I do what I do because I like helping people. Most folks are good, hard-working, productive citizens. Sometimes, they have a bad day. Actually, a real bad day—and get arrested and charged with a crime.
These charges can run the gamut. It could be DWI for a guy on his way home from a bar or happy hour after work. It could be possession of drugs, which were found on a person or their car. It could be a family violence case, where the husband grabbed his wife’s arm or hand. It could be shoplifting from a department store.
These are not the types of people, even if they are guilty, that need convictions, jail, or prison. If they needed any lesson, they learned it when they were arrested and had to pay for an attorney. That is punishment enough.
Unfortunately, many prosecutors don’t see it that way. They want to look tough on crime, they’re afraid of being reprimanded (or demoted or fired) if they dismiss a case, and they lockstep follow “office policy” even when it’s not the right thing to do.
Johnny Holmes, the legendary District Attorney of Harris County, Texas, used to lecture his prosecutors not to seek a “damn fool result.” Why should a businessman, who has no criminal history and is arrested on intoxication charges when he is 40 years old, have a criminal record for the rest of his life? Prosecutors in these cases would often dismiss the DWI when a person paid a fine and got treatment because to do otherwise would result in a damn fool result.
Prosecutors, in short, did the right thing.
Unfortunately, that’s often not the case anymore. Nothing makes me feel better than fighting to avoid a “damn fool result” and seeing my clients go back to their normal lives. It is good not only for the client but also society.
If I take on your case, you can be rest assured that I will give you the personal time and attention that your case deserves. As a long-time Houston criminal defense lawyer, my legal team and I are fully prepared to take on your legal battle. Call us anytime at (713) 227-4444 for 24/7 legal assistance, or contact us online for less urgent inquires.