D.C. NAVY YARD SHOOTING SUSPECT WAS FROM TEXAS

<span><p>Herman Martinez reports that the D.C. Navy yard shooting suspect from this morning, was from Texas. In the early morning hours, 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>

ROAD RAGE CAR ACCIDENTS CAN LEAD TO CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS

Road rage is the act of driving angrily and aggressively without any regard to other motorists out on the road. Those who are struggling with road rage tend to speed, cut other off, tailgate, and do a variety of other dangerous or foolish acts. If a driver who is displaying road rage ends up in a fatal accident, then that man or woman can be arrested and may be charged with vehicular manslaughter. This is because the witnesses may be able to evidence that the driver was operating his or her vehicle with reckless intent.

If you have been arrested for vehicular manslaughter stemming from road rage, then you need to hire a local criminal defense attorney to help you combat your crimes. Without a hardworking lawyer on your side, you may be convicted of this serious crime and may eventually be jailed as a result. Even if you merely injured a person in a car accident due to road rage, it could still lead to a charge and a conviction for vehicular assault. This is especially true if you were angry at the driver and then bumped his or her car or facilitated an accident out of anger.

Many times, road rage accidents may be the result of a DWI. Some intoxicated individuals become excessively angry, and may even cause accidents as a way to vent their anger at drivers out on the road. Even a driver who does not have an illegal BAC above the 0.08% threshold can be arrested for this crime and charged with vehicular assault or manslaughter if the alcohol caused aggressive and irritable behavior. Those who are driving with a BAC above 0.08% may be arrested for dual crimes. Talk to a
Houston criminal defense attorney today if you want more information about how aggressive driving or road rage can affect a case and how to combat accusations.

CONCEALED HANDGUN LAWS TO KEEP IN MIND

In Texas, the authorities take weapons crimes seriously. Carrying a concealed handgun without a license can result in serious punishments that can lead to heavy fines or jail time. According to Senate Bill 321, those who carry handgun licenses have the right to transport and store firearms and ammunition in a locked, privately owned motor vehicle. Employers are not allowed to prevent employees from keeping these concealed guns within their vehicle in a workplace parking lot unless the employee meets certain exceptions which could make him or her exempt from the law.

The Texas Penal Code also mandates that a person is in violation of the state laws if he or she intentionally and knowingly carries a handgun when not on his or her own premises or premises under the person’s control. People are also allowed to carry their handguns inside of a privately owned motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person. There are times that the law rules that a person who carries a handgun onto a boat or into a car and keeps that handgun in plain view can be prosecuted. Also, if a person is engaged in a criminal activity other than a Class C misdemeanor if the person is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm and still has one in his or her possession, this can result in prosecution.

If you have a license to carry a concealed handgun, then you will want to make this clear to the court if you are arrested for a weapons offense. If you do not have a license and are not permitted to legally carry a handgun, then you need to contact a lawyer to help you during your trial. With the right attorney on your side, you may be able to evidence that you were acting in ignorance or that you did not commit a crime. Talk to a Houston criminal defense attorney today for more information!

TEXAS DRIVING AND CELL PHONE LAWS

If you are a Texas resident, there are specific laws on cell phone use
that you need to adhere to. With the exception of drivers in school zones,
most drivers do not have any restrictions on their cell phone use while
they are driving. Also, Texas law restricts novice drivers from talking
to their phones while they are on the road. For the first 12 months after
receiving a license, a driver is considered a novice. These drivers cannot
text or call another person on their phone during this time or they can
be fined. In some situations, a police officer may even restrict the driver’s
license as penalty for disobeying the law.

Also, bus drivers are not permitted to use their cell phones when their
bus in in motion and is transporting any children under the age of 17.
In some cases, disobeying this law can be termed child endangerment and
can lead to severe punishments. Bus drivers are held to a high standard
because they transport youth on a regular basis. Despite these strict
rules, most drivers in the state of Texas are allowed to use their cell
phones, and cannot be arrested if they are caught with the device in hand.
In Amarillo, Austin, and El Paso there are city ordinances that restrict
cell phone use, but these are not honored at the state level.

This means that if you are arrested for cell phone use or ticketed for
this offense, you may be able to fight the charge in court. Whenever you
are falsely accused of a traffic violation, you will want a Houston criminal
defense lawyer on your side.
Attorney Herman Martinez understands how to tackle a case because he is a former prosecutor. Talk
to him today if you want more information about battling an undeserved
traffic violation!

Requirements for an Assault Accusation

If you have been charged with assault accusation in Texas, you may be terrified. Maybe you were simply playing around when you accidentally struck someone with a heavy object, and they accused you of being abusive and trying to assault them. On the other hand, maybe you were being reckless and this created an injury, but you never intended to cause harm.

There are a variety of different defenses that you may want to discuss. Whenever you are charged with the crime of assault, the person who accused you will need to prove that you caused bodily harm based on three different components. In court, the prosecution will need to declare that you committed the crime knowingly. This means that you purposefully harmed another person with full intent to do so.

You can also be convicted of assault if the prosecution can prove that you did the act intentionally. This means that witnesses will need to testify that you meant to harm the person that was injured by your actions. If you can argue that you did not mean to harm that person, then you may be able to obtain a case dismissal. For example, if you were toying with a gun and accidentally shot it off, then this would be a viable reason to declare that you were not intentional in your actions. As well, if you committed the crime recklessly, you can be convicted of assault.

When discussing reckless crimes, the prosecution will need to prove that you were reckless with a disregard for those around you and were not concerned about causing harm to them when you committed assault. The prosecution can also prove you guilty if they can evidence that you intentionally or knowingly threatened someone else including your spouse. IF you want more information about assault laws or your options for defense, then you need to talk to a lawyer today at The Martinez Law Firm.

DON’T ALLOW FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY RUIN YOUR REPUTATION

One of the most serious allegations that can ruin a person’s name, reputation and career is child pornography.

False allegations of child pornography can be due to a number of valid reasons such as not knowing a person was underage, being accused by someone seeking to harm your reputation or seeking revenge, someone else using your unsecured Wi-Fi to download child porn or even coming across child pornography on the Internet by accident. While this is a very serious charge, not everyone is indeed guilty of the charges but it is a very difficult situation to overcome without the help of an attorney that is knowledgeable in this area.

One of the most important things to know is to not speak to law enforcement until you have hired a criminal defense attorney. As soon as an accusation has been made, this should be your first order of business. This can protect you against further damage and get you started on working to have the charges dropped and protect your reputation. By seeking the advice of a knowledgeable attorney, you can protect your rights and have all areas of defense covered.

Since the mere possession of child pornography has dire consequences, you could be facing a minimum of five years and up to 20 years of imprisonment as well as having to register as a sex offender. That is why it is of the utmost importance to start as soon as possible on covering all of your bases with a lawyer that has experience in these types of cases.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEATH’S AT BIRTHDAY PARTY IN NORTH TEXAS

Recently, a domestic violence fight erupted at a girl’s 16th birthday that ended in the tragic death of both of her parents. According to KHOU, the parents began arguing as the party, and the argument escalated when a gun was pulled. The father, Kelly Suckla, shot his wife Kristi near the door of the home at about 10:00 p.m. After realizing what he had just done, the enraged father turned the gun on himself in the front yard and committed suicide. While the couple had been estranged for years, they were still married and were allegedly on amicable terms. Both had chosen to get together for their daughter’s birthday to make it a special day for her. Kristi allegedly moved into her parent’s home two months before her death and was hosting the Sweet 16 at this residency.

Neighbors were speechless when they heard about the shocking deaths. They say that this is relatively a quiet neighborhood that is full of families and laughter. The family members at the party were aware that both husband and wife would be at the party together, and the violence was not anticipated in the least. Family members who were there at the time of the death include the couple’s daughter and son. Though they did not witness the shooting, both children say that they hear the screams and the gunfire.

Tragically, this is not the only domestic violence murder that has taken place in Texas in recent years.

In fact, in recent days the number of murders has more than doubled. There were 26 murders related to a domestic argument in Dallas alone last year, which is saddening when there were only 10 the year before. The spike in abuse cases may be related to the unemployment levels in Texas. Many researchers say that when spouses aren’t employed it can be unhealthy for their relationships and may cause tension that can lead to abuse. In Texas, officers are now prioritizing domestic abuse cases above others to tackle this extreme and saddening problem.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you may be facing serious sentences for your crime. If you need someone to advocate for you in court to prove your innocence, then The Martinez Law Firm may be the right firm for you.

FORMER STATE REP. CHARGED WITH VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDER

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.