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If you have been charged with a crime, your future and freedom are on the line. Even if the charges against you are seemingly minor, a conviction can carry penalties that may have a major impact on several areas of your life. In order to protect your best interests, it is prudent to see to it that a criminal defense is uniquely tailored to your individual goals.

The lawyer that you choose can directly impact the criminal proceedings, including the amount of your bail and the time, if any, that you will spend in jail. Upon arrest or the moment that you learn you may be under investigation, it is important to seek the assistance of a lawyer who is experienced in criminal defense. Our close knowledge of the Texas Penal Code and the criminal justice system gives our clients a distinct advantage during a complex and difficult time.

Blood alcohol content results still pending re university student

Police in Texas arrested a student from the University of Houston after he was allegedly involved in a fatal car accident. Charged with intoxicated manslaughter, the student was recently denied bail, meaning that he will currently be held in police custody at least until he hires counsel, a stipulation handed down by the judge. His blood alcohol content at the time of the wreck has still not been confirmed.

The 23-year-old university student was apparently on his way home from a party in the early hours of the morning. Police believe he was speeding when he attempted to pass another vehicle, taking his pickup truck onto the sidewalk rather than the road for which he had been aiming. A couple happened to be walking along the sidewalk at the time and were hit by the truck. The girlfriend survived with injuries, though her boyfriend was killed.

Agriculture commissioner investigated for white collar crime

Texas' agriculture commissioner Sid Miller is currently under investigation for allegedly misusing taxpayer money. No charges regarding the white collar crime have been filed yet, but it is possible that the investigation will eventually yield criminal repercussions. Currently, the investigation is following suspicions that he abused his official capacity.

Miller not only serves as the agriculture commissioner but also works as a calf-roper in rodeos. Officials claim that he used at least $1,000 of tax payer money to travel to another state in order to receive an injection of an anti-inflammatory that is only available from one doctor in the United States. The shot has been dubbed "the Jesus shot" for its supposed effectiveness at treating chronic pain.

Federal drug charges filed against former Texas police officer

A drug seizure eventually led to the arrest of a Texas police officer involved in the process. No longer employed with the police department, the former officer is facing federal drug charges for trafficking. He is also facing at least one additional criminal charge for allegedly receiving compensation for his actions.

In March 2013, police seized what they suspected to be cocaine from a taxi cab that had been abandoned. After being transported to a police facility, officers discovered that 4 of the 17 kilograms of possible cocaine had been removed. Four wooden blocks were found mixed in with the drugs to apparently make up for the lost weight.

Texas teacher says misdemeanor charge unfounded

Grades are an important tool for determining scholarship eligibility, and students and parents alike can be understandably upset when grades do not stack up. One Texas teacher says that a student's family went far beyond disappointed and actually took action to have the grade unfairly changed. She claims the family's actions ultimately led to a misdemeanor charge being filed against her.

The 29-year veteran French teacher gave one of her students an average of 90 percent for the grading period in question, a grade that apparently kept the student from being listed as one of the top in the class. With an eye on a $40,000 scholarship that is only available to those who graduate among the top of their class, the student's parents met with the teacher and apparently insisted that she had been unfair. They also requested that the student's grade be increased from 90 to 100 percent.

Pilot with United Airlines arrested for state crime charges

Authorities in Texas recently filed charges related to what they say was a significant prostitution ring being headed by a professional pilot. The 51-year-old pilot for United Airlines was arrested in connection with multiple brothels that operated in one of Texas' major cities. He is now facing state crime charges for promoting prostitution and engaging in organized crime.

The pilot was under investigation for 8 months, and police say that he was responsible for several brothels that fronted as simple massage parlors. Up to 10 women were apparently living in each one, for which they were expected to pay several hundred dollars a week in order to work. This money apparently covered the costs of online advertising.

Texas police arrest Lyft driver on DWI charges

Police in Texas recently arrested a Lyft driver while he was in the process of transporting a passenger. The driver was charged with a DWI after apparently failing a field sobriety test. Although at this stage he is simply accused of driving under the influence and has not been found guilty, his connection with the driving service Lyft was severed.

It is not clear where the Lyft driver's passenger was heading, although he did disclose that he had sold his vehicle and regularly used Lyft as a means to travel to and from work. The passenger was under the impression that his driver might have simply been inattentive when he began to drift out of his lane. Later, he reported that the driver hit the brakes at a green light.

President of Texas fraternity arrested for sexual assault

Authorities in Texas recently arrested a local college student for allegedly taking advantage of another student while she was intoxicated. The sexual assault charges were filed after a fraternity party took place at an off-campus house. Although he was originally taken to an area jail, he has since posted $50,000 bond.

The 20-year-old junior serves as president for the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. According to police reports, the woman who reported the apparent assault was given an unidentified drink while at the party. After drinking it, she supposedly became disoriented and was led outside by the fraternity president under the guise of getting some fresh air. The assault then allegedly occurred in a secluded area outside the house, where the woman claims she lost consciousness at one point.

Securities fraud common but not only type of fraud

Fraud is a term that is commonly thrown around to describe a variety of behaviors, not all of them specifically criminal. When it comes to white collar crimes, fraud tends to have a very specific meaning, although it can be applied to a variety of situations. Whether a Texas resident is facing insurance fraud allegations or securities fraud charges, both of these fall under the larger umbrella of white collar crimes.

In general, a crime in which an individual allegedly deceives another individual or entity in order to achieve some type of monetary gain is considered to be fraud. Insurance and mortgage fraud tend to crop up frequently in terms criminal litigation. A company might be accused of either of these types of fraud if authorities believe that it has attempted to defraud its customers by providing false or deceiving information. Conversely, consumers are in no way immune to these allegations. In the past, consumers have been charged for supposedly supplying false information in order to receive payouts on insurance policies.

Sexual assault charges filed against candidate for constable

A candidate for the position of Texas constable is currently behind bars after being indicted on sexual misconduct. The sexual assault charges include allegations of inappropriate touching of a minor. He has so far been arrested twice since the beginning of the New Year.

The 51-year-old man's first arrest came on Jan. 10, 2016, when he was taken into custody on charges of sexual assault that supposedly occurred back in 2012. According to police, the individual involved in that charge was under the age of 17 at the time. Further details concerning that particular charge were not made readily available.