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1 Attorney for Multiple Defendants

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 11:25 AM
One aspect of representing the best interests of a client involves the negotiation process. Whether you're in Webb County, Bexar County, Hidalgo County, Cameron County, or anywhere else in Texas, one of the things to take into consideration when preparing a person's case is whether that person has a criminal history and how that would affect the current pending case. Some of the things that matter with regards to criminal history are the recency of the criminal history (whether the previ... Read Full Post »

Be Careful What You Wish For. . . You Just Might Get It

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 1:00 AM

     Are you a court appointed lawyer? That's a question I've been asked a number of times as I walked the halls of the Cameron and Bexar County Courthouses. It seems like a simple question but the answer is not so simple. In short, yes, I do court appointed work. But no, I cannot "appoint" myself to represent any individuals. Every county has a system for appointing attorneys to cases depending on the attorney's experience, the level of offense (misdemeanor, State Jail Fe...

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Modification of the Judgment

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 11:50 PM
Francisco Duran was convicted by a jury of 1 count of Burglary of a Habitation and 1 count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. After the jury's decision but before sentencing, the State of Texas abandoned the Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon count and proceeded to sentencing only on the conviction for Burglary of a Habitation. Mr. Duran was sentenced to 25 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Facilty. After his sentence was pronounced, the State moved to amend t... Read Full Post »

Affirmative Links

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 1:35 AM

     Sometimes arrests are made of multiple people for a single case. For instance, in a situation where a vehicle is pulled over and searched the officer may discover the presence of marijuana or some other contraband in the vehicle. Typically, in such a case, if no one "accepts responsibility" at the scene (Which I do not recommend anyone ever do) everyone will get arrested.

Often, individuals are advised by their friends, family, or loved ones that they might as we...

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Sometimes It's the Little Things

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 4:55 PM

     One of the things I learned about the practice of criminal defense while working as a student attorney in the Center for Legal and Social Justice in San Antonio is that you have to know your case better than anyone else in the courtroom. I learned that it's not enough just to read a police report and talk to your client about what happened. You have to visit the scene of the offense. Sometimes it seems like this step is unnecessary or a waste of time. It's easy to doub...

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