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 [...]

DWI Defense

Penalties for DWI (driving while intoxicated) and DUI (driving under the influence) can be severe. In the state of Texas, you can receive a DWI if you drive with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) higher than 0.08%, despite whether or not your ability to drive is impaired. Penalties can be serious; however, a defense attorney may be able to persuade the prosecuting attorney to drop or reduce the charges, prevent the suspension of your driver’s license, or possibly help you to receive an acquittal after a trial. Consider the following case. Michael is a seventeen-year old athlete who attends high school in one of the smaller schools outside of Houston, TX. He is so excited about this school year because: 1). [...]

Help! I’ve Been Accused of Assault!

You decided to go to the sports bar.  Usually, you do not drink, but you ordered a beer to avoid appearing awkward.  You sat at the bar and watched the game from the television posted in the left-hand corner.  Your favorite player scored a basket, and you reacted by cheering and tossing your hands in the air, forgetting that you were holding a glass full of beer in your right hand.  Some of the beer spilled onto the bald, 6’6’’, 340 pound, muscular guy sitting beside you.  He becomes irate and claims that you intentionally spilled the beer on him.  Later that evening, you see a beautiful young lady sitting at a table in the bar with some of her [...]

Why Would a Defense Attorney Defend Someone Accused of a Sexual Crime?

“You raped her because her clothes provoked you.  I should break your face because your stupidity provokes me.” -Anonymous   Society believes that sexual predators are scums of the earth.  They are angry monsters who want to feel powerful and attempt to accomplish this goal by preying on individuals that are unable to defend themselves, such individuals as children and women.   Society deems these persons as creatures that do not deserve to show their faces or live anywhere near decent human beings.  Instead, some members of society believe that these demons should be returned to the pits of hell, left to suffer and endure the same type of pain that they bestowed upon their victims.  But wait one moment.  Don’t [...]

5 Things TV gets Wrong about Defense Attorneys

A vast number of people, in the world, love watching crime thriller dramas/movies and legal shows for various reasons. They are exciting, thrilling, somewhat educate us about the functioning of the criminal justice system, attract and hold the attention and interest of the audience and portray criminal defense lawyers as cool dudes in black coats who earn huge sums of money in return for proving people innocent in the court. We all love TV lawyers because they are inspiring, captivating, entertaining, outrageous and handsome, and for these reasons among others, we cannot stop watching crime movies and legal shows. While law is a challenging and exciting profession, criminal defense lawyers, in reality, are not quite as they are depicted in [...]

A World Without Defense Attorneys

“A lawyer, with his briefcase, can steal more than a hundred men with guns.” “Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.” “Good lawyers know the law; great lawyers know the judge.” These are some of the sarcastic comments that we often hear about lawyers, particularly defense lawyers. Defense attorneys top the list among professionals who have been stereotyped as liars, deceivers and fabricators. You might find yourself having similar thoughts. Even if you are one of the few who do not give in to these beliefs, chances are that you at least know someone who thinks that defense lawyers are evil people who don’t have a moral or honest bone in their body. People sometimes go to the extent [...]