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Dealing with Theft Charges in Houston

If your family member has been arrested for theft crime, there would be serious consequences. Keep in consideration that if you are convicted of theft crime, you won’t find a decent apartment or job easily. If you are trying to get into a college, theft crime can impact on you negatively. If you want to pursue career in law or medical, it can prevent from getting a license.

If you or your family member is accused of such crime, then there are few things you need to do. The most important thing is to hire a criminal lawyer to fight for your rights, theft is not only about a robbery, someone might accuse you of property theft or related crime, you need to prepare a game plan to fight for your rights. Theft laws & penalties in Texas can be quite severe making a strong legal defense paramount as all theft crimes are specific intent crimes.

Property Rights and Ownership

If someone is accused of stealing property in Houston, Harris County, Texas, there are some valid defenses that can establish a strong stance for the defendant. Tables can be turned and straightforward defense methods can result positively. Keep in mind that if someone want to claim your property then he or she has to provide evidence, and you also have to provide counter elements that can prove it wrong.

Intoxication

It is possible to defend someone if defendant was intoxicated at the time of theft, and it must be noted that evidence of intoxication should be provided. There are different type of intoxicants such as chemicals, alcohol, drugs, and more. In this state if individual was stealing something or mistakenly believed the item belongs to him or her. There must be valid defense that can claim this point, besides this there are many other points that need to keep in consideration to strengthen the case in favor of defendant.

Property Return as Defense

People usually think whether returning the property will prevent charges that might be associated with it. Keep in mind that returning stolen property won’t provide any defense against theft charges. If someone want to return it then it can be turned in the favor of defendant, it will help reduce the penalties that are associated with the crime. There are some strong defenses available when it comes to returning the property, if defendant want to return it then he or she can claim that it was his or her intention to return at the time it was taken. It is common to defend people facing serious theft charges by using points that may be in favor of the defendant.

Entrapment

This apply when someone committed a crime, but was induced to do it by a person who want to prosecute the target. This can apply if the idea wasn’t of defendant or someone else was the mastermind behind crime, it was put in your head. The victim was lured by someone else into committing crime, and the mastermind of this crime wanted to prosecute target. There are many points and defendant might be the victim, an experienced crime lawyer from Houston can prove this in court to reduce charge.

General Ramblings, In The News

Houston’s Stiletto Killer Found Guilty, Not First Violent Act

We’ve run across an interesting update to the case of the Stiletto Heel Killer in Houston. It seems she may indeed get a chance to tell her side of the story on the witness stand. See the video news update below.

According to ABC NEWS, she has already been found guilty so this must be move by the defense team to exhaust all options. May as well, now is not the time to not be exhausting all available resources considering she’s been found guilty. See the report below.

Ana Trujillo, the woman found guilty of murdering her boyfriend in the so-called “stiletto murder,” told ABC News’ 20/20 in an exclusive interview that he was abusive and attacked her on the night she beat him to death with her shoe. Source

Although its a rough case, my hat is off to the defense considering that no one had this woman’s back as far as witness testimony is concerned.

General Ramblings, In The News, The Legal Beagle

Houston’s Stiletto Murder Trial Is Interesting

Houston’s stiletto murder appears to be coming to a close and it has captured the attention of a nation. Its understandable why too. Just think of that first series of headlines which may have read something like, “Woman Kills Man With Shoe”, or, “Woman Murders College Professor with Stiletto Heel”, and so forth. However, there is usually more to the case than what the headlines may read, which is why we have criminal justice trials.

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Clipping from KPRC Houston

HOUSTON

Attorneys for a Houston woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with her 5 1/2-inch stiletto heel used a martial arts expert during her trial on Monday to demonstrate for jurors how they believe she was attacked on the night of the killing.

Ana Trujillo is accused of striking 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during an argument in June at his Houston condominium.

Trujillo’s attorney has contended the 45-year-old woman was defending herself from an attack by Andersson. Source

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Now call me crazy, but when you bring in a martial arts expert as a witness in a trial we’ve got to be looking at some the stuff “Made for TV” movies are made of. On a more serious note, if was being attacked by a man, she would have needed a weapon. At the end of the day, men are physically stronger than woman and if she was being attacked by a man, she would need a weapon of some sort to even the odds. Enter the Stiletto Heel.

According to news reports the case has gone to the jury for deliberation. Hopefully when the jury completes their deliberation they’ll come to the conclusion that this was indeed a murder which stemmed from a self defense.

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UPDATE

HOUSTON — Jurors have convicted a Houston woman of murdering her boyfriend by fatally stabbing him with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe. Read More

Houston’s Stiletto Murder Trial Is Interesting