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Roy Oswalt, pitcher for Rangers and Astros victim in fraud suit

Former Major League Baseball Texas Rangers and Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt is among athletes and other investors who are victim of a large scheme accused of fraud in a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to the complaint, at least 77 clients of an investment advisor forwarded over $33 million dollars into high risk investments without the clients' consent, often copying or forging signatures to get the money transferred. Much of the money was filtered into The Ticket Reserve, Inc., or TTR, based in Illinois. The SEC suit includes an investment advisor who worked for the Dallas-based investment firm and had a stake in the failing The Ticket Reserve, Inc., company, as well as the company's Chief Executive Office and Chief Operating Officer.

What is expungement?

After a conviction, your criminal record follows you and may affect certain aspects of your life. When applying for a job, you may have to check off that you have a criminal record and discuss this with a future employer. When applying for a loan for a home, you may be asked about a criminal record. And if you have been found guilty of a sex crime, you may be on sex offender registries, which may even affect where you are allowed to live. There is a way -- although not easy and certainly not guaranteed -- to have your criminal record expunged and removed from public record.

Expungement, in its simplest term, is the removal of a crime from your criminal record. It is worth noting however, that even if you have a conviction expunged, it may still be accessed by the courts and law enforcement officials, and may still be used against you as proof of prior convictions.

How serious are kidnapping laws in Texas?

As this blog has stated before, the state of Texas has some of the most severe penalties in the United States, including kidnapping laws. In order to understand how the laws work and how the penalties are applied, one must first look at what is considered kidnapping.

There are two types of penalties for kidnapping; one is knowingly or intentionally abducting another person. Most commonly, this involves a parent kidnapping a child from another parent. Aggravated kidnapping may be applied to the defendant, in the situation involved any of the following -- holding a victim for ransom or reward, using a person as a hostage or shield, aiding the commission of a felony or escape after committing a felony, inflicting injury or sexual violations or abuse, terrorizing of the victim, interfering with the performance of a political or governmental function or using a deadly weapon at the time of the crime.

Sachse middle school teacher faces indecency with child charges

The state of Texas has harsh penalties for those convicted of sex crimes such as rape or sexual assault. When the victim is a child, the penalties are exceptionally harsh, and a conviction may lead to lifelong consequences to someone found guilty of such crimes.

A Hudson middle school teacher in Sachse, Texas is facing a charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact. The man, a 35-year-old special education teacher at the school, turned himself in last Monday. He had been placed on paid administrative leave for a month prior to turning himself in. Although several students were interviewed at the Dallas County Children's Advocacy Center, the charge against the accused relates to one alleged victim.

Man arrested following death at North Dallas hotel

Tragedy struck a North Dallas hotel on Saturday night, May 28, when a man was shot in the parking lot and died at a nearby hospital a half an hour later. It is alleged that the killer was a man who was good friends with the victim. According to news reports, surveillance video footage at the hotel showed the accused and the victim going in and out of a hotel room several times during the course of the evening.

According to a witness, the 24-year-old male suspect bragged that he "just got the body" and that in a phone call stated, "I looked a guy in the eye and shot him two times in the face." The witness also allegedly received texts from the accused, including one with bloody clothes, an injured hand and two handguns. At the scene, detectives said they found a pair of blood-smeared glasses that matched social media images of the accused.

As summer approaches, drivers need to be aware of DWI stats

With the passing of the Memorial Day weekend comes the unofficial start of the summer season. Although summer does not officially start until late June at the summer solstice, school will be out soon, the weather will continue to get warmer and people will start heading out for barbeques, baseball games, picnics and parties and vacations. And with these happy times, it's not uncommon for people to celebrate with alcoholic drinks.

The state of Texas reportedly has among the highest rates of driving while intoxicated and accidents related to driving under the influence. In the recent year, there were over 25,000 alcohol related crashes, causing over 15,000 alcohol-related injuries and nearly 1,500 fatalities on the road.

Having the right defense can make all the difference in Texas

For anyone charged with a violent crime, protecting your rights and doing whatever is possible to get your charges lessened or dismissed is crucial. And the state of Texas has among the harshest penalties in the United States. When facing a serious charge, there are many ways to approach the courts. Whether it is investigating the situation and looking for flaws in the prosecution’s case, or fighting back with a strong cross-examination, having a seasoned criminal defense lawyer at your side can make all the difference.

If you are facing a serious charge such as murder, assault and battery, rape,r sexual assault or armed robbery, it is essential that you tackle the charges with a strong defense. Criminal defense attorney J. Michael Price has been serving the north Texas area for over two decades fighting to protect those accused of violent crimes. 

Drinking on the water in Texas can lead to serious charges

Spring is here and with it many people in Texas will take to the waters for swimming, fishing and boating. Texas has over 150 lakes as well as the shores of the gulf, which offer many opportunities for recreation. With summer just around the corner, it's important to understand the risks and penalties associated with boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Whether you are having a few beers while fishing, having a party with friends and cocktails on a personal yacht, or hopping on a jet ski or a sailboat following a few drinks, you are required, by law, to operate the watercraft responsibly.

Drug offenses a major factor in mass incarceration

Many Dallas residents might be surprised to learn that the United States leads the world in incarcerations. Last week the White House released a report, "Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System" and its findings are alarming to say the least.

Although the United States holds just five percent of the world's population, it has approximately 35 percent of the world's prisoners? This amounts to approximately 2.2 million people in either local jails or state or federal prisons. Fifty-eight percent of inmates are held in state prisons, one third in local jails and nine percent in federal prisons.

What is the National Sex Offender Registry?

For Texans found guilty of certain sex crimes, fines and time in prison are not the only penalties. Depending on the severity of the crime, convicted sex offenders may also have to register Texas's registry system. They may also be included in the National Sex Offender Public Registry, or NSOPR, run by the United States Department of Justice.

The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website, or NSOPW, was named in honor of a 22 year old North Dakota college student who was kidnapped and murdered. The sex offender was from the neighboring state of Minnesota. The database helps partner states, territorial and tribal governments to keep track of sex offenders for the safety of all.