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Hurricane Harvey’s Effect on the Criminal Justice System

When Hurricane Harvey hit the Southeast Texas region in August 2017, it destroyed and flooded thousands of homes and businesses. With such impact, then, it should come as no surprise that it also greatly affected both the federal and state criminal justice systems throughout the region. This picture is worth the colloquial “thousand words.” This is the Harris County Criminal Justice Center a day after the rain stopped coming down. The massive flooding caused the Buffalo Bayou, located two blocks from the building, to come out of its banks and flood the northern edge of downtown Houston. Although the building was improved after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 to prevent water damage, including the installation of flood doors (which can be seen directly behind the front, glass doors), water was still able to permeate the building’s basement causing severe damage. This lead to sewage backing up and coming out of toilets and water fountains on the upper floors. There was also damage to upper floors from cooling pipes bursting from unregulated pressure. The building contained 22 criminal district felony courts, 16 criminal county misdemeanor courts, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Office of Pretrial Services, and Court Administration. Now it is empty. All occupants were required to move out as the building will have to undergo massive repairs that are expected to take 9 months (but we all expect to take about 18). As a result, courts, prosecutors, and staff have had to relocate. Criminal District Courts are now sharing courtrooms with Civil District Courts in the Civil Courthouse which did not sustain any damage. The...

Feds Crack Down Again on Health Care Fraud

The need for having an experienced, knowledgeable federal criminal defense attorney has never been greater today than it has been in several years. Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged defendants across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings. Of those charged, over 120 defendants, including doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests. In addition, HHS has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists. The charges — like most prosecuted by the Department of Justice — aggressively target schemes billing Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE (a health insurance program for members and veterans of the armed forces and their families) for medically unnecessary prescription drugs and compounded medications that often were never even purchased and/or distributed to beneficiaries. The charges also involve individuals allegedly contributing to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on medical professionals involved in the unlawful distribution of opioids and other prescription narcotics, a particular focus for the Department. According to the CDC, approximately 91 Americans die every day of an opioid related overdose.   The Gov’t Has a Medicare Fraud Strike Force, Who Do You Have To Fight Against Them? The Government has a Medicare Fraud Strike Force, a joint initiative between the...

Refuse to Get Caught By “No Refusal”

It seems these days that you can’t drive down the road without seeing a TXDOT sign with a message like “No Refusal in Effect” or turning on the news and hearing about a “No Refusal Operation” by law enforcement. “Refuse to Get Caught By ‘No Refusal'” It actually is a double entendre.  The first way of looking at it explains exactly what “No Refusal” is:  Refuse . . . to Get Caught by “No Refusal.”  If you are arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated or under the influence and you refuse to take a breath test or submit to a blood test (the officer gets to choose), the officer can apply for a search warrant that authorizes him to order a nurse to draw your blood against your will, hence, “No Refusal.”  In other words,  refuse the test and you’re going to get caught and become a victim of “No Refusal.”  Seems pretty invasive, right? That’s where the second way of looking at it becomes more relevant and more important.  “Refuse to Get Caught . . . by ‘No Refusal.'”  You have rights; make sure they’re protected.  While the courts have upheld the use of search warrants to draw a person’s blood, you still have valuable Constitutional rights that a lawyer like Brent Mayr can work to protect.  From the reasonable suspicion for the officer to stop you in the first place, to the probable cause to arrest, to the sufficiency of the search warrant application, to the validity of the warrant itself, there are a number of ways that a person can still avoid getting caught and wrongly convicted of DWI.  And even...

Brent Mayr speaks at TCDLA’s 10th Annual Top Gun DWI Seminar

Brent Mayr was invited to speak at the prestigious 10th Annual Top Dun DWI Seminar presented by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association on August 16, 2012 in Austin, Texas.  Brent’s presentation was on Ethical Considerations Inherent in a DWI Practice and included topics such as ethically setting fees for clients, his work in uncovering exculpatory information in regards to HPD’s BAT Vans, and maintaining integrity in lawyer advertising. Brent was rated as one of the top speakers in the entire seminar.  According to one attendee, Brent was the “best speaker on ethics that I’ve ever seen.” Brent Mayr would like to thank Course Directors, Danny Easterling and Grant Scheiner for inviting him to attend and speak at this...

Brent Mayr selected as a Power Lawyer by HOUSTON Magazine

Brent Mayr was selected to appear in the June 2012 issue of HOUSTON Modern Luxury Magazine section, Power Lawyers & Law Firms 2012.  According to the magazine, “These lawyers empower their clients to take on tough cases and bringing about a swift, mutual resolution.  Using innovation and experience with individuals and companies of all sizes, these power players understand their clients’ priorities, protect their interests and achieve their goals with effective, tailored solutions.” Brent Mayr was featured along with Marcos Gemoets, a Board Certified Immigration Lawyer, who he works with extensively to represent individuals facing dire consequences in both criminal and immigration cases. You can see the article by clicking...

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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.