Criminal Defense Case Results

Austin Criminal Attorney Bill Mange has amassed an impressive record of results defending his clients.

There is a saying in Texas that “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true.”

Here’s how you know that what you read on this website is the truth. In the results below, you will see copies of the actual orders from the cases so you can see for yourself that we’re talking about real cases with real results.

Along with the copies of the orders there are brief summaries of each and every case. Information on the orders that would identify my clients has been blacked out to protect their identities and reputations.


Additional Results for Austin Attorney William (Bill) Mange:


The case result summaries below do not guarantee results in any future case. The outcome of any individual criminal case depends on the facts and the law in that case.

  • Assault With Bodily Injury
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    Assault With Bodily Injury
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    This case turned into a bit of a brawl between the State and the Defense. My client was a former employee of the Austin PD who had been accused of assaulting another person inside the main headquarters of APD. My investigation of the facts showed good grounds to argue that my client was being selectively prosecuted.

  • Assault with bodily injury
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    Assault with bodily injury
    RESULT: Charge dismissed.

    My client was charged with having punched and kicked his significant other. The police interviewed my client and he unfortunately confessed, and his confession was somewhat similar to his significant other's statement to the police.

  • Assault with injury
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    Assault with injury
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    My client was charged with having punched a friend's neighbor in the face several times. My investigation showed that my client only punched the neighbor after the neighbor had threatened his friend some 6 times before, and the last time my client's friend was threatened with immediate injury.

  • Aggravated Assault Charge
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    Aggravated Assault Charge
    RESULT: Charge Dismissed; client pleaded guilty to a lesser charge (criminal trespass)

    My client was not thinking too clearly one day. He was worried about an acquaintance and so went by her apartment to see if she was all right. No answer. He feared that she was inside her apartment, incapacitated and unable to answer the door, so he got a drill out of his car, hopped the fence enclosing his acquaintance’s apartment patio, and began to try to enter the apartment.

    Now, the woman’s boyfriend was not pleased with any of this at all, as you might imagine. He grabbed a Japanese sword (not a ceremonial sword, but a genuine razor sharp Samurai sword made from cold rolled steel) and went after my client. Quickly realizing that his acquaintance had someone to look after her, my client took his drill and ran for his life to his car. He jumped in his car, backed out of his parking spot, and took off. But not before the boyfriend’s sword put a slice into the metal trunk of the car.

    Now, I said a minute ago that my client was not thinking too clearly, but his heart was in the right place. If you don’t agree, listen to this. My client returned about an hour later, wanting to apologize. In my client’s culture, it’s appropriate to offer money along with an apology, and that’s what my client did.

    Well, the woman’s boyfriend wasn’t too familiar with my client’s culture’s protocol for apologies. He just grabbed the sword and went after my client again. This time my client didn’t quite out run the boyfriend. The boyfriend chased my client to his car. My client jumped in the car, but hadn’t yet closed the driver’s door. When he saw the boyfriend running up, he displayed a semi-automatic handgun, but did not point it at anyone. The boyfriend, recognizing the “never bring a sword to a gunfight” rule, backed off and called 911.

    The grand jury indicted my client for an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    The prosecutor and I talked about the case. Initially the offer was for a felony probation. On my client’s behalf, I declined, because my client complied with the law regarding self-defense. Specifically, Texas Penal Code section 9.32 says that a person is justified in using deadly force against another … when and to the degree the person reasonably believes that deadly force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other person’s use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force. The boyfriend was using unlawful deadly force because the 2nd time my client went near his apartment he was trying to put cash on the ground and leave. My client wasn’t armed at that point. My client only displayed the handgun when the boyfriend came running up, deadly weapon in hand.

    With my client’s authority, I offered to resolve the case with a plea to the crime he did commit, namely the criminal trespass he committed when he hopped the fence at the apartment. And that is how it all worked out.

  • Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon
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    Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Police charged my client with aggravated assault. My investigation showed that my client was a nine month pregnant woman who was attacked from the rear by a crack whore. Her fear for her life, as well as that of her unborn child, brought her to pull a knife from her purse and defend herself.

  • Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon
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    Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Alleged victim walked into hospital with knife wound. He was incoherent at first, but eventually explained that he had been helping my client move, that they argued over her paying for his gasoline, and that she walked up to him and slashed his forearm. Police detective went to the convenience store and watched video of my client approaching the alleged victim and making a slashing motion. He failed to get a copy of the video, however. I discovered that the alleged victim’s criminal history included many convictions for possession of cocaine and a few convictions and several arrests for violent crimes.

  • 2nd Degree Felony burglary of a home
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    2nd Degree Felony burglary of a home
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Police investigation showed only that someone had pawned a stolen item using my client's Texas Driver's License. My investigation proved that my client's Driver License was stolen more than a month before the burglary occurred and that someone else probably used the stolen Driver License to pawn items stolen during the burglary.

  • Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Aggravated Assault 1st Degree Felony
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    Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Aggravated Assault 1st Degree Felony
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Client kicked in the door of an acquaintance's home in the middle of the night, then fired shots at the acquaintance. The acquaintance had his wife call 911, then grabbed a pistol and shot my client once in the leg. The police captured my client just outside the acquaintance's home.

  • Driving While License Suspended
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    Driving While License Suspended
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    My client was driving while her license was suspended. I persuaded her to get her license cleared up and pay her insurance for 6 months in advance.

  • Driving While License Suspended
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    Driving While License Suspended
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    About 2 weeks before he was arrested for driving while license suspended, my client had renewed his license at DPS with no problems. When my client was pulled over, however, the police told him that his license was invalid for failure to pay a ticket. I proved that the police computer showed that my client's license was suspended in error.

  • Driving While License Suspended
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    Driving While License Suspended
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Client's license had been suspended because of problems with tickets. Client was pulled over for traffic offense and was asked for his license. Client gave his license to the police officer, who went to his patrol unit to see if the license was still valid. It was not. Client was arrested.

  • False Identification
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    False Identification
    RESULT: False identification charge dismissed.

    The probable cause affidavit indicated that in April of 2010, a state trooper went by a convenience store where he found my client seated on the ground, leaning up against the wall of the building. The trooper noticed the smell of alcohol and slurred speech and so asked my client to produce identification. In response, my client handed the officer the identification for a friend of his who my client somewhat resembled. In so doing, my client had committed the offense of giving false identification. To make matters worse, shortly after my client spoke to the state trooper, my client was approached by an Austin Police Department Officer, who having noted my client's inebriation, also asked my client for identification. That's when my client gave his real identification. The truly difficult issue was that my client's friend had committed a state jail felony by obtaining a high quality forgery of a Texas driver's license. My client, by handing over a forged Texas driver's license was also committing a state jail felony. So, it was imperative that my client not take the case to trial and at the same time get the false identification charge dismissed.

  • False Report to a Police Officer
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    False Report to a Police Officer
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Police accused my client of lying to the police about having been hit on the head, based on what the hotel manager and other "witnesses" said. I showed the prosecutor that my client's report was consistent with what the hotel manager saw and that the other "witnesses" were unreliable drug addicts.

  • Fictitious Inspection Sticker
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    Fictitious Inspection Sticker
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    My client was charged with having a fictitious inspection sticker on his windshield. The reason he got a ticket for this in the first place was that an officer had parked himself at the corner of 7th and Chicon, where a lot of honest, hard-working people work and live, but unfortunately there are also a fair number of drug dealers, too. So, the officer had himself parked there, looking for basically any reason to stop anybody, because he figured he could get to the search soon enough. Along came my client, whose inspection sticker didn't look quite right. The officer stopped him, smelled marijuana, and they were off to the races. Unfortunately for the officer, the amount of marijuana found was so small that even the narcotics unit didn't want to fool with it. No charges were filed on that. My client just went and got his car inspected and we proved that.

  • Misuse of Public Property by a Public Official
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    Misuse of Public Property by a Public Official
    RESULT: The grand jury no-billed (failed to indict) my client and the case was dismissed.

    Client worked in a governmental agency and was accused of misusing governmental property for private gain. I showed the prosecutor that the alleged misuse of governmental property was really nothing more than fine-tuning the property so it could operate efficiently.

  • Hindering Apprehension
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    Hindering Apprehension
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    This case was a blatant abuse by the Manor Police Department. My client had been riding his motorcycle with an acquaintance. Manor PD got behind them and turned on their emergency lights. My client pulled over and got his ticket, but his acquaintance did not. The Manor officer became pretty upset with my client that his acquaintance didn't pull over, but what could my client do? He, after all, was the one who pulled over. They asked my client about the acquaintance's name, and my client only knew the first name. The police became more upset and threatened to arrest him if he did not find out the acquaintance's full name and contact information and report it. It was a Sunday and my client knew he wouldn't see his acquaintance until the next day. To his surprise, somewhat later that day, he saw his acquaintance lying face down in a ditch, apparently injured from a motorcycle wreck. So my client and his wife picked him up and took him to a hospital. Do you see a crime here? Neither did I. I told the State that my client would not plead to anything, nor agree to any deferred prosecution.

  • Obscenity
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    Obscenity
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    My client had worked in an adult bookstore in the 1980s. One day, the police came in, took photos, seized items from the store, asked my client his name and the name of the owner. He was not arrested. He stopped working at the store, finished his degree at the University of Texas, and went on with his life. Twenty years later, my client was about to visit the governor's mansion. But before DPS would let anyone in, they check to see if you have outstanding warrants. Lo and behold, my client did. Trouble was, since it had been 20 years since the offense allegedly happened, the State couldn't find its officer.

  • Tampering With a Witness
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    Tampering With a Witness
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    The prosecution's witnesses said that my client had offered more than $1,500 to complaining witness (in a different case) to make the other case "go away." My investigation showed that the complaining witness and my client had an ongoing business dispute, and that the complaining witness had sent numerous to my client demanding payment on his alleged debt.

  • Theft of Auto Parts
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    Theft of Auto Parts
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Police report indicated that my client had confessed to the officer that he committed the crime. I showed that the confession was illegally obtained. If you look closely at the Dismissal Form, you'll see an "x" next to a sentence that says "Other:," and then the rest of the hand writing is not legible. That hand writing says: "pending further investigation." That means if the prosecutor later figures out how to prove the case, he can refile it. That rarely happens.

  • Theft
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    Theft
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Client was caught red-handed after leaving a department store with a number of items for which Client had not paid. Store security took Client's picture, took picture of the items, and "scanned" the UPC codes through a store register.

  • Theft
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    Theft
    RESULT: Case Dismissed

    My client gave her daughter the freedom to drive her car, but with the freedom came the responsibility to not let other people drive the car, and not to allow one boy in particular into the car. My client’s daughter not only allowed the boy into the car, she let him drive the car. My client saw this happen and was not pleased, and let her daughter and the boy know it. Her daughter promised not to let it happen again.

    Soon afterwards, my client found the boy’s backpack, which he had left in the car. Away went the freedom to drive, and the boy was told by phone to either come get his backpack, or it would go into the trash. The boy replied that as far as he was concerned, my client had stolen the backpack, and that she had to bring it to him. My client told him that the backpack was in the trash. He called 911 and told them the same story.

  • Theft
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    Theft
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Client was caught at the store with the allegedly stolen goods and no receipt.

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Auto Theft)
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    Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Auto Theft)
    RESULT: Auto theft case dismissed.

    Police said my client had stolen an acquaintance's car. Police did no investigation other than to take an accident report and the alleged victim's statement. My investigation showed that the "acquaintance" was really a friend who frequently loaned her car to my client, and who had in fact gone out partying with my client on the evening of the alleged auto theft.

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Auto Theft)
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    Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Auto Theft)
    RESULT: Auto theft case dismissed.

    The Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle dismissal came around because I read the offense report and saw there was no evidence at all that my client had used or operated the vehicle. The officer only saw my client sitting in the passenger seat, which is not enough proof that he was operating the vehicle.

  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm Class A Misdemeanor
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    Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm Class A Misdemeanor
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Police arrested my client after approximately 8 witnesses saw my client fire a pistol. My investigation showed my client noticed a disturbance in his front yard caused by a neighborhood trouble-maker. The trouble-maker was physically threatening my client's grandchildren. My client got a pistol, went outside, and fired a shot.

  • Places Weapons Prohibited
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    Places Weapons Prohibited
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Client went through the metal detector at the airport with an illegal knife in his bag. The Transportation Security Administration agent asked whose bag it was, and he said "mine."

  • Workers' Compensation fraud
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    Workers' Compensation fraud
    RESULT: Dismissed.

    They said my client had committed a felony workers’ compensation fraud. Someone had overstated the amount of the loss. With the revised figure, even if true, it wasn’t a felony.

  • Credit Card Abuse
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    Credit Card Abuse
    RESULT: Case dismissed.

    Client visited the home of a wealthy friend of whom client felt jealous. While friend went to refill client's iced tea, client went through friend's wallet and stole several credit cards, then went on a shopping spree. Client was caught on video camera in several area stores purchasing items with the stolen credit cards.