Road rage isn’t normally regarded as a serious crime. Yet reports show that there are times the road rage can lead to arrest and serious charges. Recently, a Harris County attorney was arrested when she got angry with another driver on Tomball parkway. She followed the driver into a parking garage and then pulled out a handgun. The victim was terrified and believed that the woman was going to shoot him. The man says that he is a husband and the father of three boys. He immediately thought of his family when staring down the barrel of the gun in terror.

The man says that he and his wife had just had lunch at Panera Bread and were on their way home when he merged onto the 249. He says that he was completely unaware that he had cut another car off. The man says that he changed lanes and then heard a loud screeching and realized that there had been a car behind him in the lane. He was worried that the vehicle was going to hit his, but he didn’t. The individual pulled into a nearby bank parking lot and got out to walk up to the bank to do a transaction.

At this point, the other driver also pulled into the parking garage and pulled a pistol. The victim asked the woman with the gun to drop her weapon, but she refused. While he called 9-1-1, the woman stood with the gun pointed screaming obscenities at the man who had cut her off. The bank surveillance video caught the entire exchange, and the woman was arrested on the spot. When asked about the accident, the defendant says that she was fearful, and reacted out of that fear. She has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. If you have been charged with a crime stemming from road rage, don’t hesitate to call a Houston criminal defense attorney the firm today!

A drunk driver on a Houston freeway overpass has been arrested after he slammed into a 12-year-old autistic boy on the freeway, killing him instantly. The mentally challenged boy somehow slipped away from his parents while biking. The father of the young boy says that they were on a bike ride when they were separated around 5:30 p.m. The family immediately reported that their son was missing and called the police. Before they were able to locate their son, the family got a call about his passing.

The child was hit by the drunk driver when he wandered onto the northbound lanes of the S. Post Oak at Main. The individual was hit by a black pickup truck and died on the scene. The police believe that the driver of the truck had an illegal BAC. He was arrested at the scene of the accident. The driver was charged with a DWI, but reports show that he may not be considered at fault in the death because the boy was walking in a moving lane of traffic.

If you have been arrested for a DWI and for hitting a pedestrian or biker, but believe that the accident was not your fault and that the pedestrian or biker was in the wrong in the situation, then you may be able to avoid penalties that are affiliated with DWI manslaughter or other violent DWI crimes, You will want to hire an attorney at The Martinez Law Firm to represent you in your case if you are arrested for a situation of this nature. Don’t hesitate to hire an attorney at the firm today to learn more. With the right
Houston criminal defense lawyer there to represent you, you have a greater chance of avoiding serious penalties. Hire the firm today!

Two men have been arrested after they killed a man attending a birthday party at a home in northwest Houston. The individuals, arrested earlier this month, have now been charged with murder. The 20-year-old and 18-year-old suspects are being held without bond after the January 4th killing of a 24-year-old man. The police believe that the victim was shot and two others were wounded at about 1:00 a.m. during the birthday party. There were several dozen people at the party when the gunfire broke out.

Investigators believe that the shooters were in a vehicle when they fired, and were parked conspicuously in a parking lot near the residence. The police are still trying to determine why the two young men believed it was necessary to shoot the party-goers. Online Houston City Jail records do not list the two suspects who were arrested.

If you have been arrested in connection with a murder, it is essential that you have a hardworking and responsible Houston criminal defense attorney on your side. Murder charges can be extremely serious, meriting even a lifetime in jail. Whenever you are charged with a crime like this one, you need to hire an attorney to assist you. You will want to be well-represented when you head to the court house. Whether you need an alibi, want to prove a defense, or want to create a satisfactory plea bargain, a Martinez Law Firm attorney can help you.

Attorney Martinez is a former chief prosecutor that is fully capable of tackling your case. He understands how the others side thinks, so he can create a defense that is most effective. Don’t hesitate to call this reliable and hardworking attorney to assist you in your situation right away. Whether you are dealing with a small misdemeanor case or a serious murder, The Martinez Law Firm is here to help!

The Texas Department of Transportation is installing new signs on the Highway 290 today to lower the speed limit on stretches of the highway. The speed limit changes stretch through Hayes County. The speed limit will only drop by 5 mph, going from 65 mph to only 60 mph in the stretch between Nutty Brown Road and Rob Shelton Boulevard. Small changes in the speed limit like this one can lead to a rise in speeding tickets and traffic violations.

Doubtless, after signs are installed the Houston police and the highway patrols will be staking out and waiting for individuals to pass by so that they can catch these drivers and issue them a speeding ticket for driving at the previously mandated pace. If you have been charged with speeding and have been issued a speeding ticket in a place with a recent change, then you may want to contest your ticket. In some cases, you may need to hire an attorney to help you with this.

Most often, it is wise to contest a ticket if you have been issued other citations in the past and are at risk to losing your license as a result. At The Martinez Law Firm, an attorney may be able to assist you in challenging the prosecution and proving that the speeding infraction should not go on your record. Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney at the firm right away if you would like to learn more about how you can challenge your speeding citations or avoid penalties. Whether you are dealing with a traffic infraction or a serious felony, a Martinez Law FirmHouston criminal defense lawyer may be able to work to your advantage. Hire the firm today to learn more!

A man in Houston robbed a bank inside of a WalMart in Harris County early this morning. According to the FBI, the suspect walked into the store and went up to the teller’s window. He handed the teller a note and demanded finances. He threatened the teller, claiming that he had a gun and was willing to use it.

The teller complied with his wishes, and the suspect walked out of the store with cash in hand. He got into a silver Pontiac Grand Prix and sped from the scene. This is not the only time that a Harris County local has robbed a bank in the area in recent days. Some suspect that the same individual continues to rob banks in the area.

Harris County Sheriffs are now looking into the incident. They are still trying to determine how many suspects were inside the bank for the robbery and how much money they fled with. The getaway vehicle was located in a shopping center and there was cash inside the vehicle. It has been recovered, but police are still looking for the offender.

If you have been accused of robbing a bank, then you are going to want a Houston criminal defense attorney on your side immediately. Bank robbery is a serious crime that can result in life-altering penalties and marks on a person’s record. Texas State Law says that a bank robber can be charged with up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Aggravated robbery is robbery that occurs when a suspect causes serious bodily injury to another or uses or exhibits a weapon. This means that the robber doesn’t actually have to use the weapon, exhibiting the gun or knife is enough to constitute aggravated robbery. If you have been charged of this crime and want a defense lawyer on your side, don’t hesitate to hire a professional former prosecutor at The Martinez Law Firm. A
Houston criminal defense attorney at this firm will help you to get the assistance that you need today. Contact the firm right away to learn more!

According to recent reports, a Harris County sheriff’s deputy was recently indicted after claims that he was coercing women with warrants into pleasuring him sexually. Reports show that he told one woman that if she performed an act with him, he would not turn her in. He has been charged with sexual assault and official oppression as a result. According to investigators, he came across a woman who had an open warrant, and then offered not to arrest her in exchange for physical interactions.

Whenever police are arrested and indicted, it can be very serious. Those who are supposed to be maintaining the law are often held to the highest standard, and when arrested and charged with a crime police officers are at risk to serious punishments and guaranteed job loss. If you want to learn more about police crimes, or if you are an officer who has been charged with a serious crime, then you need to talk with a Martinez Law Firm criminal defense attorney today.

Sadly, many police officers are falsely accused of crimes like the one described above. Sometimes angry criminals want to avoid penalties, and will claim false arrests or accuse a police officer of gross misconduct. If you have been accused of a police misconduct crime, and are not guilty, then you need to talk with a Houston criminal defense lawyer at the firm today and set the record straight. At The Martinez Law Firm, Attorney Martinez and his team are here to help you out with your criminal charges. The firm is focused on working to help you with your case and doing all that they can to prove your innocence. Don’t hesitate to call the firm right away to learn more and get the information that you need!

A 23-year-old Houston local has been arrested after Houston police dogs discovered the man who has stolen thousands of dollars’ worth of cigarettes in recent months. He stole these cigarettes from a discount store located in Northwest Harris County, and then led police on a 25-mile chase as they pursued him to recover the goods. The suspect has been charged with felony evading and felony theft. The deputies claim that the offender smashed the windows of a dollar store in the middle of the night and stole the cigarettes in addition to some other merchandise.

Deputies were responding to the emergency call about the burglary when the suspect drove by. Police took off, attempting to stop him, but he sped away. With the help of search dogs, the police were able to locate the offender and bring him to justice. While search dogs can be a helpful tool in police work, they can also make mistakes. The animals may detect a scent erroneously, leading to the arrest of an innocent suspect. If you have been arrested for a crime you didn’t commit because of police dog error, then contact a lawyer at the firm today for more information. The Martinez Law Firm has a host of attorneys who are willing to help you with your Houston criminal defense case!

<span><p>Early this morning, a former Navy man launched an attack in a building at the Washington Navy Yard. The offender shot office workers in the cafeteria and then rushed into a hallway. Thirteen people were killed in the exchange, including the gunman. Authorities write that they are looking for a second possible attacker who may have been in a military-style uniform.</p>
<p>Investigators say that they have not established a motive for the shooting which happened less than four miles from the White House. The Navy Yard is heavily guarded, so many are wondering who the offenders managed to get in the building in the first place. This is the deadliest shooting at a U.S.-based military institution since the Fort Hood shooting in Texas. The offender in that case, Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death last month. That shooting took place in 2009.</p>
<p>The FBI has already taken charge of this investigation and identified the gunman who died in the midst of the attacks. His name is Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old from Texas. He died after running in a gun battle with the police. A federal law enforcement official says that the shooter most likely got into the Navy Yard using someone else’s identification card. The FBI is still trying to determine if the person with the identification was an accomplice or was unaware of the danger.</p>
<p>About 3,000 people work at the Navy Yard, and many of them are civilians. The Navy reports that Alexis was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011 and then left as a petty officer in third class. The FBI is still trying to gather information on why he left his position with the military. Prior to the shooting, Alexis was working with a fleet logistics support squadron in Fort Worth, Texas.</p></span>

I was at a get together this weekend when the topic of money laundering came up. Not surprisingly, most people thought that a money laundering arrest involves millions of dollars like it is shown in movies like Scarface or Blow. While money laundering does stem from alleged drug dealing like those films the arrests in Houston, Texas do not involve that much cash. The typical case in Harris County, Texas involves a young person that is carrying a gym bag that is fully loaded while acting nervous around law enforcement, the police. What is surprising to me is that the young person typically gives the police consent to search their bag. In most instances, the police only have a hunch that is something is afoul and get lucky that the person does not know that they have the right to refuse the search. The typical “mule” is carrying $50,000 to $100,000 in cash, is under 30, and receiving less that $5,000 for transporting the money. They are a far cry from Tony Montana or George Jung.

The Houston Police are currently on the lookout for a “wigged bandit” and three other suspects that are responsible for a bank robbery in Heights. The FBI is also aiding in the search to hunt down the men who robbed a local credit union earlier in the week. According to investigators the armed men went into a Texas Dow Employees Credit Union and demanded cash from those behind the counter. They escaped from the scene of the crime unharmed.

One man wore a woman’s wig, and the others concealed their faces with masks and sunglasses. If caught, the Houston Police will press charges against the men and see that they are punished for their actions. If you want information about bank robberies or if you have been arrested for a theft crime and would like an aggressive lawyer on your side, then you need to contact a Houston criminal defense attorney at The Martinez Law Firm today!

A Houston local who has been on death row for 20 years recently won a federal court appeal allowing him to pursue claims that he is mentally impaired and therefore does not qualify for the death penalty. This shocking ruling may have saved the individual’s life. The verdict was decided in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, September 3rd.

The 50-year-old defendant is a former member of the Mexican mafia who was convicted of his crime in 1992 and has been in a federal prison ever since. He was convicted of murder after stabbing his 70-year-old neighbor 25 times during a home break-in. The defendant was on parole at the time that the crime occurred and had already been serving time for another home break-in where he sexually abused a pregnant woman.

The defendant’s attorneys argued that he deserved a court review because a psychiatrist who was present at his previous trial gave a questionable testimony and was later questioned for his methodology and credibility. If a questionable witness was a part of your trial, and you are now seeking an appeal, then you will want to hire a reliable and hardworking attorney to assist you.

Oftentimes the court will reconsider a sentence if a professional witness is proven to be inaccurate or questionable. At The Martinez Law Firm, Attorney Martinez is a former U.S. Chief Prosecutor. This means that he understands both sides of the law, and also understands what types of witnesses are most effective in a case. He can help you to contact the accurate and trusted witnesses that you need on your case to possible even win an appeal. Learn more by contacting the firm for a free case evaluation today!

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that required mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses would be coming to an end. These highly controversial minimum sentences would no longer be required for nonviolent, low-level drug offenders. This signals a major turning point in state and federal sentencing policy and should have a massive impact on the growing federal prison population.

These mandatory minimums were heavily implemented in the 1980s, although the “war on drugs” dates back to the Nixon era. They were a way for politicians and lawmakers to show that they were tough on crime, but decades later it is difficult to prove that the mandatory minimums did anything more than increase the state and federal prison population. Since the 1980s, federal prison population has increased 800 percent.

Holder noted that shifting policy in this direction has become a bipartisan issue, citing officials from “red” and “blue” states advocating for an end to these minimum sentences for drug offenders. Just about half of the federal prison population is comprised of inmates sentenced for drug-related crimes. Many of these thousands of individuals were sentenced for nonviolent and low-level offenses.

Our attorney general and many others hold to the belief that harsh sentences for these types of crimes do little to keep our communities safer, but actually perpetuate a cycle of incarceration that is far too much the norm in urban areas, particularly among low socioeconomic classes. As an alternative to mandatory minimums, the federal government plans to implement drug rehabilitation and community service programs. In turn, they hope this will help manage our overcrowded prisons while simultaneously helping offenders avoid recidivism.

Some states have already begun to reverse these harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, such as Texas and New York. Even California recently amended its “Three Strikes Law” so it only applies to third violent felony offenses, rather than all third felony offenses. All state prisons in the United States are under court order to reduce inmates, a total reduction of 10,000 prisoners nationwide.

“By reserving the most severe penalties for serious, high-level or violent drug traffickers, we can better promote public safety, deterrence and rehabilitation, while making our expenditures smarter and more productive,” Holder said.

The United States imprisons a greater percentage of its population than any other country in the world. Our country holds five percent of the world’s population, and yet nearly a quarter of the world’s total prison population. Holder and others are advocating for massive sweeps in sentencing changes so that the punishment more appropriately fits the crime.

A recent report by Reuters claims that a gunman in North Texas used an explosive device in an attack at two different residencies near Dallas in a revenge rampage that took four lives. The police believe that the attack was a domestic violence situation.

The suspect was hoping to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend. While his name has not yet been revealed, various sources report that the man was a former special education teacher who was angered when his girlfriend broke up with him. The FBI is investigating the situation to get further details, but reports show that the shooting began at a home in Dallas and ended at another home about seven miles away.

The victims have not been identified as of yet. Two boys ages 11 and 13 were also shot and survived. They are now being treated in local hospitals. Two other wounded victims have been injured and unidentified at present. Sources say that the shooter was a special education teacher that resigned on his own accord. He was never terminated from his position. The individual will most likely be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and murder if he is confirmed as the shooter.

If you have been accused of these very serious crimes, the most important decision that you will make is the lawyer that you will hire to represent you in your case. If you hire an attorney that is only adequate, then you will have a lower chance of reducing your charges or avoiding penalties. Instead, you need to hire a dedicated, experienced, successful lawyer who will do that entire he or she can to work in your favor. At The Martinez Law Firm, a Houston criminal defense attorney can do everything possible to represent you in your case. Hire a lawyer today!

At Border Patrol checks in the state of Texas, many arrests are taking place. Yet many of these arrests aren’t targeting illegal immigrants trying to sneak into the United States. Instead, recent data suggests that many of the arrests at these Border Patrols in South Texas have been Americans smuggling drugs into the country. Information from 2011 shows that 2,102 individuals were arrested for smuggling illegal narcotics into the United States at only one checkpoint on the border.

Unfortunately, the cost of arresting and then prosecuting all of these low-level offenders has become excessive and increasingly unaffordable. Because of this, the federal government has allowed many of the low-level offenders to go free without a trial. The Texas counties have expressed frustrations about the amount of criminals left without punishment, but the governments of these small counties all agree that they do not have sufficient funds to pay for the jailing and the costs of prosecution for these individuals.

An article published on NPR suggests that for every dollar that comes to the county from handling the federal border crimes and seized assets, it costs about $2 to detain, prosecute, and process offenders. This doubling of costs makes it almost impossible for the counties to keep up with the steady stream of defendants.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in Texas, this issue may work to your advantage. You will want to talk with a professional and hardworking Houston criminal defense attorney at the Martinez Law Firm for more information. Attorney Martinez is a former U.S. prosecutor, so he understands criminal law from both sides and can use his experience to best combat the prosecution in your case.
Hire the firm today to get optimal representation in your case!

Last week, the Supreme Court weighed in on a case where the defendant claimed
that his Fifth Amendment rights were violated because his silence was
used against him in the case. The defendant was originally called in as
a witness on a
murder case, and was responding to officers’ questions when they asked him
if his shotgun shells would match the shells found at the scene of the
crime. At this time, the man who had been open to talk before clammed
up and would not answer any more questions. He refused to respond to law
enforcement, shuffled his feet, and displayed signs of extreme discomfort.

The man was arrested for his incriminating behaviors, and eventually convicted
as the murderer in a case in Texas. His defense attorney then appealed
the case, claiming that because his silence was used as evidence of guilt,
the case was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court looked at the situation,
and justices decided that the man should be found guilty for murder and
that his silence could be used to prove this fact.

They say that this is because the man was not under arrest at the time
that the interview took place. Instead, the defendant was in the middle
of a witness interview. He had not been arrested, and had not been read
his Miranda Rights. Now, the Supreme Court claims that before an arrest
or before Miranda Rights are read, law enforcement can use a person’s
silence as evidence that they are guilty of a crime.

This has far-reaching implications for criminal cases in every state. If
you have been arrested for a crime and your silence was used against you,
you need to get a
Houston criminal defense lawyer involved right away. With the right criminal defense attorney on your
side you may be able to challenge your case and receive a reduced sentence
or a dismissal!

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that police are required to obtain a search warrant before they can gather a blood sample from a driver in many DWI situations. This has thrown a massive roadblock into DUI enforcement, though attorneys say the warrant requirement is necessary and legal to protect citizens of the United States. Many attorneys say this ruling is in line with Americans’ constitutional rights. One attorney told Houston News that there is no reason by a police officer should need a warrant to search a home, but be allowed to invade a person’s body using a syringe without permission. Eight of nine justices upheld a previous Missouri Supreme Court decision that blood alcohol dissipation does not authorize officers to conduct a warrantless blood draw.

The case, which was taken all the way to the federal level, started with a case in Missouri when a man was stopped for speeding on a rural road. According to reports, the driver failed several field sobriety tests, and his blood-alcohol content was 0.154 percent, meaning he was driving illegally under the influence. Instead of getting a warrant and taking a blood sample from the offender, the police officer took the man to the hospital and a technician drew the blood while the suspect was handcuffed. The Missouri Supreme Court declared that the evidence in the case needed to be tossed because the blood test was taken without a warrant. This was an unreasonable search and seizure.

Prosecution argued that the natural dissipation of the alcohol in the blood is enough cause to void a warrant. The prosecution claimed that officers may need to take the blood sample quickly, and getting a warrant may take too much time. Still, the court did not agree. They officials declared that officers need to get a warrant unless there are extenuating circumstances in order to protect an American’s fourth amendment rights. About half of the states authorize warrantless blood draws when there are not pressing circumstances, but the Supreme Court’s ruling may reduce the amount of warrantless blood draws in the United States while encouraging officers to respect the citizens’ rights in the event of an arrest.

If you have been arrested for a DWI and the officer demanded that you submit to a blood test even though the law enforcement officer did not secure a warrant, then you may be able to get your case dismissed. You will need a hardworking and reliable Houston criminal defense attorney on your side. Talk to a Houston DWI lawyer at the Martinez Law Firm today if you want to protect your rights as an American and ensure you are not convicted of a DWI based on a warrantless blood sample!

A former Massachusetts state representative and police officer, Jose L. Santiago, was charged on Monday with violating a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend. Last Thursday night, Santiago allegedly hit the woman, and then told her that no one would believe her because he was so well-known. He also allegedly threatened the woman that if she broke off the relationship, she wouldn’t be with anyone else. According to the Eagle Tribune, Jose has a history of restraining orders with three other women. Despite the woman’s allegations and the history of domestic violence, Santiago was released on personal recognizance. He was ordered to have no further contact with the woman. The judge warned that if he violated the protective order, he would immediately be put in jail for 60 days.

Santiago was also involved in a controversy surrounding the Mayor of Lawrence, William Lantigua, and a former public works officer, Thomas Sapienza, as detailed by the Boston Globe. The mayor recently fired Sapienza, who was on unpaid leave to help his terminally-ill wife, and replaced him with Santiago. Sapienza’s wife died last Thursday after battling with cancer for almost 2 years. Other allegations of corruption in the public works sector have begun to arise, such as Lantigua supposedly hiring his friends as temporary workers and then illegally put them on the payroll. In light of the mayor’s careless conduct, Lawrence residents arecalling for mayor to step down from office as the claims are being investigated.

If you have been charged with violating a protective order, then you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. For the first offense, you might be charged with a class A misdemeanor, but a subsequent offense could be a felony.

All across the United States, arson, the crime of setting property or items on fire, is considered a crime. Recently, a man was arrested in the Lubbock area when he allegedly set an apartment building on fire. The devastating fire caused the death of an elderly woman who was not able to evacuate before she was engulfed. The police took a 23-year-old suspect into custody and charged him with the
murder of the woman inside the building.

The Lubbock Police Department claims that this criminal intentionally set the building on fire. The police thought the fire was suspicious when they realized that there was no product defects or kitchen fires that had caused the blaze. At the last report, the 23-year-old in custody was being held on a $3 million bond. The jail records show that the young man lives in an apartment where the fire broke out and that the blaze may have originated in his room. They think that it may have been purposeful. It is still not certain whether or not the elderly woman who perished in the fire lived alone. Her name has been kept from the press in order to preserve her family’s privacy.

Arson and murder are two serious felonies that can come with exorbitant charges. In Texas, the courts have upheld capital punishment, so murder can even cause a death sentence. If this happens, then the defendant will want an incredibly talented and hardworking attorney on his or her side. Because violent crimes are taken seriously in Texas, you will want a lawyer who is unwavering in his resolve to defend you. You need someone that you can rely on, and someone that you can be sure will be there for you every step of the way. At The Martinez Law Firm you can trust an attorney to come alongside you and advocate for your best interests.

In Harris County Texas, May of 2011, a young man was close to getting away with his well thought out crime of robbery, until he shot himself. Investigators share that they believe he would have actually been able to make an escape had he not incapacitated himself by way of shooting himself after the hold up. Twenty year old Kerney Devon Benson-Flowers now is facing charges for felony aggravated robbery for his actions.

According to a criminal report filing by a witness motorist stating that he and his friend were sitting in a vehicle on Sapphire Mist Court close to the North Freeway at the time they say Flowers and another individual approaching. They were driving in a large Dodge Ram truck and then soon parked in the neighborhood cull-de-sc. Within moments the witnesses saw two men with ski masks covering their faces and armed with weapons, approaching their vehicle. At this point they demanded for their wallets, and in fear of being killed they handed them over to the criminals without hesitation.

The witnesses state that the following turn of events was anything from normal because as the two robbers were running away back to their truck, there was a gun shot and a loud scream. Flowers was the individual who accidently shot himself, though it is uncertain how severe the injuries were at the time. These two men did escape at the time, and little did they know that month’s later one of them would be pinned back to the crime. After the police conducted investigations from the scene of the robbery and single gunshot, they were able to find traces of blood as well as bullet fragments. Police sent these findings off to the crime lab for testing and in October the reports came back linking the crime to Flowers.

Local Deputy Thomas Gilland, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office states that this incident just proves again that criminals think they can get away with their crimes, and he discusses that now a day’s law enforcement has the needed technology to link criminals to their actions making it harder for them to get away with it. According to police reports, Flowers had already spent three years of his life in prison for a theft conviction, and was just recently released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Robbery charges can result in severe consequences with the law if an individual is convicted, especially in the case of Flowers who have a previous record of theft convictions. Law enforcement officials will stop at nothing to take action against individuals who have broken the law, which is why hiring a criminal defense attorney is so essential. If you are facing similar charges for theft or any other criminal offense, contact
The Martinez Law Firm today for the
Houston criminal defense attorney that you deserve!

Even on Christmas Eve, crime doesn’t sleep. An unfortunate chase ended in the death of a bystander and a Bellaire police officer in the City of Bellaire right outside of Houston. According to KHOU the officer responded to a shooting outside of a business on Bellaire Boulevard. When the Houston police arrived at the scene, they noticed that it was one of their officers that had been shot. A bystander also died at the scene of the crime when he was unable to move out of the way as the conflict went on in front of him. The shooter was being pursued in a chase and retaliated with gunfire. According to the reports, the officer was sent to the Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

As well, the shooter was attacked by the police who responded to the call. He tried to flee with his gunshot wounds but was eventually captured in a nearby building and taken to the hospital under arrest. Citizens in the area were outraged by the shooting and distraught that two families will be mourning the loss of a loved one on Christmas.It is highly probable that the shooter will be charged with Capital Murder. It will be up to the new District Attorney, Mike Anderson whether the office will seek the death penalty in this case.

If you have been accused of aggravated assault,
manslaughter or murder, then you are going to want a dedicated attorney to help you. You may be able to argue that you never intended to harm those who were chasing you, or that the gun went off accidentally. There are a variety of different positions that a skilled attorney may be able to argue affectively in your favor. When you are looking for a Houston attorney you can rely on, you can always count on The Martinez Law Firm to be there. The lawyers at this firm are dedicated to expert advocacy. They will help you to handle your case with professionalism and will argue to your advantage. Talk to the firm today for more information!

Just as abprutly as Judge Kevin Fine stepped down from the bench in the 177th District Court of Harris County, Texas Governor Perry appointed Ryan Patrick to sit on the bench until the general election on November 6, 2012. The appointment was not surprising since Mr. Patrick, a current Harris County District Attorney is the Republican candidate for the 177th District Court. The appointment allows Mr. Patrick to campaign as an incumbent judge for the next two months or so before the election. By becoming a licensed lawyer in 2006 he will be one of the youngest judges in Harris County if not the state of Texas.

As the Republican candidate Mr. Patrick will be facing democrat candidate, Vivian King, a former Harris County prosecutor, courthouse veteran of twenty years on November 6, 2012. Good luck to both candidates.

A 48-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. According to authorities he allegedly offered her clothing and food in exchange for her cooperation. The man was already a registered sex offender when he was pulled over by a state trooper. The man and the girl were traveling together. The girl reportedly told officials that the man was a friend of hers and that they had sexual relations on at least three different occasions. She said that she complied because she knew he would buy her food and clothes.

The man has had formal charges filed against him and is being held without bond. On the surface, the man’s crime appears to be sexual assault. Sexual assault is when a person intentionally commits a sexual offense in which the victim was forced by either threat or violence. This can also occur when the person is unable to give consent, resist, or are even aware the assault is going on. Individuals who are convicted are guilty of a second degree felony. Our state does not specifically refer to statutory rape, but that is what the charges can be defined. The age of consent is 17 in Texas, meaning only those who are 17 and older can give legally recognized consent to sexual activity. Regardless of the whether the girl gave consent, because she is a minor in the eyes of the law it is called statutory rape or sexual assault.

If the individual is not more than three years than the victim who is at least age 14, they may have an affirmative defense. In addition, depending on the severity of the crime or if the individual was a repeat offender the crime can range from two to 20 years. Because the man in this case is much older and was already a registered sex offender, his crime may carry more weight than another.

While most children are well-behaved at an early age, a Corpus Christi youth has received charges for beating his mother. According to an article by the Associated Press, the boy used a hammer to repeatedly injure his mother. The 13-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. The article stated that he remains in
juvenile custody and that the mother suffered head, arm, and facial injuries. Officials say that the incident happened when the boy and this mother got into an accident. The boy apparently fled the scene but later returned and hid under the bed with a hammer. There has been nothing forthcoming about the nature of their argument.

The article and the reports were unclear of whether the boy was charged as an adult or a juvenile. In past cases, it is usually understood that a juvenile may be tried as an adult if he or she is 14 or older when committing certain crimes. Because the boy in the above situation is only 13-years-old it is likely he will be tried as a juvenile. His crime can still carry significant penalties due to determinate sentencing. This can drastically change the way a penalty is handled. Aggravated assault is one of the crimes that can be acted upon with determinate sentencing. The juvenile can be committed to the Texas Youth Commission with a possible transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for up to 40 years.

The boy’s charges are considered under state adult law as a felony of the first degree. There are obviously many conditions to consider when your child has been convicted of a crime. It can be quite a stressful experience especially if significant harm was done. We strongly recommend you to contact an attorney in this situation. The legal team at the Martinez Law Firm can help you and your child review the charges to determine the best course of action.

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Two, 25 year old Mobile, Alabama residents were recently arrested in Georgia for
<a href=”/Criminal_Defense/Federal_Crimes.aspx”>federal terrorism charges</a>. Investigators report that their intent was to wage violent acts on behalf
of jihad overseas. Jihad is considered to be the religious practice of
those in the Muslim group. It means “struggle” in Arabic and
it is their people’s way of pursuing their beliefs and draw closer
to their deity. While for many this means the internal struggle to pursue
their god, for others there is a physical aspect of this as well, and
it is stressed that these beliefs are to be non-violent.
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In the case of these two arrested men, investigators state that Mohammad
Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy “Rasheed” Wilson were planning
to be involved in violent acts of jihad as they are believed to be closely
tied to a known Islamic terrorist leader. Prosecutors say that the two
men were arrested separately as they were in the process of traveling
out of the country. According to a sworn statement from a FBI agent on
the case, Wilson’s close friend and roommate, Omar Hammami, was
recently added to the FBI’s most wanted list for suspected terrorists.
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Official reports state that this is not Abukhdair’s first time being
involved with terrorist activities. He was arrested in 2010 while staying
in Egypt for what was believed to be terrorist involvement. Their officials
held him there for two months before allowing him to return to the U.S.
More recently, according to the FBI, a friend of Wilson and Hammami became
an informant for the investigators, feeding them useful information about the two.
<p class=”MsoNormal”>According to USA Today, the charges against the two men who are currently
in custody are for “conspiracy to provide support to terrorists
with plans to kill people outside the U.S.” Abukhdair is also facing
charges for fraudulently obtaining a new passport in attempt to cover
his history with Egypt. Those who are accused of criminal charges, whether
federal or smaller, deserve a chance to fight for their freedom.</p>
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<strong>If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime, big or small, contact the
<a href=”/Why_Hire_a_Former_Prosecutor_.aspx”>Martinez Law Firm</a> today for more information!</strong>

Over the past week or so I have watched with interest the Iranian Election Results and the aftermath. Many people in Iran and around the world believe that at a minimum there was irregularity in the voting results. Most of these people actually believe the election was outright rigged. As a kid, I remember the American Hostages being held in Tehran when Jimmy Carter was president. I also remember the Shah of Iran coming to San Antonio after he had been overthrown by the revolution, to get medical treatment at Wilford Hall Medical Center that was about a mile from my house. I took a Middle East History class in college so the subject has always fascinated me.

Last week, while in Dallas I had a conversation regarding this subject with a cab driver from Iran while on the way to the airport. I posed to him the question whether it was possible that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had actually won. Isn’t it possible that leaders like Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela have the support of masses? Isn’t it possible that just because we don’t agree with the policies of our adversaries that the people of those countries do? The cab driver didn’t seem to think so. He believes that the election was stolen and that Mousavi is the true winner. He’s probably right but I doubt that will change anything. In countries ruled by oppressive regimes, there are no recounts.

What is happening in Iran is in such stark contrast to our way of life here in the United States. Think back to the 2000 election and the hanging chads in Florida. When all the votes across the United States were counted Al Gore had more of the popular vote. Would Florida and its electoral college go to George W. Bush or Gore? The Supreme Court decided that the victory was W’s. The American public accepted it and moved on. No one was beaten down in the street and killed. The rule of law prevailed.

We go to court everyday and are faced with an adversary. As a Houston Criminal Lawyer, I represent the accused. When we have a disagreement with an Assistant District Attorney we are not dragged out into the street and beaten. When I don’t agree with the evidence being presented, I stand up and object. If I don’t agree with a ruling from the Judge, I respectfully disagree and make sure that my objection and the legal basis for it are preserved on the record. As a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney, I am proud to have an opportunity everyday to practice law and ensure that my clients rights are protected. I am not the kind of person that wears an American flag shirt, but I am extremely proud to be an American. Situations like the one in Iran are a vivid reminder of this.