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Man's federal charges could help ex-girlfirend charged by state

Investigations by state and federal law enforcement into bomb threats made against Texas State University and Texas A&M University have resulted in the arrests of a Bryan man and his ex-girlfriend. The criminal defense attorney for the girl said her arrest by the Texas State Police Department is in conflict with the evidence the FBI obtained that resulted in the arrest of the boyfriend on federal charges.State authorities claiming to have evidence linking her email account to the bomb threats against the two universities arrested the 19-year-old woman. The charges against her include three counts of a felony charge of making a terrorist threat and three misdemeanor charges. She faces up to 10 years and a fine up to $10,000 on each felony charge. Each of the misdemeanor charges is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.

Deadly hiccup cure leads to criminal charge for Killeen man

A judge set bail at $1 million for a 27-year-old soldier from Fort Hood in Texas who was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death another soldier from the base. The shooting is an example of how circumstances and poor judgment can quickly turn a prank into a criminal case.According to police, the accused was watching television and drinking with the victim and another man in an off-base home. The accused used a gun in an attempt to stop the victim from hiccupping by scaring him. The police said the unsafe handling of the gun by the accused man caused it to discharge. The 22-year-old victim was killed when the bullet hit him in the face.

Woman divorcing man accused of hiring assassins to kill her

A Dallas, Texas, man was in divorce court recently because his wife is seeking to end their marriage. The woman's reason for seeking the divorce? She believes her husband hired a hit man to kill her. The woman was shot in the face in August and was briefly in a coma; she lost her left eye but survived the attack. Her husband is free on $1 million bail on a criminal charge of solicitation to commit murder. According to the police, the 52-year old husband acknowledged his involvement in an affair with a woman for at least three years. Police say he hired someone to kill his wife so that he could be with his mistress in California -- a charge the man and his attorney deny. In fact, the man says he hopes he can reconcile with his wife, and his attorney says he has a written statement from the wife that she does not actually want a divorce.

Houston judge hands down 14 year sentence

This week, a 46-year-old Daisetta man was sentenced to spend over 14 years in prison. The criminal charges came after an investigation involving police departments from Houston, Beaumont, and Daisetta, as well as agents from the FBI.

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.

No criminal charges -- yet -- in shooting death in Fort Worth

When is the best time to hire a criminal defense attorney? Many people facing criminal charges do not become aware of being the subject of an investigation until after the police arrest them. An attorney retained while a criminal case is under investigation has the advantage of being able help the client to avoid common mistakes such as making statements to law enforcement or consenting to searches for evidence. A shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, that left a man from Burleson dead and the gunman free is an example of a case where a defense attorney could be retained early in the investigation to protect a suspect's rights. According to police, the two men, who were brothers-in-law, were driving with their wives when the shooting victim got into an argument with one of the women. This led to a fight between the two men that ended with the shooting of the Burleson man. The police released the victim's brother-in-law while the investigation continues.

Houston man arrested after allegedly dragging cop with his car

A 22-year-old man from Houston, Texas, has been charged with dragging a law enforcement officer by the arm. He pulled the reserve sheriff's officer with him as he drove his car from the scene of an alleged crime. According to court records, the criminal charge against the suspect is aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer. The court imposed a $50,000 bond. Law enforcement personnel had arrived to investigate a call regarding two men allegedly smoking crack cocaine near a gas station in Harris County. The reserve officer commanded the man who was charged in this case to emerge from a car at the scene. However, the man refused to comply and left the gas station while the lieutenant's arm was inside the vehicle. He kept driving as he dragged the officer through the parking lot.

2 Texas men facing charges for white collar crimes

Two men from Dallas, Texas, were indicted recently on federal fraud charges. The men, both in their late 40s, were charged with 10 counts of mail fraud and a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. If convicted of the alleged white collar crimes, the men could face 20 years in federal prison as punishment.

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