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Texas AG must refile appeal of indictments after attorneys failed to do so

Texas’ highest court rejected the appeal made by 53-year-old Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Jr. for his three criminal indictments last Wednesday, August 31, saying that his attorneys did not file the proper paperwork.

Paxton’s legal counsel forgot to include a copy of a lower court’s ruling in their client’s filing and were given 10 days to correct the issue. The attorneys said they filed the appeal again with the proper paperwork by afternoon.

The attorneys now have to wait to see if the judges will accept their appeal. If Paxton is found guilty of violating state securities laws (a first-degree felony), he can face up to 99 years in prison and be fined with tens of thousands of dollars. His additional crimes include failure to register with the state as an investment adviser representative while giving clients to a friend’s firm and receiving a commission for the funneled clients (third-degree felony).

Paxton is also currently facing a civil fraud lawsuit with the federal government for the same alleged crimes, which will be tried starting September 2017.

At Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, we do our best to fight aggressively to have the criminal charges against our clients dropped or reduced in severity. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our Austin offices today at (512) 472-1950.

Former football player likely to receive deal in tax evasion case

Former NFL wide receiver, 37-year-old Plaxico Antonio Burress, may get a reprieve by striking a deal with prosecutors for the resolution of his tax evasion case before he appears in court in July, the Trentonian reported on June 10.

Burress’ legal team reportedly already struck a deal with the prosecution to allow the third-degree charges – which may carry a maximum sentence of ten years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000 – to contain no jail time for Burress if he pleads guilty

A defense attorney said the deal was made possible because “the primary directive for prosecutors in tax and fraud cases is to get the money back.”

If you have been charged with white collar crimes like tax evasion in Austin or other areas of Texas, do not hesitate to ask for the legal assistance and representation of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, an experienced Austin criminal defense attorney. Call his offices today at (512) 472-1950.

Dallas County Commissioner receives another state-appointed lawyer

The Dallas Morning News reported that United States Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver appointed a second Dallas criminal defense attorney to the high-profile case of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who was indicted on 11 counts of bribery, corruption, and tax fraud, according to federal court records.

This is the second time the state has given Price a defense attorney, whose expenses will be primarily shouldered by citizens of Texas. He has been required, however, to contribute $80,000 of his own money to his defense over a course of scheduled payments.

Ian Inglis Attorney at Law knows that criminal charges like this can have a disastrous effect on your reputation, your career, and even your freedom. However, our Austin criminal defense attorneys have the experience and resources to help you build a comprehensive defense that challenges every aspect of the case brought against you. Call our offices at (512) 472-1950 today to learn more about how we may help protect your rights and advocate for your interests throughout the legal process.

Felony for fraud charge could result in lifetime imprisonment

Forty-seven-year-old Houston, Texas attorney and firefighter Brian Storts is in danger of spending his life in prison after he was indicted last Tuesday, August 26 with a first-degree felony for swearing to false statements to get credit, the Houston Chronicle reported.

According to Assistant Harris County District Attorney Lester Blizzard, Storts allegedly made use of false financial documents to acquire a $400,000 house for another lawyer, Ricardo Baca, who is being investigated in a different case.

Baca also allegedly arranged a deal to take $210,000 from another criminal defense lawyer to become part-owner of several cell phone stores, but this was apparently a scam.

Baca’s attorney said Baca will likely agree to a plea bargain and will plead no contest. This deal will also determine the fate of his law license.

Penalties for theft and fraud under Texas laws are grave and can affect your personal and professional life. If you have been charged with similar offenses in Austin or elsewhere in Texas, seek the legal representation of aggressive and competent attorney Ian Inglis by calling his offices at (512) 472-1950.

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