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Houston inmate freed after 19 years in prison

Posted on July 28th, 2010 No Comments

A Houston man was released from prison last Friday after investigators from the district attorney’s office determined that he was not involved in the robbery and rape that kept him locked up for 19 years.

39-year old Allen Wayne Porter was sentenced to life in prison in 1990 for robbery and sexual assault.  Porter was accused of being one of three men who broke into a drug dealer’s home in southwest Houston in search of $30,000 and drugs.  The men abused the four occupants of the apartment and raped two women repeatedly.  Despite testimonies that he was not involved in the robbery and a lack of DNA evidence connecting him to the crime, the  court found Porter guilty.

Friday, Porter was released on a recognizance bond awaiting a final decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

If you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault, contact the Houston sex crimes defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Texas legislators may strengthen DWI laws

Posted on July 21st, 2010 No Comments

In 2009, Texas had 1,269 deaths in alcohol-related driving accidents.  Now, lawmakers are considering making stricter driving while intoxicated laws including sobriety checkpoints and mandatory blood tests.

Chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Senator John Whitmire of Houston aruges, “We need a consistent DWI policy across the state of Texas”.  Furthermore, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo testified for possible  changes to the state’s DWI laws stating, “If we can’t intervene in people’s lives, we can’t change their behavior.  It has to start with the first arrest”.

Other topics discussed at the hearing included repealing a surcharge that fines driver’s convicted of driving drunk thousands of dollars and making new treatment options available to first time offenders.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI or DWI, contact the Houston drunk driving defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Houston couple sentenced to wear 'I am a thief' signs

Posted on July 13th, 2010 No Comments

Eloise and Daniel Mireles were recently convicted of stealing $255,000 from their local district attorney’s office in Harris County.  The couple was sentenced to ten years of probation, plus several conditions including spending at least one month in jail every year, ten years to pay back the $255,000, and wearing signs that say “I am a thief.  I stole $255,000 from a crime victim’s fund”.

Eloise Mireles was convicted of stealing money orders and cashiers checks while working as an administrative assistant at the Harris County office’s victims’ rights division.  The money and checks were restitution funds paid by convicted criminals.

In addition to wearing the signs for five hours every weekend on a street corner for ten years, the couple has to hang a sign on their front door stating, “The occupants of this residency are convicted thieves.  They stole $250,000 from the Harris County Crime Victims’ Fund”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, contact the Houston theft defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Texas lawmakers unsure about state jails

Posted on July 8th, 2010 No Comments

In 1993, Texas legislators created the state jail system in order to house non-violent criminals with charges like drug possession and theft, or first-time offenders.  They feature individual housing and rehabilitation treatment programs.

Recently, some lawmakers are questioning whether the system has been successful or not.  Recidivism rates are higher than regular prisons and some believe that the original model of the system needs to be reconsidered.

On the contrary, others like Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire disagree, stating, “We created this system to take all the low-level drug offenders and property criminals out of state prisons so we’d have enough room to keep the violent offenders behind bars longer.  The system has worked well”.

If your or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense, contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Child porn bust catches Houston pilot

Posted on July 6th, 2010 No Comments

A Houston pilot, 46-year old Todd Ewanko, was arrested on six charges of possession of child pornography earlier this month in a huge child porn bust in Houston.

Investigators found the largest collection of child porn they had ever seen including six encrypted hard drives with images of sexual abuse in Ewanko’s possession.

Harris County Sargent Gary Spurger stated, “This is the most we’ve seen in the Houston-metro area”.  Furthermore he said, “He was making things available for people to share right there on the Internet”.

The first folder investigators looked at on the computers and laptop confiscated from Ewanko’s apartment had over 1.2 million images.

If you or someone you know is facing pornography charges, contact the Houston pornography law defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Teacher sentenced to ten years for sex crime

Posted on July 1st, 2010 No Comments

On Monday, a former Florida teacher was sentenced to ten years in prison for having sex with two underage students in 2008.  In addition, the Tampa Bay judge order a fifteen year sex offender probation after her release from jail.

31-year old Stephanie Ragusa plead guilty in April to three counts of lewd and lascivious battery involving a 14-year old boy, and two counts of having unlawful sex with a minor involving a 16-year old student.  Ragusa has been in prison since 2008 when she was arrested.

Prosecutors tried to illustrate Ragusa as a manipulator to the jury,  while the defense argued that Ragusa has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex crime, contact the Houston sex crimes defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.