FELONY THEFT — Enhanced w/ several prior Felony Theft convictions
Case No1466680- Daniel G.
DISMISSED Jan. 12th 2016
Client and girlfriend were going through the self checkout in Walmart late one night. Store video showed her acting in a frenzied manner as she scanned some items and not others then handed them all to client to bag. They were arrested for felony theft and both gave statements that it was “a misunderstanding”. We scrutinized the video and built our central defense around this evidence to argue that client was not aware of what she was doing and therefore was not an accessory to her crime. As she was also contesting her case we had to file a Motion to Sever and Supplemental Discovery Motions to prepare for Trial but our arguments got the case dismissed at Pre-Trial Conference.
FELONY THEFT $1500 – $20,000
Case No. 1307012- Joshua W.
GRAND JURY NO BILL
This was Joshua’s second malicious arrest and prosecution by the same officer who slandered him and tried to destroy his towing business in the first arrest. And also our second Grand Jury No Bill for him in less than 6 months. [See below.] Joshua was the owner of a very successful private towing service with zero complaints filed against him and zero Tow Hearings. He had signed up several businesses on private property tow contracts, as these businesses were experiencing numerous problems (beer bottles, ruts in grass, break-ins, etc.) due to illegal after-hours parking in front of their businesses by patrons of a nearby night club with inadequate parking. The allegations were that Josh’s tows were illegal and he was charged with felony theft in Houston. We acknowledged a “gray area” in the Code as to whether the area between the roadway and the ditch was legal for towing – but steadfastly argued that the signage and methods were by the book and moreover that private property tow issues have always been civil matters, never criminal. It was astounding that the police agency wanted to escalate this civil matter into a criminal complaint, esp. as none of the owners had even requested the civil tow hearings provided for by law. We compiled an enormous quantity of evidence in support of our position – including photo evidence, service agreements, tow tickets, pertinent sections of the Texas Occupations Code (Towing and Booting Act) and Texas Administrative Code, and a Statutory Analysis of same, for presentation to the Grand Jury. The thrust of our presentation and arguments to the District Attorney’s office was that any issue on the legality of these tows was a civil question. We further argued the highly unethical and even illegal behavior of the arresting officer in slandering Josh’s character and in exercising a personal vendetta against Josh through efforts to destroy Josh’s contracts by direct selling of other towing services to Josh’s former customers.
Case No. 1077738 – E. C. A.
Our client was a HOUSTON ATTORNEY charged with felony theft in a case of mistaken identity. This was a multi-location, complex embezzlement scheme involving 2 suspects, one of whom was allegedly our client. In one phase of the operation, the suspects had the complainant drive the suspects to their bank, also our client’s bank, to make a cash withdrawal. Our client was positively ID’d by the complainant using bank surveillance photos taken by 9 digital cameras as our client did business inside his bank at the same time the true suspect was inside the bank. Thanks to Mr. Haggard’s skillful use of evidence such as cell phone records, witness statements, alibis, and other documentation, our client’s felony theft charges were dismissed and he continues to practice law.
My family and I thank attorney Carl Haggard for believing in me and in my defense in what appeared to be the most miserable accusation against me. You were relentless in showing to the State that I could not have committed such a crime, considering my position as an attorney, and the documentation.
FELONY THEFT $1500 – $20,000
Case No. 1294203 – Joshua W.
GRAND JURY NO BILL
Joshua was the owner of a very successful wrecker service who gave an old friend a break when down on his luck by allowing him to work with him on tow jobs. Unknown to Josh, his co-defendant was going into towed vehicles in the storage lot yard and stealing laptops, ipods, purses etc. while Josh was inside the office filling out paperwork. Problems with the State’s case were that, although Josh ultimately fired his co-defendant, he had given a culpatory statement to police that he knew his co-defendant had been stealing laptops; this, coupled with the fact that Josh’s name was on the tow slips of the burglarized vehicles and that the arresting officer told some critical lies regarding Joshua’s business practices [as well as managing to get Josh’s club towing contracts illegally shut down] – led to Joshua’s arrest for a Felony Theft in which he did not participate or benefit from in any way. His CHL license as well as his three tow licenses would have been imperiled had he pleaded guilty in return for an adjudicated dismissal. We had recorded evidence including exculpatory recorded phone conversations and text messages as part of our defense. We compiled a Grand Jury Brief and Presentation and successfully prepared our client to testify before the Grand Jury.
Case No. 1231038 – John T.
GRAND JURY NO BILL
Two co-defendants were caught soon after burglarizing a construction site at midnight. Copper wire cutters and cut copper conduit lay on the ground at the scene and a spool of copper wire was found in one of the co-defendants’ trucks. John, a third co-defendant, was the “chauffeur” in this copper wire theft ring. He was stopped while driving one of the trucks immediately after a two-truck coordinated theft had been carried out when a sharp-eyed Tomball PD officer pulled him over after spotting evidence of the crime and he was arrested for felony theft. By skillful presentation of the evidence, despite our client’s participation as the chauffeur in the ring, we proved his innocence of complicity in the actual thefts beyond a reasonable doubt and obtained a Grand Jury No Bill for our client. [See convictions in co-defendants cases 1231039, 40 and 41.]
Case No. 1064169 – Gwendolyn B.
Our client was a salesperson for a medical services company with permission to purchase supplies as needed, online, using a corporate account. After several high-ticket items, such a plasma TV, were delivered to her home, she was arrested for felony theft. We used the lack of conclusive evidence plus the internal chaos in the company, which was undergoing a hostile takeover by one of the partners, to obtain a Dismissal for Gwenodlyn’s felony theft charge.
Case No. 817226 – Kenneth R.
[Due to its age, this Case History is no longer archived; our in-house case synopsis and details of our defense are no longer available.]
At a time in my life when all seemed hopeless and my business fell apart and I had multiple charges filed on me, Mr. Haggard gave me a chance by working out several cases in several courts and getting them dismissed. I ended up with one deferred adjudication and was released from jail.
~ Kenneth R.
Thank you, Mr. Haggard, for giving my family a second chance.
~ Client’s Wife
Case No. 941920 – Courtney D.
DISMISSED AT MOTIONS
[Due to its age, this Case History is no longer archived; our in-house case synopsis and details of our defense are no longer available.] Client accused of felony theft of a motorcycle. [Information obtained from court documents.]
Case No. 850068 – Robbie S.
[Due to its age, this Case History is no longer archived; our in-house case synopsis and details of our defense are no longer available.] Robbie was identified by several persons related to the case including the two co-defendants. All three were observed by a police officer stealing expensive tires and rims from a vehicle. Robbie fled the scene on foot and was subsequently charged with felony theft in Harris County. [Information obtained from court documents.]
Case No. 865256 – David M.
DISMISSED ON NOTICE OF INSANITY DEFENSE
[Due to its age, this Case History is no longer archived; our in-house case synopsis and details of our defense are no longer available.] Client was bipolar, schizophrenic and had ADHD at the time he committed the felony offense of auto theft. The Haggard Law Firm filed a Notice of Insanity Defense and was preparing to try the case on same when we obtained a Dismissal at Pre-Trial Conference.