Sorrels, Udashen, & Anton

Significant Cases

Listed below are summaries of some of the cases handled by lawyers of Sorrels, Udashen & Anton. These summaries are not intended as a guarantee of results in any future case. The outcome in any individual case depends on the facts and the law of that case.

Trial Court

Businessman accused of theft of trade secrets and breach of computer security.  Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented businessman at trial. 
Result:  Jury verdict of not guilty.

College student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented student at trial.
Result: Jury verdict of not guilty.

Babysitter accused of capital murder and injury to a child for allegedly striking child in head causing the child's death.  Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys present comprehensive defense involving four medical experts that establish the client's innocence. 
Result:  Client found not guilty of all charges.

Client accused of murdering his wife and leaving his two children home alone with their dead mother.  Client confesses to killing his wife.  Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys persuade the trial judge to suppress the confession on the basis it was coerced by a United States Secret Service Agent.
Result:  Case dismissed.

Mother accused of the drowning deaths of her two young children. Mother had no prior history of psychiatric hospitalizations or treatment. Mother represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney and co-counsel from another firm.
Result: Jury verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Former law enforcement officer charged in Federal Court with mail fraud based on alleged scheme involving forged car titles. Co-defendant pleads guilty and is sentenced to prison. Former law enforcement officer represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.
Result: Trial court grants defense Motion for Judgment of Acquittal and finds former law enforcement officer not guilty after week long jury trial.

Businessman accused of injury to a child based on encounter with a child in a retail store.  Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys at trial. 
Result:  Trial court found client not guilty.

Client arrested after police search home and find narcotics.  Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.
Result:  Court grants defense motion to suppress based on illegal search.

Client accused of telephone harassment.  Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.  Sorrels, Udashen & Anton files motion to declare harassment statute unconstitutional.
Result:  Motion granted and case dismissed.

Prominent physician accused of three family violence offenses. Two police officers testified that they observed the assault through a glass door at the physician's home. Physician represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys. Four day jury trial.
Result: Jury found the physician not guilty on all three counts.

Babysitter accused of injury to a child based on alleged "Shaken Baby Syndrome." Represented by different lawyer at first trial and convicted of intentionally causing serious bodily injury and sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Result: Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys obtained new trial. At new trial, babysitter acquitted of intentionally causing injury and found guilty of negligence. Court sentences babysitter to time served and she is released from jail.

Client riding in car with friend. Stopped by police for traffic violation. Police discover marijuana in car and client tells police it belongs to him. Client charged with possession of marijuana. Client represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney.
Result: Court grants defense motion to suppress statement of client and finds client not guilty.

Pilot accused of interfering with a police officer. Four police officers testified on behalf of the prosecution. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.
Result: Jury verdict of not guilty.

Retired businessman accused of wire fraud and bank fraud along with two co-defendants. Retired businessman represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney.
Result: Co-defendants found guilty by jury. Retired businessman found not guilty.

Professional athlete accused of assaulting his girlfriend. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys. Result: Jury verdict of not guilty.

Client observed committing traffic offense. Failed to stop for police. Police followed across the city with cars and helicopter. Stopped and arrested for driving while intoxicated. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.
Result: Jury verdict of not guilty.

Client involved in automobile accident. Taken to hospital where blood test shows .14 blood alcohol level. Charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.
Result: Jury verdict of not guilty.

Well-respected teacher accused of interfering with a police officer who was trying to make an arrest. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys in a jury trial.
Result: Judge grants motion for directed verdict of not guilty.

Businessman accused of making false statements on loan application. Indicted in Federal Court. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton co-counsel at trial.
Result: Judgment of not guilty.


Pre-Trial and Negotiation

Citizen accused of failure to file tax returns for 20 years.  Prosecuted in Federal court.  Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton.  Result:  Citizen receives a sentence of one year probation.

Construction company accused of insurance fraud. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys. Extensive presentation made to Grand Jury proving the innocence of the clients.
Result: Grand Jury refused to indict the clients and no charges are pursued.

Executives of major corporation accused of tampering with a witness in a criminal proceeding. Comprehensive investigation by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys established executives innocence. Presentation made to Grand Jury.
Result: Grand Jury refused to indict and no charges pursued.

Client accused of incest based on marriage to relative that was legal in the country of the marriage.  Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.  Attorneys conduct exhaustive resarch on international marriage laws.
Result:  Charges dismissed.

Business executive charged with carrying a firearm into a secured area of an airport.  Sorrels, Udashen & Anton make presentation to Grand Jury. 
Result: Grand Jury dismisses case.

Psychologist accused of Medicaid fraud. Extensive investigation by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys establishes psychologist's innocence.
Result: Prosecution declined by United States Attorney.

Long-time employee of major law firm charged with arson. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys. Extensive investigation of case establishes client's innocence.
Result: Dismissed by District Attorney.

Teacher accused of using school computer to download child pornography. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney. Thorough investigation reveals numerous flaws in government's case and proves client not guilty.
Result: Grand Jury dismisses all charges.

Well respected health provider accused of sexually assaulting a patient. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney. Presentation to Grand Jury proves client is not guilty.
Result: Grand Jury dismisses charges.

Client indicted in Federal court for fraud and conspiracy. Represented by different attorney and is facing 18 to 24 months in Federal Prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney takes over case.
Result: Client receives probation and no prison time.

Suburban mother accused of arson. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys. Investigation proves that client is not guilty.
Result: Grand Jury dismisses charges.

Dentist arrested for assaulting woman who had run over his wife. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys at a jury trial.
Result: Dismissed by State immediately prior to jury selection.

Client and co-defendant accused of federal mail and wire fraud. Co-defendant received three years in federal prison. Client represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.
Result: Plea to lesser offense and judge gives client probation.

Client stopped by police officer based on suspicious activity. Police search car and find cocaine. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.
Result: Motion to suppress granted by trial court based on illegal search. Charges dismissed.

Prominent businessman accused of aggravated assault. Thorough investigation established client's innocence. Presentation made to Grand Jury.
Result: Grand Jury refused to indict and no charges pursued.

Employee of National Corporation accused of downloading child pornography on to firm's computers. Extensive investigation by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys proved client's innocence.
Result: District Attorney dropped case without even presenting it to the Grand Jury.


Appeal and Post-Conviction

Businessman ordered by Federal Court to pay $17 million in restitution. Represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton on appeal. Court of Appeals agrees with argument that District Court had no authority to order restitution.
Result: Restitution order vacated.

Catholic priest convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to life in prison.  Client represented in post-conviction proceedings by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney.  Post-conviction investigation reveals that District Attorney withheld exculpatory information from client's trial attorneys.
Result:  Conviction overturned.

Innocent man convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault. Spends 27 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton, along with the Innocence Project of Texas, takes on this case and obtains DNA testing that shows client to be actually innocent.
Result: Client released from prison.

Client was convicted in 11 cases of being a serial rapist. Client represented in post-conviction proceedings by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney and the Innocence Project of New York.
Result:  Client released from sentences and fully exonerated on grounds of actual innocence.

Innocent man convicted on two counts of failing to register as a sex offender.  Represented by a non-Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney at trial who persuaded the client to plead guilty in exchange for a ten year prison sentence.  Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys hired for post-conviction proceedings.  After a lengthy battle, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys persuade the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that client never had a duty to register as a sex offender and was therefore innocent. 
Result:  Convictions set aside based on showing of actual innocence and client released from prison.

Business executive represented by other lawyers and convicted of wire fraud and bank fraud and sentenced to three years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented client on appeal.
Result: Conviction reversed based on insufficient evidence and judgment of acquittal entered.

Banker represented by other lawyers and convicted of conspiracy and misapplication of bank funds. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented client on post-conviction motions and on appeal.
Result: Conviction reversed and judgment of acquittal entered.

Client represented by several different law firms. Tried and convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represented on a post-conviction application for writ of habeas corpus. Obtains affidavits from alleged victims recanting their testimony. Result: Conviction vacated and client's record is cleared.

Innocent man convicted of Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Robbery with an additional allegation of Sexual Assault. Represented by different law firm at trial and convicted and sentenced to life in prison. After lengthy court fight, Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys obtained a DNA test that proves his innocence. Result: Client exonerated and released from prison.

Business executive accused of indecency with a child. Represented by different law firm and found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represented on appeal and obtained a new sentencing trial.
Result: Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represented at a new sentencing trial in front of a jury. Business executive sentenced to probation.

Citizen accused of robbery and found guilty and sentenced to 5 years in prison. Represented by different law firm at trial.
Result: Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represents citizen on motion for new trial and obtains a new trial and a resentencing to probation.

Citizen convicted of sexual assault in 1984 and sentenced to 4 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton appointed to represent citizen on a post-conviction application for a writ of habeas corpus.
Result: Conviction set aside based on a showing of actual innocence.

College professor convicted by jury of aggravated assault. Represented by different law firm at trial. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represents professor on appeal.
Result: Court of Appeals reverses case based on jury instruction error and orders new trial.

Businessman convicted of Indecency with a Child and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Represented by different law firm at trial. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represents businessman on appeal.
Result: Court of Appeals orders new sentencing hearing based on prosecutorial misconduct.

Babysitter convicted of injury to a child based on alleged "Shaken Baby Syndrome." Babysitter represented by different law firm at trial and receives sentence of 8 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represents babysitter on Motion for New Trial.
Result: Trial court grants Motion for New Trial based on new medical evidence presented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton challenging state's evidence.

Citizen convicted of murder and sentenced to 45 years in prison. Represented by different lawyer at trial. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton retained to represent citizen on appeal.
Result: A Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney convinces Federal Court of Appeals to overturn conviction because citizen did not receive effective assistance of counsel from his trial attorney.

Citizen convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Represented by different lawyer at trial. New evidence discovered indicating several state's witnesses committed perjury. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represent defendant on appeal. State agrees to a joint motion to the Court of Appeals to remand case back to trial court for a motion for new trial. Result: Motion for New Trial granted and case dismissed.

Citizen convicted in federal court of various narcotic offenses and sentenced to 27 years. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton represents on appeal and convince Federal Appeals Court that sentence imposed in an unconstitutional manner. Result: Sentence vacated and District Court ordered to resentence defendant.

Client unjustly convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault. Represented by different lawyer at trial. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys file an Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus based on new evidence establishing actual innocence. District Court agrees and recommends that conviction be set aside.
Result: Court of Criminal Appeals grants Writ of Habeas Corpus and sets aside conviction.

Federal District Court grants Judgment of Acquittal finding former law enforcement officer accused of mail fraud Not Guilty. Government appeals to Federal Court of Appeals. Former law enforcement officer represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys.
Result: Judgment of District Court finding client not guilty upheld by Court of Appeals.

Small businessman tried in federal court for bank fraud and making a false statement in connection with an SBA loan. Businessman represented by different lawyer at trial and is convicted and sentenced to prison based on what the trial judge determined to be the loss the businessman intended to cause. Businessman represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys on appeal.
Result: Sentence vacated and remanded to trial court for a new sentencing hearing.

Businessman charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon. Convicted following a trial at which businessman was represented by other lawyer. Businessman represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney on appeal.
Result: Conviction reversed based on insufficient evidence and judgment of acquittal entered.

Client accused of Terroristic Threat. Represented by other lawyer and pleads guilty. Client represented by Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorney and files a post-conviction challenge to conviction.
Result: Conviction set aside and case dismissed.

16 year old represented by three other lawyers. Certified to stand trial as an adult on charge of Aggravated Assault based on shooting incident. Convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented client on post-conviction writ of habeas corpus.
Result: Developed new evidence proving innocence. Client released from prison and case dismissed.

Client represented by other lawyers and convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented client on motion for new trial and on appeal.
Result: Conviction reversed based on prosecutor withholding favorable evidence to the defendant.

Client represented by other attorney and convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault and sentenced to 60 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented client on appeal.
Result: Conviction reversed based on improper evidentiary rulings by trial judge and new trial ordered.

Attorney charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Represented by other attorney and convicted and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented on appeal.
Result: Reversed on appeal, new sentencing hearing held and sentence reduced to time served.

Client represented by other attorney at trial on charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys represented on post-conviction application for writ of habeas corpus.
Result: Conviction overturned due to ineffective assistance of trial attorney. New trial ordered.

Significant Cases

Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys have won not guilty verdicts from juries on a wide variety of cases including complex Federal fraud indictments, homicide and controlled substances offenses.

Sorrels, Udashen & Anton attorneys have also obtained the exoneration and release from prison of over 20 wrongfully convicted persons.

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