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Our Successful Case Results

  • Conspiracy to commit Federal Bank Fraud and Federal Embezzlement

    1 year served instead of 30

    Our client was accused of conspiring to commit bank fraud and embezzling over 1 million dollars. We fought hard for our client in San Antonio and secured a minimum sentence of 1 year when the range was up to 30 years. Guillermo Lara Jr. was quoted by several news outlets for his commitment to defending his clients.

  • DWI C/A with accident and .300 alcohol reading

    Dismissed

    Our office received a dismissal on this case the morning of trial. We prepared this case for over a year, hired an expert, and analyzed all of the state's data. We felt confident that the information presented was wrong and that we could show the jury our side of the incident. On the day of trial, attorney Guillermo Lara Jr. secured a dismissal.

  • Federal Detention Hearing on Conspiracy

    Client Released

    My client was accused of a large federal conspiracy and the Government was opposed to our release. We prepared for over 40 hours and presented several witnesses. We successfully convinced the magistrate judge to allow for our release. This was even though our client was accused of being the leader of a conspiracy. After the hearing, we were complimented on our preparation and presentation. Guillermo Lara was quoted in several new outlets on this matter.

  • Murder First Degree Felony Dismissed on day of Trial

    Dismissed

    Our office received a dismissal on a Murder case on January 23, 2017. In this case, our client was accused of committing murder in San Antonio, Texas. We aggressively prepared this case for trial for almost two years and filed several motions. We consulted several experts and interviewed multiple witnesses. While the jury sat outside the courtroom, on the day of trial, attorney Guillermo Lara Jr. secured a dismissal for his client.

  • Federal Criminal Drug Conspiracy

    Dismissed at Suppression Hearing

    My client was accused of conspiracy to distribute multiple Kilos of methamphetamine. We were retained on the case because the client was not satisfied with his previous attorney. Client informed us that he was being told to take a plea agreement. We worked the case and spotted several issues. We prepped for the suppression and uncovered critical issues in the government's case. We hired an expert in our case that verified our position. We won our case and my client was allowed to move on with his life! One of the greatest feelings was the appreciation he expressed for all the hard work.

  • Aggravated Kidnapping First Degree Felony

    Not Guilty

    My client was accused of an Aggravated Kidnapping in San Antonio, Texas. I worked this case for two years and went to trial in October of 2016. Client was accused of taking part in a back page scam that had one person kidnapped. It was a heated case, but we were able to successfully defend our client in the face of an alleged identification. The jury returned with a NOT GUILTY within two hours.

  • Federal Conspiracy Trial

    Not guilty

    Client was accused of Federal Conspiracy. Client was unhappy with his previous attorney and was referred to my office. I took the case two weeks before his trial date and dedicated hours to reviewing discovery. I prepared the case for trial. I was successful at keeping out evidence and cross-examined several Federal Agents. A co-defendnat testified for the government and I was successful at pointing out his interests and motives for fabricating. The jury took 45 minutes to decide he was NOT GUILTY.

  • Aggravated Robbery

    Deferred Adjudication

    Client was accused of aggravated robbery with a firearm.

    Felony 1

    We prepared the case for trial and our client received Deferred Adjudication.

  • Federal Case

    Case Closed

    Defendant faced three life sentences for conspiracy to distribute several Kilos of cocaine.

    We prepared the case for trial and received 3 years of supervised release.

  • DWI C/A 2nd Offense

    Case dismissed.

    Client was accused of DWI. The state announced ready for trial and we began our trial. After we began the trial, the state realized they would have a problem proving their case. We filed several motions that prevented the state from mentioning prejudicial facts. We also suppressed blood results. Case dismissed.

    Assault Public Servant Felony 3

    Client accused of kicking Security officer. We argued that essential elements of the offense would be difficult to prove. Primarily, the bodily injury element. The state agreed and dismissed the case.

    Possession of A Controlled Substance

    Client was accused of possessing a controlled substance. We argued that the officer violated our client's 5th Amendment right.

  • Capital Murder case. Client alleged to be associated with drug cartel.

    dismissed

    Capital Murder case. Client alleged to be associated with drug cartel. We argued that the state did not have any definitive proof and indicted the case without doing the necessary investigation. Prior to trial setting, District Attorney dismissed the case. We worked this case for over two years and consulted several experts.

  • Client was accused of Possession of Controlled Substance Felony 2.

    Dismissed all charges

    Client was accused of Possession of Controlled Substance Felony 2. Law Enforcement alleged violation of transportation code. We argued that client was detained beyond the reasonable time to issue citation and violated clients Fourth Amendment Rights. Judge agreed and Suppressed the evidence. State dismissed the charges.

  • Client was on Felony Deferred for 10 years.

    Deferred without conviction

    Client was on Felony Deferred for 10 years. This was his second Motion to Revoke.The state alleged a new Felony offense and four other violations. The state requested our client be sentenced to six years. We argued to the judge that he should be continued on Deferred and given one more opportunity. The judge agreed and denied the state's motion to revoke. We were successful at keeping this young man on deferred and without a conviction.

  • We had a First Degree Felony Intent to Distribute case set for trial last week.

    Dismissed

    We had a First Degree Felony Intent to Distribute case set for trial last week. District Attorney contacts me the day of trial and dismissed the case. We argued that the San Antonio Narcotics Task Force did not have probable cause to detain our client. The state could not establish probable cause for an arrest and case was dismissed.

  • DWI case was set for trial.

    Dismissed

    DWI case was set for trial. Client was accused of Driving While Intoxicated and could not accept a DWI conviction. We weren't able to get the case dismissed but obtained the reduction he needed.

  • DWI Dismissed.

    Dismissed

    DWI Dismissed. Client was stopped for defective tint and the officer alleged he smelled odor of alcohol. Breath test revealed .154 concentration. We argued lack of probable cause in a motion to suppress and the test results were not allowed. Case was dismissed.

  • Possession of Controlled Substance case dismissed.

    Dismissed

    Possession of Controlled Substance case dismissed. Client was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

  • Burglary of a building dismissed.

    Dismissed

    Burglary of a building dismissed. Client accused of entering habitation of his ex girlfriend.

  • DWI MTR.

    Reviewed Allegations

    DWI MTR. Client faced revocation for failing to submit breath test results and allegedly failing to comply with conditions. Warrant issued for their arrest. We called the court and arranged for a special docket appearance to take care of the matter. We also took care of all underlying allegations before visiting the judge.

  • Felony Theft charges dismissed.

    Dismissed

    Felony Theft charges dismissed. Client was allegedly found in a stolen vehicle. We prepared the case for trial and the state dismissed on the day of trial.

  • Stolen debit card case dismissed.

    Dismissed

    Client was allegedly charged with using a stolen debit card and taking funds from a local hotel. Case was prepped for trial and dismissed.

  • SAN ANTONIO FELONY THEFT CHARGES

    DISMISSED

    Set for trial on MARCH 31, 2014. We prepared our cases and were ready to proceed to trial. The state alleged camera footage, photographs and witness statements would be used at trial. We were strong in our position and all theft charges were dismissed.

  • DWI C/A second offense was dismissed this morning.

    Dismissed

    DWI C/A second offense was dismissed this morning. Client was stopped for excessive acceleration on a public roadway. Officer alleged that client was spinning tires, and revving his engine. After researching the case law on the issue, I argued that this transportation code provision only applies to "competitions" or when racing other vehicles. Officer did not have probable cause or reasonable suspicion for the stop. DWI Case Dismissed.

  • SAN ANTONIO DWI C/A

    DISMISSED

    San Antonio DWI C/A second offense was dismissed this morning. Client was stopped for excessive acceleration on a public roadway. Officer alleged that client was spinning tires, and revving his engine. After researching the case law on the issue, Attorney Alfonso Cabanas and I argued that this transportation code provision only applies to “competitions” or when racing other vehicles. Officer did not have probable cause or reasonable suspicion for the stop. DWI Case Dismissed.

  • Possession of A Controlled Substance Case F/2

    Dismissed

    Client in South Texas was charged with Possession of A Controlled Substance F/2. This case should not have been indicted, but we are happy that the case was dismissed after our first setting. Now she can move on with her life. Next step is getting an expunction to clear her record.

  • Our client was stopped for an alleged traffic violation

    Dismissed

    Our client was stopped for an alleged traffic violation. Officer found what appeared to be Marijuana and Cocaine. We investigated and analyzed the case prior to our first setting. Case dismissed. Charges were dismissed.

  • Client charged with D.W.I. and offering a gift to a public servant.

    Dismissed

    Client charged with D.W.I. and offering a gift to a public servant. Charges were dismissed after successfully arguing a Motion to Suppress evidence where officers were not justified in stopping client. Breath test was well over legal limit.

  • Client on a F/3 D.W.I. Motion To Revoke faced a 10 year sentence.

    Probation Terminated

    Client on a F/3 D.W.I. Motion To Revoke faced a 10 year sentence. I'm glad his probation was terminated and set free. One of the most satisfying experiences as an attorney. My client called me a few days later thanking me for caring so much. One of the many reasons I enjoying practicing.

  • We were faced with a DWI C/A

    Reduced

    We were faced with a DWI C/A. After fully investigating the circumstances surrounding the stop, we were successful at having the charge reduced to an Obstruction of a Highway C/B. Although we were willing to take the case to trial, we are all happy with this outcome.

  • D.W.I C/A Reduced to Obstruction of Highway C/B

    Reduced

    We were faced with a DWI C/A. After fully investigating the circumstances surrounding the stop, we were successful at having the charge reduced to an Obstruction of a Highway C/B. Although we were willing to take the case to trial, we are all happy with this outcome.

  • Possession of A Controlled Substance(SJF)

    Dismissed

    Our client was stopped for an alleged traffic violation. Officer found what appeared to be Marijuana and Cocaine. We investigated and analyzed the case prior to our first setting. Case dismissed. Charges were dismissed.

  • SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES AND INDECENCY CHARGES

    DISMISSED

    Our client was accused of over 12 counts. We filed 16 Motions in Limine and at Jury Selection DA dismissed 7 counts of Sexual Assault F/2, 2 counts of Indecency with a child F/2, and 2 counts of Assault C/A. Client plead to a F/3 and Assault C/A.

  • Small Claims Court Victory

    Recovered $6000

    Our client entered into a contract to have their roofing fixed. Luckily for them the “contractor” warranted the work for five years. Within a year, the roof was leaking and damaged. We are happy that our client recovered the full cost of their contract price and can now pay to have their roof fixed. Remember to get everything in writing, and keep your receipts. Client recovered over $6,000 for breach of contract.

  • SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL

    NOT GUILTY

    Client accused of sexually assaulting a child. We argued that the investigation was sloppy and incomplete. Not Guilty.

  • POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE C/A & F/3

    Dismissed

    Client charged with possession of a controlled substance. Case set for trial and dismissed before Jury Selection.

  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON F/2

    DISMISSED

    Client was accused of Aggravated Assault with A Deadly Weapon. Witnesses were not located and case was dismissed.

  • HARASSMENT TRIAL

    NOT GUILTY

    Client accused of Harassment C/B. Defense was that he never intended to alarm, threaten or annoy anyone. The state argued that a police officer listened to a recorded phone call and our client admitted to leaving a voice message. However, we argued to the jury that words can be misinterpreted and do not always have the same meaning. Not Guilty. As a result of this trial, the state dismissed a pending harassment case.

  • HUNG JURY IN SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL

    Hung Jury

    On August 31, 2012 a jury trial resulted in a Hung Jury after a relentless defense by the Public Defender’s office.

  • JUSTICE FOR MAN ON DEATH ROW.

    Justice

    More than 20 years after he was condemned and in 2002 very nearly executed for shooting Dimmit County Sheriff Ben Murray , Jose Garcia Briseno today was sentenced to an effective life without parole term in prison for Capital Murder.

    The sentencing occurred as part of a plea bargain and ends years of litigation concerning Mr. Briseno’s retardation and his right to a sentencing trial that allowed full consideration of mitigating evidence.

    Mr. Briseno’s defense team includes: longtime appointed counsel Dick Burr, who won the stay that prevented Mr. Briseno from being executed; San Antonio attorney Mark Stevens; Texas Defender Service mitigation specialist and senior staff attorney Naomi Terr; TDS mitigation specialist Randi Wall-Chavez; mitigation specialist Nicole Van Toorn; fact investigator Jim McKay; and classification expert Frank AuBuchon. Also working tirelessly on the case have been: Elisabeth Semel and her students from the Berkeley Death Penalty Clinic; attorney Hilary Sheard; and Hugo Martinez and Guillermo Lara, both of the Laredo Public Defender’s Office.

    Ever since Mr. Briseno’s execution was stayed in 2002, volunteer interns have provided invaluable assistance in investigating factual and legal topics. This group has included law students, social work students, undergraduates, British law interns, and students from the Cornell Death Penalty Clinic.

    University of Texas Law Prof. Jordan Steiker and Robert Owen, now of Northwestern University School of Law, were on the CCA briefs that won the resentencing trial for Mr. Briseno. Many, many others worked on Mr. Briseno’s case before he was granted a retrial, including: attorney Mandy Welch; Alma Lagarda, a TDS staff attorney who worked on the case when she was an intern; and private investigator Richard Reyna.

    JOSE BRISENO CASE INFORMATION

    More than 20 years after he was condemned and in 2002 very nearly executed for shooting Dimmit County Sheriff Ben Murray , Jose Garcia Briseno today was sentenced to an effective life without parole term in prison for Capital Murder.

    The sentencing occurred as part of a plea bargain and ends years of litigation concerning Mr. Briseno’s retardation and his right to a sentencing trial that allowed full consideration of mitigating evidence.

    Mr. Briseno’s defense team includes: longtime appointed counsel Dick Burr, who won the stay that prevented Mr. Briseno from being executed; San Antonio attorney Mark Stevens; Texas Defender Service mitigation specialist and senior staff attorney Naomi Terr; TDS mitigation specialist Randi Wall-Chavez; mitigation specialist Nicole Van Toorn; fact investigator Jim McKay; and classification expert Frank AuBuchon. Also working tirelessly on the case have been: Elisabeth Semel and her students from the Berkeley Death Penalty Clinic; attorney Hilary Sheard; and Hugo Martinez and Guillermo Lara, both of the Laredo Public Defender’s Office.

    Ever since Mr. Briseno’s execution was stayed in 2002, volunteer interns have provided invaluable assistance in investigating factual and legal topics. This group has included law students, social work students, undergraduates, British law interns, and students from the Cornell Death Penalty Clinic.

    University of Texas Law Prof. Jordan Steiker and Robert Owen, now of Northwestern University School of Law, were on the CCA briefs that won the resentencing trial for Mr. Briseno. Many, many others worked on Mr. Briseno’s case before he was granted a retrial, including: attorney Mandy Welch; Alma Lagarda, a TDS staff attorney who worked on the case when she was an intern; and private investigator Richard Reyna.

  • D.W.I. CHARGES

    DISMISSED

    Client charged with D.W.I. and offering a gift to a public servant. Charges were dismissed after successfully arguing a Motion to Suppress evidence where officers were not justified in stopping client. Breath test was well over legal limit.

  • BURGLARY OF A HABITATION F/2 & INTERFERENCE W/EMERGENCY PHONE CALL C/A

    DISMISSED

    Client charged with Burglary of Habitation and Interference with with an Emergency Phone Call. Complaining party refused to proceed and case was dismissed.

  • ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES

    DISMISSED

    Client was accused of attempted Murder. Case investigated for 3 months and hired an Eyewitness Expert. Indictment was dismissed before trial.

  • BURGLARY OF A BUILDING CHARGE

    DISMISSED

    Client charged with Burglary of a Building dismissed. Affidavit of non-prosecution is obtained. Case dismissed at Jury Selection.

  • Aggravated Robbery

    Deferred Adjudication

    Client was accused of Aggravated Robbery with Firearm

    Felony 1

    We prepared the case for trial and our client received Deferred Adjudication.

  • Conspiracy to commit Federal Bank Fraud and Federal Embezzlement

    Our client was accused of conspiring to commit bank fraud and embezzling over 1 million dollars. We fought hard for our client in San Antonio and secured a minimum sentence of 1 year when the range was up to 30 years. Guillermo Lara Jr. was quoted by several news outlets for his commitment to defending his clients.

  • Murder First Degree Felony Dismissed on day of Trial

    Our office received a dismissal on a Murder case on January 23, 2017. In this case, our client was accused of committing murder in San Antonio, Texas. We aggressively prepared this case for trial for almost two years and filed several motions. We consulted several experts and interviewed multiple witnesses. While the jury sat outside the courtroom, on the day of trial, attorney Guillermo Lara Jr. secured a dismissal for his client.

  • DWI C/A with accident and .300 alcohol reading

    Our office received a dismissal on this case the morning of trial. We prepared this case for over a year, hired an expert, and analyzed all of the state's data. We felt confident that the information presented was wrong and that we could show the jury our side of the incident. On the day of trial, attorney Guillermo Lara Jr. secured a dismissal.

  • Federal Detention Hearing on Conspiracy

    My client was accused of a large federal conspiracy and the Government was opposed to our release. We prepared for over 40 hours and presented several witnesses. We successfully convinced the magistrate judge to allow for our release. This was even though our client was accused of being the leader of a conspiracy. After the hearing, we were complimented on our preparation and presentation. Guillermo Lara was quoted in several new outlets on this matter.