Crime is a reality in Houston. Residents of Houston live with higher rates of property and violent crime compared to the rest of the nation, and there’s no shortage of disturbing crimes being reported by the media. This of course increases the need for the criminal lawyer Houston Tx. But just because crime is an every day in Houston doesn’t mean that you or someone you love shouldn’t be protected by the law, or a capable criminal defense attorney, should you be accused of a crime.
As previously mentioned, crime in Houston is well above the national median for both property crime and violent crime. Compared to the nation’s median of 27.3 property crimes per 1,000 residents, Houston has almost double that, at 51.34 property crimes per 1,000 residents. Even more worrying, Houston has almost three times the national median for violent crime, at 10.51 violent crimes per 1,000 residents compared to the nation’s 3.8 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
The local news gives those statistics an ugly face. Just this week, a woman was stabbed in the face and arms during a domestic dispute. A police chase resulted in a man dying after he tried to escape through Sims Bayou. Shootings, abductions, poisonings and other detestable crimes litter the headlines. And in many of those cases, the perpetrators who were caught or accused of committing the crime were undoubtedly responsible. But that’s not always the case.
The Houston Police Department has a history of misconduct that has resulted in the unlawful beating and imprisonment of people who had or had not been accused of a crime. In 2012, Sebastian Prevot, a Houston resident, was beaten by a group of up to ten police officers in front of his home for the crime of not completely stopping at a stop sign. When his wife emerged from the house to film the police, they stole her camera, hit her, and arrested her as well. That same year, 15 year-old Chad Holley, an alleged burglary suspect, was beaten by up to twelve officers. All twelve officers were disciplined, seven were fired, and four were charged as a result of the Holley case.
Even in a city that has a higher than average crime rate, the right to humane treatment and legal representation for the accused is inalienable. And as we’ve seen, crime can be committed by law enforcers as well as law evaders. The Law Office of Collin Evans specializes in all types of criminal defense, from crimes against the person, crimes against property, drug & alcohol related crimes, and more. If you or your loved ones have been accused of a crime, or been subject to police harassment, contact Collin Evans Law Office for a free consultation at 713-225-0650.