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Drunk driver gets 60 years in prison

Posted on August 27th, 2010 No Comments

Earlier this month, Orvel Wayne Speck was given the maximum sentence of 60 years in prison for driving drunk and killing three Houston residents.  Speck received 20 years for each count of intoxication manslaughter with each sentence to be served consecutively.  46-year old Speck, who has AIDS, will be 106 if he serves all 60 years.  He will not receive parole until he is 76.

Speck addressed the jury before they were sent off to make their decision and stated, “It’s destroyed my life.  I can’t proclaim my sorrow enough….I’m not a monster.  I didn’t intentionally kill anybody”.  Speck testified that he did not remember anything between having drinks at a bar in Galveston and waking up in the hospital.

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

Violent crime falling in Houston, property crimes on the rise

Posted on August 18th, 2010 No Comments

The Houston chronicle reported new statistics showing that violent crime has fallen 8 percent in Houston in the first half of the year, while property crimes such as theft and burglary continue to rise.  Furthermore, theft and burglary crimes are only cleared by arrest in 8 percent of burglary cases and 15 percent of theft cases.

If Houston’s violent crime rates continue to fall as they also are across the state and country, Houston could reach a low of 1,000 crimes per 100,000 residents.  This would be the lowest since 2000.

Houston Police Department authorities insist that they key to reducing Houston’s overall crime rate is to take greater efforts to reduce property crimes.

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

Houston man freed after 27-years in prison for crime he did not commit

Posted on August 11th, 2010 No Comments

July 30th, 45-year old Michael Green of Houston was exonerated on charges of rape from 1983 after spending 27 years in prison.  DNA evidence that was not used when he was charged and convicted showed that he was not guilty of the crime.  Green, then 18-years old, was convicted after the rape victim identified him in a photo array and lineup.  Green was sentenced to 75 years in jail for the crime he did not commit.

The DNA evidence was also able to identify the four men who were involved in the rape, three of whom admitted their guilt.  The statute of limitations has ended on the case and none of them men can be prosecuted for the crime.  However, three of the four have been to prison for other crimes, and two of them remain behind bars.

Green’s 27 years in prison is the longest any exonerated Texan has spent in jail.

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

As temperatures rise, so does crime

Posted on August 5th, 2010 No Comments

Houston law enforcement officials argue that for years they have seen a correlation between the rise in the temperature and the rise in crime rates in the area.  For example, in August of 2009 there were 31 murders in Houston.  This past January, there were 19 murders in Houston.  There were also considerably less rapes and robberies in the winter months.

Dr. Luis Salinas, a professor of Sociology at the University of Houston, believes that when temperatures reach above 85 degrees fahrenheit crime rates begin to increase.  “The theory basically says that the heat effects our hormones, our hormone levels and especially testosterone…It starts to make people more aggressive with the heat,” stated Salinas.

However, once temperatures get above a certain point, law enforcement officers believe that crime rates will begin to decrease again.  “We started chasing a suspect and after two blocks he just dropped.  He was dehydrating and we basically saved his life,” said Officer Felipe Gallegos.

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