|Civil cases||Criminal cases|
|FEDERAL - APPEAL OF REMAND ORDER
Initially, I filed a state court case based on illegal debt collection that one of the defendants removed to federal court. After going through months of litigation the case was remanded to state court. Due in part to the manner in which I responded to certain motions. The defendants appealed the federal court remand.
Result: Case ordered remanded by 5th Circuit [You can listen to the oral argument here and read the court's opinion here]
|STATE - DWI SUPPRESSION ISSUE
My client was prosecuted for DWI. The officer stopped him for, essentially, making a block in the 121 area while it was under construction. The trial court refused to suppress the stop.
Result: Reversed by the Fort Worth Court of Appeals [You can read the court's opinion here]
|STATE - APPEAL OF DENIAL OF ARBITRATION
I sued a homebuilder for some extremely poor workmanship. Buried in a warranty document that my clients never saw (it was in a drawer in the house and never provided at closing) was an arbitration clause. The courts are extremely supportive of sending cases to arbitration if there is any hint of arbitration. I was successful in trial in preventing the arbitration to be ordered. The defendant homebuilder appealed.
Result: Appeal dismissed for lack of jurisdiction [You can read the opinion here]
|STATE - DENIAL OF CONFRONTATION
My client was charged with aggravated kidnapping. The victim of the kidnapping had a life threatening illness and the prosecutors wanted to take his deposition (virtually unheard of in criminal cases). The trial court allowed it but on the day of the deposition, my client had been removed from Denton County and was unavailable to be present during the deposition.
Result: Reversed conviction [You can read the opinion here] (unfortunately, the client had two other charges arising out of the same set of events that were not reversed)
|STATE - APPEAL OF SUPPRESSION OF ILLEGALLY OBTAINED EVIDENCE
My client was charged with organized crime and money laundering in Henderson County. The police had implemented a sting operation of sorts using two indiduals that had been told never to return to my client's property. I was successful in the trial court in suppressing the evidence obtained due to the illegal conduct of the police. The prosecutor appealed that suppression.
Result: Suppression of the evidence was upheld. [You can read the opinion here]
|Chris Raesz, P.C.
306 North Carroll Blvd.
Denton, Texas 76201
E-mail: office at chrisraeszpc.com
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