Courthouse Verdicts, News and Nuggets

 

Jeff Ross (Published February 1, 2017)  I am Attorney Jeff Ross – a former prosecutor and thirty-three-year veteran defense lawyer –  and I created this blog to offer news and information about what goes on inside the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in Houston, Texas.  


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AND THE VERDICT IS IN …..

A quick glance at our talented Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys who have recently won a verdict for their team at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse:

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/25/17

Defendant: Leon Jacob

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 03/13/17

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 03/30/17

Offense: SOLICITATION OF CAPITAL MURDER

Cause #1543812-13 – 263rd District Court

Leon Phillip Jacob and co-defendant Valerie McDaniel (deceased) allegedly handed over $20,000 in cash and two Cartier watches in payment for

Court Date: 05/25/17  DISPOSITION: 

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/24/17 – County Court at Law #12

 

Stephen TouchstonnnnCongratulations to Defense Attorney STEPHEN TOUCHSTONE for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1960842

Assault of a Family Member

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by striking the complainant with his hand, by grabbing the complainant’s head and twisting it and by pushing the complainant to the ground

38-year Employee to Retire

Rosie Khalaf

Rosie Khalaf  (front row second from the left)- Court coordinator for Judge Harmon (CCL#2) – will be retiring after 38 years working for the county.  Her farewell party is May 25, 2017 at CCL#2.  If you get a chance, go by CCL#2 and wish her well.  We all appreciate  her hard work throughout these years and hope she enjoys her future endeavors.  Rosie started with the county 38 years ago as an assistant clerk for Judge Shaver in the 262nd then became head clerk for Judge Walton in the 178th.  When Judge Harmon won the bench for the 178th he promoted her to coordinator and she has been his court coordinator ever since.  We will miss her typed-up reset forms, but I understand Billie (front row, second from the right), the current head clerk and soon-to-be coordinator, is going to keep that tradition alive and type up the reset forms.   Best of luck – Rosie!

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/24/17 – 228th District Court

 

Congratulations to Defense Attorney JOAN NWULI for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1501698

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly threaten complainant with imminent bodily injury by using and exhibiting a deadly weapon, namely a knife

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/23/17 – County Court at Law #8

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor GARRETT MOORE for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2116147

Prostitution

the charge – unlawfully based upon the payment of a fee by the defendant, knowingly agree to engage in sexual conduct, namely sexual intercourse by straight sex with the complainant

 Sentence – 48 Days in Jail   

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/24/17

Defendant: Barry Durrell

HOUSTON CHRONICLE  05/04/17

Offense: AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD

Cause #1543791-1543792 – 176th District Court

A Houston deacon is behind bars for sexually assaulting a 2-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy.

Next Court date: 05/24/17  DISPOSITION:   reset to 07/12/17

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/23/17 – 183rd District Court

 

Mark HochglaubeCongratulations to Defense Attorney MARK HOCHGLAUBE for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1523429

Possession with intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance

the charge – unlawfully knowingly possess with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, namely cocaine, weighing at least 400 grams

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/23/17

Defendant: Anthony Gardner

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 03/03/17

Offense: TRAFFICKING OF PERSONS

Case #1542922 – 338th District Court

Believed to be the first person charged by the DA’s Office with the crime of continuing trafficking of persons.  He also faces one charge of aggravated promotion of prostitution and two counts of compelling prostitution by force.

Next Court Date:  05/23/17       DISPOSITION:   reset to 06/29/17

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/22/17 – 178th District Court

 

Farheen AnsariCongratulations to Prosecutor FARHEEN ANSARI for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1444509

Delivery of a Controlled Substance

the charge – unlawfully knowingly deliver by actual transfer, knowingly deliver by constructive transfer and knowingly deliver by offering to sell to complainant, a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, weighing more than four grams and less than 200 grams

 Sentence – 25 Years in Prison   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/19/17 – 179th District Court

 

Claire O'DonnellCongratulations to Prosecutors CLAIRE O’DONNELL (left) and ERICA ROBINSON for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1455728Erica Robinson

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant by shooting the complainant with a firearm, and the defendant used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence – 15 Years in Prison   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/19/17 – County Court at Law #5

 

David PurnellCongratulations to Prosecutor DAVID PURNELL for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2073043

Driving While Intoxicated (.18 suppressed)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation   

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/19/17 – 174th District Court

 

Sid CrowleyCongratulations to Defense Attorney SID CROWLEY for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1505957

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child

the charge – unlawfully during a period of time of thirty days or more in duration commit at least two acts of sexual abuse of a child younger than fourteen years of age, including an act constituting an offense of indecency with a child committed against the complainant on or about October 1, 2012 and an act constituting indecency with a child committed against the complainant on or about May 1, 2013 and the defendant was at least seventeen years of age at the time of the commission of those acts

TRIAL VICTORIES SPREADSHEET FOR ALL TRIALS

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet for ALL Harris County criminal trials:

February 1, 2017 through May 19, 2017.

Sheet 1 = verdicts starting with the most recent to the oldest date

Sheet 2 = prosecutors and defense in alphabetical order

Sheet 3 = county and district courts in numeric order

Sheet 4 = in order of “not guilty” and “guilty”

Sheet 5 = in order of “type of offense tried”

(Editor’s note: These are final verdicts only.  What is not shown in the final verdict is the excellent work Defense Attorneys sometimes do for their clients by getting a verdict reduced to a lesser included offense or getting a punishment that is less than the plea bargain offered by the state.  Not all trials are about guilt and innocence. To those trial lawyers … a job well done!)

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/18/17 – 248th District Court

 

Keaton ForchtCongratulations to Prosecutor KEATON FORCHT for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1529289

Aggravated Robbery

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by the complainant and with the intent to obtain and maintain control over the property, intentionally and knowingly threaten and place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, and the defendant did then and there use and exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence – 50 Years in Prison   

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/18/17 – County Court at Law #12

 

Stephen RandallCongratulations to Defense Attorney STEPHEN RANDALL for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #2134219

Assault of a Family Member

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by striking the complainant with his hand

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/18/17 – 184th District Court

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor RYAN VOLKMER for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1487231

Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child

the charge – unlawfully on or about August 3, 2011 through April 15, 2012 during a period of time of 30 days or more in duration commit at least two acts of sexual abuse of a child younger than fourteen years of age, including an act constituting the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child committed against the complainant on or about August 3, 2011 and an act constituting the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child committed against the complainant on or about April 15, 2012 and the defendant was at least seventeen years of age at the time of the commission of said acts

 Sentence – 30 Years in Prison   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/18/17 – 180th District Court

 

Kaitlin KaufmannCongratulations to Prosecutor KAITLIN KAUFMANN  for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1499409

Aggravated Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant by shooting the complainant with a firearm and the defendant used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence – 15 Years in Prison   

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/18/17

Defendant: Teliscia Davis

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 02/26/17

Offense: ENDANGERING A CHILD

Cause #1542163 – 183rd District Court

2-year-old boy licking a bong in the front seat of her car.  She left the tot “in the front seat of a running vehicle with the windows down.

Next Court Date: 05/18/17  DISPOSITION:  reset to 06/13/17

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/17/17 – 232nd District Court

 

Michael HarrisonCongratulations to Prosecutor MICHAEL HARRISON for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1462852

Theft $1500 – $20,000

the charge – unlawfully pursuant to one scheme and continuing course of conduct, appropriate by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over property, namely cash money owned by complainant, with the intent to deprive the complainant of the money and the total value of the money was over fifteen hundred dollars and under twenty thousand dollars

 Sentence – 5 Years Probation   

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/17/17 – 208th District Court

 

Edward CasanovaCongratulations to Defense Attorney EDWARD CASANOVA for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1519833

Possession of a Controlled Substance

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly possess a controlled substance, namely cocaine, weighing less than 1 gram

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/17/17 – County Court at Law #15

 

Matthew SharpCongratulations to Defense Attorney MATTHEW SHARP for (2) Not Guilty verdicts in Cause #s 2096618 and 2096619

Prostitution and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon

the charges – unlawfully based upon the payment of a fee by the defendant knowingly agree to engage in sexual conduct, namely deviate sexual intercourse, by oral sex with the complainant AND unlawfully intentionally and knowingly carry on or about the defendant’s person a handgun in a motor vehicle owned by and under the control of the defendant and the defendant was engaged in criminal activity other than a class C misdemeanor, namely prostitution

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/17/17 – County Court at Law #10

 

Dan KriegerCongratulations to Defense Attorneys DAN KRIEGER (left) and COLM KEANE (right) for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #2113792

Assault on a Family MemberColm Keane

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom he had a dating relationship, by pulling the complainant’s hair with his hand, by striking the complainant with his hand and by pushing the complainant with his hand

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/17/17 – County Court at Law #2

 

Nick ToupsCongratulations to Prosecutor NICK TOUPS for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2104192

Driving While Intoxicated (.136)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence – 30 days in Jail   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/17/17 – 339th District Court

 

Joshua PhancoCongratulations to Prosecutor JOSHUA PHANCO for (2) Guilty verdicts in Cause #’s 1545992 and 1545993

Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Kidnapping

the charges – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by complainant and with the intent to obtain and maintain control of the property intentionally and knowingly threaten and place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death and the defendant did then and there use and exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm; AND unlawfully intentionally and knowingly abduct complainant without his consent with intent to prevent his liberation with a firearm and with intent to facilitate the commission of a felony, namely aggravated robbery

 Sentence – 55 Years in Prison (20 Years Prison on the Kidnapping)  

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/17/17 – County Court at Law #11

 

Bayoji AkingbolaCongratulations to Prosecutor BAYOJI AKINGBOLA for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2095430

Driving While Intoxicated (.126)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation   

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/17/17

Defendant: Nathan Billingsley

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 03/13/17

Offense:  MURDER

Cause #1544011 – 337th District Court

A 21-year-old man

Next Court Date:  05/17/17  DISPOSITION:  reset to 06/13/17

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/17/17 – 177th District Court

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor LUCAS BATY for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1501641

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to complainant by shooting the complainant with a firearm and the defendant used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence – 15 Years in Prison   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/16/17 – 176th District Court

 

Steve WalshCongratulations to Prosecutor STEVE WALSH for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1516801

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly possess a firearm after having been convicted of a felony offense of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and said possession of the firearm occurred before the fifth anniversary of the defendant’s release from supervision under parole

 Sentence – 6 Years in Prison   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/16/17 – County Court at Law #7

 

Danielle OxfordCongratulations to Prosecutor DANIELLE OXFORD for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2105908

Driving While Intoxicated (.089)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation   

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/16/17

Defendant: Carlos Ayala

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 03/21/17

Offense: INDECENCY WITH A CHILD

Cause #1544296 – 184th District Court

Carlos Jose Ayala is accused of groping girls ages 7 to 15 in the Denver Harbor area

Court Date: 05/16/17  DISPOSITION:  reset to 06/27/17

MANDATE OF AFFIRMANCE   05/15/17 – 262nd District Court

 

Clint MorganCongratulations to Prosecutor CLINTON MORGAN for his successful appellate brief in Cause #s 1412474 and 1412475

2 Charges of Assault on a Public Servant

14th Court of Appeals –  No.  14-15-00344-CR

14th Court of Appeals –  No.  14-15-00345-CR

 Reinstates Sentence – 5 Years Probation   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/12/17 – 174th District Court

 

Cameron CalliganCongratulations to Prosecutors GREG HOULTON and CAMERON CALLIGAN (pictured) for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1469229

Capital Murder

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing and attempting to commit robbery of complainant intentionally cause the death of complainant by shooting the complainant with a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence – Life in Prison   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/12/17 – 174th District Court

 

Mario CicconettiCongratulations to Prosecutor MARIO CICCONETTI for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1520679

Possession of Marijuana

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly possess marijuana in a usable quantity of more than four ounces and less than five pounds

 Sentence – 2 Years Probation   

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 GUILTY VERDICT   05/12/17 – 232nd District Court

 

Melissa MunozCongratulations to Prosecutor MELISSA MUNOZ for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1440354

Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child

the charge – on or about August 1, 2009 and continuing through on or about August 1, 2012 unlawfully during a period of time of thirty or more days in duration commit at least two acts of sexual abuse against a child younger than fourteen years of age, including an act constituting an offense of indecency with a child committed against the complainant on or about August 1, 2009 and an act constituting an offense of indecency with a child committed against the complainant  on or about August 1, 2012 and the defendant was at least seventeen years of age at the time of the commission of those acts

 Sentence – 50 Years in Prison   

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 05/13/17

COMMENTS AND COURTHOUSE TIPS

A tip from a County Court at Law court reporter:

During voir dire it is very important for the lawyer to refer to a juror as “Juror #3” or “Juror #20” when talking to a prospective juror.   Also, when a prospective juror speaks, please identify them as “Juror #3” or “Juror #20” for the record.  Let the jury panel know in advance that they have to be referred to as “numbers” for the benefit of the court reporter.   Why is this important?  A lot of appeals rely on jury selection and referring to a juror by number is the best way to preserve your record for later review.

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/11/17 – 174th District Court

 

Congratulations to Defense Attorney RONALD RAY for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1520680

Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance

the charge – unlawfully knowingly possess with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, namely alprazolam, weighing more than 28 grams but less than 200 grams, and further that the defendant used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a firearm during the commission of the said offense and during the immediate flight from said offense

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/11/17 – 185th District Court

 

Casey LittleCongratulations to Prosecutor CASEY LITTLE for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1487229

Murder

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the death of the complainant by striking the complainant with an unknown object, a deadly weapon

 Sentence – 99 Years in Prison   

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/11/17 – County Court at Law #9

 

Philip GommelsCongratulations to Defense Attorney PHILIP GOMMELS (l) with the assistance of Defense Attorney JUSTIN HARRIS for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause # 2094776Justin Harris

Driving While Intoxicated

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/11/17 – 208th District Court

 

Jason SanchezCongratulations to Prosecutor JASON SANCHEZ for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1460174

Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by complainant and with the intent to obtain and maintain control of that property, intentionally and knowingly threaten and place complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, and the defendant did then and there use and exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence – 40 Years in Prison  

Congratulations to the award winners at the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association annual banquet!

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/10/17 – 230th District Court

 

Phillip WhiteCongratulations to Prosecutor PHILLIP WHITE for (2) Guilty verdicts in Cause #’s 1520408 and 1520409

Felon in Possession of a Weapon and Evading Arrest

the charges – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly possess a firearm at a location other than the premises at which the defendant lived, after being convicted of the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in the district court AND unlawfully intentionally flee from the complainant, a Houston Police officer who was lawfully attempting to detain the defendant, and the defendant knew the complainant was a police officer attempting to detain the defendant, and the defendant used a motor vehicle while he was in flight

 Sentence – 33 Years in Prison on each charge   

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/10/17 – County Court at Law #10

 

Alli CannonCongratulations to Defense Attorney ALLI CANNON  (Tyler Flood and Associates) for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #2110815

Driving While Intoxicated (.087)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/10/17 – 178th District Court

 

Amanda BenavidesCongratulations to Prosecutor AMANDA BENAVIDES for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1393039

Aggravated Robbery

the charge – unlawfully, while in the course of committing theft of property owned by complainant, and with the intent to obtain and maintain control over the property, intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to complainant and the defendant did then and there use and exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence – 25 Years in Prison   

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/10/17 – 177th District Court

 

Mark HochglaubeCongratulations to Defense Attorney MARK HOCHGLAUBE for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1462937

Aggravated Sexual Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the sexual organ of complainant to contact the mouth of the defendant , without the consent of the complainant, namely the defendant compelled the complainant to submit and participate by the use of physical force and violence by the use and exhibiting of a deadly weapon, namely a rope

MANDATE OF AFFIRMANCE   05/09/17 – 178th District Court

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor ERIC KUGLER for his successful appellate brief in Cause #1326559

Murder

14th Court of Appeals –  No.  14-13-00923-CR

Court of Criminal Appeals – No. PD-0887-15

 Reinstates Sentence – 20 Years in Prison   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/09/17 – 183rd District Court

 

Andrew RountreeCongratulations to Prosecutor ANDREW ROUNTREE for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1492127

Aggravated Sexual Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the sexual organ of complainant to touch the sexual organ of the defendant without the consent of the complainant, namely the defendant compelled the complainant to submit  and participate by the use of physical force and violence and the complainant believed that the defendant had the present ability to execute the threat  by using and exhibiting a deadly weapon, namely a knife

 Sentence – 55 Years in Prison   

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/09/17 – County Court at Law #11

 

Ed ChernoffCongratulations to Defense Attorney ED CHERNOFF for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #2113852

Prostitution

the charge – unlawfully in a public place, and in return for a receipt of a fee,  knowingly solicit complainant to engage with the defendant in sexual conduct, namely sexual contact by touching the genitals of the complainant for hire

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/09/17 -County Court at Law #5

 

David (Brad) RuncieCongratulations to Prosecutor DAVID RUNCIE for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2082229

Driving While Intoxicated (NO BAC)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence – 18 Months Probation and a $750 Fine   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/09/17 – 184th District Court

 

Keri FullerCongratulations to Prosecutors KERI FULLER (pictured) and RYAN TRASK for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1096930

Murder

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the death of the complainant by shooting the complainant with a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence – Life in Prison   

Houston Chronicle 05/08/17

MANDATE OF AFFIRMANCE   05/08/17 – 180th District Court

 

Andreea IonescuCongratulations to Prosecutor (now Defense Attorney) ANDREEA IONESCU for her successful appellate brief in Cause #1467853

A Felon in Possession of a Weapon

1st Court of Appeals –  No.  01-16-00331-CR

 Reinstates Sentence – 3 Years in Prison   

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/09/17

Defendant: Orlando Delgado

HOUSTON CHRONICLE  02/22/17

Offense:  HUNTING WITHOUT LANDOWNERS CONSENT

Cause #2138213 – County Court at Law #7

Harris County prosecutors charged 17-year-old Orlando Delgado with killing the eagle Tuesday in an area near the 9200 block of Vinetree Lane.

Next Court Date: 05/09/17  DISPOSITION:   reset to 06/14/17

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/08/17 – 230th District Court

 

Britni CooperCongratulations to Prosecutor BRITNI COOPER for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1477888

Injury to a Child

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause serious bodily injury to the complainant, a child younger than fifteen years of age, by shaking the complainant with his hand and by striking the complainant with and against a blunt object

 Sentence – 12 Years in Prison   

NUGGET 05/06/17

On May 5, 2017   33 defendants failed to appear in the county or district court for their criminal cases.  Their bonds were forfeited and warrants issued for their arrest.  The amount of bonds forfeited was $209,500.

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/05/17 – 177th District Court

 

Jeff MatovichCongratulations to Prosecutor JEFF MATOVICH for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1472291

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child

the charge – unlawfully during a period of time of thirty or more days in duration,  commit at least two acts of sexual abuse against a child younger than fourteen years of age, including an act constituting the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child, committed against complainant on or about February 4, 2011 and an act constituting  the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child committed against the complainant on or about February 4, 2013 and the defendant was at least seventeen year of age at the time of the commission of those acts

 Sentence – 25 Years in Prison   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/05/17 -County Court at Law #16

 

Vanessa GoussenCongratulations to Prosecutor VANESSA GOUSSEN for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2105011

Driving While Intoxicated (.22)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence – 1 Year Probation   

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/05/17

Defendant: David Temple

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 01/04/17

CHANNEL 2 – 05/05/17

Offense: MURDER

Cause #1008763 – 178th District Court

Katy football star and Alief coach David Temple was found guilty of the cold-blooded murder of Belinda and her unborn 8-month-old baby Erin.  He won his appeal and is on bond waiting for a decision by the DA on retrial.

Next Court date: 05/05/17  DISPOSITION:  reset to 06/16/17

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/04/17 – 263rd District Court

 

Jerome GodinichCongratulations to Defense Attorney JEROME GODINICH for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1534017

Criminal Solicitation of a Minor

the charge – unlawfully with intent that indecency with a child be committed, the defendant requested and attempted to induce the complainant, a person younger than seventeen years of age, to engage in specific conduct that under the circumstances surrounding the conduct of the complainant as the defendant believed them to be would constitute the offense of indecency with a child, namely engaging in sexual contact with the complainant, a person less than seventeen years of age, by touching the genitals of the complainant with the intent to arouse and gratify the sexual desire of the complainant and defendant

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/04/17 – 248th District Court

 

Keaton ForchtCongratulations to Prosecutor KEATON FORCHT for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1531091

Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by complainant and with the intent to obtain and maintain control over the property, intentionally and knowingly threaten and  place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, and the defendant did then and there exhibit a deadly weapon,  namely a firearm

 Sentence – 60 Years in Prison   

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/04/17 – 178th District Court

 

Dan RichardsonCongratulations to Defense Attorney DAN RICHARDSON for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #1442982

Intoxication Manslaughter with a Vehicle

the charge – unlawfully by accident and mistake while operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated and by reason of that intoxication cause the death of the complainant by driving his motor vehicle that was occupied by the complainant  and causing it to collide with a utility pole

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/04/17 – County Court at Law #14

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor DANIELLE OXFORD for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2126644

Prostitution

the charge – unlawfully based upon the payment of a fee by the defendant knowingly offer to engage and agreed to engage in sexual intercourse with the complainant

 Sentence – 2 Years Probation/$750 Fine Plus 5 Days in Jail   

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/04/17

Defendant: Harvey Jones

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 03/30/17

Offense: AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

Cause #1545601  338th District Court

An argument over people sitting on stairs sparked the shooting that left two dead and four in critical condition — including

Next Court Date: 05/04/17   DISPOSITiON:  reset to 06/09/17

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/04/17

Defendant: Mauricio Mendoza

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 03/23/17

Offense: AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD UNDER 14

Cause #1545017 – 174th District Court

A tech worker at a Houston middle school is accused of impregnating a 13-year-old student

Court Date: 05/04/17  DISPOSITION:  Defendant did NOT show for court.  Bondsman was allowed to surrender the $50,000 BEFORE the court date.  A “No Bond -$0” has been set.  A warrant will be issued for his arrest.

  NOT GUILTY VERDICT    05/03/17 – County Court at Law #3

 

Marjorie MunizCongratulations to Defense Attorney MARJORIE MUNIZ for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #2093202

Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant by pushing the complainant with his hand

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/03/17 – County Court at Law #15

 

Bethany BelisleCongratulations to Prosecutor BETHANY BELISLE for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2084787 on 04/27/17

Driving While Intoxicated (.086)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence – 15 Months Probation/$300 Fine   

NEWSWORTHY CASE 05/03/17

Defendant: Denise Coronado

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 03/17/17

Offense: COMPELLING PROSTITUTION OF PERSON UNDER 18

Cause #1544489 – 176th District Court

A 14-year-old girl was taken off the street, held against her will then forced into prostitution with at least 12 men

Court Date: 05/03/17  DISPOSITION:   reset to 06/06/17

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/02/17 – 262nd District Court

 

Chauntelle WoodCongratulations to Prosecutor CHAUNTELLE WOOD for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1519093

Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance

the charge – unlawfully knowingly possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance, namely cocaine, weighing at least 400 grams by aggregate weight including any adulterants and dilutants

 Sentence – 30 Years in Prison and a $5000 Fine   

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/02/17 – County Court at Law #11

 

Shanice NewtonCongratulations to Prosecutor SHANICE NEWTON for a Guilty verdict in Cause #2112756

Carrying a Handgun in a Motor Vehicle

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly carry on or about his person a handgun in a motor vehicle under his control and the defendant was a member of a criminal street gang – namely GANGSTER DISCIPLES

 Sentence – 300 Days in Jail   

MANDATE OF AFFIRMANCE   05/02/17 – 178th District Court

 

Congratulations to Prosecutor CHRIS CONRAD for his successful appeal in Cause #1390220

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

14th Court of Appeals –  No. 14-15-00330-CR

 Reinstates Sentence – 8 Years in Prison   

 NOT GUILTY VERDICT   05/01/17 – County Court at Law #5

 

Congratulations to Defense Attorney MICHAEL MOORE for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #2126232

Indecent Exposure

the charge –  unlawfully expose his genitals  to the complainant with the intent to arouse and gratify the sexual desire of the defendant and the defendant was reckless about whether another person was present who would be offended and alarmed by the act of exposing his male sex organ and masturbating in a public  place

 GUILTY VERDICT   05/01/17 – 183rd District Court

 

Chandler RaineCongratulations to Prosecutor CHANDLER RAINE for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1505913

Assault of a Family Member – Impede Breathing

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a member of the defendant’s family,  household and with whom defendant had a dating relationship, by impeding the normal breathing and circulation of the blood by applying pressure to the complainant’s neck

 Sentence – 3 Years Probation   

05/01/17 Congratulations to NEW attorneys and Harris County District Attorney’s Office pre- commitment  candidates JAMES HU and SEPI TABRIZI ZIMMER for passing the Texas Bar Exam!  You can congratulate Sepi in County Court at Law #2 and James in County Court at Law #12.  Best of luck in your new careers!

 

What Defendant’s Need To Know Before They Walk Into The Courthouse

COURTHOUSE TIPS!

It is a scary experience to get arrested for a crime, bond out of jail in the wee hours of the morning and face the courthouse where you might be convicted and sentenced to go back to that same jail.

Rest assured that this only happens to a minority of people charged with a crime in Harris County.  This post is meant to give you – the defendant – a heads up on the ins and outs of the Harris County Criminal Justice Center so that you can try and become one of those people who do not end up in jail for their error in judgement.

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About Criminal Defense Attorney Jeff Ross


Jeff Ross

2016 Main, Suite 2517
Houston, Texas 77002
713-582-4462

jeffross486@yahoo.com


Jeff Ross has been practicing Criminal Defense since 1988.

Trial Prosecutor – Harris County District Attorney’s Office Houston, Texas 1984

Chief Prosecutor – County Court at Law Number Five – Houston, Texas  1984-1985

Chief Prosecutor – Check Fraud Division  Houston, Texas  1986-1988


     For Immediate Release:  (April 24, 2017) According to the Harris County Criminal District Clerk’s website Mr. Ross has represented 3163 client cases in the county and district courts since he started his defense practice and 1858 of those cases have been dismissed59%


As Chief Prosecutor of the Check Fraud Division Mr. Ross prosecuted over 5,000 people for theft by check.  During that time, he was awarded the “Crime Prevention Award” by the Houston Chamber of Commerce for his efforts in fighting and reducing the “hot check” problem in Houston.  He also assisted in passing legislation outlawing fake I.D.’s, conducted numerous sting operations to apprehend hot check writers, gave weekly seminars to merchants teaching them how to avoid receiving bad checks, and made numerous speeches to Texas citizens teaching them the hidden dangers of their checkbook. 

He worked closely with radio, T.V. and newspapers to publicize his campaign against hot check writers and he enlisted the services of area businesses to pay for hot check warning posters and educational brochures that were passed out to local merchants. 


Law Practice dedicated to Criminal Defense since 1988

     Mr. Ross has been in the private practice of law since 1988.   In that time, he has represented over 16,000 clients for criminal cases.  He has represented clients in all 16 Justice of the Peace Courts, all 16 county courts at law and all 22 district courts.


Author-Good People, Bad Checks    (Walden House Publishing 1996)

  
  Mr. Ross used his experience as Chief Prosecutor of the Check Fraud division and his years of experience as a hot check defense attorney to write a book which reveals the “30 hidden dangers” in a checkbook that lands honest Texans in jail.  This book explains how joint accounts, automatic debits, direct deposits, hold checks, post-dated checks, stop payment checks, pre-signed checks, reserve accounts and more will land good people in jail for an accidentally bounced check.  His book is used by check management classes on how to properly manage a checkbook, by defense lawyers on how to fight a hot check charge and by prosecutors on how to prove a case.


Personal Facts

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