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FBI investigating shooting at Congressman’s office

Posted on August 31st, 2011 No Comments

This past Tuesday, police received reports of gunshots outside of U.S. Representative Gene Green’s office in Houston.

Local authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are looking into the shooting.  Officials are currently unsure if the shooting was a random weapons crime or a violent crime.

A spokesperson for the FBI said that they are currently unaware if any threats had been made to the Congressman.  In addition, the spokesperson revealed the investigators are looking at whether or not bullets also struck a nearby Lone Star College building.

No one was injured in the shooting.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a weapons crime, contact the Houston weapons charge defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how we can help defend you.

Women caught shoplifting used skirts to hide items

Posted on August 24th, 2011 No Comments

The Houston police are looking for three women suspected of shoplifting from a children’s clothing store near the Galleria.  Shop owners say the three women came into the store with 4 small children and hid items in “shoplifter’s skirts.”

The store’s owner says she did not catch on to what they were doing until it was too late.  When one of the women asked her to come to the back of the store to look for a different size, the two women carrying the stolen items in their skirts sneaked out of the store.

The store had 8 surveillance cameras and the theft was recorded.  Owners say the women are seen putting around $100 worth of merchandise in their skirts and a pair of shoes on one of the children.

Contact the Houston shoplifting attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 today, if you or someone you know has been charged with shoplifting and is seeking experienced legal representation.

Twilight rapist to use insanity defense

Posted on August 17th, 2011 No Comments

Sources recently reported that when the so-called Twilight Rapist goes on trial in September, he will use an insanity defense.  The notion of intent to raise an insanity defense was filed after the defendant was examined by a psychiatrist.

The defendant has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and burglary.  Officers believe the man committed the crimes beginning 2 years ago all over Central and South Texas.  According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, DNA links the man to 6 assaults and evidence found in his home links him to 4 burglaries.

The defendant’s attorney says that be believes his client understands the charges being made against him, but knew from the beginning of his case that he was missing some mental capacity.  Doctors analyzing the man agreed that there was sufficient evidence to declare an insanity defense.

If you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault and needs experienced legal representation to defend them, contact the Houston sexual assault defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights to legal defense.

Court of Criminal Appeals frees sexual assault convict

Posted on August 10th, 2011 No Comments

Travis County officials recently ordered the release of a man convicted of sexual assault of a child in 1992.  The former businessman was convicted of assault of a 14-year old boy in his home in Austin and sentenced to spend 10 years in jail.

While released on bond, the Austin man appealed the conviction.  The appeals lasted until April 1995 when a court upheld the conviction.  The man attempted to turn himself in over the next few months but officers turned him away because there was no arrest warrant issued for him.

The man later moved to Houston and in 2002 filed an appeal to have his sentence discharged.  This appeal was dismissed because he was never in custody for the conviction.

Most recently, just this past March, police finally brought the man into custody to serve his 10-year sentence.  Once again, the man filed an appeal.  This time the appeal claimed that his sentence should be discharged because officers failed to issue a timely arrest warrant.

Today, in a unanimous decision, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered the man’s immediate release stating that he “did not violate any conditions of his appellate bond and in fact tried to turn himself in twice and was turned away.”

Contact the Houston child sexual molestation lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 today, if you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault of a child.

Technological advances aid in identity theft

Posted on August 5th, 2011 No Comments

Experts say that the development of technologies like radio frequency identification, or RFID, has contributed to increases in federal crimes like identity theft and credit card fraud.

RFID is able to transfer information from a chip to a scanner through radio frequency waves.  RFID chips are found in credit cards, drivers’ licenses, and passports.  Scanners for RFID chips, like the ones used at many check-out counters, have become relatively easy to purchase for a small fee.

According to a survey completed and published by the Federal Trade Commission in 2009, Texas has one of the highest rates of identity theft complaints in the country.  An average of 130.3 Texans out of every 100,000 has reported experiencing identity theft.

If you or someone you know has been charged with identity theft or another federal crime, contact the Houston identity theft defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.