2017 Representative Cases
Dallas county man indicted for three offenses of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. After three years, client was found Not Guilty on all three cases.
Plano woman charged for Federal Program Theft for embezzling more than $140,000 from Plano ISD during her employment. At sentencing hearing, the federal judge reduced client’s total loss and restitution to $90,000.
Dallas county man indicted for Aggravated Robbery. Co-defendants also indicted for murder and sentenced to life in prison. State reduced felony and client sentenced to two years deferred probation.
Dallas county woman indicted for Theft of embezzling money from her employer. State argued for restitution of over $18,000. At sentencing hearing, judge reduced client’s restitution to only $1,000.
Dallas county man indicted for three offenses relating to Manufacturing and Delivery of Heroin and possession of cocaine. Sentenced to five years deferred probation.
Collin county man indicted for Aggravated Robbery home invasion that resulted in shooting death of accomplice. State offered 40 years in prison. State dismissed related charges of bail jumping and possession of marijuana after the jury assessed 27 years.
Dallas county man indicted for Aggravated Robbery for hitting complainant with brass knuckles and stealing cash and a firearm during a drug deal. Set for jury trial. State reduced to time-served on misdemeanor assault before trial.
Dallas county man indicted for three offenses relating to Manufacturing and Delivery of Heroin, first-degree felony. Sentenced to five years deferred probation.
Embezzled funds from Plano ISD
Challenged federal prosecutor to prove loss amount in embezzlement case. Plano woman charged for Federal Program Theft for embezzling more than $140,000 from Plano ISD during her employment. After plea negotiations, client pled guilty to charges but disputed calculation of loss amount. During hearing to prove actual loss amount, Nicole Knox cross-examined Plano ISD auditor and Assistant Superintendent.
Possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, Second Degree Felony
Represented a young African-American male, who lived with his wife and two young children in a neighborhood known for high drug trafficking because it was the only place they could afford to live.
The Dallas Police Department entered an apartment one afternoon where they found the resident and three neighbors, including the defendant. Officers found cocaine in a tin can in the closet of the apartment. The defendant was the only person arrested because he was the last one to exit the apartment.
After a jury trial, the judge granted a mistrial due to the hung jury, and years later, the defendant pled no contest to a misdemeanor count of attempted possession.
Represented a small business owner who was robbed at gunpoint at his business one night.
During the robbery, Ms. Knox’s client pulled out his firearm and shot the robber in self-defense. After accompanying her client to the police station, where he told the officers the truth, the client was allowed to walk out of the police station that night without being arrested or charged.
The grand jury refused to indict the business owner for homicide because he acted in self-defense, and he was never prosecuted.
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, felony
Represented a 19-year-old male who had consensual sex with a young woman who told him that she was 18-years-old.
He was surprised to learn that she was only 14-years-old, which, under Texas law, turned his first love into statutory rape. After presenting his side of the story, the grand jury refused to indict the young man and he was never prosecuted for the offense.
Illegal Distribution of Prescription Drugs Online
Represented an online pharmacy charged with six violations related to the sale and distribution of prescription drugs online, including charges of:
- Illegal drug distribution
- Violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
- Violation of the Internet Pharmacy Act
The defense team was able to convince a federal jury that federal law did not prohibit the defendant and its network of doctors and pharmacists from prescribing and distributing pharmaceuticals electronically.
The company was found NOT GUILTY on all six counts of the federal indictment.
$400K employee embezzlement from logistics company
Dallas county man charged in Memphis federal court because victim employer’s business is in Memphis. Client was charged for embezzling more than $400,000 from his employer by pocketing paychecks from fake and fraudulent employee files. After plea negotiations, client disputed the loss amount owed to employer but pled guilty to the offense and cooperated with federal agents.
At the sentencing hearing, United States Probation recommended a sentence range of imprisonment between 27-33 months and restitution or repayment for the loss to employer of $420,019.23. Nicole Knox argued for a below-guidelines sentence and reduced restitution or repayment amount. Memphis federal judge agreed with the defense and ordered client to serve 12 months in prison and reduced to $387,237.19.
Represented a man who was charged with violating his probation by communicating with his ex-girlfriend through social media.
During a contested hearing, the state argued that a profile page visit was a communication. After presenting evidence challenging the authenticity of the profile visit and after arguing the definition of a “communication,” the judge ordered that my client continue his probated sentence.
Possession of marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor
Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor, Class B Misdemeanor. Traffic stop for failure to maintain a single lane. Evidence planted in passenger client’s purse.
Possession of black tar heroin, state jail felony
Represented a man stopped by the Dallas Police Department because his license plate was too dirty to read.
A search of the vehicle after the dirty license plate traffic stop resulted in discovery of a small baggie of black tar heroin.
After contradictory testimony from the arresting officers and a lack of audio on the in-car police recording, the officers failed to prove that they had consent or a search warrant to support a lawful search of the vehicle. The District Court Judge granted a motion to suppress as the result of an illegal search, and the drugs were deemed inadmissible evidence.
The state DISMISSED the charge after losing the hearing.
Represented a police officer charged with 58 counts in a federal indictment on charges including:
- Violation of civil rights under color of law
- Distribution of controlled substances
- Witness tampering
- Possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime
As part of the defense team, at trial Ms. Knox was tasked with cross-examination of the lead government witness, among other responsibilities. Attacking the credibility of this witness was vital to the defense of the police officer because the witness’ statements were material to more than 35 counts in the indictment.
After a federal jury trial, the officer was found guilty of six felony perjury counts and two misdemeanor conspiracy to violate civil rights counts only.