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Mark W. Bennett

Mark Bennett’s Legal Cases

6 total

  • State of Texas vs. W.H.E.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Outcome:
    "Not guilty" verdict from jury.
    Description:
    A Harris County Sheriff's Deputy had pulled my client over after my client left a bar. My client allegedly fled from the police and then failed the deputy's field sobriety tests and refused to give a breath sample. He was charged with DWI. We tried his case (Charles Adams assisted me) and he was acquitted by a jury. I then had W.H.E.'s record expunged (which is why I refer to him by initials rather than name).
  • State of Texas v. N.M.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    "Not guilty" verdict from jury.
    Description:
    N.M. was accused of possession of two kilograms of cocaine in Texas state court. He had been arrested in a house with the cocaine, and a government informant claimed that N.M. had negotiated the sale of the kilos. He faced between 15 years and life in prison. At trial, the jury was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the informant was telling the truth, and did not find enough evidence aside from the informant's testimony to convict N.M. He was acquitted.
  • United States v. MM

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 06, 2009
    Outcome:
    Case dismissed.
    Description:
    MM was arrested in his brother-in-law's house with 12 kilos of cocaine and several guns. According to the DEA agents: his jacket was in the attic with the cocaine; he admitted knowing that his brother-in-law was a drug dealer; and he admitted picking up money for his brother. MM was charged with a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and with a 924(c) gun count. He was facing a possible 15-year or longer sentence. The government offered to let him plead guilty to misprision of a felony, with a three-year maximum. MM rejected the offer (which, had he accepted it, would likely have caused his deportation) and we prepared for trial. At the pretrial conference his two codefendants pled guilty, and the government announced that it would dismiss the charges against MM.
  • State of Texas v. A.P.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dismissal
    Description:
    I saw Mr. A.P. in court one day, and his lawyer had not turned up. When I again saw him (a couple of weeks later), he told me that his lawyer had again failed to appear (he owed the lawyer $50), and asked if I could help him. I sympathized with him, so I filed a motion to substitute counsel and was able to get the case dismissed that day.
  • State of Texas v. SRR

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty verdict from jury.
    Description:
    Defendant, a lawyer, was charged with delivery of heroin. Jury trial in Harris County District Court.
  • Ex Parte JCL

    Practice Area:
    Constitutional
    Date:
    Oct 30, 2013
    Outcome:
    Two statutes ruled unconstitutional.
    Description:
    Litigated the unconstitutionality under the First Amendment of a portion of Texas's Online Solicitation of a Minor statute through the trial court, intermediate court, and Court of Criminal Appeals.