a divorce or it is on the horizon, you’ll need to know a few things about what to expect when it comes to child [...]

4 Things You Didn’t Know about Divorce in Texas

By | December 20th, 2019|Categories: Divorce|

Divorce was once relatively uncommon because it was rarely granted except on exceptional grounds. There was also a social stigma associated with it. Today, things have changed dramatically. Divorce has become much more widely accepted and easier to file for, as well. However, there are a few things that many Texas residents don’t know about pursuing [...]

An Overview of the Texas Arrest and Court Processes: What You Need to Know

By | December 13th, 2019|Categories: Court Process|

No one sets out to be arrested. However, for thousands of people across the state of Texas, it becomes a reality. Being arrested, finding yourself in jail, and going before a judge can all be daunting, stressful things. This guide will help you understand what you should expect and do at each stage.   Arrested   [...]

Juvenile Crime in Texas: Frequently Asked Questions

By | December 6th, 2019|Categories: Juvenile Crime|

While the vast majority of crimes in Texas are committed by adults, juveniles can also be arrested and charged. For both parents and children, this can be a frightening time, so it is important to know a few things going into it. Below, we’ll discuss some of the most important questions regarding juvenile crime in Texas, [...]

What You Should Know If You’ve Been Arrested for Possession of Marijuana (POM)

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Drug Crimes|

All across the country, marijuana laws are slowly relaxing. Some states have decriminalized marijuana for medical use. Others have even decriminalized recreational use. Texas is moving toward more relaxed laws, but much of that shift is unintentional and, while the penalties for possession have been slightly reduced, the Lone Star State is still not really marijuana-friendly. [...]

What Types of Bail Are Available in Texas?

By | October 18th, 2019|Categories: Bonds|

If arrested in the state of Texas, a judge will usually set bail. By paying the bail amount, you can be released from jail, generally on your own recognizance. The bail money is held until your court date to ensure that you show up. Most people are familiar with the idea of bail as a result [...]

Texas Divorce FAQs: What All Divorcing Couples Should Know

By | October 11th, 2019|Categories: Divorce|

Divorce is rarely a simple thing. This is particularly true if you and your spouse are unable to agree on even basic things, like property division or child custody. They can become bitter, drawn-out legal battles that leave scars on both sides. Just navigating the divorce process in Texas can be challenging, and having some basic [...]

What Is an Agreed Divorce and Is It Right for Your Situation?

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Divorce|

Divorce is never a simple thing, but some situations can be less complicated and rancorous than others. If you and your soon to be ex can come to terms on your own and can be amicable throughout the process, an agreed divorce might be the best option for you.   What’s an Agreed Divorce?   You [...]

Can My Child Choose the Parent She Wants to Live with in a Divorce?

By | September 27th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Divorce can be tough. Child custody battles in particular can be drawn out, bitter, and damaging. Both parents can suffer, and it is especially hard on a child involved in the process. The goal of child support, visitation, and custody agreements are to help provide the best environment for your child, and their wishes do count [...]

What You Need to Know about Spousal Support in Texas

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

While it is becoming rarer with time, Texas does provide for spousal support after a divorce. This has important ramifications for both parties in the divorce and should be understood before going to court. In this brief guide, we’ll outline some of the most important things you should know.   What Is Spousal Support? Is It [...]

How Do I Get Visitation Rights to My Child in Texas?

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Divorce is never a simple process, particularly when there is a child or multiple children involved. Both parents want to spare their children the pain and upset involved in a divorce and a prolonged, bitter custody battle, but sometimes there is no other path.   Even once custody has been set, it can be challenging for [...]

The Texas Child Custody Interview: What to Know about the Process

By | September 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

If you and your spouse have divorced and have a child, he or she can make their preference for custodial parent known. Beginning at age 12, your child has the right to request an interview with a judge to determine if a change in custody is warranted. Prior to 2009, this process began with an affidavit [...]

A Closer Look at the Texas DWI Process

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: DWI|

Each day, people across the state of Texas are charged with DWI, or driving while intoxicated. Even if it is your first such charge, it’s very serious. It can also be very nerve-wracking. Understanding the Texas DWI process can help to alleviate some of your worry and help you make informed decisions at key points along [...]

What You Need to Know about DWI in Texas

By | August 23rd, 2019|Categories: DWI|

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, someone is hurt or killed in an auto accident involving alcohol in the state every 20 minutes. A charge of DWI, or driving while intoxicated, can carry with it some very steep penalties. If you are facing legal charges, there are things that you must know.   What’s the [...]

Understanding Probable Cause in Texas DWI Cases

By | August 16th, 2019|Categories: DWI|

DWI is a serious problem throughout the state of Texas. Each year, the number of DWI-related accidents and injuries climbs, leading to stiffer enforcement. However, that does not mean that officers can order a blood test for no reason on a random traffic stop. They must have probable cause. Without probable cause, the case falls apart. [...]

How to Defend Against DWI Charges in Texas

By | August 9th, 2019|Categories: DWI|

DWI is a serious crime and, if you are found guilty, you could be facing up to a year in jail just for a first-time offense. Second and third-time offenses carry even harsher consequences. However, being charged with DWI does not necessarily mean that you are guilty of a crime. There are actually quite a few [...]

Assault Family Violence – What Is It?

By | July 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Assault family violence is just a type of assault. It has the same elements as all other assaults. What makes it different is that a judge makes a finding of family violence if the alleged victim was a member of the accused’s household as defined by the Family Code. What conduct constitutes assault: -intentionally, knowingly, or [...]

Texas Juvenile Criminal Defense: Frequently Asked Questions

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

With the rise in teen and young adult crimes, more and more parents and guardians, as well as teenagers themselves, find it necessary to navigate the Texas juvenile criminal defense process. It can vary a lot from the process that adults go through, and it is important that you have a good grasp on how things [...]

Understanding How the Texas Juvenile Justice System Works

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Teen crime is a serious problem, and too many people assume that just because someone accused of a crime is under the age of 18, they will get a free pass. The Texas juvenile justice system can have a lasting impact on your child and can even leave them with a criminal record before they become [...]

The Most Common Crimes Committed by Texas Teens During the Summer

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

We tend to think of summer as a time for family vacations and fun in the sun. Maybe you’re headed to the Gulf Coast, or perhaps you’re just looking forward to more time with the family during the day when the kids would usually be in school. Summer is definitely a time for togetherness, but it’s [...]

5 Tips to Help Prevent Teen Crime

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Teen crime in Texas continues to climb. It is particularly high during the summer months when students are out of school and many teens lack parental supervision. However, there has been an increase throughout all months of the year. In Texas, those under the age of 18 are prosecuted differently than adults, but even a seemingly [...]

What You Need to Know about Co-Parenting with an Unreasonable Ex

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

There is nothing simple about divorce, particularly when there is a child involved. It is one of the single most stressful events in your life. Once the divorce is over, you hope that you can put it all behind you. You breathe a deep sigh of relief, steel your reserve, and begin venturing out into your [...]

What You Need to Do to Prepare for a Social Study Evaluation

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Divorce is rarely a clear-cut, simple matter, particularly when children are involved. Many Texas couples face the prospect of contested child custody and even access to children in some cases. In these instances, a court will order what is called a social study evaluation to be completed. For instance, you and your spouse have decided a [...]

What to Know If You Have Been Arrested for Drug Possession

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

When it comes to criminal charges in the state of Texas, drug-related arrests are the most common in recent years. This is due to a number of factors, including a crackdown by law enforcement on drug-related activities, as well as a greater influx of drugs into the state. For those facing drug-related charges, it can be [...]

What to Do If You Suspect You Are the Victim of Parental Alienation

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Divorce is difficult, stressful, and frustrating on its own. Toss children into the mix and things become exponentially more challenging and there are even more potential problems that can rear their heads. One of those is parental alienation – it’s a terrible situation that drives a wedge between a parent and their child, and even between [...]

How Do I Find Out If There Is a Warrant Issued for My Arrest?

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

In many cases, a person does not know about a warrant until they are pulled over for a traffic violation and the officer runs their ID through the system. Why Might You Have a Warrant Issued? Some of the most common reasons to find that you have a warrant issued for your arrest in the state [...]

What Is the Difference between Probation and Parole?

By | November 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

In the world of criminal law, there are two ways that jail or prison time can be reduced or even avoided completely. These are probation and parole. However, while they are similar concepts, they are not the same in the state of Texas. Understanding these two terms is important for ensuring a positive outcome for your [...]

What Will Happen On My First Court Setting In A Criminal Case?

By | November 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The first court setting that a Defendant attends with an attorney is usually uneventful. The attorney and the client will check-in with the court staff to let them know they are there. The Defendant will usually have a seat in the hall or in the court room. The attorney will then go to the area where [...]

What’s The Difference Between Concurrent And Consecutive Sentences?

By | November 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sometimes Defendants have more than one case pending. If the Defendant decides to plead guilty to all of the cases it is important to know whether the cases will run concurrent or consecutively. If multiple cases are plead guilty to and the cases run concurrent that means that the person will be completing the punishment for [...]

How to Prepare for First Meeting with Your Criminal Defense Attorney

By | October 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Being arrested or otherwise getting involved with the police can be a stressful, frightening, and (often) humbling experience. Whether it’s your first encounter or fifth, each incident is unique and should be treated seriously. The best course of action is to speak with a competent, respected attorney who specializes in criminal defense law as soon as [...]

What to Do if You Cannot Afford to Pay Your DWI Surcharge

By | June 25th, 2018|Categories: DWI|

A DWI conviction is one of the most expensive offenses that a person can be charged with.  One of the things that makes it so expensive is the fact that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) assesses a three year penalty called a surcharge for every individual convicted an offense that stems from operating a motor [...]

Are There Advantages To Being Sentenced To Jail Instead of Probation for A DWI

By | June 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  If you and your attorney have analyzed your case and determined that it is not one that is suitable for pleading not guilty and going to trial then you must next start thinking about punishment options. The two main options are jail vs. probation. Let’s face it nobody wants to go to jail. But, sometimes it is [...]

Help! My Bond Is Too High!

By | June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Bonds|

If a person is arrested and the bond is set too high, it is possible to have that bond lowered by hiring an attorney to get a bond reduction. The attorney will need to do a thorough interview of the arrested person to determine what amount of bond the arrested person can afford and whether or [...]

Car Passenger Charged With Possession Of Controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver

By | June 1st, 2018|Categories: Drug Crimes|

If you are a passenger in a vehicle that is stopped for a traffic violation and a large amount of drugs are found in the vehicle you can be charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver—even if the vehicle does not belong to you, even if the drugs were found in the [...]

Motion to Suppress Blood

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

A motion to suppress any type of evidence, including blood evidence, is a challenge by the attorneys to the legality of the evidence, namely how it was obtained. The Exclusionary Rule In Texas, there is an exclusionary rule that the courts can use when they find that the evidence was not obtained according to the rules [...]

How Do Prior DWI Convictions Affect Plea Negotiations?

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: DWI|

Many times, when someone has been arrested for DWI, the prosecution will approach and ask if they want to plea bargain, as this has the potential to benefit both the defense and the prosecution. The prosecution wants to lower their caseload, so by getting defendants to enter into a plea negotiation, it can reduce the amount [...]

How Are Out of State DWI Convictions Used?

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: DWI|

In the state of Texas, the legal system uses “enhancements” for multiple convictions of certain types of crimes, including DWI. This means that if someone has a second DWI offense in Texas, it is considered a class A misdemeanor rather than at class B, which is the charge for a first offense. With additional arrests for [...]

Franks Motion: What Is It and How Could It Apply to a Case

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

If a defendant and his or her attorney believe that some of the evidence being used against them has been obtained illegally because the police lied to get a search warrant, they will file a Franks motion. This is a request to the courts for a Franks hearing. During the hearing, the courts will try to [...]

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