NOTABLE VICTORIES

A PROVEN HISTORY OF DELIVERING FAVORABLE RESULTS

Clients often ask: “Will you win my case?” No attorney can guarantee a particular result. At Lacayo Law Firm PLLC, Mrs. Lacayo promises to fight to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Please take the time to read about some of her past case results and the stories of her clients listed below. But first, pleases be aware of the following:

  • The case results discussed do not necessarily represent the results of all cases.

  • Not all cases that Mrs. Lacayo has handled are listed here.

  • The facts and circumstances of each individual case is different and must be evaluated and handled on its own merit.

Favorable Findings of Fact after Post-Conviction DNA Testing


Murder

  • Client was convicted of stabbing a man to death in front of a nightclub in Houston. Six eyewitnesses identified him in a photo-array and in court. Mrs. Lacayo discovered that the DNA expert provided misleading testimony at trial. Mrs. Lacayo sent the DNA case file to Cybergenetics. According to Cybergenetic’s analysis, the client’s DNA was not found under the victim’s fingernails, but DNA from an unknown person was found under the victim’s fingernails. The profile was provided to a Sheriff’s Office to be uploaded into the CODIS system. Mrs. Lacayo was notified that a CODIS match occurred to an offender profile stored in the Texas CODIS database. That offender was subsequently interviewed by law enforcement and confessed to the murder. The client has been released from prison after serving 7 years for a crime he did not commit.




Case No Billed by Grand Jury


Indecency with a Child

  • Client was accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old child his family was babysitting.




Case No Billed by Grand Jury


Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

  • Client was accused of aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old child.




Case Dismissed


Tampering with a Governmental Document

  • The client, a police officer, was charged with tampering with a governmental document after it was alleged that the client included false information in a call note during a police investigation.




Case No Billed by Grand Jury


Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger

  • The Client, an employee for the School District, was driving home from a quinceanera when she got into an argument with her husband. Her husband pulled the steering wheel causing her to crash into a concrete retaining wall. Her daughter was in the backseat. Her husband fled from the scene. Alcohol was discovered in her blood sample.




Case No Billed by the Grand Jury


Trademark Counterfeiting

  • The client was accused of selling counterfeit merchandise at a business he owned. He was facing 25 years to life in prison as a habitual offender based on mistakes he made when he was young.




Case Dismissed


Assault

  • Client was accused of assaulting a coworker by striking him in the face and poking him twice causing a cut to the complainant’s eye.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Won, New Trial Ordered and Case Dismissed


Theft

  • Client pleaded guilty to theft and took a deferred adjudication. He later hired Mrs. Lacayo, who filed a Post-Conviction Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus asserting that at the time of the client’s plea, he was not aware of the consequences of pleading guilty to a theft offense. The court agreed, and granted the Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus and a new trial was ordered. The case was then dismissed.




Case Dismissed


Possession of Marijuana

  • Client’s vehicle was stopped, and 24 bags of marijuana were located. Client admitted to possessing the marijuana.




Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Client was charged with possessing less than one gram of Oxycodone.




Case Dismissed


Assault

  • Client was accused of kicking and punching the complainant in front of witnesses.




Case Dismissed


Driving While Intoxicated .15 Breath Test

  • Client was pulled over after failing to maintain a single lane, did poorly on field sobriety tests, and provided a .15 breath test.




Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Officer alleged that they observed client chewing a bag containing cocaine, which was retrieved from the back of the client’s mouth.




Case Dismissed


Resisting Arrest

  • Client was accused of pulling away and resisting officers while being detained.




Case Dismissed


Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon

  • Client was accused of carrying a pistol in a vehicle containing marijuana.




Case Dismissed


Assault – Family Member

  • Client was accused of striking his girlfriend in the face, and scratching her forearm.




Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Officer’s allegedly observed the client drop cocaine from his hand.




Case Dismissed


Possession of Marijuana

  • Officers alleged they observed the client smoking marijuana in a vehicle. Officers located 7.5 grams of marijuana in a bag and alleged the client was trying to hide it.




Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Officers alleged the client consented to a search of his vehicle resulting in the officer locating methamphetamine.




Case Dismissed


Possession of Marijuana

  • Assistant Principal received information that the client was selling drugs at school. Client agreed to a voluntary search and marijuana was found in the client’s purse.




Case Dismissed


Criminal Mischief and Evading Arrest

  • Officers alleged they observed the client painting graffiti on an electrical box. Officers alleged that the client evaded on foot when they tried to apprehend him.




Case Dismissed


Driving While Intoxicated

  • Client was stopped for speeding. Officers alleged the client exhibited signs of intoxication and did poorly on field sobriety tests. Client provided a breath specimen above the legal limit




Case Dismissed


Assault Family Member

  • Client was accused of breaking into his girlfriend’s house through her window, threatening and assaulting her.




Case Dismissed


DWI 2nd Offender

  • Officer claimed he observed the client drinking at a bar, observed the client leave highly intoxicated, and conducted a traffic stop on the client’s vehicle. Officer claimed the client performed poorly on field sobriety tests.




Case Dismissed


Criminal Mischief

  • Client was accused of causing damage to a neighbor’s door by striking it with a stainless steel pot.




Case Dismissed


Assault – Bodily Injury

  • Client was accused of assaulting a resident at an apartment complex.




Case Dismissed


Possession of Marijuana

  • Officer claimed he observed a plastic bag hanging out of the client’s pocket. Client admitted it was marijuana.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Won, New Trial Ordered, Case Dismissed


Unlawful Carrying a Weapon

  • Client was a firefighter charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon. Client did not understand the consequences of his plea and pleaded guilty. He hired Mrs. Lacayo. Mrs. Lacayo filed a post-conviction writ of habeas corpus claiming his plea was involuntary and the result of ineffective assistance of counsel. The trial court agreed and ordered a new trial. Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the State to dismiss the charge completely.




Case Dismissed


Theft

  • Client was in high school and officers alleged she was shoplifting.




Case Dismissed


Assault

  • Client was accused of punching a man until his mouth was bleeding.




Case Dismissed


Assault

  • Client was accused of assaulting a woman working in the leasing office of the client’s apartment complex.




Case Dismissed


Fraudulent Possession of a Controlled Substance Prescription

  • Client was accused of providing fraudulent prescription refill approvals to a Walgreens store.




No Billed by Grand Jury


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Officers alleged client admitted to possessing methamphetamine located in the car she was driving.




Case Dismissed


Assault on a Family Member

  • Client was accused of assaulting his wife leaving bruises on her arm.




Cases Dismissed


Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon and Possession of Marijuana

  • Officers found a gun in a vehicle the client was driving while in possession of marijuana.




Motion for New Trial Granted


Public Intoxication

  • Client pleaded guilty to Public Intoxication. Mrs. Lacayo was then hired and she filed a Motion for New Trial asserting that the client’s plea was involuntary, which was granted by the court.




Case Dismissed


Possession of Marijuana

  • Officers located marijuana in the back of the client’s vehicle. Possession of Marijuana




Case Dismissed


Assault

  • Client was a process server and was accused of assaulting a woman he was attempting to serve with court documents.




Case Dismissed


Assault

  • Client was accused of assaulting his classmate.




Motion for New Trial Granted


Murder

  • Client hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Motion for New Trial on his murder conviction after his trial attorney provided ineffective assistance of counsel. The trial court granted the Motion for New Trial and vacated his conviction.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted, New Trial Ordered, and Case Dismissed


Theft

  • Client was a registered nurse and pleaded guilty to theft. Client hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus. Mrs. Lacayo asserted that the client’s plea was involuntary based on ineffective assistance of counsel and the client did not understand the consequences of her plea. The Court granted the Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus and ordered a new trial. Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the State to dismiss the charge.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted, New Trial Ordered, and Case Dismissed


  • Client had an International Business Associates Degree and pleaded guilty to theft. Client hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus. Mrs. Lacayo asserted that the client’s plea was involuntary based on ineffective assistance of counsel and the client did not understand the consequences of his plea. The Court granted the Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus and ordered a new trial. Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the State to dismiss the charge.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted, New Trial Ordered, and Case Dismissed


Failure to Identify Oneself to a Peace Officer

  • Client was a college student at the time she pleaded guilty to Failure to Identify Oneself to a Peace Officer and accepted a time served offer. After she received her Bachelor’s Degree she was unable to receive employment because of the conviction on her record. The client hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus. Mrs. Lacayo asserted that the client’s plea was involuntary. The Court granted the Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus and ordered a new trial. Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the State to dismiss the charge.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted, New Trial Ordered, and Case Dismissed


Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Client was a legal permanent resident and pleaded guilty to time served at his first court setting on the advice of his court appointed attorney. Based on his plea, the client was facing removal from the United States. Client hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus. Mrs. Lacayo asserted that the client’s plea was involuntary and the result of ineffective assistance of counsel. The Court granted the Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus and ordered a new trial. Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the State to dismiss the charge.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted and New Trial Ordered


Theft

  • Client had a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and pleaded guilty to theft and paid a fine based on false assurances from her attorney that the conviction would not affect her ability to gain employment. She did not understand the consequences of her plea. Client hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus. Mrs. Lacayo asserted that the client’s plea was involuntary and the result of ineffective assistance of counsel. The Court granted the Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus and ordered a new trial.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted


Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, Indecency with a Child, Sexual Assault of a Child

  • Client was convicted after a jury trial and his trial attorney failed to file a Notice of Appeal. Client hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus. Mrs. Lacayo asserted that his attorney was ineffective for failing to file a Notice of Appeal when the client had informed his attorney he wanted to appeal his convictions. The Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus was granted and he was allowed to appeal his convictions.




Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted, New Trial Ordered, and Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  1. Client pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance and received a deferred adjudication because her trial attorney told her she would be able to have the case expunged in the future. Her attorney also failed to investigate the charges against her. Client hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus. Mrs. Lacayo asserted that the client’s plea was involuntary and the result of ineffective assistance of counsel. The Court granted the Post-Conviction Writ of Habeas Corpus and ordered a new trial. Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the State to dismiss the charge.




Case Dismissed


Assault on a Family Member

  • Client was accused of assaulting his wife by chocking her and throwing her against the wall.




Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • During a K-9 search of the client’s vehicle officers located cocaine and alleged the client admitted knowing that the substance they found was cocaine.




Case Dismissed


Driving While Intoxicated .21 Blood Alcohol Level

  • Officers reported client was speeding and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Client agreed to take a breath test resulting in a .21 blood alcohol level. Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the prosecutor that the Trooper’s testimony was highly questionable and suspect in regards to whether the field sobriety tests and breath test were administered correctly and the State admitted it would not be able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.




Case Dismissed


Driving While Intoxicated .13 Blood Alcohol Level

  • Client was pulled over for driving the wrong way on the road. Officers alleged that the client admitted to drinking, did poorly on the field sobriety tests and the client consent to a breath test resulting in a .13 blood alcohol level.




Case Dismissed


Driving While Intoxicated

  • Officers alleged the client caused a three-vehicle accident. They reported that the client did poorly on the field sobriety tests and consented to a breath test resulting in a .11 blood alcohol level.




No Billed by Grand Jury


Felony Possession of Marijuana

  • Client was charged with possession of marijuana after a suitcase containing marijuana was found in the trunk of the vehicle.




Pretrial Writ of Habeas Corpus Granted


Engaging in Organized Crime

  • Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the court that there was no probable cause to charge the client with engaging in organized crime.




Case Dismissed


Tampering with Evidence

  • Client was accused of flushing marijuana down a toilet when an officer was approaching.




Case Dismissed


Delivery or Offer to Deliver a Dangerous Drug

  • Client was accused of selling prescription medications to an undercover officer at a store owned by the client.




Case Dismissed


Driving While Intoxicated

  • Client was involved in an accident and officers alleged that she was highly intoxicated and obtained a blood warrant.




Case Dismissed


Assault on a Family Member

  • Client was accused on assaulting his girlfriend in front of her adult daughter.




Case Dismissed


Assault

  • Client was accused of assaulting his girlfriend on video at a restaurant.




Case Dismissed


Disorderly Conduct

  • Client was accused of pulling a gun out and threatening the complainant in a parking lot.




Case Dismissed


Theft

  • Client was accused of shoplifting, which was documented on video surveillance.




Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of Marijuana

  • Officers allegedly found marijuana in a vehicle occupied by the client and alleged the client claimed ownership of the marijuana.




Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Officers located 7 grams of Psilocin in the client’s vehicle.




Case Dismissed


Assault on a Family Member

  • Client was accused of pushing his girlfriend into a television.




Case Dismissed


Driving While Intoxicated .14 Blood Alcohol Level

  • Officer alleged client nearly struck his patrol car, she did poorly on the field sobriety tests and the results of a blood draw after a blood warrant was obtained was a .14 blood alcohol level.




Case Dismissed


Driving While Intoxicated with an Open Alcohol Container

  • Officers alleged client did poorly on field sobriety tests, had an open container of alcohol in his motorcycle and obtained a warrant for his blood.




Case Dismissed


Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Officer observed the client trying to chew and swallow what he believed to be a controlled substance. The officer recovered residue from the client’s lips that tested positive for cocaine.




Case Dismissed


Prostitution

  • Client was alleged to have offered sex for a fee to an undercover officer on video and audio recording.




Case Dismissed


Assault on a Family Member

  • Client’s girlfriend accused him of assaulting her multiple times.




Motion for New Trial Granted


Aggravated Assault and Carrying a Weapon on Liquor License Premises

  • Client pleaded guilty without a plea bargain agreement at the advice of his trial attorney. He hired Mrs. Lacayo to file a Motion for New Trial after he was sentenced. Mrs. Lacayo filed a Motion for New Trial asserting that the client’s trial attorney failed to conduct an investigation, failed to advise him of potential defenses, and failed to present available character witnesses at the client’s punishment hearing. The trial court agreed granted the Motion for New Trial and vacated the judgments against the client.




Case Reduced from Sexual Assault to a Misdemeanor Assault


Sexual Assault

  • Client and another man were charged with sexually assaulting a woman after the woman passed out in a truck during a trail ride event. The client’s codefendant was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Mrs. Lacayo was able to convince the prosecutor to allow the client to plead to a misdemeanor assault and receive probation without any jail time.





LACAYO
LAW FIRM, PLLC

212 Stratford St. | Houston, TX 77006 | 713.504.0506

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