Case Results

East Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Seth Johnson

IMPORTANT: No attorney can ethically promise you a specific outcome for your criminal charges. However, I believe you should consider an Attorney's record of success in assessing that Attorney's knowledge, skill, and ability to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. The facts and the law applicable to each case vary and nothing on this page should be construed as a guarantee of a result in your particular case.

2017 Cases:

05/17: Client indicted for 2nd. Deg. Sexual Assault - Child.  Client is a military veteran in training to become a police officer at the time of indictment.  Client's accuser has extensive history of mental illness.  Successful litigation ensued to obtain access to accuser's mental health records over the Prosecutor's objection.  Psychiatrist later retained to review the records and educate Jury/Prosecutor about why the mental illness was relevant to the credibility of the accuser.  Prosecution dismissed charges prior to trial and client is eligible for an expunction of their arrest records.

05/17: Client indicted for 1st Deg. Arson and Felony Child Endangerment.  Client accused of setting their own house on fire.  Rather than request assistance from the State Fire Marshall's Office, the investigating Sheriff's office elected to conduct the arson investigation on their own.  The Sheriff's investigation failed to preserve essential forensic evidence and failed to comply with established forensic and scientific protocols.  The defense hired an independent expert from the State's Arson Science Advisory Workgroup to review the Sheriff's Office investigation and issue a report.  The report was ultimately disclosed to the District Attorney who dismissed all charges a few weeks before trial.

04/17: Client indicted for Felony Possession of Controlled Substance.  Case dismissed after defense provided witness affidavits stating that drugs were planted in client's vehicle, and client passed polygraph about lack of knowledge of drugs in the vehicle.

03/17: Client indicted for Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon. Case dismissed based upon credible evidence of self defense being presented to prosecution.

03/17: Client with two previous felony convictions arrested for 1st Degree Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. If convicted charges carried a sentencing range of 15 years to Life in TDCJ. Plea agreement negotiated whereby client pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of Firearm with 5 years TDCJ. *It's not always realistic to "beat your case".  However, there is still the potential for a favorable outcome relative to your charges and background.

02/17: Client charged with Deadly Conduct. Case dismissed based upon credible evidence being presented to prosecutor that client was defending their mother from domestic abuse.

01/17: Client indicted for Felony Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Case dismissed based upon insufficient evidence.

Recent Sexual Assault Cases:

05/17: Client indicted for 2nd. Deg. Sexual Assault - Child.  Charges dismissed before trial based on defense investigation of accuser's mental health history.

04/16: SFA student arrested for Sexual Assault. Defense evidence submitted to grand jury.  Charges "No-billed" by grand jury. Record of arrest expunction eligible in 2019.

01/16: SFA student accused of Sexual Assault. Also "No-billed" by grand jury.

08/15: Client charged with two counts of Indecency with a Child and Bail Jumping. Investigation uncovered serious credibility issues with the allegations. Both sexual offense charges dismissed in exchange for client's guilty plea to Bail Jumping with a sentence of time-served.

5/15: High School student accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a 12 year old child. Case was "no-billed" by grand jury (no charges filed) after client accepted invitation to testify in front of grand jury.

3/15: Client indicted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. After extensive pre-trial investigation Seth negotiated a plea bargain to probation for a non-sex offense charge with no jail/prison time. Client will not have to register as a sex offender.

9/14: Angelina County client arrested for Aggravated Sexual Assault due to allegations by client's estranged wife. Charges rejected by District Attorney before Grand Jury Presentation after defense expert polygraph shows allegations untrue.

8/14: Nacogdoches County client accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault. Case "no-billed" by Grand Jury after defense investigation reveals Facebook and text messages communications proving sex was consensual.

8/14: Seventeen-year-old client charged with two sex offenses. Negotiated Deferred Adjudication Probation to one non-sex offense thereby avoiding client having to register as a sex offender.

College Students:

03/17: SFA student charged with Assault of dating partner (Family Violence). Case dismissed due to client's voluntary participation in counseling before trial.

01/17: SFA student charged with Possession of Marijuana. Client accepted into pre-trial diversion program that allows for expunction of criminal record upon completion of program conditions.

11/16: SFA student charged with DWI in outlying rural county. Client accepted into diversion program that allows her criminal record to be expunged upon succesful completion of program conditions.

06/16: SFA student charged with Possession of Cocaine and several Misdemeanors. Negotiated pre-trial diversion on all charges. Upon successful completion of 12 months probation client will be eligible to have his record expunged.

Other Recent Cases:

11/16: Client charged with Theft.  Case dismissed by prosecutor on the morning of jury selection due to insufficient evidence.

10/16: Client charged with Assault-Bodily Injury.  Case dismissed due to defense investigation and completion of marriage counseling.

10/16: Client charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapon (Handgun).  Case dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

08/16: Client charged with Felony Cruelty to Animals.  Case dismissed before trial after defense motion to suppress granted.

08/16: Client arrested for Felony-1st Manufacturing and Delivery of Controlled Substance (marijuana "cake"). Case no-billed by grand jury.

06/16: Client charged with Aggravated Robbery and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Charges dismissed after defense investigation results turned over to District Attorney.

06/16: Client charged with Felony Possession of Controlled Substance.  Motion to Suppress filed based upon unconstitutional search of client's home.  After hearing, court grants motion suppressing all evidence found.  Case dismissed.

05/16: Client charged with Burglary of a Habitation with Prior Conviction.  Original plea offer was 20 years TDCJ.  Case ultimately settled the week before trial for 2 years TDCJ.

02/16: Capital Murder case on appeal.  Won remand of the case back to the trial court for a new hearing on the voluntariness of defendant's interrogation.

02/16: Misdemeanor A Possession of a Controlled Substance case dismissed by prosecutor following the filing of a suppression motion related to illegally obtained consent to search.

02/16: Client charged with Felony Child Neglect and Misdemeanor A Assault (Family Violence).  Charges dismissed.

01/16: Client charged with two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance.  State's offer was 10 years prison.  Following trial client acquitted on most serious count, convicted on lesser charge and sentenced to 20 months state jail.

10/15: Client charged with 6 First Degree Felonies (Burglary of a Habitation and five counts of Aggravated Kidnapping). Jury trial held on the issue of punishment where client faced a minimum possible sentence of probation and a maximum possible sentence of Life in prison. Jury sentenced client to probation.

7/15: Client charged with three counts of Burglary of a Building. All charges dismissed after the results of a defense-conducted investigation were turned over to the prosecution.

3/15: Client was represented at jury trial by a different attorney. Client was convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon and sentenced to 6.5 years in prison. Seth represented Client on Appeal. Conviction was reversed on appeal and Client acquitted of the charge, Client released from prison a free man.

10/14: SFA student charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance for Adderall. Client had no prior criminal history. Negotiated "Pre-Trial Diversion." If Client successfully completes one year of probation, and passes drug tests, the charges will be dismissed and the criminal records may be expunged (completely destroyed).

5/15: Lawful Permanent Resident Client charged with misdemeanor Family Violence. A conviction would constitute grounds for possible deportation despite fact that Client has lived in the United States for most of their life. Case negotiated for pre-trial intervention. If client complies with 90 days probation case will be dismissed and Client will be entitled to expunge the record, thereby avoiding any immigration consequences.

6/15: Client charged with misdemeanor Interference With Emergency Call, charges dismissed prior to jury selection.

5/15: Felony conviction at jury trial reversed on appeal. During defendant's original jury trial the Judge denied Seth's request to submit a lesser misdemeanor offense for the jury to consider as an alternative to a felony conviction. After the jury found Defendant guilty of the felony he appealed. A separate attorney handled the appeal. On appeal, Defendant's conviction was reversed and a new trial ordered due to the Judge's failure to give the jury the option of a misdemenaor conviction.

3/15: SFA student charged with MIP several years ago. Despite successfully completing deferred disposition the arrest still appeared in client's criminal history record. Seth filed a Petition for Expunction and obtained a court order to have the records destroyed. Client can now legally deny the offense/arrest ever happend and it no longer appears in Client's official criminal history records.

2/15: Client indicted for Aggravated Robbery stemming from domestic dispute. Case dismissed.

2/15: Client is SFA student charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Negotiated charge reduction to Obstruction of a Highway with 6 months probation.

11/13: Nacogdoches County client stopped by police on I-59 loop in Nacogdoches with 10 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. Case dismissed due to an unconstitutional search by police.

01/15: SFA student charged with Possession of Marijuana with no prior criminal history. Client has no prior criminal history. Client received "Pre-Trial Diversion." If Client successfully completes six-months of probation the charges are dismissed and the criminal records can be expunged.

12/14: Client was pulled over in Jasper County and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance. Vehicle search by cops allegedly reveals marijuana and non-prescribed narcotics. Case dismissed due to failure by police to preserve evidence.

10/14: Client charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana in Panola County. Defense investigation shows alternate suspect responsible. Case dismissed by District Attorney and arrest records expunged.

01/15: Shelby County Client charged with 4th DWI, facing up to 20 years in prison. Client received inpatient rehab as a condition of 5 years probation.

12/14: SFA student charged with Public Intoxication. Case dismissed.

12/14: Client charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in Shelby County. Case dismissed.

9/14: Client charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon. Case dismissed prior to trial after defense research revealed that mistakes were made in the court documents pertaining to the previous felony conviction leading client to believe he had been convicted of a misdemeanor.

8/14: Client charged with multiple felony drug and theft offenses. Offered plea bargain to prison time by prosecution. Client received probation from Judge after contested Sentence Hearing.

6/14: Client with multiple prior felony convictions charged with State Jail Felony Theft. Case dismissed after defense investigation.

4/14: Client is an SFA student with no prior criminal history charged with 3rd Degree Felony of Terroristic Threat. Negotiated Pre-trial Diversion; ensuring that client keeps a clean criminal history upon successful completion of the diversion program.

4/14: Client charged with several crimes and had driver's license suspended based on another person fraudulently using the Client's name. All cases dismissed and driver's license reinstated after defense investigation.

3/14: Client with no prior criminal history charged with State Jail Felony Theft of a Firearm. Case dismissed after defense investigation.

Acquittal at Trial: In recent years, Seth has defended clients at jury trial who were completely acquitted of such charges as Attempted 1st degree assault, Child Abuse, Felony Menacing, Criminal Mischief, Theft, and Domestic Violence.

Reduced Charges: In 2013 Seth represented a client charged with 2nd Degree Murder facing 48 years in prison; the charge was eventually reduced to Accessory and the client was sentenced to four years in prison.

Suppressed Evidence: Seth has litigated police misconduct and police violations of his client's constitutional rights and won exclusion of evidence from trial for items such as 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 10 pounds of marijuana, 14 "20's" of heroin, stolen motorcycles, and self-incriminating statements.

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