Texas Criminal Defense Archives

How to Avoid an Assault Charge 

In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to hold back your emotions. At times, a situation can become so overwhelming that the “fight or flight” response automatically kicks in before the brain has a chance to process all the information. In that moment of conflict, “fight” can win out, and then suddenly, […] Read more

Expediting Dallas domestic violence cases aims to give victims immediate justice

Maria Escamilla, whose ex-boyfriend raped her and took a knife to her face, breasts, and vagina, did not immediately get the justice she wanted. She had to wait for two years before she was able to face the man who violated her and left her for dead in a Dallas County court. A new procedure […] Read more

When domestic violence becomes kidnapping

It is possible for someone facing domestic violence charges to suddenly find that he or she is being accused of kidnapping too. A lot of domestic violence cases start with alcohol on the part of the perpetrator, statistics show. When a person with violent tendencies and an intent to commit domestic violence gets drunk, he […] Read more

Man who assaulted two men at Chelsea restaurant gets nine years of imprisonment

Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was sentenced last Thursday, September 15 to nine years of imprisonment and three years of supervision after his release in relation to assaulting two gay men, Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams, at the Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea, New York City in May 2015. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arlene Goldberg, at El-Amin’s sentencing, […] Read more

Judge denies plea deals for those charged with assaults to police officers

Galveston County Judge Kerry Neves made a public declaration and order on Monday, July 18 that he plans to reject plea deals in cases that involve assaults and threats to police officers. He will only waver, he says, if there is compelling evidence to grant one. By compelling evidence, he means the officers involved in the case must be okay […] Read more

Wal-Mart employee arrested for assault

Police Chief James Waters of the Princeton Police Department reported that 20-year-old Wal-Mart employee Nicolas Martinez was arrested and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The charges come after a serious stabbing incident, which occurred around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Waters identified one of the victims as George Wesley […] Read more

Texas beauty queen gets stripped of crown due to aggravated assault, DUI charges

The first-ever Miss Corpus Christina Latina, Caitlin Cifuentes, lost her title this second week of July after pageant participants she was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated. Six contestants sued Kayla Alvarez, the pageant’s local director, claiming Alvarez knew of Cifuentes’ record but still allowed her to participate in […] Read more

Assault charges dismissed against Houston doctor

The assault charges filed against 49-year-old Dr. Rafael Lugo have been dropped.  Lugo was serving at Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, both in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, when a Montgomery County grand jury refused to indict him last Tuesday, May 31. Lugo was charged in December 2015 with assault of a family member – […] Read more

George Zimmerman assailant charged with assault

Matthew Apperson, the man who shot at George Zimmerman earlier this week along a busy road in Lake Mary, Florida, has been taken into police custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and firing a missile into an occupied conveyance, according to the San Jose Mercury […] Read more

Argument in Wendy’s drive-thru results in assault

Forty-four-year-old Edwin Teodoro Torres was charged on March 16 with a second-degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing someone while during an argument in the line of a Wendy’s drive-through, KXAN reported. The incident occurred at 1425 West Wells Branch Parkway in Pflugerville at around 3:40 a.m. on March 14. According to police investigations, […] Read more