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Erratically imposed bail undermines impartial court system

Though the trial and verdict receive the most attention in the criminal process, every step, from investigation to sentencing, is just as important as the next. At every stage of the process, the person who is the subject of a criminal charge is entitled to fair treatment and protection under the law.

Doctor says he was misled in Houston health care fraud trial

Whenever someone is facing federal fraud charges, they are likely to face a difficult legal battle as federal officials aggressively prosecute the cases for which they are responsible. On Houston doctor is in the process of fighting federal charges for supposedly committing multiple instances of health care fraud.

Death penalty considered in Houston nurse's murder trial

Everybody has made an irrational choice that they cannot explain. Sometimes the choice is relatively inconsequential and, other times, the choice can have long-lasting repercussions. One Houston, Texas, woman is facing the possibility of the death penalty after she reportedly committed an act of murder and kidnapping out of desperation. The woman's attorney indicated that the circumstances of this criminal case do not warrant such a punishment.

Houston man's death sentence on appeal

Over 10 years ago, a young Houston man was sentenced to death for killing a police officer, yet he has always maintained his innocence. Even though no physical evidence has come forward, the man is still faces execution. Now, he is pursuing his appeal even further by claiming that he has not been represented by adequate criminal defense attorneys.

Heavy Texas court fees used for wrong purposes

When someone faces criminal charges in Texas courts, not only do they face the prospect of spending time in court, but they are also expected to pay a series of costly court fees. The intent of the fees is to help maintain the court system, but an independent analysis recently revealed that those funds are being used for projects entirely unrelated to the courts. If you are dealing with a criminal case, it is important that you understand where your money is going.

Texas teacher accused of inappropriate contact with students

Throughout the country there have been numerous accusations of inappropriate sexual activities between teachers and their students over the last several weeks. One Texas teacher is involved in the most recent string of allegations of sexual misconduct. The man is facing the possibility of a serious criminal case as the investigation proceeds.

Texas man will be re-tried for sexual assault

Everybody deserves their day in court. This adage reflects the constitutional guarantee to due process, a court trial and a capable defense when someone is charged with a crime. One Texas man who was convicted on criminal charges of sexual assault in 2003 is getting a new trial. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently ruled that the man's defense was "deficient."

Houston man faces criminal charge, allegedly impersonated officer

Police say a man tried to impersonate one of their own this week. The man was pulled over in Houston and will now face criminal charges after allegedly trying to impersonate a police officer. The man said he doesn't speak English, complicating the matter.

Raid leads to large drug stash, federal charges for Houston men

Allegations of drug possession are serious on both the state and federal levels. With that mind, readers in Texas will be interested in a recent raid by federal authorities in Pennsylvania. Reportedly, an alleged drug ring was broken up, and authorities have made drug charges against four people, some of who are from the Houston area. The suspects were arrested on federal drug charges that included allegations of drug trafficking. The investigation was said to have been conducted by several state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.A news release from the United States Attorney's Office alleged that the four men conspired to work together and with others to distribute cocaine on multiple occasions. A grand jury indicted all of the men based on a federal investigation that apparently began in 2009 and continued into September of 2011. A federal raid purportedly resulted in the seizure of 35 pounds of cocaine, the estimated street value of which is $3 million. Authorities also confiscated $7 million in currency.

White collar crime in a blue collar setting: insurance fraud

White collar crime is traditionally thought to be a crime committed by an individual who has gained considerable assets in the course of his or her business. That definition may not fit the facts of every insurance fraud case in Texas, though one such white collar crime investigation certainly has a blue collar tint. A Willis man has been accused of committing insurance fraud by hiding his Harley Davidson while claiming it was stolen.The 41-year-old man's insurance company paid him $7,552 after he allegedly filed a claim saying that his 1976 Harley was stolen. A criminal complaint against him claims that the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office was contacted in June 2011 by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The complaint includes documents that purportedly showed that the man filed the claim 10 days after he purchased the insurance policy on July 15, 2008. However, the NCIB claims the former girlfriend of the accused told the Bureau that the motorcycle was stored at her mother's home for a time period after the insurance claim was paid.

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