Aggravated Assault

2019-02-03T17:44:29+00:00October 25th, 2016|Criminal Cases, Track Record|

Type

2nd degree felony

Facts

Client was accused of using a machete to threaten injury to a complainant. We located and produced a witness who stated that the complaining witness was the aggressor, and that our client was only defending himself, which established our client’s defense of self-defense.

Result

Dismissed

Carrying weapon in prohibited place

2019-02-03T17:46:02+00:00October 21st, 2016|Criminal Cases, Track Record|

Type

3rd degree felony

Facts

Client arrested after attempting to board airplane with suitcase full of kitchen knives in his carry on luggage that client had received as a gift. Since client was a foreign national, the incident received media attention. Our investigation resulted in statements from several sources, both locally and overseas, that he was neither a violent person or a terrorist. We submitted a packet of this information to the grand jury, and the grand jury chose to “no bill” or to not pursue the criminal charges.

Result

Dismissed

Forgery

2019-02-03T17:46:25+00:00October 19th, 2016|Criminal Cases, Track Record|

Type

State jail felony

Facts

Client lost his wallet containing his driver’s license. His driver’s license was later used by another person in an attempt to cash a forged check. While attempting to cash the check, the perpetrator became spooked when questioned by the clerk, and he left our client’s driver’s license at the counter. HPD investigated the incident, and the investigating officer made a report stating that our client appeared on the videotape attempting to cash the check. However, when the HPD officer was subpoenaed to bring the video to court, the officer admitted that our client was actually not on the video, and the officer stated that she was instructed by her superiors to go ahead and file criminal charges against our client so that the officer could get experience in how to process reports. The case was dismissed, and the HPD officer involved was later terminated.

Result

Dismissed

Evading detention with a vehicle

2019-02-03T17:46:40+00:00October 18th, 2016|Criminal Cases, Track Record|

Type

State Jail Felony

Facts

Client was driving on a rural highway when an officer activated his lights. Client kept driving for approximately 10 miles until she found a lighted area to pull over. The officer filed charges for evading detention with a vehicle. We convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the charges, because these days, it is not unreasonable for a woman to keep driving — even for 10 miles — until she finds a place she feels safe pulling over.

Result

Dismissed

Theft

2019-02-03T17:46:50+00:00October 17th, 2016|Criminal Cases, Track Record|

Type

State jail felony, reduced to Class A misdemeanor

Facts

Client was accused of theft of benefits from the Texas Workforce Commission. Pursuant to our advice, our client returned the funds immediately, which the DA’s office looked upon favorably and helped result in a reduction of the charge and an agreement for deferred adjudication. This reduction helped our client retain her teaching certificate.

Result

Deferred adjudication