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Brent Mayr Obtains New Trial for Client Previously Sentenced to 15 Years for Intoxication Manslaughter

Facing a charge of Intoxication Manslaughter in Texas is tough enough.  Being convicted and sentenced to prison for it is even tougher.  That is the situation that Desiree Skaf and her family found themselves in back in March 2016.  Represented by other attorneys, Skaf was talked into pleading guilty in exchange for a 7 year prison sentence.  The 23 year-old client had never been in trouble before with the law, had an incredible support structure around her, and had proven herself to be an upstanding citizen.  Nevertheless, she was facing having to turn herself into prison officials in 30 days. She and her family came to Brent Mayr for another option, a way out, and a second chance to fight for real justice.  It was a fortunate decision.  Upon returning to court, she suddenly found herself in a situation she never expected – instead of the 7 year sentence, the Judge in her case sentenced her to 15 years in prison.  She was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to begin serving her sentence. While Brent Mayr was tasked with handling her appeal, he took advantage of an exception in the law that allows a person to challenge their conviction before the case proceeds into the appellate arena:  a Motion for New Trial.  Motions for New Trial are requests to the Judge who convicted and sentenced the client to “change their mind,” throw out the conviction and sentence, and permit the person to start anew.  They are rarely granted.  They are also very difficult to investigate and prepare for.  Under state law,...

Brent Mayr Convinces Grand Jury to Toss Out Vehicular Manslaughter Charges; Client Now Going After GM

It has been a long, traumatic road for Zachary Stevens and his family. With the help of Brent Mayr, however, not only is he on the road to freedom, he also stands to hold the real party responsible for his tragic story accountable. On November 15, 2011, around 4:30 in the afternoon, Zachary Stevens left his home in a neighborhood right off of FM 1485, a couple of miles east of US-59 in New Caney. Severe weather and rain showers had just moved through the area and the roadways were still very wet. Zach was traveling westbound on the two lane highway with a number of cars ahead of him following each other fairly close. All of a sudden, Zach recalled one of the vehicles applying their brakes. The rest of it was a blur to him. According to witnesses, he swerved onto the shoulder to avoid colliding with the slower vehicles, passing them on the shoulder. Once past the vehicles, Zach was able to maneuver his car back into the westbound lane of travel. The wet roads, however, proved to be too treacherous. The tires of his vehicle lost their traction and Zach’s car began to hydroplane. It would “yaw” from the westbound lane into the oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane. Traveling in the opposite direction in a Nissan Frontier pickup truck was Mariano Landaverde. He was not wearing his seat belt. He tried to take evasive action but was unable to avoid the nearly head-on collision. Although his vehicle was equipped with one, his airbag failed to deploy. Between that and his failure to wear a...

Brent Mayr Leads Investigation into Problems with Houston Police Department’s Breath Alcohol Testing Vans

Brent Mayr led the investigation into problems with HPD’s Breath Alcohol Testing (B.A.T.) vans, resulting in multiple convictions thrown out, pending cases dismissed, and a grand jury investigation into the DA’s office. The Houston Police Department was not forthcoming with all the information about the issues with their B.A.T. vans. Brent Mayr’s investigation discovered electrical issue and other problems that compromised the validity of the tests, possibly leading to wrongful arrests and convictions. In one specific case, Brent Mayr convinced a Harris County judge to overturn a DWI conviction due to the problems with the B.A.T. vans and the failure of HPD to disclose those problems. “It denied [the defendant] the right to a fair trial, not by mistake or by accident,” said Houston defense attorney Brent Mayr. He represented a convicted drunk driver who was arrested and tested using an HPD B.A.T. van in 2010. Back then HPD emails show all sorts of problems with maintenance and concerns over potential impacts on test results. HPD was reported saying that they didn’t see the need to share the information about the B.A.T. vans with the District Attorney’s office. “Do they need to? Absolutely. There’s no question about that they should’ve told them about it,” Mayr said. Shortly after the conviction was overturned, a Harris County Grand Jury initiated an investigation into the District Attorney’s office to determine whether they knew of the problems and knowingly failed to disclose them to defendants that they were prosecuting. While the Grand Jury ultimately returned no indictments, they issued a strong rebuke of the District Attorney’s Office regarding their handling of the issue....

Brent Mayr Named to Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star List for 2014 in Criminal Defense

Brent Mayr has been selected to the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the area of Criminal Defense. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. This is on top of a number of other distinctions that Brent Mayr has received over the past several months. In December, Brent Mayr was named to Houstonia Magazine’s list of Top Lawyers for 2013. He has also maintained a “Superb” rating with Avvo, a leading website for attorney research and legal information. Aside from these numerous distinctions, Brent Mayr has proven himself as a criminal defense attorney through the numerous dismissals and acquittals he has earned for his clients as well as their praise for his professionalism, intelligence, and commitment to fighting for them through difficult times. If you or a loved one is under investigation for or charged with any state or federal offense, contact the Law Office of Brent Mayr, P.C. at 713-808-9613 to speak with Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney Brent Mayr or visit www.bmayrlaw.com for more...

Brent Mayr & Dick DeGuerin Get Not Guilty Verdict for Prominent El Paso Businessman Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter

Another high profile case. Another acquittal. Brent Mayr, along with legendary criminal defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin, managed to convince an El Paso county jury to acquit their client of felony Intoxication Manslaughter and convict only of the misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated. Three years ago, prominent El Paso businessman, William “Billy” Abraham, owner of several downtown El Paso buildings and son of prominent El Paso criminal defense attorney, Joseph “Sib” Abraham, Jr. was arrested and charged with Intoxication Manslaughter after hitting and killing a pedestrian in downtown south El Paso. The case drew an enormous amount of attention after Abraham failed to stop and continued driving for several miles before being stopped by Border Patrol agents. A mandatory blood draw showed Abraham had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20. Abraham turned to Brent Mayr, Board Certified Criminal Attorney and former head of the Harris County Vehicular Crimes Section, for his intricate knowledge and experience with cases involving Intoxication Manslaughter to defend him on what was seen by many as an impossible case to defend. Mayr went to work identifying numerous legal and factual issues. From an illegal arrest by Border Patrol agents, to identifying problems with the El Paso DPS crime lab which tested the blood, to a shoddy accident investigation by the police, Mayr was able to chip away at the State’s case leading up to the trial which started July 19. “It was a hard-fought trial,” DeGuerin said of the weeklong trial. “It was highly contested.” DeGeuerin and Mayr decided to employ a strategy where they would concede their client was intoxicated but show that it wouldn’t have...

Brent Mayr Gets Lone Acquittal for Client in Zeta Drug Cartel Money Laundering Trial

AUSTIN — For over three weeks, federal prosecutors presented evidence to a Central Texas jury trying to convince them that five men were part of a conspiracy to launder money for the Zeta drug cartel using the quarter horse racing industry. Witnesses testified about bribery, extortion, and millions of dollars flowing through various entities and bank accounts. It was enough for the jury to find the men guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Except for one of them. While Jose Trevino Morales, Francisco Colorado Cessa, Fernando Garcia, and Eusevio Huitron were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering, Brent Mayr managed to convince the jury to find his client, Jesus Maldonado Huitron, not guilty. “This accusation destroyed my client’s life,” said Mayr after the trial. “The jury did the right thing and, just as my client built himself into one of the top Austin-area home builders, he will build himself back up again.” While the jury heard from scores of individuals affiliated with both the Zeta drug cartel and the American Quarter Horse racing industry, Mayr effectively distanced his client from both. He also cast substantial doubt on the Government’s evidence showing that his client was structuring deposits into his account on behalf of various horse owners. More coverage of the verdict and case can be found here: Austin American-Statesman San Antonio Express-News Houston Chronicle New York Times Brent Mayr is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents individuals under investigation for and charged with criminal offenses in both state and federal...

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Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Brent Mayr of the Law Office of Brent Mayr, P.C. is located in Houston, Texas. Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Brent Mayr of the Law Office of Brent Mayr, P.C. represents clients throughout Texas. He can represent you if you have been arrested in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, Lubbock, Amarillo, Waco, Galveston, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Midland, Odessa, Harris County, Ft. Bend County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Montgomery County, Waller County, or any other city or county in the State of Texas.