A 47-year-old man's attempted theft crimes in a Houston church were foiled when he was confronted by church members who were alerted by the sound of an alarm. A gaping hole in the ceiling of an office in the church bears testament to the burglary suspect's failed efforts to escape. Police arrested the man after church members bound him with tape and electrical cord. The man is being held on a felony burglary charge. A second suspect managed to get away before police arrived. It appeared to police investigating the crime that the suspects were after money, musical instruments and an amplifier. The church had been the scene of a burglary two weeks earlier in which thieves got away with a keyboard and guitars.
The recent shooting death of a 44-year-old woman by her estranged husband who then shot himself in the head at their daughter's birthday party happened a week after the mayor of Dallas asked police to focus their efforts on any criminal case involving allegations of domestic violence. In Dallas, homicide cases linked to domestic violence doubled in 2012 as shelters for battered women report an increase in the level of violent crime related to domestic abuse. Police and neighbors were at a loss to explain the homicide and suicide that happened in a quiet neighborhood in Grapevine, Texas. A witness who spoke to the 43-year-old husband shortly before the shooting said he neither saw nor heard anything in their conversation that gave any warning of what was to come. Neither of the couple's two children attending the party was injured in the shooting.
Three men from Sugar Land, Texas, have been charged with first-degree felony drug delivery charges after they sold a potent synthetic marijuana to undercover police officers who responded to an online advertisement for herbal incense. The police seized 1,188 packages of the synthetic marijuana weighing 12,565 grams. The men were released on $125,000 bond following their arrests.So-called designer drugs have become the focus of state law enforcement since the passage of a law last year that made them illegal in Texas. A federal law was enacted in July targeting drugs such as synthetic marijuana. With the new state and federal laws in place, it is not surprising that an ad offering wholesale distribution of an herbal incense would draw the attention of Pearland detectives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a pitcher, Houston resident Roger Clemons was known for his ability to pitch his way out of sticky situations. Though he was one of baseball's most dominant pitchers for many seasons, a 7-year federal investigation and 10-week trial related to alleged illegal steroid use has defined the most recent phase of his life.
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.
It's no surprise that the economic recession has affected Texas families in many ways. As individuals lose their jobs, financial assets or their homes, it is not hard to believe they are under a tremendous amount of pressure as they try to help support their family. A recent study suggests that cases of domestic violence can be directly linked to a struggling economy.