RECENT SUCCESSES

Appellate Results

State v. S.A.B.

  • Client was found guilty of Manslaughter for the death of her 8-year-old daughter.  Susan Schoon filed a brief and presented oral argument on behalf of client.  The San Antonio Court of Appeals held that there was insufficient evidence and reversed her conviction.  The State appealed further to the Court of Criminal Appeals, and that Court agreed with the Court of Appeals that client was not guilty of this crime. 

 

State v. V.M.

  • Client was convicted of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and sentenced to 35 years in prison.  He told his attorney that he wanted to appeal his case, but the attorney did not file Notice of Appeal by the deadline.  When Susan Schoon took over the case, she had to file a Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Court of Criminal Appeals, requesting that Client be allowed to file an “out-of-time” appeal since it was his attorney’s fault, and not his.  The CCA granted this request, and Susan filed a Motion for New Trial, along with Notice of Appeal.  The Motion for New Trial was granted based on ineffective assistance at the punishment phase of the trial, and a new punishment hearing was ordered.  At that hearing, Client was sentenced to 12 years, rather than the original 35.  With time served, he was up for parole immediately.

 

State v. R.R.R.

  • Susan Schoon worked with Cathy Compton on this appeal out of Comal County.  Client was arrested for shoplifting beer from a grocery store.  When he was booked into the jail, the officers discovered a small amount of drugs in his pocket.  He had forgotten it was there; nevertheless, he was charged with Possession in a Correctional Facility.  Because of two past felony convictions, his sentence was enhanced to that of a habitual offender—25 years to life.  Despite only stealing beer and having less than a gram of meth, he was sentenced to life in prison.  Appellate attorneys Schoon and Compton discovered that one of the past convictions used for enhancing the sentence was void and should not have been used.  The Austin Court of Appeals agreed and ordered a new punishment hearing.  Client will now be facing 2-20 years instead of 25-life.

 

State of Texas v. C.T.T.

  • Client’s trial lawyer convinced the Judge that the officers in his Possession of a Controlled Substance case had no legal right to search him.  As a result, the Judge granted the motion to suppress evidence.  The State appealed to the San Antonio Court of Appeals. Susan Schoon filed a brief on behalf of client in response to the State’s brief, and the Court of Appeals agreed with the trial judge that the evidence should be suppressed.  Without the evidence, the State had no choice but to dismiss the case.

 

State v. D.A.H.

  • Despite being innocent of the crime, client pleaded guilty to Robbery due to fear of being found guilty at trial and sentenced to more time.  It was later discovered that the prosecutor had not revealed Brady evidence to the defense as required.  Brady evidence is evidence that is favorable to the defendant or mitigates punishment. In this case, the State had a recording of the complaining witness (“victim”) in the robbery that client had not really robbed him.  Based on this prosecutorial misconduct, Susan Schoon filed a writ of habeas corpus with the Court of Criminal Appeals.  The prosecutor’s boss, the District Attorney, agreed that client was entitled to relief and the trial court recommended relief to the Court of Criminal Appeals.  The CCA agreed and ordered client’s conviction reversed.  The D.A. fired the prosecutor who withheld the evidence.

Felony Results

  • Possession of Controlled Substance (State Jail felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (May 2018)
  • Murder (First Degree felony) in San Antonio, Bexar County: Trial - Acquitted (November 2017)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance (First Degree felony) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Judicial Clemency Granted (July 2017)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (State Jail felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Reduced to Class C misdemeanor (July 2017)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance (Second Degree felony) in Canyon Lake, Comal County: Charge Dropped (June 2017)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance (State Jail felony) & Possession of a Controlled Substance (First Degree felony) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Charges Dropped (April 2017)
  • Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity & Assault Causes Bodily Injury (First Degree felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Charge Reduced to Class A Assault (March 2017)
  • Assault Family Violence & Injury to a Child (First Degree felonies) in Kyle, Hays County: Dismissed (February 2017)
  • Tampering with Evidence (Third Degree felony) in McQueeney, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (February 2017)
  • Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity: Aggravated Assault & Direct Activities of Street Gang (First Degree Felonies) in Seguin, Guadalupe County:  Dismissed (December 2016)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance PG2 >=4G<400G (Second Degree felony) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (July 2016)
  • Sexual Assault (Second Degree felony) in Kyle, Hays County: Charge Dropped (May 2016)
  • Intent to Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud (Third Degree felony) in Schertz, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (February 2016)
  • Indecency with Child (Second Degree felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (December 2015)
  • Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance >=4G<200G (First Degree felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (December 2015)
  • Murder (First Degree felony) & Aggravated Assault (Second Degree felony) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (September 2015)
  • Robbery (Second Degree felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (September 2015)
  • Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or more (Third Degree felony) in Schertz, Guadalupe County: Charge Dropped (September 2015)
  • Sexual Abuse of Child (First Degree felony) in Lockhart, Caldwell County: Mistrial followed by Dismissal (August 2015)
  • Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or more (Third Degree felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Reduced to Reckless Driving-Class B misdemeanor (August 2015)
  • Sexual Abuse of Child, Indecency with Child, & Aggravated Sexual Assault (First Degree felonies): Trial - Acquitted of all charges (February 2015)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance PG1 <1G (State Jail felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (May 2014)
  • Assault of Public Servant (Third Degree felony) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Charge Dropped (February 2014)
  • Assault on Public Servant (Third Degree felony) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Charge Dropped (February 2014)

Misdemeanor Results

  • Driving While Intoxicated (Class B misdemeanor) & Unlawfully Carrying Weapon (Class A misdemeanor) in San Marcos, Hays County: Dismissed (November 2018)

  • Possession of Marijuana (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (June 2018)

  • Theft of Property >=$100<$750 (Class B misdemeanor) in Gruene, Comal County: Dismissed (May 2018)

  • Assault Causes Bodily Injury/Family Violence (Class A misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Guadalupe County: Charge Dropped (November 2017)

  • Assault Causes Bodily Injury/Family Violence (Class A misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal Couty: Dismissed (July 2017)

  • Driving While Intoxicated (Class B misdemeanor) in San Marcos, Hays County: Dismissed (April 2017)

  • Assault Causes Bodily Injury/Family Violence (Class A misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Charge Dropped (March 2017)

  • Possession of Controlled Substance PG 3 <28G (Class A misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (February 2017)

  • Driving While Intoxicated (Class B misdemeanor) in Cibolo, Guadalupe County: Charge Reduced to Obstructing Highway (November 2016)

  • Assault Causes Bodily Injury (Class A misdemeanor) in Spring Branch, Comal County: Dismissed (April 2016)

  • Theft of Property >=$50<$500 (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (April 2016)

  • Theft of Property >=$50<$500 (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (April 2016)

  • Criminal Trespass (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (March 2016)

  • 2 counts of Theft of Property >=$50<$500 (Class B misdemeanors) in Canyon Lake, Comal County: Dismissed (February 2016)

  • Theft of Property >=$50<$500 (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed January 2016)

  • Interference with 9-1-1 Call (Class A misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (October 2015)

  • Theft of Property (Class B misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (October 2015)

  • Unlawful Restraint & Assault Causes Bodily Injury (Class A misdemeanors): Trial - Acquitted of both charges (August 2015)

  • Possession of Controlled Substance & Unlawfully Carrying Weapon (Class A misdemeanors) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (June 2015)

  • Possession of Marijuana (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (June 2015)

  • Prohibited Weapon (Class A misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (March 2015)

  • Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (March 2015)

  • Criminal Mischief (Class B misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Reduced to Class C - Dismissed (February 2015)

  • Driving While License Invalid (Class B misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (February 2015)

  • Possession of Marijuana (Class B misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Reduced to Class C - Dismissed (January 2015)

  • Driving While Intoxicated (Class B misdemeanor) in New  Braunfels, Comal County: Charge Dropped (November 2014)

  • Driving While Intoxicated <=.15 (Class A misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Charge Dropped (November 2014)

  • Driving While Intoxicated (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Charge Dropped (September 2014)

  • Possession of Controlled Substance (Class A misdemeanor) in San Marcos, Hays County: Charge Dropped (May 2014)

  • Possession of Marijuana (Class B misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (March 2014)

  • Possession of Marijuana (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (March 2014)

  • Driving While Intoxicated - 2nd (Class A misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Reduced to DWI-1st (February 2014)

  • Theft by Check (Class B misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (February 2014)

  • Criminal Mischief (Class B misdemeanor) in Seguin, Guadalupe County: Dismissed (January 2014)

  • Motion to Revoke Probation - DWI (Class B misdemeanor) in New Braunfels, Comal County: Dismissed (January 2014)

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*Disclaimer: The results listed on our website do not guarantee the same result in a case of the same charge. Every case outcome is dependent upon the facts of the case.

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