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Mallett & Saper, LLP
Edward Mallett

600 Travis St.. Suite 1900
Houston TX 77002
(713) 236-1900

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Mallett & Saper, LLP


Please Call: 713 236 1900

Nationally-Known Defenders and Litigators

Ed Mallett and Gus Saper guarantee a legal team that brings experience, dedication and discretion to solving serious, and highly personal legal problems and which always puts the client's interest first. Most clients face serious criminal matters. Others are involved in business-related disputes. Many cases involve both civil and criminal issues that proceed in different courts and/or before state or federal regulatory or licensing agencies.

You Hire the Attorney Who Represents You

At Mallett & Saper, you get the lawyer that you choose, beginning to end. Other attorneys may also participate, but only with the client's approval. Several times a week we review our pending cases to take advantage of our collective knowledge and experience.

Discretion and Confidentiality

Our job includes protecting your confidential communications, rights, privacy, reputation, families, money, property, and your freedom. Our experience is that most clients do not want their names in the news or their stories told by the media. We feel that the client is usually better served if our best work is never noticed by the general public. Our job is to assure the client the best result possible with the least amount of negative attention and in a way that gets the case behind them. You won't see your name or your picture on our Web site.

Have Laptop, Will Travel

Most cases are strictly local, but many involve people, events and documents that are far from our office in downtown Houston. We have taken cases in more than half of the 244 counties in Texas. Case related investigations have taken us to most of the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and, literally, around the world, to Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Mexico, Spain, Saudi Arabia and the Virgin Islands. We use the most advanced tools and sophisticated techniques of communications, information technology and forensic science to "build" each case to serve the client's needs.

Fees and Expenses

Fees and expenses are negotiated case-by-case and confirmed by a written agreement. We do not charge for initial telephone consultations. We accept all major credit cards.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact us at (713) 236-1900.

Edward A Mallett

Partner

Location : Houston, Texas
Phone : (713) 236-1900
Fax : (713) 228-0321
E-mail : E-mail Me

Edward Mallett is a native Houstonian. He is a graduate of Lamar High School, Dartmouth College, and the University of Texas, School of Law. He has served as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers and President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Ed has served as a Special Prosecutor, appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas. He has been Board Certified as a criminal lawyer for over 30 years.

Ed returned to Houston after taking the Bar Examination, and has been in private practice ever since. His career in criminal defense started with court appointments. His early successes quickly led to retained cases, including serious felonies in state and federal courts. He is admitted to practice law by the State of Texas, the State of New York and the United States Supreme Court.

Ed's academic career also includes attending the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, ten years on the faculty of the University of Houston School of Law, fifteen years teaching at the National Criminal Defense College and more than 100 publications and presentations on criminal law to bar associations and law students throughout the United States.

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

J.D. - 1970

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

B.A. - 1967

Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense

Asset Forfeiture

Certified Legal Specialty

  • Criminal Law, State Bar of Texas, Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Recognition

  • "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • "Texas Monthly Super Lawyers"
  • H Houston Magazine's Best Lawyers in Houston
  • National Directory of Criminal Lawyers

Professional Leadership and Memberships

  • Foundation for Criminal Justice, President, 2005 - 2010
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2000 - 2001
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1988 - 1989
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, President, 1982 - 1983
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Life Fellow, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute
  • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Member
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Life Member, Legal Committee
  • International Criminal Defense Bar, Member

Teaching Lawyers & Law Students

Course Director, "Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law", Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2010

Faculty, National Criminal Defense College, 1994 - present

Faculty, University of Houston, School of Law, 1986 - 1996

Course Director, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1986

Faculty, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Course, 15 years

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Publications

Convocation Issue, "Whatever Happened to Willie Horton?", The Champion Magazine, Sept./Oct., 2000

"Death Row Defense", The Champion Magazine, Aug., 2000

"Prison Mail", The Champion Magazine, Dec., 2000

"The Race Card", The Champion Magazine, Nov., 2000

"Discovery", The Champion Magazine, June, 2001

"Poverty and Death", The Champion Magazine, May, 2001

"Going Home", The Champion Magazine, August, 2001

"Sex Offender Registration", The Champion Magazine, March, 2001

"International Affairs", The Champion Magazine, July, 2001

"District attorney's office looking into Russell Yates", Reporter-News Online: Texas News, March, 2002

"DA: Yates' Husband Not criminally Responsible", WRAL.com, June, 2002

"Guidelines Stiffened for Selling Ecstasy", SFGate.com, March, 2001

"Ecstasy Selling Penalties Stiffened", CBS News.com, March, 2001

"DNA Evidence is Chipping Away at a Long-Standing Legal Principle - a Time Limit for Justice - in Sexual Assault Cases", Americaonviolence.org, July, 2001

"Both Sides Batten Down for Ashcroft Hearing", Seacoastonline.com, January, 2001

"Bush Call to Fund Capital Defense Puzzling", NCADP, February, 2005

"Hearing Today in Colombian Arms Case", Insidecostarica.com, May, 2003

"New York Lawyers' Group has Standing to Challenge Assigned Counsel Rates", defgen.state.vt.us, January, 2001

"Echols Got Short Shrift, Lawyer Says", Arkansas Democrat - Gazette, March, 2001

Presenter, "Raising Penalties for MDA", United States Sentencing Guidelines Commission, March, 2001

O’Connor’s Federal Criminal Procedure, Jones-McClure Publishing, Scheduled for Publication, January 2010

Law School Fraternity

Phi Delta Phi

Please Call: 713 236 1900

Edward A Mallett

Partner

Location : Houston, Texas
Phone : (713) 236-1900
Fax : (713) 228-0321
E-mail : E-mail Me

Edward Mallett is a native Houstonian. He is a graduate of Lamar High School, Dartmouth College, and the University of Texas, School of Law. He has served as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers and President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Ed has served as a Special Prosecutor, appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas. He has been Board Certified as a criminal lawyer for over 30 years.

Ed returned to Houston after taking the Bar Examination, and has been in private practice ever since. His career in criminal defense started with court appointments. His early successes quickly led to retained cases, including serious felonies in state and federal courts. He is admitted to practice law by the State of Texas, the State of New York and the United States Supreme Court.

Ed's academic career also includes attending the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, ten years on the faculty of the University of Houston School of Law, fifteen years teaching at the National Criminal Defense College and more than 100 publications and presentations on criminal law to bar associations and law students throughout the United States.

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

J.D. - 1970

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

B.A. - 1967

Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense

Asset Forfeiture

Certified Legal Specialty

  • Criminal Law, State Bar of Texas, Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Recognition

  • "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • "Texas Monthly Super Lawyers"
  • H Houston Magazine's Best Lawyers in Houston
  • National Directory of Criminal Lawyers

Professional Leadership and Memberships

  • Foundation for Criminal Justice, President, 2005 - 2010
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2000 - 2001
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1988 - 1989
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, President, 1982 - 1983
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Life Fellow, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute
  • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Member
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Life Member, Legal Committee
  • International Criminal Defense Bar, Member

Teaching Lawyers & Law Students

Course Director, "Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law", Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2010

Faculty, National Criminal Defense College, 1994 - present

Faculty, University of Houston, School of Law, 1986 - 1996

Course Director, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1986

Faculty, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Course, 15 years

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Publications

Convocation Issue, "Whatever Happened to Willie Horton?", The Champion Magazine, Sept./Oct., 2000

"Death Row Defense", The Champion Magazine, Aug., 2000

"Prison Mail", The Champion Magazine, Dec., 2000

"The Race Card", The Champion Magazine, Nov., 2000

"Discovery", The Champion Magazine, June, 2001

"Poverty and Death", The Champion Magazine, May, 2001

"Going Home", The Champion Magazine, August, 2001

"Sex Offender Registration", The Champion Magazine, March, 2001

"International Affairs", The Champion Magazine, July, 2001

"District attorney's office looking into Russell Yates", Reporter-News Online: Texas News, March, 2002

"DA: Yates' Husband Not criminally Responsible", WRAL.com, June, 2002

"Guidelines Stiffened for Selling Ecstasy", SFGate.com, March, 2001

"Ecstasy Selling Penalties Stiffened", CBS News.com, March, 2001

"DNA Evidence is Chipping Away at a Long-Standing Legal Principle - a Time Limit for Justice - in Sexual Assault Cases", Americaonviolence.org, July, 2001

"Both Sides Batten Down for Ashcroft Hearing", Seacoastonline.com, January, 2001

"Bush Call to Fund Capital Defense Puzzling", NCADP, February, 2005

"Hearing Today in Colombian Arms Case", Insidecostarica.com, May, 2003

"New York Lawyers' Group has Standing to Challenge Assigned Counsel Rates", defgen.state.vt.us, January, 2001

"Echols Got Short Shrift, Lawyer Says", Arkansas Democrat - Gazette, March, 2001

Presenter, "Raising Penalties for MDA", United States Sentencing Guidelines Commission, March, 2001

O’Connor’s Federal Criminal Procedure, Jones-McClure Publishing, Scheduled for Publication, January 2010

Law School Fraternity

Phi Delta Phi

Criminal Investigations

Criminal investigations, and especially grand jury investigations, are very serious. They begin either with a subpoena served by two federal agents, or contact by a state law enforcement officer. They will attempt to conduct a "voluntary interview" about the events that they are investigating. Although you must accept service of a subpoena, we recommend that you retain us to help you decide whether to talk to law enforcement, and to be sure that there is a witness if you give a statement. Otherwise, it's their word against yours: two against one. You should not be alone when interviewed by state or federal agents.

Many investigations become a "media circus" reported on television and in the local newspapers. Usually, this is something our clients wish to avoid. We will do everything we can to maintain a low profile for your case, unless as a matter of strategy the client decides that he or she want the publicity. Most clients do not want their families, co-workers and friends to read that they are involved in a criminal investigation, or face criminal charges. This may be a significant difference between us and other lawyers.

The Grand Jury and Indictments

An indictment is a formal, written charge, voted "true" by the grand jury that "investigated" by hearing evidence offered by prosecutions. An indictment states that one or more defendants have committed an offense. Federal indictments usually charge several offenses, each presented in a separate "count." Most federal indictments start with a charge of conspiracy. From there, counts charging other general offenses such as money laundering may be added, and more specific crimes or regulatory violations in the following counts.

State grand jury indictments usually charge one defendant with a single offense – but that is not always true. When supported by a successful, immediate investigation, we recommend presenting innocent clients to the state grand jury.

Federal Agency Investigations

Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has general jurisdiction over federal crimes, the alphabet soup of federal agencies and cooperative federal-state projects is too numerous to list. Most federal agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Aviation Agency, have an internal "police force" of Special Agents or Inspectors General (This includes the ATF, BLM, DOD, FAA, FDIC, GAO, DHS, ICE, SEC, IRS, OCEDEF, INS and so on). We've had cases with them all.

Often the best defense succeeds in avoiding charges ever being filed. When we get hired early, that is usually our first objective. Often we can prove the client is innocent and avoid the expense and ordeal of ever going to court. Sometimes we can persuade the authorities to accept a civil penalty instead of moving forward with criminal charges.

Juvenile Investigations

Juvenile courts hear cases for defendants under the age of 17, but may certify a child to stand trial as an adult. There is a unique set of laws and procedures that apply to investigations and prosecutions against children: the range of consequences is from dismissal and protection of the child from having any criminal record at all, to certification and a term of years in a penitentiary with violent adult offenders. In theory, the juvenile courts place special emphasis on the protection and well-being of the minor defendant. We fight to keep children from being transferred to adult courts, and to learn from the tragedies they face so they can become productive and responsible citizens without a criminal record.

Contact Us

If you, a family member or your child becomes involved in a law enforcement investigation, please contact Mallett & Saper, in Houston, Texas, at (713) 236-1900.

Drug Crimes

Regardless of your opinion of "marihuana prohibition," "the war on drugs," or drug laws in general, getting charged with possession or sale of illegal drugs is a serious event that may have lifelong consequences. Ed Mallett is a life member of the National Legal Committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marihuana Laws (NORML).

Federal drug case indictments may be long and complicated, charging many defendants and many counts. We believe that a "joint defense" strategy by a team of competent defense attorneys can often yield a better result for our client not allowing the prosecutors to "divide and conquer."

Ed Mallett successfully defended two defendants in America's largest single marihuana seizure, 110,000 pounds, from a Colombian ship. We routinely help in smaller cases as well - a baggie, a joint or even a roach - knowing that a conviction for any usable quantity of marihuana or other drug can have harsh and adverse consequences.

Drug law violations may be charged in many ways:

  • Conspiracy
  • Marihuana
  • Other Controlled Substances
  • Possession
  • Smuggling, Sale and Distribution
  • Manufacturing and Cultivating
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Designer Drugs
  • Drug Abuse and Addiction

Controlled substances and "dangerous drugs" are listed in federal and state law regulations by the hundreds. The most common today include marihuana (marijuana), cocaine, meth and methamphetamines, heroin, MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, Xanax, Oxycontin, Valium, Rohypnol, steroids, hydrocodone (vicodin), and…the list goes on.

Mallett & Saper routinely represents professionals such as doctors, dentists, lawyers and others before the respective regulatory agencies arising from the arrest of the respective professional. We work with psychiatrists, psychologists, addiction specialists and treatment programs to "cure" problems at the source in order to obtain a dismissal of the related criminal cases.

The abuse of prescription medication can result in criminal charges. Many times clients are prescribed medications, become addicted, and when their doctor discontinues the medication the client chooses to self-medicate through the use of forged prescriptions, doctor shopping and other desperate efforts to obtain the prescription medication. It is a little known fact that health care professional often become addicted by abusing the very drugs they frequently prescribe. When arrested, whether people are rich or poor, they are jailed and held until released on bond like every other defendant, and the pretrial release procedure takes from several hours to several days.

Contact Us

If you have been charged, or are being investigated, for a drug crime, contact Mallett & Saper in Houston, Texas, at (713) 236-1900.

Crimes of Violence

Crimes of Violence: Murder, Homicide, Assaults and Prohibited Weapons

Violent crimes carry severe penalties. Many allegations begin with disputes among people that love each other, adding an emotionally charged element to the proceedings. Other cases involving the loss of life, or which result in serious bodily injury, were simply tragic accidents that are unintentional and unforeseeable

It's not unusual for a neighbor or other third party to "report something to the police," and once an investigation starts there is no way for a civilian to simply "drop the charges." There is nothing more complicated in criminal law than understanding how, so often, good people get charged with bad things, particularly so-called “assaults” involving members of a household.

A common mistake that ordinary people have about "domestic violence" is that the accuser (spouse, girlfriend, relative, visitor, neighbor) has authority to "drop the charges" on request. Not true. Most District Attorney Offices have a zero tolerance policy and will force the "victim" to testify, or will proceed with other evidence regardless of the so-called victim's wishes or request.

Sometimes the charges are false. Sometimes they are mostly false and grossly exaggerated. Sometimes it's an accident or mistake, and there was no "criminal intent." Many defendants have a story to tell and can explain what really happened. Our job is to prepare and present the truth from our clients’ point of view.

Possession of firearms (and other weapons) often results in prosecution when the client truly believes that he is totally innocent. For example, other lawyers may have told a person that if they complete "probation" their criminal record is automatically expunged. Not true. A former felony probationer may be a "felon in possession" and prosecuted under several different statutes. The use of a weapon to commit a federal offense is punishable by an extra five years. Firearms and prohibited weapons often increase the time a person must serve before release.

As conduct becomes more aggravated, the punishment increases. The Texas Penal Code ranks violent crimes as follows:

  • Assault without weapon or injury
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Attempted Murder
  • Family Violence
  • Assaults involving a member of the household
  • Negligent Homicide
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Capital Murder
  • Life Without Parole
  • Death Penalty

Contact Us

If you are being investigated or accused of a violent crime, contact Mallett & Saper in Houston, Texas, for an initial consultation at (713) 236-1900.


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