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Judge rules search warrants illegal

Posted on June 28th, 2012 No Comments

A New Zealand judge has determined that the search warrants produced for the search of founder Kim Dotcom’s mansion were not valid.

The FBI and New Zealand police raided the internet mogul’s home on January 20. They seized an estimated NZ$11 million from his bank accounts, took 18 luxury cars, and procured 150TB of data they believe might include incriminating evidence.

Because of the international nature of the copyright infringement and money laundering charges against him, the warrant needed to explicitly state which country’s laws he was being accused of breaking. The judge lambasted the warrants’ vague accusations of copyright infringement in addition to the resulting investigation, states a report from Ars Technica.

Police searches and seizures need to be carried out in a very specific way to remain lawful. If you believe your rights are being infringed upon through illegal search and seizure, contact the criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404.

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.

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.

11 children removed from a sex offenders home in Dayton

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 No Comments

Eleven children were found inside the home of a registered sex offender in Dayton, Texas one month ago.

According to authorities, the children ranged in age from 5 months to 11 years old.  Eight of them were confined to a small, dark bedroom.  Some children had restraints on tying them to the bed.  According to Child Protective Services spokeswoman Gwen Carter, ten adults were living in the 1,700 square foot home and none of them found the situation unusual.

A month has passed since police raided the home and they are still trying to determine how the children were related to one another.  The kids have now all been placed in foster homes.

The home was listed as the address of registered sex offender,  Mark E. Marsh III, who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a 15 year old girl 15 years ago.

Police are still investigating.

Legend Whitney Houston dies, funeral this Saturday

Posted on February 14th, 2012 No Comments

Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. are sad to announce the funeral of singer Whiney Houston.

Coined the “greatest singer of all time” by some, Whitney Houston, passed away on Saturday in her hotel room in the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.  She was 48 years old.  The cause of her death is still unclear, and the results from the autopsy have not yet been released.  It has been suspected that drugs were involved though Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said the “amount of medications recovered by investigators was less than what is usually present in deaths attributed to overdoses.”

The funeral will be held this Saturday at noon at Houston’s childhood church, New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey.  It is a private service.

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Five people were arrested in Perry drug bust

Posted on February 8th, 2012 No Comments

Horace Parker, Jr, 30; Lance Williams, 25, Danel Lamer Clemons, 24, Willie Ray Page, 25 and Raphael Howard, 29 were arrested in a drug bust on Friday in Perry.

According to Capt. Heath Dykes of the Perry Police Department, the police entered the King Boulevard home of Parker and Page on a search warrant.  All five people were arrested and “charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a park.”

57 bags of marijuana, two guns, and money were seized from the home.

If you have been charged with possession of marijuana, contact Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. by calling 713-523-0404.

Super Bowl XLVI kicks off Sunday in Indianapolis

Posted on January 30th, 2012 No Comments

Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. are overjoyed to announce the 2012 Super Bowl this Sunday.

At 6:30pm EST, the New York Giants will play the New England Patriots in a highly anticipated Super Bowl game.  Both teams played each other four years ago in the 2008 Super Bowl, and the New York Giants beat the Patriots ruining their 18-0 winning streak.

This year, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are back for their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 11 seasons.  The Patriots record is 15-3 this season, and the Giants record is 12-7.

The game kicks off at 6:30pm EST at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and airs on NBC.  For more information on the game, visit the Super Bowl website.

Houstonians volunteer to plant trees to help rebuild parks

Posted on January 24th, 2012 No Comments

Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. are excited to announce that hundreds of Houstonians volunteered their time to plant trees in Memorial, Mason, Hermann and MacGregor Parks this weekend.

The drought has cleared out thousands of trees in the Houston area, and the Houston Parks Department asked for volunteers to help bring back the peaceful tranquility that the trees once brought to each park.

Director of Parks and Recreation, Joe Turner, stated, “Here we’ll be planting approximately 20,000 trees. We won’t cover the freeway up tomorrow, but our goal is, down the road, we will have the freeway covered back up,” Parks & Rec. Director Joe Turner said.

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Former Cypress man charged with sex crime of minor again

Posted on January 9th, 2012 No Comments

Chad Foster, 33, formerly of Cypress, was charged on Dec 14 with online solicitation of a minor after being arrested on Nov 3 for sexual assault charges of a child.

Foster was formerly the youth minister at Second Baptist Church in Cypress when he was accused by a 14 year old girl of showing her live sexual images of himself on Skype, texting with her, and talking to her on Facebook.  She also told police that she watched him masturbate 12-15 times on Skype.

15,000 text messages between Foster and the girl were found by authorities on the girl’s phone from Jan 1 through Nov 2 of 2011.

Foster was accused separately of having sex with a 16 year old girl multiple times while he was youth pastor at Community of Faith Church in Cypress.

Foster is currently out on $40,000 bond.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact Houston sex crimes defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. by calling 713-523-0404.