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Violent crimes decreased in 2010

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 No Comments

This morning, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials announced that violent crimes decreased in 2010.  The FBI gathers its data from 13,007 police department in the United States.

In total, violent crimes decreased by 5.5 percent across the country in 2010.  Furthermore, all four types of violent crime decreased.  Aggravated assaults decreased by 3.6 percent, forcible rapes decreased by 4.2 percent, armed robberies decreased by 9.5 percent, and non-negligent manslaughters decreased by 4.4 percent.

Within the different types of city groupings, cities with populations between 250,000 and 500,000 residents saw the largest drop in violent crimes of 6.9 percent.

If you have been charged with assault in Houston, contact the Houston assault defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 today.

SB 152 protects sex crimes defendants’ rights

Posted on May 18th, 2011 No Comments

Senate Bill 152 proposes greater protection for defendants in sex crimes.  If the bill passes, Texas will join 11 other states that have worked to ensure people accused of sex crimes are not convicted without sufficient evidence, on only a single alleged victim’s testimony.

SB 152 was modeled after the Federal Rules of Evidence in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act signed by President Clinton in 1994.  The bill will protect defendants of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault against adults charges and sex crimes and aggravated sexual assault against children charges, including human trafficking and possession or sale of child pornography.

Under the proposed legislation, defendants must be notified at least 30 days in advance before a jury hears evidence.  Also, a judge must rule whether or not the evidence is relevant, determine if the case’s probative value is greater than the danger of unfair bias, and determine if there is sufficient evidence to convict the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury hears the case.

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

Bill passed to speed up rape kit testing

Posted on May 11th, 2011 No Comments

Last week, members of the Texas Senate passed a bill to speed up the testing of rape kits by requiring police departments to submit evidence in sexual assault cases to a crime lab within 30 days after collection.  In addition, rape kits would be required to be tested within 90 days after collection.

The bill, SB 1363, will now move onto the House of Representatives to be voted on.  Currently, the Houston Police Department has a backlog of rape kits of around 4,000.  Police say that rape kits are most helpful in cases where the suspect denies any contact or where the attacker is unknown.

To discuss the steps to take to protect yourself after being charged with a sex crime in Houston, contact the Houston sex crimes defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 today.

Facebook posts incriminate bank employees

Posted on May 4th, 2011 No Comments

Two Houston International Bank of Commerce employees were recently caught stealing money from the bank after an anonymous tip to police said that postings on social networking website Facebook could incriminate the two workers.

The two bank employees waited until they were both on a late shift to stage a robbery resulting in theft of $62,201 in cash.  Two days before the staged robbery one employee wrote on their Facebook, “Get $$$ (;” and a day after, the employee’s boyfriend wrote on his Facebook, “Wipe my teeth with hundreds.”

In addition, one of the employees’ brothers, who is believe to have been recruited to aid in the robbery, wrote on his Facebook page, “U have to past the line sometimes!! To get dis money” and one of the employees simply stated, “I’m rich.”  The employees, who are in their late teens, say that they were simply talking and the robbery was a coincidence.

If you or someone you know has been accused of employee theft in Houston, contact the Houston employee theft defense attorneys of Ross Law Group at 713-523-0404 and let us help defend you against these charges.