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Beaumont Criminal Defense Lawyers

 
The criminal defense attorneys of the Gertz Law Firm represent citizens accused of crimes in both Texas and federal courts. Our Beaumont criminal defense lawyers litigate at all levels of the trial and appellate process and our representation includes both individuals and corporations under criminal investigation or prosecution.
 
Ryan Gertz, who heads our criminal division, is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has handled hundreds of criminal cases and tried numerous cases to a jury (see examples of recent success below). Just as importantly, our firm often succeeds by resolving matters without publicity and without charges being filed. Whatever is needed, we are committed to providing the best possible solutions to our clients’ problems. 

 

If you have been accused of a crime, the best course of action is to retain a lawyer as soon as possible while not discussing the matter with friends, family, or the police.  Contact the Beaumont criminal defense lawyers of the Gertz Law Firm today. 

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RECENT SUCCESSES*
Jury Trials:
2016 –
  • State v. LawCriminal District Court, Jefferson County - Judge John Stevens– 3rd Degree Felony Assault. Not guilty verdict from the jury after less than one hour of deliberation. 
  • State v. DGE- Jefferson County Court at Law No. 3 – Judge Clint Woods - DWI (2nd, Class A misdemeanor).  Not guilty verdict from the jury.  
  • State v. Lee-  163rd District Court, Orange County - Judge Dennis Powell - Felony Aggravated Assault by corrections officer. Not guilty verdict from jury on felony assault. Guilty on Class A misdeameanor assault, but sentenced only to 30 days jail, no fine. 
  • State v. VEL- Criminal District Court, Jefferson County - Judge John Stevens– 2nd and 3rd Degree Felonies, tried together. Ryan Gertz and co-counsel David Bernsen.  Not guilty verdict from the jury. 
  • State v. Bush- Jefferson County Drug Impact Court - Judge Larry Gist- Attempted Capital Murder. Resulted in a hung jury.
  • State v. Jobe- Jefferson County Court at Law No. 2 – Judge Cory Crenshaw - DWI (2nd, Class A misdemeanor).  Not guilty verdict from the jury.  
2015 –
  • State v. Culver- Jefferson County Court at Law No. 2 – Judge Cory Crenshaw - DWI (Class B misdemeanor). Not guilty verdict from the jury.
  • State v. Zamarron- Jefferson County Court at Law No. 2 – Judge Cory Crenshaw - DWI (2nd, Class A misdemeanor). Directed Verdict of acquittal during the jury trial, after the court granted our motion to suppress based on an unnecessarily long detention. 
  • State v. D.H.C.- Jefferson County Court at Law No. 2 – Judge Cory Crenshaw - DWI (Class B misdemeanor). Not guilty verdict from the jury.
  • State v. Phillips- Jefferson County Court at Law No. 2 – Judge Cory Crenshaw - DWI (2nd, Class A misdemeanor).  Not guilty verdict from the jury after less than 15 minutes of deliberation.
  • State v. Griffin- Jefferson County Court at Law No. 2 – Judge Cory Crenshaw - DWI (2nd, Class A misdemeanor). Not guilty verdict from the jury after only 20 minutes of deliberation.
  • State v. Jennings - Orange County Court at Law No. 2 - Judge Troy Johnson- Assault (Class A misdemeanor).  Not guilty verdict from the jury.  
  • State v. D.R.W. - Hardin County Court- Judge Wayne McDaniel- DWI (2nd- Class A misdemeanor). Client was accused of being intoxicated on prescription medication. The blood test revealed three medications in the normal or sub-therapeutic ranges, for which the client had a prescription. The client had a prior DWI from more than 20 years ago.  Not Guilty Verdict from the Jury. 
  • State v. Smith-  Criminal District Court, Jefferson County - Judge John Stevens– 1st Degree Murder (1st Degree Felony). Ryan Gertz sat second-chair to legendary trial lawyer Lum Hawthorn: not guilty verdict from the jury. 
2014 –
  • State v. Killian- Jefferson County Court at Law #2 - Judge Lupe Flores -  Assault (Class A misdemeanor): not guilty verdict from the jury.
  • State v. Eckhoff- Jefferson County Court at Law #3 – Judge Langston Adams – Criminal Trespass (Class B misdemeanor): not guilty verdict from the jury.
  • State v. King- Jefferson County Court at Law #2 – Judge Lupe Flores – DWI (1st – Class B misdemeanor): not guilty verdict from the jury.
  • State v. Arceneaux-  252nd District Court, Jefferson County - Judge Lindsey Scott – Intoxication manslaughter (2nd Degree Felony): not guilty verdict from the jury. 
  • State v. Copenhaver- Jefferson County Court at Law #3 – Judge Langston Adams – DWI (1st – Class B misdemeanor): not guilty verdict from the jury.
  • State v. RLT - Jefferson County Court at Law #3 - Judge Langston Adams - electronic communications harassment (Class B misdemeanor) - Ryan sat second chair to legendary trial lawyer Lum Hawthorn: not guilty verdict from the jury.
2013 -
  • State v.  Wilson – Tyler County 88th District Court – Judge Earl Stover – Insurance Fraud State Jail Felony: not guilty jury verdict from the jury.
  • State v. Moore – Criminal District Court, Jefferson County –  Judge John Stevens – Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer – Moore pled guilty and tried the punishment phase before a jury.  Moore was facing 5-99 years or life; the jury gave Moore 9 years in TDC.
  • State v. Savoy – Jefferson County Court at Law #3 –  Judge John Paul Davis – Criminal Mischief: acquitted by jury.
  • State v. Barefield – Tyler County Court – Judge Jacques Blanchette – DWI 1st: acquitted by jury. 
2012 –
  • State v. Nguyen – Jefferson County Court at Law #2  – Judge Lupe Flores – DWI 1st: acquitted by jury.
  • State v. Thibideaux – Jefferson County Court at Law #3 – Judge John Paul Davis – Theft Class A: acquitted by jury.
  • State v. Jenkins – Tyler County Court - Judge Jacques Blanchette – Deadly Conduct: acquitted by jury.
  • State v.  Hoffpauir – 1st District Court in Sabine County – Judge Craig Mixson – Felony Theft of Copper: Acquitted by the Jury.
  • State v. Hughes – County Court #3 in Jefferson County  - Judge John Paul Davis – Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon while Intoxicated by a Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Verdict of Acquittal by the Jury.
2011 -
  • State v. Nicholes, Jr. – Criminal District Court, Jefferson County – Judge John Stevens - Burglary of a Habitation with a Habitual Felon Indictment; Verdict of Acquittal by the Jury.
  • State v. Pouncey, Jefferson County Court at Law #2 - Judge G.R. “Lupe” Flores; Driving While Intoxicated; Verdict of Acquittal by the Jury. Served as 2nd Chair with Judge Zack Hawthorn. 
  • State v. James, Jefferson County Court at Law #3 –  Judge John Paul Davis; Criminal Trespassing and reckless driving; Directed verdict of acquittal after State’s case to jury.
  • State v. Dana, Tyler County 1-A District Court – 11,414 – Judge Jerome Owens; Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon.  Defendant pled not guilty by reason of insanity.  Defense put on multiple lay and expert witnesses to testify to his mental state and history of severe mental illness. Jury found him guilty.  Judge sentenced defendant to 30 years (he was facing 25-99 because of prior convictions). 
  • State v. Eason, Tyler County 1-A District Court – 11,429 – Judge Jerome Owens; Criminal Mischief State Jail Felony; Directed verdict of acquittal prior to closing arguments.
 
Appellate Decisions:
2014 - 
  • Jaganathan v. State-  On appeal from the district court in Chambers County. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston held that the trial court committed harmful error when it denied Jaganathan's motion to suppress evidence from an unlawful search, because the arresting officer lacked reasonable suspicion to detain appellant for violating the 'Left Lane for Passing Only' sign on Interstate 10.  The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded. No. 14-13-00356-CR (Tex.App.-Houston [14 Dist] July 8, 2014). Click Here to read the court's opinion.  
 
Substantive Pleas or Dismissals:
  • State v. Drake– Jefferson County Court at Law # 2- Hon. Kent Walston- DWI (1st, Class A misdemeanor): Prosecutor dismissed the charges after a favorable ruling on our motion to suppress evidence. 
  • State v. G.T. (a minor)- Criminal District Court, Jefferson County - Judge John Stevens- One count of sexual assault (1st degree felony) and one count of indecency with a child (2nd degree felony). Case dismissed on the eve of trial for "insufficient evidence." 
  • State v. Bob- Jefferson County Court at Law #2 - Judge G.R. “Lupe” Flores- Resisting Arrest (Class A misdemeanor): case dismissed on the eve of trial for "insufficient evidence."
  • State v. Barefield – Tyler County Court – Judge Jacques Blanchette – DWI 1st: case dismissed on the eve of trial.  
  • State v. Lewis,  252nd District Court, Jefferson County-Three counts of felony assault with habitual status-after an unsuccessful trial to the jury, we obtained an eight year sentence based on a Motion for New Trial because police withheld evidence that made Lewis's decision to go to trial involuntary.  Lewis faced 25-99 years or life on each count.
  • State v.  Baltazar, Criminal District Court, Jefferson County  – Burglary of a Habitation (Habitual) – client accepted a plea offer of two years during a jury trial prior to State completing their case; he was facing 25-99 years. 
  • State v. Harwell, Tyler County 1-A District Court, – Capital Murder and Injury to a Child; filed numerous motions seeking the State to elect mini-cap instead of death penalty, ultimately resolved with a plea to Criminally Negligent Homicide and Defendant was given two years in the State Jail.
  • State v. Holmes, Criminal District Court, Jefferson County – Evading Arrest w/ Motor Vehicle:  case dismissed on day of trial because of evidentiary suppression.
  • State v. Brydson, Jefferson County Court at Law #2 - Judge G.R. “Lupe” Flores, filed motion to suppress based on a flawed stop and State ultimately dismissed the case.
  • State v. Arceneaux, Drug Impact District Court Jefferson County – Judge Larry Gist; Possession with Intent to Deliver in 2nd Degree Felony amount, filed several suppression motions and State ultimately agreed to a Class A misdemeanor of attempted possession of controlled substance – client received time served sentence and was released.
  • State v. Clayton, Hardin County Court - accusation of marijuana possession - state dismissed the case prior to trial and after the statute of limitations had run.
 
* Every case is different, and there is no guarantee of positive results.
  
PRACTICE AREAS: 
 
Federal cases-
            white collar crime
            IRS investigations
            SEC defense matters
            corporate fraud defense
            securities fraud
            conspiracy
            mail/ wire/bank fraud
            bankruptcy fraud
            tax fraud
            tax and securities investigations
            antitrust violations           
            health care fraud
            environmental violations
            immigration fraud
            custom violations
            criminal antitrust violations
            government/mail/wire fraud
            bribery
            embezzlement
             
State cases- 
            driving while intoxicated (DWI) 
            computer crimes
            theft (shoplifting, employee theft)
            possession of drugs/ controlled substances 
            carrying a weapon in a restricted area
            assault (family violence)
            aggravated assault
            intoxication assault
            sexual assault
            aggravated sexual assault
            indecency with a child
            juvenile 
            murder              
            intoxication manslaughter
            negligent homicide
 
 
The Gertz Law Firm
2630 Liberty 
Beaumont, TX 77702
 
P: (409) 833-6400
F: (409) 833-6401

 
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