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Jason Harvey Lee v. The State of Texas

Tyler, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Jason Harvey Lee with a Murder charge.



Appellant was charged by indictment with the murder of Thomas Sluterbeck and pleaded
“not guilty.” The indictment further alleged that Appellant previously had been convicted of two
felonies. The matter proceeded to a jury tr... More...
   $0 (03-02-2021 - TX)

Tracilee Daniele Hippe v. The State of Texas

Tyler, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Tracilee Daniele Hippe with an Abandoning or Endangering Child charge.



Tracilee Daniele Hippe filed a notice of appeal in trial court cause number 114-1224-20.
Sentence was imposed on September 10, 2020. Under the rules of appellate procedure, the
notice of appeal mus... More...
   $0 (03-02-2021 - TX)

Jerry Wayne Rhone v. The State of Texas

Tyler, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Jerry Wayne Rhone with a Theft charge.



Appellant was charged by indictment with theft of more than $200,000. The indictment
further alleged that the theft was pursuant to one scheme or continuing course of conduct. It
alleged that Appellant, along with his wife Jeanni... More...
   $0 (03-02-2021 - TX)

David Lee Trevino v. The State of Texas

Eastland, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented David Lee Trevino with a Poss With Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine charge.



Appellant was initially detained when agents with the Abilene Police
Department Special Operations Division executed a search warrant for narcotics at
a known “dope house.” Appellant wa... More...
   $0 (02-28-2021 - TX)

Joseph Robert Ellis, Jr. v. The State of Texas

Eastland, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Joseph Robert Ellis, Jr. with a Poss of a Controlled Substance charge.



Officer Gary Roberts, a K-9 officer with the Stephenville Police Department
Narcotics Unit, was conducting surveillance on a residence he knew to be
Appellant’s home when he observed a red Ford ... More...
   $0 (02-28-2021 - TX)

Joe Antonio Luna v. The State of Texas

Eastland, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Joe Antonio Luna with a DWI charge.



The jury convicted Joe Antonio Luna of the offense of felony driving while
intoxicated as enhanced by two prior misdemeanor DWI convictions: one from 1980
and the other from 1989. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. §§ 49.04, 49.09(b)(2). ... More...
   $0 (02-27-2021 - TX)

Leo Brito v. The State of Texas

Eastland, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Leo Brito with an Aggravated Assault charge.



The grand jury indicted Appellant for “intentionally, knowingly and
recklessly caus[ing] serious bodily injury to JORGE MORALES, by cutting,
stabbing, and slashing him” with “a deadly weapon, to-wit: a knife.” In ... More...
   $0 (02-27-2021 - TX)

Charles Edward Newman v. The State of Texas

Eastland, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Charles Edward Newman with a Murder charge.



In four issues on appeal, Appellant challenges (1) the sufficiency of the
evidence to support the murder conviction, (2) the sufficiency of the evidence to
support the witness tampering convictions, (3) the trial court’s... More...
   $0 (02-26-2021 - TX)

Paul David Doughtery v. The State of Texas

Waco, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Paul David Doughtery with an Aggravated Assault charge.




Appellant has filed one notice of appeal challenging his convictions in Trial Court
Case Number 2017-1407-C2. The appeal therefore bears one cause number—appellate
cause number 10-19-00021-CR.
Appellant... More...
   $0 (02-25-2021 - TX)

Paul David Doughtery v. The State of Texas

Waco, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Paul David Doughtery with an Aggravated Assault charge.



Appellant has filed one notice of appeal challenging his convictions in Trial Court
Case Number 2017-1407-C2. The appeal therefore bears one cause number—appellate
cause number 10-19-00021-CR.
Appellant’... More...
   $0 (02-25-2021 - TX)

Justin Lee Hamlin v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Justin Lee Hamlin with an Assault charge.



The record shows that during the guilt-innocence phase, the State presented a
stipulation of evidence in which Hamlin admitted that he had a previous conviction
for assault against a member of his family or household. Dur... More...
   $0 (02-24-2021 - TX)

Robert Alan Cordray v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Robert Alan Cordray with a Theft charge.



On July 15, 2019, the day trial began, Cordray filed a handwritten motion for
a sixty-day continuance, in which he sought a continuance “so that he may be
evaluated[,] and his competency and sanity assessed.” Cordray... More...
   $0 (02-24-2021 - TX)

The State of Texas v. Tracy Todd Adrian

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Tracy Todd Adrian with an Appeal From a Pretrial Order.



Because the State stipulated that this was a warrantless stop and detention, the
State had the burden of proof at the hearing on the motion to suppress.1 Officer Tito
Reyes was the sole testifying witness. ... More...
   $0 (02-23-2021 - TX)

Traylin Coty Watkins v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Traylin Coty Watkins with an Evading Arrest charge.



Officer Isiah Volrie, a patrol officer with the Beaumont Police Department,
testified that he was wearing his department-issued police uniform and was on patrol
in his marked patrol car on September 16, 2017, whe... More...
   $0 (02-23-2021 - TX)

Timothy Aaron Swinney v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Timothy Aaron Swinney with an Aggravated Assault charge.



The complaints Swinney raises in his appeal concern his convictions on
felonies that include affirmative findings that reflect he used a deadly weapon. Under
Texas law, when a defendant is found guilty of a... More...
   $0 (02-23-2021 - TX)

Trevion James Phipps v. The State of Texas

Beaumont, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Trevion James Phipps with a Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance charge.



While on patrol on the service road next to I-45 in Montgomery County,
Corporal Trace Turner, an employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety,
noticed a car in his m... More...
   $0 (02-23-2021 - TX)

Ramses Luis Licano v. The State of Texas

El Paso, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Ramses Luis Licano with a charge.



The underlying facts resulting in Licano’s convictions are not in dispute. During trial,
Officer Oswaldo Ordonez of the El Paso Police Department testified he initiated a traffic stop after
observing a car that appeared to be spee... More...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - TX)

Billy Ray Foster, Jr. v. The State of Texas

El Paso, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Billy Ray Foster, Jr. with a unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, enhanced by prior felonies. charge.



On October 19, 2014, Abilene Police Officer Kirby was notified of a stolen iPad from a
vehicle. The owner of the iPad, (“Mr. Pittman”), used the “Find my ... More...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - TX)

Joel Salvador Holguin v. The State of Texas

El Paso, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Joel Salvador Holguin with a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge.



El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergio Juarez and Constable Javier Garcia were working
off-duty as security for the Tipsy Tiger Bar in El Paso, TX. Appellant and three others—one male
an... More...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - TX)

Salvador Garcia v. The State of Texas

El Paso, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Salvador Garcia with a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge.



On December 18, 2012, Appellant was traveling on Interstate 10, in Pecos County when
law enforcement initiated a traffic stop.
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In a pretrial motion to suppress, Appellant did not disputeMore...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - TX)

Zachary Lee McClellan v. The State of Texas

El Paso, Texas - Criminal defense attorney represented Zachary Lee McClellan with an Aggravated Assault charge.



Appellant, who was then 23 years old, lived with his father, Grant McClellan, and his
father’s wife, Robie, at his father’s home in Watauga. Appellant graduated high school and
attended some college cour... More...
   $0 (02-22-2021 - TX)

Ex parte Brian L. Rinehart

Amarillo, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Brian L. Rinehart with appealing the trial court’s denial of his application for writ of habeas corpus relief filed under article 11.072 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure..



On August 3, 2017, as part of a plea bargain,2 appellant pled guilty to one count of
bu... More...
   $0 (02-21-2021 - TX)

Ex parte Christopher McManus

Amarillo, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Christopher McManus with an Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Motion to Set Reasonable Bond.



McManus was charged with felony evading arrest in cause number 12,053.1 That
matter was called for trial in April 2016. McManus failed to appear at that trial and, as a... More...
   $0 (02-21-2021 - TX)

Marquis K Jones v. The State of Texas

Dallas, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Marquis K Jones with arguing that his revocation hearing counsel was ineffective because he did not call mitigation witnesses and because counsel assured him his probation would not be revoked, rendering his plea involuntary.



Appellant was charged with possession with intent t... More...
   $0 (02-17-2021 - TX)

The State of Texas v. Darin Johnson

Dallas, TX - Criminal defense attorney represented Darin Johnson with an Appeal From an Order Granting Motion for New Trial.



This is at least our second opinion in appeals arising from these underlying
events—or third, if counting an appeal by Johnson’s brother, Jalvis Bernard Johnson,
whose case was tried togethe... More...
   $0 (02-16-2021 - TX)

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