Stories can tell much more than a mere recitation of facts.
Here is, I hope, one such story that reveals why I am drawn to fighting for people.
When I was in 5th grade, in 1966, our family moved to a town south of San Antonio. The Hispanics lived on one side of the railroad tracks and the whites on the other side.
On my first report card, I received a bad grade in reading. I had never had any problem with any of my school classes, especially reading. My mother went up to school with me to find out what was the problem. She felt maybe I needed to do some extra work to catch up.
The teacher, who was not Hispanic, told my mother that there really wasn't anything we could do to improve my English. She said that it was a cultural thing that could not be remedied. I remember my mother, all 5' 1" of her, standing up as tall as she could, telling the teacher that yes, indeed, there had to be something that could be done to improve my grade and that that we were willing to do whatever extra work was necessary. Of course, she said this with a very thick Mexican accent. The teacher was taken aback and scoffed at my mother. My mother stood her ground, and repeated her request. She was not going to be dismissed.
I had thought we were there because I had failed (although, I didn't know how). Before I realized what had happened, my mom was making demands on the all-powerful teacher, a very surprised teacher. I never was given any extra work but my grade improved the next grading period.
I didn't realize until I became an attorney how the image of my mother standing as tall as she could in that hot classroom, with her chin up, looking up firmly at the teacher had been burned into my psyche.
When I am in court, defending a client against the unlimited power of the state, I know how to stand unwavering, demanding fairness and justice. I learned it from a little Mexican lady in a South Texas classroom years ago.
I wanted to be an attorney because I wanted to make a difference in people's lives. I went into criminal defense because it really matters every time I step into a courtroom.
I feel very fortunate that, as a criminal defense lawyer, I get to help people at such crucial times in their lives. There is nothing more fulfilling than hearing the words "Not Guilty" spoken by the jury foreperson. Or, to see a client's beaming smile when we get an order dismissing a case that we've been working on for a while.
I started as a professional musician, getting a music degree at UNT. However, I realized that I wanted to help people in a more concrete way. I went to UT Law School and opened up my own law firm on January 1, 2000. All I have done these 15 years is criminal defense because that is all I want to do. EVERY time I walk into the court room my client's freedom and reputation is on the line.
The State of Texas or the United States has unlimited resources to go after an individual. I take on that challenge with gusto because I care deeply about fairness and justice for my clients.
Some of my clients have been CEO's or CFO's. Most of my clients, though, have not been from such an executive class. They are hardworking people, who have to work to put food on the table. Many of them do not even speak English. There is no client too small or criminal charge too big that I will not handle.
I practice mainly in the DFW area but have defended cases all over Texas. Contact me for a free visit. If you feel good about our meeting, I would love to fight for you.