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More than 40 people arrested in check fraud ring

Posted on April 26th, 2012 No Comments

More than 40 people have been arrested in conjunction with a check fraud ring in Houston. Other suspects continue to evade law enforcement. They are being accused of stealing rent checks and money orders from apartment complex lock boxes.

The accusations include counterfeiting these allegedly stolen checks. After this, the suspects are said to cash out the checks and money orders, sometimes hiring homeless people to conceal their identities.

The arrests come from the combined efforts of Houston Police Department, the US Immigrants and Customs Enforcement, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies.

Counterfeiting, fraud, and burgalry charges are very serious accusations to be facing. If you are being accused of a crime, the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., can help you defend your freedoms. Contact us at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how a criminal defense lawyer can serve you.


City of Houston gives neighborhoods a face lift

Posted on April 19th, 2012 No Comments

The city of Houston has put a plan into place that will help to give the neighborhoods in the Houston area a face lift. The city will be giving money to neighborhoods in order to help them fix up the areas and turn their neighborhoods into a place they love living.

The city has asked volunteers from each neighborhood to come forward and submit their areas into the friendly competition and they will receive backing from the city as well as a corporate sponsor.

The new program is called Love Your Block and each neighborhood that applies will receive a $500 gift card to Home Depot in order to begin to spruce up their street.

The gift card is not meant to cover all costs, but to inspire neighbors to become passionate in helping to rejuvenate their block. Many areas are wanting to plant new shrubbery and create more walkway area.

The Houston criminal lawyers are interested in keeping Houston a great place to live, for more information, visit the Houston ABC Local site today.

Fatal Houston pile-up caused by alleged drunk driver

Posted on April 13th, 2012 No Comments

A 48-year-old Houston man has been arrested in connection with a five-car pile-up that left one dead.

The multiple-car accident occurred late Wednesday night near the Eastex Freeway service road. The man was traveling north when he sped through a red light, thus beginning the chain reaction of car accidents that claimed a passenger’s life. Two eastbound vehicles were struck, as well as two westbound vehicles.

A passenger in the first vehicle that was struck sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Other drivers received minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals to be treated.

The man responsible for the fatal pile-up was believed to be driving while intoxicated and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.


Supreme Court: Strip-searches now allowed for any arrest before detainee is admitted to jail

Posted on April 3rd, 2012 No Comments

The Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 vote that the strip-searching can now be done on a detainee for any arrest before the person is admitted to jail.

Those in favor of the law stated that this law will allow for correctional facility employees to make sure that detainees do not have drugs, weapons or any public health information or gang history information, by allowing them to strip-search the detainee, no matter what they were arrested for.

The minority opinion on this decision has stated that it violates human rights and that strip-searching should not be allowed for minor crimes because the Fourth Amendment should prohibit these searches unless there is reasonable suspicions that the detainee has contraband on them. The new law does not make strip-searching a requirement, but it does allow it.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime, you need representation that can help you through this legal process. Contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., by calling 713-523-0404 today.