Why Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Is a Former Prosecutor?
Experience, Commitment, & Professionalism from a Houston Defense Lawyer
As a lawyer with over 20+ years of experience, my first 6 years practicing
law was spent as an assistant prosecutor for the state of Missouri. As
a prosecutor, on any given day I was responsible for prosecuting approximately
350 misdemeanor cases and 150 felony cases. These cases ranged in seriousness
from first offense DWI to aggravated robbery and sexual assault. I have
also prosecuted complex cases such as tax evasion and employee theft.
During the course of these prosecutions I worked across to table from hundreds
of criminal defense lawyers of varying degrees of experience and competency.
Those criminal defense attorneys taught me what to say and what not to
say to a prosecutor. Every day of those six years, I observed many very
skilled defense lawyers prepare their cases for trial. But I also observed
many mediocre lawyers, and few attorneys who just were not competent to
handle criminal cases. A good criminal defense attorney must not only
know the law, he must also be a skilled negotiator who understands what
is happening behind closed doors in the District Attorney's Office.
The Best Criminal Defense Attorneys Have Experience on Both Sides of the Courtroom
I have learned that many Assistant District Attorneys are often more frightened
of police officers and the victim's advocate who works in their office,
than they are of the criminal defense attorney. Many times an assistant
district attorney will agree more with the criminal defense lawyer than
with the police officer or victim's advocate. But because of office
politics, right and wrong must often move aside for public relations and
As a prosecuting attorney preparing my cases, I worked with all levels
of law enforcement from university campus police to the county sheriff,
the highway patrol, and the FBI, DEA, and Secret Service. I learned how
law enforcement is trained and how police think when they investigate
crimes, in fact I once taught at the police academy. Detectives and patrol
officers routinely called me seeking advice on criminal cases that were
being investigated. I would routinely go back to the arresting officer
or the detective in-charge of an investigation to have follow-up investigations
When I switched sides and started defending people charged with drug crimes
and DWI, I brought with me all the knowledge I gained in six years of
working with law enforcement. What my experience also taught me, was that
like most human beings, many police offices are willing to cut corners
to get home early, or look the other way when another officer steps outside
the boundaries set by the law. I am very effective in determining the
real truth from a police report, because over the last 20+ years I have
prosecuted or defended thousands of drugs cases and thousands of DWI case.
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If you are charged with a criminal case, call
713-468-9333 (713-got-Weed) or
713-468-2394 (713-got-aDWI) or
e-mail my office to discuss your criminal charge. I offer payment plans, and
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need help from a Houston Drug Crime Attorney and DWI Lawyer.