NY Man Arrested for Pointing I-Phone At Officers

New York’s finest (the NYPD) arrested 32-year-old Unique Johnson for allegedly pointing his iphone at them in such a manner that they contend made them believe it were a gun.  Further, they believe he made sounds that imitated gunshots.aaamr-magoo-in-beret
This allegedly heinous crime occurred when two officers were at a stoplight, and a car being driven by Johnson pulled up by the officers passenger side door.  The officer in the passenger seat reported that when he turned in his seat to look he saw what appeared to be a weapon pointed directly at his head.”I absolutely thought we were dead,” one of the officers said in a press release.
Officers claim that the Johnson admitted that he had used the iPhone to simulate a gun in order to show how easy it would be to shoot a police officer.  Johnson was charged with a number of criminal charges, including menacing a police officer and disorderly conduct.   To commit menacing a police officer requires proof that someone intentionally placing an officer in fear of physical injury by displaying a weapon (it is a felony).  Disorderly conduct requires proof of “disruptive behavior,” which in New York includes engaging in “tumultuous or threatening behavior.”
Johnson was also charged with harassment and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
Although Johnson may have never intended to do the officers any harm with his iPhone stunt, he may have a tough time defending his actions by claiming he was just joking.  Proof that you never planned to actually do what you appeared to be preparing to do may be used to mitigate intent, but will not act as a blanket defense against criminal charges.  Things could be worse, Johnson could have been shot.  In Texas, people have been shot by the police for less.


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You need someone that will fight for your rights.

You need a tenacious lawyer that will put the state to their burden.

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Beard-DNA Leads to Arrest

DNA extracted from beard-hair found at the scene of an armed burglary led to the arrest of suspect 54-year-old Leon Tennant, over a year after the crime was committed.
Last December in Oneida County, New York, an armed man confronted a woman inside her home; although he escaped, the woman was able to grab hair from the man’s beard as he made his hasty escape.  After sending the hair sample in for testing,aaabeard it came back as a match for , who was already in jail in another county on an unrelated charge.

Due to the high levels of accuracy and acceptance within the scientific community, DNA evidence has become increasingly relied upon by both prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal proceedings to prove guilt or innocence.  Recent technological developments have allowed DNA testing to be conducted on relatively small amounts of DNA, making DNA evidence available in an increasing number of cases.

In this unusual instance, Leon Tennant’s beard hair match was enough to provide law enforcement with enough evidence to arrest him and charge him with First Degree Burlgary.  Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a home, business, or other structure with the intent to commit a crime inside (In Texas it is only an intent to commit a felony inside, and does not require that attempt was successful). Under New York Law, a first-degree burglary occurs when the building is a dwelling and the defendant is armed with a deadly weapon, causes injury, or displays what appears to be a firearm.A conviction for first-degree burglary in New York can result in up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $5,000, or double the defendant’s gain from the burglary. Tennant is currently being held without bail.

The lesson?  Don’t go doing any capers all grizzly-adams.  Clean shaven = clean getaway.


If you are accused of BURGLARY or ANY CRIMINAL OFFENSE it is crucial that you have

an aggressive criminal defense attorney in your corner.  You need someone that will fight for your rights.

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So I Got Arrested, Now What Happens?


The Most obvious answer is of course, the metal bracelets are squeezed down tight onto your wrists and you take the long ride to one of the many local “bars & locks motels” around town.  BUT THEN WHAT?


First you will be booked into the jail.  This includes taking a booking photo, fingerprinting, and evaluating your mental state to see if you need specialized or segregated detention.  A final warrant check is done to see if you have any holds from other counties in Texas, felony out of state warrants, or Federal warrants.

Bond Out or Magistrate Presentment

Depending on many things (among them how crowded the jail is that night and what staff happen to be working), you will get to make the infamous one-phone-call.  At this point you want to call someone that will find you a bondsman, or a bondsman directly.  They make money off of people in your situation and they want your business, any number of them would be glad to assist you in getting out of the clink.

If you do not bond out, you will be presented before a magistrate, usually within 12 hours (although it can take somewhat longer due to the factors I listed earlier).  The magistrate will read the charges against you, the probable cause for your arrest, and detail the potential range of punishment.


After you bond out you will be given a court date.  Depending on the size of the county and the way that they handle their dockets (and, again, those factors I listed above), this will be anywhere from within a week to 6 weeks or so.

If you are charged with committing a Misdemeanor, your case will be presented to one of the District Attorneys of the County and if they accept the charges, you will be charged by Misdemeanor Information.

If you are charged with a Felony, your case will be presented to a Grand Jury that will decide if there is probable cause to believe the offense you are suspected of committing.  In some situations, your attorney may present a grand jury packet.  Basically this is information that your attorney wants the Grand Jury to review in deciding whether or not you will be charged with the crime.  In other situations, your attorney may waive indictment.

If you do not bond out, the same process occurs.  The only difference being that you will wait it out from within the jail.

Retaining Counsel

At your arraignment the court will read over the charges against you, inform you of the range of punishment, take your plea, and ask if you have retained an attorney.  This will be a repeat of what you have already heard if you did not bond out within the first day after you were arrested; the judge will again go over the same information the magistrate did at that time.

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be appointed one immediately if you are still in jail on your arraignment date.  If you are on bond, the procedure for obtaining a court appointed lawyer varies from court to court.  Some Judges will ask you questions about your financial situation on the spot and assess whether they think you are truly indigent and in need of appointed representation.  Others will tell you they will reset your case, and want you to contact 4 or 5 attorneys and come back with their names, numbers, prices, and why you can’t afford it.  Still others will send you to fill out paperwork for appointed counsel immediately after you assert your need for appointed counsel.


Once you have an attorney, your attorney will engage in the discovery process along with the District Attorney handling your case.  This a critical point in the process, and can include discovery requests, hiring investigators, reviewing evidence (including video or audio recordings), interviewing witnesses, and issuing subpoenas, etc.

Making a Deal or Going to Trial

After discovery is complete (or mostly complete), your attorney will bring any plea offers from the state to you, and the two of you will make the decision to accept a plea, or set the case for a trial by judge or by jury.

If you are charged with a crime –


If you are accused of ANY CRIMINAL OFFENSE it is crucial to have

An aggressive criminal defense attorney in your corner.

You need someone that will fight for your rights.

You need a tenacious lawyer that will put the state to their burden.

Contact attorney Tristan LeGrande IMMEDIATELY by calling 281-684-3500.



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Careless Ice Bucket Challenge Post Leads to Arrest

In another example of how being an idiot with social media posts can come back to bite you in the ass, a Nebraska man with an outstanding warrant was nabbed for posting his ice bucket challenge video on Facebook.  Something in the video indicated his specific location, and an anonymous tip led to his arrest.

The Ice Bucket Challenge imbecile may not have admitted to his crimes or explain his location, however, police the tipster was able to tell the police his location when he recognized the house in Morris’ video, giving police a location to stake out.

Twenty year old Jesean Morris was wanted on an outstanding warrant resulting from “absconding,” a violation of the conditions of his ice bucket dumbassparole.  Morris was on parole for a felony conviction, and had failed to report his whereabouts to his parole officer (the legal definition is absconding).

In Nebraska failure to keep your parole officer advised of your whereabouts is a violation of parole.  This in turn ead to a warrant being issued for Morris’ arrest. In Texas it is not uncommon for a bench warrant to be issued if a parolee or probationer suddenly vanishes – just as was the case for bleary eyed Mr. Morris pictured here.

The facebook-flub took a turn for the worse for Desean when the police came to arrest him, by the time he made it to booking he was facing charges of resisting arrest, impersonating a police officer and assaulting a police officer.  Officers staked out his residence and simply waited for Morris to emerge. According to reports, he allegedly spat in one of the arresting officers’ faces, gave them a fake name and date of birth, adding assault, resisting arrest, and criminal impersonation to the growing list of his legal problems.

Something tells me he will be using his ALS donation money for bail, fines, or attorneys fees.

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Are you facing a Parole Violation?

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