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Lubbock is located in northwestern part of the state. It is the county seat of Lubbock County. Once known as a “treeless, desolate waste of uninhabited solitude,” Lubbock is no a thriving modern city, home to Texas Tech University and the Lubbock Civic Ballet
The city was the recent source of national attention after one of its native residents, Taylor Force, was killed in a terror attack Tel Aviv.
Lubbock has its own crime problem.
The FBI ranks Lubbock as the second most dangerous city in Texas with a high incidence of assaults. It also has a high rate of residential burglaries, robberies and homicides. The Lubbock Police Department said it witnessed a 100 percent increase in homicides between 2013 and 2014.
The Hettler Insurance Agency offers four reasons why Lubbock is a dangerous city: 1) drunk driving, ranking 12th in the nation for DWI arrests; 2) violent crime (non-negligent homicide, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery), earning the city the 6th spot on Forbes Magazine’s most dangerous cities; 3) robbery, theft and property crime, with the city’s robbery and theft rate beng 49 percent higher than the rest of the state; and 4) weather damage, because the city is located in the infamous “Tornado Alley” and experiences severe weather every year, including 75 mph winds in the spring.
Why should this matter to you?
You may suddenly find yourself charged with a crime in Lubbock.
Both state and federal law enforcement authorities are determined to combat the city’s crime problem. It’s easy to get caught up in a crime crackdown, especially a drug task force operation, and you can be sure that federal and state prosecutors will try to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.
That means potential jail time, big-time fines, and a host of related administrative penalties depending on the crime you’re up against. Not to mention the harm a criminal charge can do to your good name.
To fight back against this assault on your character and freedom, you need a Texas defense lawyer with skill and experience. John T. Floyd has been putting together successful defense strategies for Tyler citizens just like you for over two decades, and he will do whatever he can to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in your case.
The Simon Chavez Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), according to federal authorities, controlled the methamphetamine trade in Lubbock, Texas. That came to an end in 2013 with the arrest of Chavez and ten other people by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. All the defendants ultimately pleaded guilty receiving sentencing ranging from 12 to 240 months.
“Targeting drug organizations that have infiltrated north Texas and jeopardized the safety and security of our communities continues to be a priority of this district,” said U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana. “I commend the dedicated investigative efforts of the DEA and Homeland Security Investigations, who were assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Criminal Investigation, the Lubbock Police Department, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.”
On February 1, 2016, twelve members of the Sinaloa drug cartel were also indicted by a federal grand jury for operating yet another methamphetamine ring in Lubbock. Three members of the same group had been arrested and convicted in 2015. They received sentences of 78 to 150 months in prison.
Besides drug trafficking prosecutions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office over aggressively pursues child pornography cases.
On February 26, 2016, a Lubbock defendant was sentenced to 15 years following his conviction for using his cell phone to record a video through the ceiling of a bathroom of a minor taking a shower and drying off. And in August 2015 another Lubbock resident was sentenced to 10 years for a one-count conviction of possessing child pornography.
The Lubbock County District Attorney’s office is led by Anthony Holcomb.
A reading of an online edition of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is like viewing the police crime blotter. The charges range from hit-and-run, shootings, sexual assault by student-on-student, robbery and burglary.
All these cases will be processed by the district attorney’s office. Most will result in guilty pleas and severe sentences imposed.
For example, several years ago a Lubbock jury recommended a 99 year sentence for a defendant convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
The Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office pushes juries to return the stiffest possible sentences in all cases. It is the district attorney’s response to a serious crime problem in the county.
Lubbock Residents Should Work with the Texas Defense Lawyer Experts Seek Out When They Need an Expert
Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony – a state or a federal charge – being investigated or accused of a crime is an incredibly big deal. It is something that can tear down the entire life you worked so hard to build for yourself and devastate you personally and professionally.
John T. Floyd understands this. It is why he has dedicated his life to understanding every nuance of Texas and federal criminal law – because he believes that everyone deserves to have their rights protected with the strongest defense possible. It does not matter if others have told you that your case is a “loser” or “hopeless” – Mr. Floyd has made a career out of taking on high-profile cases that no one else wants and finding a way to get an outcome that is better than anyone expected.
This commitment to criminal law has brought Mr. Floyd a lot of attention. When media outlets require an authority – someone they can point to as an expert to lend their stories credibility and ensure they get their facts right – Mr. Floyd is the one they have turned to. Just a few of the places that have featured him include:
BBC – Interviewed as criminal law expert
Chron – Featured in article in 2015
CNSNews – Featured in article in 2012
Fox News –Interviewed as criminal law expert on multiple occasions
HGExperts – Featured in article in 2008
Hannity and Colmes – Interviewed as criminal law expert
NPR – Interviewed as criminal law expert
The Huffington Post – Featured in article in 2013
Victoria Advocate – Featured in article in 2011
Additionally, he has received recognition and awards from both peers and clients:
Avvo – 10/10 Rating, Clients’ Choice Award 2008-2015
H Texas Magazine – Houston’s Top Lawyers 2007-2015
National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2015
Newsweek – Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys 2014
State Bar of Texas – Top 10 Blog Posts 2015
SuperLawyers – 2014-2015
But the “award” John T. Floyd is most proud of is his track record of stellar case results and the praise by clients who have benefitted from his representation. If your life or the life and future of someone you love is in jeopardy, make sure you are working with one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Texas. He understands the seriousness of a criminal conviction.
The Consequences of a State Criminal Record
There are also many collateral consequences for having been convicted of a criminal offense in Texas.
Employment. Many occupations (such as barber, plumber, nurse, etc.) require a license to work. Section 53.021 of the Texas Occupations Code authorize Texas licensing authorities to revoke, suspend, or deny a license to anyone convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
Education: Any student convicted of the possession or sale of a controlled substance can lose or be denied financial assistance under the Federal Student Loans and Grants program, or the forfeiture of a prepaid scholarship.
Asset forfeiture: Serious drug and white collar convictions can result of forfeiture of cash, vehicles, homes, personal property, and businesses.
Firearm: A conviction of more than one year will result in loss of the right to own or possess a firearm or ammunition.
Housing: Federal housing policies permit the exclusion of drug offenders from federally subsidized or funded housing. Most rental applications ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony.
Civil rights: A felony conviction results in the loss of the right to vote, run for public office, be appointed to a public office, or serve on a jury.
Because of the wide range of criminal penalties associated with state felony convictions in Texas, any one charged with a criminal offense in Smith County needs an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney.
The Consequences of a Federal Criminal Record
Federal felony convictions can also lead to civil forfeitures that result in the loss of personal property, including cash, homes, vehicles, planes, and other personal belongings
The proceeds from forfeited property go into the coffers of law enforcement agencies, not the government treasury. Thus, the police have an incentive to seize and forfeit as much property as possible, regardless of whether it is actually tied to an offender’s offense-related activity.
Beyond these serious to severe penal consequences, federal felony convictions have significant personal collateral consequences. They can disqualify you for a job in the health care industry, government, private security, law enforcement, many areas of the criminal justice system, and any other job requiring a security clearance.
They can, and most likely will, have adverse impact on your employment prospects with companies that routinely run criminal background checks prior to their decision to hire. They can also have a serious impact on your ability to rent a suitable residence as property owners also frequently run background checks, refusing to rent or lease to ex-felons.
Texas Criminal Lawyer with an Unmatched Breadth and Depth of Lubbock Criminal Law Knowledge
Some lawyers fancy themselves as jacks-of-all-trades and take on all kinds of cases – criminal, personal injury, family law, etc. They do not step out of their professional comfort zone, such as attorneys who exclusively represent DWI cases.
That is not the kind of law practiced by John T. Floyd. He has spent years studying federal and Texas state statutes on criminal law and knows exactly what prosecutors are required to prove to convict you – and how to cast doubts on their evidence. He has successfully handled a number of different types of charges in both state and federal court, including:
Since crimes of violence and those involving property crimes are particularly high in Lubbock, law enforcement officials will be out to make an example of you if you are charged with one of these crimes. The best way to fight back is to work with a knowledgeable defense attorney who is not afraid to mount an aggressive defense. When you get Mr. Floyd on your team, he will fight to save not only your life, but also your reputation and that of your family and business.
Get a Texas Criminal Defense Attorney to Start Battling Your Lubbock Charge ASAP
Want to know the secret to making sure you secure the best possible outcome in your case? Act fast. Have John T. Floyd working on your case as quickly as possible.
If you have been charged, he can be there to witness your interactions with police and make sure your rights are protected and that all proper procedures are followed. He can advise you on when to speak, what to say, and when to simply keep quiet. And if you discover that you are under investigation, he may even be able to put a stop to it before any formal charges are filed, which can keep it from going public.
Do not delay. There are several ways that you can get in contact with The John T. Floyd Law Firm.
You can even give us a jumpstart on looking at the details of your case right now by filling out the confidential online case review form on our website.
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