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Notable Cases

Below is just a sample of the results Sarah has achieved.

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Trial Court

30 Minute Not Guilty – Assault Family Violence
  • Boyfriend and girlfriend got into a fight which resulted in girlfriend (the complainant) having a bloody lip, bruising, and a swollen right eye. A passerby called 911 as the altercation was in progress
  • The prosecutor initially made a plea offer of 250 days in jail, then 120 days in jail, and then made an offer of regular probation right before trial
  • The jury agreed with Roland that both parties behaved badly but that based on the law and evidence presented boyfriend was NOT GUILTY of a criminal offense.
Motion to Suppress Granted and DWI Dismissed
  • The trial judge agreed with Roland that the Roanoke police officer did not have a constitutionally valid reason to detain and arrest client for DWI and granted Roland's motion to suppress
  • The case was dismissed and the record expunged
Injury to an Elderly Case No Billed
  • The Grand Jury believed Roland's client was justified in using force to defend another person
  • Thankfully, the whole incident was captured on surveillance video
Possession of Marijuana Case Dismissed
  • Roland argued that the Argyle police officer's search of client's car was unconstitutional based on the United State Supreme Court's decision in Arizona v. Gantt
  • Prior to a hearing on Roland's motion to suppress, the state dismissed all charges; record expunged
Felony Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance Cases Reduced to Misdemeanors, UCW Case Dismissed
  • Client was indicted for 2nd degree and state jail felony drug offenses as well as unlawful carrying of a weapon
  • Client faced deportation for conviction or probation on any drug offense
  • Roland filed two separate motions to suppress on all three cases; the UCW case was dismissed and the felony drug charges were reduced to misdemeanors; Client was placed on misdemeanor deferred probation for obstruction of a highway and not deported
School Teacher's DWI Dismissed
  • Roland argued that the search warrant the Flower Mound police used to obtain client's blood was constitutionally defective and that the police officer lied in his sworn affidavit
  • Prior to a hearing on Roland's motions the state dismissed all charges; record expunged
Assault Family Violence Case Dismissed
  • Roland persisted in her client's innocence turning down the state's offer to reduce the charge to a fine only offense
  • Prior to trial the state dismissed all charged; client entitled to expunction
Motion to Revoke Probation Withdrawn
  • While on probation for a DWI, Roland's client was arrested by Denton PD for public intoxication and the state filed a motion to revoke his probation
  • Roland convinced the State to withdraw its motion to revoke without modifying or extending the probation and without any jail time
  • Client discharged from probation
Motion to Suppress Granted and DWI Dismissed
  • The trial judge agreed with Roland that the Denton police officer did not have a constitutionally valid reason to pull client over and arrest him for DWI
  • After a hearing on Roland's motion to suppress, which was granted, the case was dismissed; record expunged
Not Guilty DWI
  • Client was stopped for failure to yield the right of way and almost hitting a marked, on-duty police car, a bar receipt from hours earlier was found in his possession, and he failed the sobriety tests
  • A jury found him not guilty; record expunged
No Debtor's Prisons in this Country
  • Roland was court appointed to represent a client on 5 misdemeanor charges
  • The disposition of the cases was concurrent jail time and no fine
  • 6 months after successfully discharging his sentence Roland's client received a notice that warrants had been issued for his arrest for nonpayment of court costs
  • Roland filed a Motion for Recall of Capias Pro Fine Warrants Issued for Non-Payment of Indigent Court Costs
  • The same judge who issued the warrants granted Roland's motion on the same day and waived all court costs and recalled the warrants that he had previously issued
Not Guilty on Assault Family Violence
  • On the morning of trial, the State offered Roland's client a $100 fine for simple assault (class C ticket) with no family violence finding
  • Roland advised her client to turn it down which she did
  • After 2 days of trial it didn't take the jury long to find Roland's client not guilty of assault family violence
  • Roland used a transcript from a family court proceeding to repeatedly impeach the complainant's version of events
Deferred Obstruction Offered in DWI After Jury Selection
  • After Roland picked a jury in a driving while intoxicated case the State offered her client 12 months deferred probation on obstruction of a highway
  • The case involved a 911 call, a minor accident, and client admitted to having consumed 6 beers in 4 hours
School Teacher/Coach's DWI Dismissed
  • The State offered Roland deferred probation on obstruction of a highway which was turned down
  • The State offered Roland time served on obstruction of a highway which was turned down
  • Several days prior to trial the State filed a Motion to Dismiss

Appeals

Reversed and remanded to the trial court for a new punishment trial
  • Earnest Ross v. The State of Texas, Nos. 02-11-00439-CR and 02-11-00440-CR (Tex.App.-Fort Worth Jan. 4, 2013)
  • Read the Court's Opinion
50 Year Murder Sentence Reversed and Case Remanded for a New Punishment Trial
  • The judge gave a legally incorrect instruction regarding voluntary intoxication to the jury during the punishment trial
  • The Fort Worth Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas sustained Roland's points of error and reversed for a new punishment trial
  • Listen to Roland's Oral Argument Read the Court's Opinion
Appeal of DWI Conviction Based on "Operating" Issue
  • Roland appealed the conviction based on the lack of a temporal link between any operation of the vehicle and intoxication and the trial court's failure to provide the jury with a definition of "operation"
  • Unfortunately, the appeal was abated and no decision was ever rendered because Roland's client passed away after the case was argued at the Court of Appeals
  • Listen to Roland's Oral Argument
Blood Evidence Showing Mixture of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Illegally Obtained in DWI Case and Case Reversed and Remanded
  • The Fort Worth Court of Appeals agreed with Roland that the search warrant used to obtain the blood was constitutionally deficient
  • Read the Court's Opinion
180 Day Driver's License Suspensions Reversed on Appeal
  • Where two separate administrative law judges ordered the driver's licenses of two of clients suspended for 180 days each, Roland successfully appealed those decisions
  • Clients' driving privileges were fully reinstated without the need for an occupational driver's license or SR-22 insurance