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Jury selection for Tom Delay trial begins

Posted on October 27th, 2010 No Comments

This week, the jury selection for former House Majority Leader Tom Delay’s trial began in Austin.

Charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering were filed against Delay five years ago.  Delay pushed for the trial and sources say he entered the Travis County Courthouse with high hopes that he will not be convicted.

The charges came about after suspicions that he was illegally financing Texas GOP legislative races in 2002.  The trial has been delayed several times for pretrial appeals but officials expect to have the jury selected today and for the trial to begin next week.

If you or someone you know has been charged with money laundering or another federal crime, contact the Houston federal crimes attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

TX could adopt DWAI crime

Posted on October 20th, 2010 No Comments

Texas has recently seen a growth in supporters pushing to have the legal blood alcohol content limit  lowered.  Currently, in order to be arrested for drunk driving a driver’s BAC must be .08  percent or higher.

One proponent of the change is Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo who stated, “We have a glaring hole in our system where people that the law presumes to be under the influence, but their cases are being bargained down to non-DWI charges like blocking the roadway or reckless driving”.

The DWAI, or Driving While Ability Impaired, law would make it illegal for drivers to have a BAC between .05 and .07 percent.  This crime would be less than a DWI or DUI but a greater offense than other traffic charges.  Proponents believe that DWAI would allow offenders to face harsher punishment if they are caught driving with alcohol in their system again.

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

Southeast Houston businesses close early to stop teen crime

Posted on October 12th, 2010 No Comments

Recently, several business in a southeast Houston neighborhood have been forced to close early due to teen crime.  Business owners near Scott and Elgin say that closing before schools let out is their only option to avoid being the victims of juvenile crime and to hopefully prevent more teen crimes from occurring.

One Wendy’s employee stated, “They would throw stuff in the dining room, you know, just trash the whole place around”.  A nearby cell phone store manager told reporters, “When school first opened up, they had five, six fights a day, back-to-back”.

Several business told school officials that their bathrooms had been destroyed and some even had windows broken due to teen crime after school ended.    Sgt. Bobby Hebert of Pct. 7 Constable’s Office stated, “The students were creating disturbances, harassing the customers as well as the employees.  We’re out here to address that problem”.

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

Gun permits in Houston area connect to wealth and politics

Posted on October 5th, 2010 No Comments

According to research done by the Department of Public Safety and the Austin non-profit news organization The Texas Tribune, residents in low income neighborhoods are less likely to have a gun permit or own a gun.  The DPS does not specify a permit holder’s identification but publishes statistics on permits issued in Texas zip codes.

Using DPS data, Tribune found that the number of gun permits in an area correlates to the average income level in that area and how its residents vote.  For example, in Sugar Land last year, 12 out of every 1,000 residents were licensed to carry a concealed weapon.  Residents of Sugar Land were more likely to vote Republican and the median household income is $92,000.  In a downtown zip code of Houston, three of every 1,000 residents were licensed to carry  a weapon.  The zip code’s median household income was $25,000 and voters were more likely to vote Democrat.

If you or someone you know has been charged with violating a weapons law, contact the Houston weapons charge attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Houston PD backlogs growing

Posted on October 1st, 2010 No Comments

The Houston crime lab has come under fire recently for its growing backlog of untested evidence and understaffing.  According to the Houston Chronicle, there are around 1,400 cases of untested evidence in the Houston crime lab and the number grows by around 75 a month.

District Attorney Pat Lykos is pushing to have the crime lab send all new blood and DNA evidence to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to decrease the growing backlog.  In January, Houston City Council members voted to spend $4.2 million to hire four companies to process 4,000 rape kits.  Some of the evidence processed by the companies dated all the way back to 1994.

Lkyos stated, “HPD doesn’t have the capacity, and that’s why its absolutely imperative that the city and the county enter into an agreement”.  Currently, the crime lab has only 20 DNA lab employees.  Mayor Annise Parker expressed concern for the backlog and told reporters that the city is working on creating a partnership with the county to solve the problem.

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