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July 2016 Archives

Adequate representation and the right to a fair trial

The Sixth Amendment guarantees individuals in Texas and elsewhere across the country the right to a fair trial. Courts display a strong presumption that a defendant's lawyer is acting within the range of reasonable professional assistance at any given time. In some situations, however, a client might have been so poorly represented that a court could ultimately be justified in overturning a guilty verdict that was handed down in a previous trial.

Men face prison time and fines in Texas theft case

Authorities say that a 32-year-old man, a 35-year-old man and a 42-year-old man, all from Odessa, were indicted on eight charges of access device fraud. A fourth man from Gardendale was also included in the indictment. Three of the suspects were taken into custody on July 13 while the last suspect was taken into custody on July 14.

Federal Conspiracy Drug Case Against Former Del Rio Officer Draws To A Close

On May 21, 2015, former Del Rio law enforcement officer Raymond Villarreal entered a guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Villarreal admitted to distributing cocaine from his body shop during the two-year period between January 2012 and December 2013. Sentencing was nearly two months later, on July 13. U.S. District Judge Alia Moses sentenced Villarreal to seven years in federal prison and ordered that he pay a $3,000 fine. Upon release, the now convicted felon will be supervised for five years.

Drunk driving case results in probation for Ray Bourque

Texas fans of hockey player Ray Bourque may have heard that the 55-year-old ex-player was facing OUI charges in connection with an incident June 25. The incident occurred in Massachusetts, and although no one was injured, a van that Bourque hit was damaged. Police reports said that his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit at .249.

The Law In Texas And Assault Charges

In Texas, most assault charges have battery charges to go with them. If a defendant has been charged with assault, the allegation is that they have intentionally, and/or recklessly caused bodily hard to another person, threatened to cause bodily harm, or caused physical contact with a victim in order to provoke the victim. Regular, Class "C" assault charges are less serious than aggravated assault charges which either involved the use of a firearm or serious injury.

Bust of Texas theft ring yields 130 arrests

The Houston Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the area took action to bring down a large group of organized thieves that had been plaguing the community. Police arrested 130 people who allegedly participated in the theft of small trailers.

Why some judges and prosecutors prefer plea bargains

Texas residents who have heard of plea bargains might wonder who benefits in addition to the defendant. One reason both prosecutors and judges might prefer a plea bargain in some cases is because it reduces the number of trials they must participate in. Both prosecutors and judges have busy calendars, and a plea bargain allows them to focus that time on more serious cases. Similarly, a plea bargain, which usually comes with reduced penalties, frees up prison space for people who are facing more serious charges.

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