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COVID-19 Quarantines Are Leading to More Domestic Abuse Accusations, Murder Charges

Americans are experiencing radical changes in their lives as city, county and state-level politicians continue to order more people to quarantine in their homes amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.  While the quarantine will help flatten the curve when it comes to COVID-19, staying at home is creating other unfortunate stresses in people’s lives. Allegations of domestic abuse continue to rise… Read more

Covid-19 Message: We Are Here to Help

March 24 -  Our office is operating as usual. We are continuing to coordinate with court staff, the jail, and prosecuting attorneys to effectively navigate the crises. We are answering our phones and getting back to clients as quickly as possible. In order to conduct consultations and meetings, we have implemented “Zoom” conferencing to allow for video consultations. These can be conducted on… Read more

Houston man declared innocent after prosecutors say his drug case was built on lies by former police officer

  A Harris County judge declared Otis Mallet is innocent after he was arrested on a drug delivery charge in 2008 and convicted three years later. Mallet was released from prison in February 2020 after Mallet’s attorney and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg argued he was arrested based on false information.  According to the Houston Chronicle, former Houston police officer Gerald Goines had… Read more

Houston drivers who have a DWI with children in the car are getting probation instead of jail time

Houston drivers who have a DWI with children in the car are getting probation instead of jail time   Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous for everyone on the road. Driving intoxicated with children is especially heinous, since parents and adults are responsible for the safety of minors.  So, it can be a shock to some to learn offenders with a DWI with children charge aren’t serving jailtime. Yet, that’s exactly what a news station in Houston discovered after an investigation. News… Read more

Houston Area DAs Still Unclear About Legal Hemp

Houston Area DAs Still Unclear About Legal Hemp Hemp is a strain of the cannabis plant that has been grown and used for its fiber since before human civilization existed. The plant’s strong fiber can be used to create paper, textiles, clothes, food, and fuel among other things but has only this year been made legal to cultivate and exploit. The Texas legislature has passed HB 1325 to create laws that will allow farmers to grow hemp and while some… Read more

When Is an Online Solicitation Sting Entrapment?

When Is an Online Solicitation Sting Entrapment? The internet offers us a variety of ways to communicate with others. Unfortunately, it has also become a tool used by law enforcement to catch criminals. Online solicitation stings designed by undercover police officers are becoming more common in the state of Texas. Many of these operations result in numerous arrests and convictions such as the undercover sting that lead to the arrest of 13 people… Read more

What to Do If You’re Falsely Accused of Rape

What to Do If You’re Falsely Accused of Rape False sexual assault allegations are extremely rare, but they do happen. The rise of the Me Too Movement has empowered many women to face sexual predators. Unfortunately, it’s also led to a surge of sexual assault allegations. It seems many rape accusations are falling into the “court of public opinion,” making it much more difficult. Many men have suffered due to false rape allegations. Chris Hardwick,… Read more

Vaping Can Land You with Felony Charges in Texas

Vaping Can Land You with Felony Charges in Texas The consumption of cannabis has evolved over the last ten years. Many have turned to the use of THC concentrates instead of traditional smoking. These concentrates are created from marijuana by pressing the resin that collects on the plant’s flowers. They can be used in a vaping e-pen, “dabbing,” edibles and more. Vaping marijuana concentrates may have taken the world by storm, but Texas law still… Read more

What Is Private Prosecution in Regards to Shoplifting?

What Is Private Prosecution in Regards to Shoplifting? Attorney Matt Horak gave his views on “Private Prosecution”, a loss prevention measure that major retailers are implementing to monitor shoplifting. If a shoplifter is caught in the act, a retailer can have them sign a Civil Demand Letter that says they will not be prosecuted. However, they must agree to compensate that store anywhere from $200-$1000. Many shoplifting crimes are under or near $200.… Read more

Client Testimonial | Houston Criminal & DWI Defense

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