The Harris County Criminal Courthouse – An Inside Look

 

 

(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.  


We report the winners of all jury trials and appeals, keep the public up-to-date on publicity cases, post random photos and videos and update you on “news and nuggets” from the Harris County Criminal Justice Center.  Thanks for connecting with us and we hope you enjoy this blog!  (Any correspondence may be sent to my email at jeffross486@yahoo.com)


Verdicts – Trial Victories in the Harris County Criminal Courts

ALL MISDEMEANOR and FELONY TRIALS

Congratulations to the following prosecutors and defense attorneys for their victories at trial.  We extrapolate this list each day from the records of the Harris County District Clerk.  For any omissions, corrections, additions or deletions  or to add or change your photo please email Mr. Ross at jeffross486@yahoo.com.

(Editor’s note: The following 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!)

ALL VERDICTS - HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL TRIALS
Month of April, 2017

GUILTY VERDICT – 04/20/17 – 230th District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor PHILLIP WHITE for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1538218

Aggravated Assault with Serious Bodily Injury

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause serious bodily injury to the complainant by striking the complainant with an unknown object

 Sentence – 6 Years Probation   


GUILTY VERDICT – 04/19/17 – 180th District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor ALEXANDER FORREST for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1497838

Illegal Dumping

the charge – unlawfully, for a commercial purpose, intentionally and knowingly transport litter or other solid waste, namely tires, having an aggregate weight of 200 pounds or more or a volume of 200 cubic feet or more, to a place that was not an approved solid waste site for disposal

 Sentence – 3 Years Probation and a $4000 Fine   


GUILTY VERDICTS – 04/19/17 – County Court at Law #4

Congratulations to Prosecutor SEAN ANDERSON for (2) Guilty verdicts in Cause #’s 2105500 and 2105501

Assault on a Family Member and Interference with the duties of a Public Servant

the charges – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom he had a dating relationship, by striking the complainant with his hand;  AND unlawfully with criminal negligence, by refusing to comply with an officer’s commands, interrupt, disrupt, impede and interfere with the peace officer performing a duty and exercising his authority imposed and granted by law

 Sentence – 15 Months Probation   


NOT GUILTY VERDICT – 04/18/17 – County Court at Law #14

Congratulations to Defense Attorney TIMOTHY DONAHUE for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #2125232

Assault on a Family Member

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


NOT GUILTY VERDICT – 04/17/17 – County Court at Law #7

Congratulations to Defense Attorney JEANIE DICKEY for a Not Guilty verdict in Cause #2121197

Indecent Exposure

the charge – unlawfully expose his genitals to the complainant with the intent to arouse or gratify the defendant’s sexual desire and he was reckless about whether another person was present and would be offended and alarmed by the act of masturbating in public view


GUILTY VERDICT – 04/17/17 – 180th District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor DAN SIMONS for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1546433

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, by stabbing the complainant with a knife, by pouring a chemical cleaner on the complainant and by striking the complainant with a bamboo stick

 Sentence – 20 Years in Prison   

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE


GUILTY VERDICTS – 04/13/17 – 262nd District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor CHAUNTELLE WOOD for (2) Guilty verdicts in Cause #1501256-57

Burglary of a Habitation and  Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

the charge – unlawfully with the intent to commit theft enter a habitation owned by complainant without any consent AND unlawfully intentionally and knowingly threaten another complainant with imminent bodily injury by using and exhibiting a deadly weapon

 Sentence – 38 Years in Prison and 10 Years in Prison   


GUILTY VERDICT – 04/13/17 – 262nd District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor CHAUNTELLE WOOD for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1501258

Burglary of a Habitation

the charge – unlawfully with the intent to commit theft enter a habitation owned by complainant without any consent

 Sentence – 28 Years in Prison   


GUILTY VERDICT – 04/13/17 – 209th District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor SAMANTHA KNECHT for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1444432

Capital Murder

the charge – unlawfully during the same criminal transaction intentionally and knowingly cause the death of two complainants by stabbing them with a knife

 Sentence – Life  in Prison   


GUILTY VERDICT – 04/13/17 – 184th District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor SHERIN DANIEL for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1494478

Robbery

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property and with the intent to maintain control over property of complainant  intentionally, knowingly and recklessly cause bodily injury to the complainant by striking the complainant with his hand

 Sentence – 2 Years in Prison   


GUILTY VERDICT – 04/13/17 – 232nd District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor BRITTNEY AARON for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1459005

Murder

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the death of the complainant by stabbing him with knife

 Sentence – 30 Years in Prison   


GUILTY VERDICT – 04/13/17 – 208th District Court

Congratulations to Prosecutor DANNY WERLINGER  for a Guilty verdict in Cause #1539232

Injury to a Child by Omission

the charge – unlawfully while having the statutory duty to act pursuant to Section 151.001 of the Texas Family Code intentionally and knowingly by omission cause serious bodily injury to complainant, a child younger than 15 years of age, by failing to timely seek medical attention and by failing to intercede and stop the physical abuse of the complainant by another

 Sentence – 10 Years Probation   


NOT GUILTY VERDICT – 04/13/17 – County Court at Law #16

Congratulations to Defense Attorney ALAN MACIAS for a Not Guilty in Cause # 2137494

Theft $750 – $2500

the charge – unlawfully appropriate and exercise control over property, namely 1 chainsaw, 1 hammer, 1 drill, 1 power washer, 8 nail sets and 2 bags of fertilizer the value being between $750 and $2500 with the intent to deprive the complainant of the property

TRIAL VICTORIES SPREADSHEET FOR ALL TRIALS

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet for ALL trial verdicts from February 1, 2017 through April 21, 2017Sheet 1 = verdicts starting with the most recent date to the oldest date; Sheet 2 = prosecutors and defense attorneys with last name 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”

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News and Nuggets from the Criminal Courthouse

 

This post is reserved for awards, statistics, courthouse news, photos, nuggets and more.  All statistics are derived from the Harris County District Clerk’s website.


April 22, 2017

COURTHOUSE CASELOAD

The following Excel Spreadsheet represents the pending criminal cases in each of the 16 county courts at law and 22 district courts.  The information is derived from the Harris County District Clerk’s website docket tab.  (it does not include specialty courts)  Sheet 1 = caseloads for each court in court numerical order; Sheet 2 = caseloads for each court in caseload numerical order.


April 21, 2017

NUGGET

According to the Harris County District Clerk’s website there were 2659 cases on the courts dockets on April 21, 2017.

127 misdemeanors were dismissed and 48 felonies were dismissed –  6.5% of the cases.  (Some of these dismissals were part of a plea bargain to plead guilty on other cases)


April 20, 2017

NATIONAL WEED DAY

Today – 420 –  is national “weed” day.  It did NOT help my marijuana clients in court, however.   I had a “420 in progress” when one client took a conviction for POM (he failed the First Chance Program by testing positive for marijuana and had an open warrant in court)  and another client had to go into custody for testing positive for marijuana while on bond.  Unfortunately, these two judges appreciated the holiday, but had to do their job.  See the story of how April 20th became national weed day in the Huffington Post


NUGGET

On April 19, 2017 45 defendants failed to appear in the county or district court for their criminal cases.  Their bonds were forfeited and warrants issued for their arrest.


April 18, 2017

SOBER COURT

One of the most successful programs offered by the county courts at law for DWI 2nd offense is the DWI SOBER COURT program.  Check out the Facebook page for detailed information.  An excellent program to assist defendants with alcohol-related issues.  Pictured (left>right) are Judges Karahan, Fleming, Goodhart, Bull and Smyth.


April 17, 2017

2017 ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR AWARD

Congratulations to Defense Attorney TYRONE MONCRIFFE for his selection for the prestigious attorney of the year award voted on by the members of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association.  Tyrone is an excellent lawyer and fine person who is very deserving of this award.  Keep up the exemplary work, Tyrone.


Congratulations to the following Defense Attorneys for winning the 2017 Richard “Racehorse” Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award issued by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association:

ALLEN C. ISBELL

                                                            ROBERT   ALTON JONES

                                                            CLYDE WILLIAMS


April 13, 2017

Up-and-coming defense lawyer SEAN DARVISHI holding up what may be one of many dismissals he will receive for his clients in the future.  He is a fine young attorney with an aggressive style.  He is well-liked in the courthouse and a credit to our defense bar.

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Newsworthy Criminal Cases – Up to Date Look at Harris County’s Most Public Criminal Cases

The following cases were reported by the Houston Chronicle.  A detailed look at the facts and circumstances may be found in the Houston Chronicle article by going to the Houston Chronicle link on each defendant’s excerpt.

We will update these cases to keep you informed of court dates and the final dispositions.

     PENDING CASES IN COURT

Defendant: Denise Coronado

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE 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:

Defendant: Mauricio Mendoza

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE 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: Harvey Jones

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE 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: 

Defendant: David Temple

HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE 01/04/17

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:

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Appeals – Mandates of Affirmance or Reversals

We have a post section for the lawyers who win the battles in the courtroom for guilt and innocence verdicts.  This section is dedicated to those lawyers who fight a different battle – the one in the appellate courts.  These attorneys help make law with their arguments to the higher courts.  Through their written briefs and oral arguments to the higher court a conviction can either be affirmed or reversed.  This post section is dedicated to those prosecutors and defense attorneys who make sure our trials are fair to all sides.

APPEALS - AFFIRMANCE AND REVERSALS

MANDATE OF AFFIRMANCE – 03/13/17 – 14th Court of Appeals

Congratulations to Prosecutor MOLLY WURZER for the mandate of affirmance in Cause #1429774 out of the 183rd District Court

Possession of a Controlled Substance

 Reinstating 7 years in Prison 

Defendants: What You Need To Know Before You Walk Into The Criminal 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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