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August 2012 Archives

Self-proclaimed 'great father' arrested after family altercation

A Crockett, Texas, man chose the wrong T-shirt to wear when deputies from the Houston County Sheriff's Office came to arrest him on a family violence complaint. The mug shot taken at the suspect's booking shows him wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words "This is what a great father looks like."The arrest warrant was issued following allegations by the man's wife that he brandished a .22-caliber pistol during a domestic disturbance. There were no injuries reported. The suspect posted a $30,000 bond to obtain his release following the arrest.

South Houston fight leaves man dead, another facing charges

A fight between two men in an apartment in South Houston, Texas, ended with one man dead and the other in police custody on a criminal charge. According to the police investigation of the incident, officers went to the apartment in response to reports of a fight at a party. Police found a 58-year old man who they believe struck his head when he fell after being hit by the 39-year old suspect. The injured man died after police took him to a hospital.The suspect was arrested in a field near the apartment where he fled after the fight. The man struggled with police, who sprayed him several times with pepper spray before subduing him. He faces assault charges in connection with the fight at the apartment and aggravated assault for the struggle with the police in which one officer was injured.

NFL running back facing criminal charge in Houston court

Houston resident and NFL running back Adrian Peterson appeared with his attorney in a Houston court to answer a criminal charge related to an incident last month outside a local club. According to police, Peterson shoved an off-duty police officer when he was asked to leave the club. Peterson said the arrest would have no effect on the upcoming season with the Minnesota Vikings.Criminal defense attorneys know that facing misdemeanor charges or felony charges can be an unsettling, anxiety producing experience. The penalties imposed by a judge at sentencing may include a fine, probation, community service or imprisonment. The effects on a person's life of a criminal record continues beyond when the penalties imposed by the judge end. Conviction of in a criminal case can make it difficult for a person to get a job. Relationships with family and friends may become strained.

Federal charges result in prison terms for Houston hate crime

The final chapter in a Houston, Texas, hate crime case drew national attention recently when a federal judge sentenced three white men to prison for their part in the racially motivated 2011 attack on a black man. Criminal defense attorneys watched this case closely because it was the first prosecution in Texas under a recent law making racially motivated violent crime a federal offense.The federal investigation into the 2011 Houston attack began after local prosecutors asked the Justice Department to handle the criminal case under the 2009 amendments to the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The prosecutors reasoned that prison sentences under the federal law were longer than those a state court could impose if the defendants were convicted of state assault charges.

Ex-football players avoid prison with drug charge guilty plea

Experienced criminal defense attorneys know that sometimes a guilty plea can be the most effective result for their clients charged with drug offenses. Drug possession, drug trafficking, drug delivery and drug manufacturing offenses subject the offender to penalties that may include a prison sentence, probation supervision and monetary fines. Three Texas Christian University football players arrested as part of a police drug investigation earlier this year recently avoided prison by pleading guilty to marijuana charges.The three TCU students who were arrested in February, as we wrote about on this blog, as part of a police drug investigation pled guilty recently in Tarrant County to drug delivery charges involving marijuana. The three men faced imprisonment if they had been tried and convicted of the original charges. By pleading guilty, the three were sentenced to deferred adjudication probation and ordered to pay fines ranging from $1,200.

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