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Houston-area bank robberies on the rise

Posted on August 7th, 2012 No Comments

The rate at which bank robberies are occurring in the Houston area is on the rise. There have been 97 bank robberies so far this year, more than doubling the 41 there had been at this point last July. The record for bank robberies in Houston is 171, set in 2010.

While many people blame the harsh economic climate, it can also be argued that there are also many more banks that are open for longer hours now. People simply have more opportunity to rob banks than they did in the past.

Many bank robberies occur quickly and quietly. The people stealing from banks want to get in and out as fast as they can. However, there are numerous new security measures in place that make bank robbers easier to find and catch. Additionally, as the problem becomes more widespread, the penalties for robbing a bank are becoming harsher.

If you are being accused of robbing a bank, you are facing federal charges. You will need an experienced, determined attorney on your side to help you through the difficult trial ahead of you. Contact the criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-523-0404 to learn more about how a lawyer can help you.

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.

 

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.

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.

For more information, visit CNN.com

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.

For more information on how to volunteer and donate, visit www.houstonparks.org

Gift wrapping event on Christmas Eve

Posted on December 19th, 2011 No Comments

Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. are excited to announce the annual Undivided Hearts wrapping event…

This Saturday on Christmas Eve, Undivided Hearts, a youth ministry organization, will host a gift wrapping event beginning at 8am at Walmart in Houston.  The event is a fundraiser for the youth ministry.  With each donation, wrapping paper, bows, and labels will be provided.  Gifts do not have to be purchased at the store, and they can be dropped off.  A wrapper will contact you when they are complete.

A tent just outside the front door of the store will hold the event.

Undivided Hearts meets weekly on Saturday nights at  7pm at First and Chestnut streets in Houston.  It is a non-denominational ministry, and is targeted for teens.  For more information, visit the Houston Herald website.

Cypress man receives lenient sentence for two sex crimes

Posted on December 12th, 2011 No Comments

Alex Raymond Sanchez, 23, of Cypress, is serving a 10-day jail sentence for two separate sex crimes he was charged with in January after receiving plea bargains.

In August 2010, Sanchez attended a funeral of a young black man, and noticed a 15 year old black girl, who was the sister of the deceased man.  According to court records, he “began to send numerous cellphone to cellphone text messages to her and they became extremely seuxally explicit in nature which she thought to be inappropriate.  (The victim) became nervous about the aggressive nature of the text messages and informed her mother who then notified law enforcement.”

Sanchez admitted to sending the messages and posted bail.  While out on bail, Sanchez was charged with indecent exposure after receiving oral sex in a public place.

After being arrested for two separate crimes, he still received two plea bargains and a very lenient sentence.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at  713-523-0404.

Marijuana drug trafficking arrest

Posted on November 21st, 2011 No Comments

Rene Salinas Saenz, 34, Jesus Alvarado Galvan, 34, and Otoniel Botella, 34, all of Houston; and Jose Alberto Barrera Jr., 31, Jorge Luis Flores, 33, Jose Hinojosa-Galvan, 31, all of Roma, Texas; and Luis Faustino Garcia, 51, from Mexico, were arrested and charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance involving more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Police conducted a month-long undercover investigation which ended when the above were arrested while unloading almost 1600 pounds of marijuana from a truck.  The truck was driven by an undercover officer, who was hired by Barrera, from the Rio Grande Valley to the Houston area.  The trailer was unloaded at the 13200 block of Reeveston in Houston when police arrested the individuals.

If you have been charged with possession, manufacturing, of trafficking of drugs, contact Houston drug defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404.