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Social advocate wins appeal for state crime charges

A Texas man who has spent the past three years standing up for victims of alleged corrupt behavior and misconduct by state police was recently arrested over an incident with his cell phone. By shining light on injustices and advocating for transparency from virtually all levels of government, community activists are often an essential part of any well-rounded area or neighborhood. Currently, all but one of his felony and state crime charges have been dropped.

In March 2013, the man was present in court while several minors were in attendance for allegedly being late or not showing up to school. At that point in time, this was a misdemeanor. The man was apparently upset by the way that the judge appeared to be scolding the teenagers, and so he pulled out his cell phone to record the incident. When the judge realized what was going on, she demanded the phone be turned over to her, and once in her possession, she retreated to her chambers for approximately two hours.

The importance of a criminal defense for traffic tickets

Receiving a citation for a traffic violation can often seem like just another part of life. For some drivers, it might even be akin to a rite of passage. However, the reality is that traffic tickets can actually have a significant impact on a person's life. In some instances, a solid criminal defense might the best approach to fight the accusations.

Traffic violations consist of much more than charges for speeding. Anything from a failure to yield to a right of way vehicle to driving recklessly can result in a traffic stop and subsequent ticket. While convention leads many people to believe that they need simply pay a fine, drivers should first consider how many points will be racked up on their driver's license. According to the point system used by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers can accrue points against their license that can ultimately lead to a suspension of driving privileges.

Texans some of hundreds arrested for health care fraud

At least 16 people in Texas were arrested following an investigation involving the FBI and multiple other agencies. Their charges involve allegations of health care fraud. The suspected cases of fraudulent health care claims include employees at least one clinic that provided rehabilitation and therapy services to children. 

Workers at the children's clinic have been accused of filing falsified claims of service to Medicaid. In addition to claiming that patients received services that may not have actually been provided, other patients might have been overbilled for the therapeutic services they received. It is unclear what authorities suspect might have happened with the alleged fraudulent payments.

Drunk driving suspected re fatal Texas accident

Following allegations of causing a fatal accident, police arrested a man upon his release from a Texas hospital. He faces allegations of intoxication manslaughter, a charge that could land him behind jail for up to 20 years if convicted. It is currently not known if the other charges he faces include any other drunk driving allegations.

Police accused the man of driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate-10 just prior to striking another vehicle. Another vehicle was traveling west on the same roadway, and the two collided head on. Both vehicles caught fire, and it is strongly believed that the victim died immediately after impact. 

State accused of unfair misdemeanor charge against students

Some Texas students claim that they were unfairly targeted with misdemeanor charges simply for being disabled. The state has fairly strict rules for being absent without an excuse from school, also known as being truant. Many disabled students require more time out of school than their peers, although they can still face a misdemeanor charge for failing to go to school.

The Texas Education Agency and 13 different school districts were all named in a complaint filed by various nonprofit organizations on behalf of a group of disabled students. According to the complaint, many disabled students were unfairly targeted, charged as truant and then purposely pushed out of the school system. Instead, they were forced to take the GED. The GED program is not necessarily equipped to accommodate disabled students, and 1,200 disabled students failed their GED from 2010 to 2013. 

Investigator suspended following misdemeanor DWI

A Texas juvenile investigator was suspended following an arrest, although she is still receiving pay. Charged with a DWI, she has apparently not posted her bond yet. Although the local police chief noted that the woman has never had any type of criminal violation during her time on the force, a conviction could have an adverse impact on the future of her career.

Around 2 a.m., a patrolling police officer supposedly witnessed a vehicle fail to stop at a red light. When the officer turned on his flashing lights and pulled up behind the vehicle, the driver reportedly attempted to pull over but ended up striking the curb. The vehicle then went up onto the sidewalk, where it came to a rest.

Texas anesthesiologist charged with health care fraud

A federal jury recently indicted a Texas anesthesiologist who allegedly took part in health care fraud. Founder of a popular anesthesia care service, the defendant's image has since been removed from the website. If convicted on any one of the 17 counts of health care fraud, he may have to contend with some serious consequences.

According to the indictment, the anesthesiologist supposedly submitted fabricated medical and procedure records to several insurance companies, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. He has also been accused of telling others that he was present for procedures that never took place, and then having them create bills to be submitted to the insurance company. It is believed that roughly $5 million of $8 million that he received for claims could be from fraudulent claims.

2 University of Texas football players accused of sexual assault

Two student athletes at the University of Texas will not be on the field with their teammates as a criminal investigation against them continues. Accused of sexual assault, the head football coach decided to suspend both of them from the team indefinitely. Although few people would likely argue that suspected acts of sexual aggression should not be treated seriously, it is still important to remember that these claims are still only allegations, and neither of these two men have been convicted of anything. 

The charges stem from an incident in June 2014, when one of the players apparently engaged in consensual sexual relations with a woman at a dormitory on UT's campus. After the initial consensual relations, the woman alleges that another player was let into the room. The woman claims that this was when the sexual assault occurred. 

Local businessman arrested for drug possession

A Texas business man and former marine was arrested after a security guard accused him of creating disturbances at a local hotel. He is also facing charges for drug possession after police apparently found a small amount of an illegal substance on his person. He is currently still behind bars, although a judge set his bond at $12,000.

A security guard at the hotel became aware of an ongoing altercation involving a woman and the man that was arrested. The guard reported that the man not only used foul language against him, but also hit him in the face a total of three times. After phoning police about the incident, the guard apparently restrained the man by holding his wrists down against the ground.

Texas veteran faces securities fraud for stockbroking firm

At least one individual familiar with an army veteran who is facing criminal charges expressed surprise at the accusations. This veteran is the founder and CEO of a Texas-based stockbroker business. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allege that he was never actually licensed to perform that type of job. Following the securities fraud charges, the SEC froze his assets. 

The veteran dedicated 12 years of his life to the U.S. Army before separating in 2013. In 2014, he struck out on his own as an entrepreneur. His business advised clients on stock and securities opportunities and also helped guide them toward attractive investment opportunities.