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Orioles pitcher arrested for DWI in Houston

Posted on January 25th, 2011 No Comments

25-year old Orioles pitcher, Troy Patton, was arrested this past Sunday for suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Houston.  Houston Police Department officers pulled Patton over after they noticed him speeding at around 8:15 P.M.

The officer that arrested Patton also claims to have witnessed the baseball player drive over a curb, weave in between lanes of traffic without signalling and almost hit another vehicle.  Reports indicate that Patton took a breathalyzer test after being pulled over and registered a blood alcohol content of .14 percent.

Patton was arrested for being over the .08 legal blood alcohol content in Texas and charged with a first offense, class B misdemeanor DWI.  The DWI charge can result in up to a $2,000 fine and up to six months in prison.  Police released Patton after meeting a $500 bail.

To discuss how to best defend yourself if you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, contact the Houston DWI defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 today.

Continuous Family Violence law increases possible jail sentence

Posted on January 19th, 2011 No Comments

A new Texas law adopted in September 2009 created “continuous family violence” as a separate offense than domestic abuse.  To be charged with continuous family violence prosecutors must have evidence of at least two incidents of domestic abuse within a 12 month period.  Individuals convicted of continuous family violence receive a third-degree felony, are subject to a 2 to 10 year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

A Montgomery County man was recently the first to be convicted of continuous family violence in Texas.  Bobby Joe Duke, Jr. was brought to trial for continuous family violence despite the fact that his girlfriend, the victim, would not testify against him.  Two witnesses, including one police officer, photographic evidence and police accounts were enough to convict him.

If you have been accused of domestic abuse in Houston and would like to speak with an experienced and compassionate criminal defense attorney, contact the Houston domestic abuse lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 today to set up an appointment.

Texas man proved innocent after 30 years in jail

Posted on January 13th, 2011 No Comments

A Texas man who had spent the past 30 years in prison in Dallas recently relocated to Houston after being found innocent and being released from prison.  The man, 50-year old Cornelius Dupree, was exonerated with DNA testing that was not available at the time he was convicted of rape and sentenced to life in prison.

Texas has had the highest number of inmates released on DNA evidence.  Dupree spent the longest amount of time in prison of any of the Texas inmates that had been exonerated with DNA testing.  In Texas, inmates like Dupree that are wrongly convicted are eligible to receive a lifetime annuity through the Texas Compensation Law for wrongly imprisoned persons.  In addition, Dupree will receive a $2.4 million non-taxable lump sum.

If you have been wrongly accused of committing a crime it is very important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney so you do not receive any unmerited punishments.  Contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 today to learn more about your rights.

Galveston ADA charged with DWI

Posted on January 5th, 2011 No Comments

Last month, Galveston County Assistant District Attorney Lester Blizzard was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.  Galveston County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested the ADA on December 29th.  Blizzard was subsequently suspended without pay from his position heading the county’s felony division.

A Galveston County deputy was also arrested last month for driving while intoxicated.  Tino Ramirez has been reassigned while officers investigate the charges.  Blizzard and Ramirez were 2 of 30 people arrested in 30 hours on drunk driving charges in Galveston County.  District attorneys say that special prosecutors will be assigned to both men’s cases to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Contact the Houston DWI defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 if you or someone you know has been accused of driving while intoxicated and would like to set up an appointment with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.