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“Not Guilty” Grant Scheiner Wins Prostitution Case

Our criminal defense law firm won an acquittal today in a Prostitution case The jury was out 25 minutes before returning with a verdict of not guilty Our client was a former employee of the Green Haven Spa in Houston She was accused of offering sex to an undercover police officer in exchange for a fee In Texas, Prostitution is usually a Class "B" misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,00000, up to six...

How Do You Defend Those People

I get this question all the time Everyone including, close family members, a waiter I bounce a fact pattern off of, people I go to church with, close friends who I deem to be intelligent, moral, and ethical, and EVEN LAWYERS ask me this same question So, is it a stupid question Texas Monthly has the answer YES! I was at my In-Law's house over the Thanksgiving holiday After the last bit of desert was gone, I...

DWI v. DUI

The terms DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DUI (Driving Under the Influence) are usually used interchangeably in every day conversation In Texas, the legal meaning of the terms DWI and DUI are very different A criminal defense attorney in Houston is the best person to call if you have questions about the legal meanings of DWI or DUI DUI is often used to describe any person who has been arrested for drinking...

Marihuna, Ticket or Jail?

In Texas, possession of marihuana can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount possessed Less than 2 ounces of marihuana is a class B misdemeanor Less than 4 ounces of marihuana is a class A misdemeanor 4 ounces to 5lbs of marihuana is a state jail felony 5lbs to 50lbs of marihuana is a third degree felony 50lbs to 2000lbs of marihuana is a second degree felony Over 2000lbs of marihuana is a first...

Federal Judge Sentenced to Prison

In Houston, a Federal Judge was sentenced to 33 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release  The Houston Chronicle reports that former Judge Samuel Kent will report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons next month  Kent lied to a judicial committee who was investigating an alleged sexual misconduct allegation against Kent Judge Kent's reputation was well known in the Houston criminal defense...

Petitions for Non-Disclosure and Expunctions

You or someone you know may be in this situation: You have had a case in the Harris County Criminal Courthouse, or any other Texas court for that matter; The judge has granted deferred adjudication; and You have successfully completed deferred adjudication What now  Many assume that once deferred adjudication is completed,  the existence of that charge is automatically erased  They assume that...

Houston Police Getting Massages Instead of Responding to Burglary Calls

ABC 13 news reports that a 70 year old woman waited 7 hours for police to respond to her 911 call when her house was burglarized  Mayor White states  that "we ought to be vigilant in trying to do better"  The problem is not effort  The problem is the misguided effort  We all know that if you have a car accident it will be a good hour before anyone officer shows up  If only, the police were as fast as...

Bellaire Police Officer Jeffrey Cotton Charged

The New York Times reports that local police officer Jeffrey Cotton has been charged in the shooting of Robert Tolan  This story has made nationwide news and has even been the subject of an episode of Real Sports by Bryant Gumbel Jeffrey Cotton has an arraignment setting in the 232nd District Court of Harris County, Texas  Cotton was indicted on April 6, 2008 for Aggravated Assault by a Public Servant  ...

Harris County Criminal Justice System

Anyone charged with a criminal offense in Harris County, Texas is likely to be overwhelmed with the number of courts in the Harris County Criminal Justice Center The Harris County Criminal Justice Center is located at 1201 Franklin Street in downtown Houston There are fifteen county criminal courts at law The courts are found on floors 8, 9, 10, and 11 The county criminal courts hear all class B...

NFL Star Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter

The Los Angeles Times reports that NFL Star, Dante Stallworth, has been charged with a Manslaughter charge stemming from a March 14th accident that killed 59 year old Mario Reyes   This is the prototypical case that has formed organizations such as MADD and caused anti-drunk driving bill boards to be put along side our roadways  This incident occurred in Florida, and if Stallworth is convicted he faces up...