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Be Merciful, Even as Your Father is Merciful

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?                                                             -Luke 11:11-12 A father is supposed to protect and provide for his family.  In fact, Sigmund Freud stated that during childhood, a father’s provision is essential.  Some may believe that this is controversial.  However, according to recent studies, this notion is a scientific fact.   Actually, a former Jacinto City little league president and coach, tried to provide for his beloved son, but his efforts took a turn for the worse.  Christopher Vasquez’s four-year-old son had a liver transplant.  As a result, the boy’s mother had to stop [...]

Expunction: Redeem Me for I Am Innocent

For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.                                                                         Luke 8:17 They were popular young men, and they had their entire futures ahead of them.  All of their lives, they worked hard to make their families proud.  The young men worked hard and excelled in school.  Moreover, they worked hard and excelled on the football fields.  In fact, they worked so hard that they both received scholarships to attend Sacred Heart University.  Finally, their dreams had manifested.  Finally, they made it…they made it…At least, that is what they thought until that dreadful night…that dreadful night when everything came to an end.  All of their dreams, [...]

Drug Possession: When the Odds are Against You

Whether or not the possession of drugs is for personal use or the intent to sell, drug possession is a serious offense.  Regardless of the consequences, this continues to be a growing epidemic.  In fact, people are desperate and unable to locate employment.  They lack the education and/or skills to land that perfectly paying job.  Moreover, they become tired of the everyday pressures of life.  As a result, they seek what they feel may be an easy solution to their numerous problems…the possession of illegal substances…marijuana…heroin…cocaine, etc.  Despite the personal problems that drug users or drug sellers may possess, law enforcers must hold them accountable.  If truth be told, those convicted of drug possession can face up to 20 years [...]

Help!  I Have Been Charged With Drinking and Driving!

The problem with Drinking and Driving is… the Mourning after…                                                                 -Anonymous   Undoubtedly, college students drink and drive.  In fact, research has shown that approximately 1,825 college students die from alcohol-related injuries, annually.  Of course, this includes automobile crashes.  Moreover, assaults increase when students drink.  This includes, but is not limited to, alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.    “It was just another day.  No one special came.  Nothing unusual happened.  The evening was the same.  Just an ordinary day…  And then the telephone rang.  From that moment on forever…everything was changed.”                                                                                                                                 - Richard A. Dew, MD A high percentage of injuries and fatalities occur when students decide to drive while intoxicated Consider the following real life story [...]

This Was Not Assault…I Was Defending Myself and My Wife

19 Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own; 20 for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body. (1Co 6:19-20 ASV) Undoubtedly, the Bible teaches us to preserve life. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, the Bible teaches us that our bodies are not our own. Instead, these precious vessels belong to God. Our bodies are His property. As a result, we must protect our bodies against all harm and danger. Not only does the Bible command us to preserve our own lives, but we are also responsible for preserving the lives of others. According to [...]

From Victim to Victimizer

Naturally, there are exceptions to every rule. However, studies have shown that those that have been abused oftentimes become abusers. In fact, 30-70% of sexual offenders have been sexually abused, according to reports. People often ask me how someone that endured the agony and pain of sexual abuse could turn around and bestow that pain on another. I simply tell them that it is a learned behavior. In other words, people that are hurting sometimes hurt other people. This is what they have been taught, usually by their parents or other family members. They are products of their environments and do not necessarily know any other way to behave. Moreover, this behavior allows them to feel powerful or as if [...]

Expungement (Not Suicide) May be the Answer

Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever done something that you regretted and as a result, you were constantly reminded of the mistake by being denied certain privileges or opportunities over and over again? I have actually worked with clients that told me that they made a mistake, were arrested, and now they believe that their lives are over because of one poor decision…one mistake. Moreover, the clients stated that they were arrested but not convicted. Regardless, the arrests had a profound effect on each person. Specifically, the arrests affected employment, housing, loans, etc. Nevertheless, an expungement can help to rectify the long-term effects that arrests can have on individuals. You may believe that an arrest has destroyed [...]

I’m Not a Thief, I was Hungry…

We work hard for our possessions. In fact, some of us work 60 hours or more to ensure that our loved ones have all of the basic necessities. As a result, we are horrified at the idea of someone taking our belongings without our permission. What do we think about these individuals, better known as thieves or burglars? Well, many of us do not think highly of people that steal from others. As a matter of fact, on November 14, 2007, in Pasadena, Texas, Joe Horn shot and killed two burglars outside of his neighbor’s home. The dispatcher advised Horn not to interfere because police officers would arrive to the scene momentarily, but Horn ignored the advice and shot and [...]

A Defense Attorney…Really?!

We have all heard the harsh jokes about attorneys. Moreover, we have heard the lewd comments, and these my friend, were not jokes. Instead, these comments revealed the hatred, distrust, and lack of respect that many people have for lawyers. Why? Why do so many people think so poorly of attorneys, especially defense attorneys? Is it because they represent or defend what many would consider scum…lowlifes…worthless…vile individuals? Like many of you, I have heard these questions over and over again: “How could you defend him? He killed his wife and children. How could you defend a child molester? How could you defend that drunk driver that killed an innocent family? How can you sleep at night, or how can you [...]

MIP and You

Living in a college town can have its benefits, for college students this is especially the case. However, this also comes with some equal measure of dangers and pitfalls, as do most things in life. Often times college students are fresh out of the house, and experiencing a very new sense of freedom. With such a freedom, there are bound to be mistakes. Being honest, we all make mistakes. Though, some of these mistakes can also end up with one running afoul of the law. In Brazos County, specifically in such close-proximity to a major University, one of the more common types of offenses are alcohol related. It also so happens that the State of Texas takes a strict approach [...]