Odom, Davis & Hobson is a law firm based out of Houston, Texas that practices criminal law in both state and federal courts across the country. Our criminal defense attorneys have over 40 years of experience representing clients in allegations ranging from capital murder in state courts to tax fraud in the federal district courts. The criminal defense attorneys at Odom, Davis & Hobson fight everyday to ensure their clients are getting the best possible results in their criminal cases.
Criminal Defense Attorneys at Odom, Davis & Hobson
Wendell Odom, Jr.
A Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer (2006-2015) and recipient of Martindale- Hubbell’s highest ratings, Wendell Odom has earned a national reputation as a criminal defense attorney.
Neal has never backed down from a fight, but he’s never jumped into one “blind” either. His bulldog attitude has helped make him one of the rising stars in criminal defense in Houston.
Federal Areas of Practice
The Internal Revenue Service keeps a watchful eye to make sure individuals and companies are paying the appropriate amount of taxes each year. The more common tax crimes include failure to file a return and tax fraud.
The Medicare system in the United States is a complex, under-regulated program that leaves itself open to fraud and abuse. The government allocates teams of investigators to search for fraudulent transactions and institute prosecution.
Crimes under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, or RICO, entail serious punishments, heavy fines, and forfeiture of certain crime related assets.
Prosecutions for drug related offenses in the federal system often involve large scale distribution operations. The government actively investigates these drug operations, and the sentencing guidelines can provide for extensive jail time upon conviction.
White collar crimes are classified as those crimes that are committed by professionals for financial gain. Though this class of crimes lacks the violent nature of many street crimes, these cases can bring aggressive prosecution from the government.
Securities criminal charges are complicated by nature. They involve not just the law, but also how companies are run in every aspect.
Prosecutions for possession and distribution of child pornography have increased dramatically over the last decade. Most of these prosecutions begin with a defendant utilizing a peer to peer network to download prohibited images or videos.
The preservation of the environment and human health is protected by federal statutes which are enforced by various government agencies. These statutes are used to prosecute companies and individuals for their affect on our country’s water, air, and overall health.
Once a criminal conviction has been obtained through trial or a plea, a defendant is entitled to challenge the conviction through an appeal to the appropriate Court of Appeals. Issues in your trial or plea can lead to a reversal of the conviction and a new chance to fight your case.
State Areas of Practice
To obtain a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was operating a motor vehicle in a public place while the defendant was intoxicated.
Drug Crimes include everything from possession of marijuana to manufacturing methamphetamines. Regardless of the offense, a drug charge in the State of Texas can carry large sentences depending on the type of drug and the amount possessed.
Sex crimes are a broad category of state crimes ranging from indecent exposure to aggravated sexual assault of a child. Offenses in this category range from a Class B Misdemeanor to a First Degree Felony.
Family Assault involves an assault on a person whom the defendant was married to, in a dating relationship with, or was a member of the defendant’s family. A conviction with an affirmative finding of family violence can lead to prison time as well as having a negative affect on the defendant’s right to own a gun.
Robbery and Burglary are a subset of theft crimes under Texas law. These crimes can carry substantial punishments if convicted in a Texas court.
Murder and manslaughter are the most heavily punished crimes in the State of Texas, as a conviction could result in life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Money is at the center of fraud, bribery, and embezzlement crimes. Many of these activities take place in small businesses, corporations or government agencies. These crimes gave birth to the expansion of white collar laws.
Organized Crime statutes in Texas heighten the punishment for offenses that are committed while participating, establishing or maintaining a criminal combination or criminal street gang.
While Las Vegas and Atlantic City are no longer just the prime destinations for legalized gambling, the State of Texas remains stringent in prohibiting such activities outside of licensed casinos.
The Internet has paved the way for a broad variety of crimes while adding a new way for existing crimes to be committed. While not a lot of statutes formally include cyber crime, this is currently one of the fastest growing areas of legislation in the State of Texas.