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Man accused of barricading nightclub and setting it ablaze

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Jaime Mata, a 30-year-old Houston man, is being accused of barricading the entrances to La Estrella Bar and then setting the building on fire.

The fire is purportedly the result of an argument between Mata and his companion. Security camera footage shows him blocking off the doors with a chunk of a tree log.

He then purchased gasoline at a gas station across the street and returned to the rear of the building, where further security footage shows him pouring gasoline along the building and then igniting it.

Witnesses report him shouting, “This place is gonna burn,” before he left to buy the gasoline in the April 19 fire. As of last Friday, Jaime Mata is still at large.

He will be facing at least arson charges, but he could be facing attempted murder as well. If you are accused of arson, contact the Houston arson lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-523-0404.

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

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

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.

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.

Houston Citycentre Holiday events

Posted on December 5th, 2011 No Comments

Houston criminal lawyers are proud to announce Citycentre’s holiday events during the month of December.

On Dec 9, the Rockin’ Roadrunners of Rummel Creek Elementary School will give a drum and movement performance.

On Dec 10, the first ever Rudolph Fun Run 5K/Dasher 10K/Cupid 1K will start at 9am, and participants are invited to wear fun holiday costumes.  For more information, visit www.itrievents.net

Also on Dec 1o, Santa Claus will be in town at Pictures in the Plaza with Santa from 9-11am.  Children and families are encouraged to attend.

On Dec 31, a New Years Eve celebration will occur from 8:30pm-12:30am with a spectacular display of fireworks to ring in the new year.

Visit www.citycentrehouston.com for more information

Former Conroe student is sentenced to 15 years in prison for drunk driving death

Posted on November 28th, 2011 No Comments

Former Conroe High School student and honors student at Sam Houston State University, Bethany L. Denman, 25, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for intoxicated manslaughter from a February 2010 car crash that killed one and injured three others.

Denman drove the wrong way in the southbound lanes of a San Antonio street when she hit Amy Meron, 53, head-on.  Meron died at the scene, and witnesses reported that Denman hit a curb several times before hitting Meron and knocking down a light pole.

Denman’s blood-alcohol level was 0.30 at the time of the accident–more than four times the legal limit.

If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence, contact Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404.