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Specializing in State and Federal  Criminal Defense

Odessa, Texas

 

Criminal Defense Only

A singular focus on defending the accused.

My practice is limited to the defense of State and Federal Criminal cases. I have nearly 20 years experience in defending criminal charges and I am board certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

If you have been arrested, charged with a crime,or contacted by law enforcement, you should obtain legal counsel immediately.

307 N. Grant, Suite 300
Odessa, TX 79761

PH: 432.552.7000

 

Practice Areas

State Cases

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Homicide – Murder, Capital Murder, Manslaughter Criminally Negligent Homicide.

Drug Offenses - Possession of Marihuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Prescription Fraud 

Property Offenses – Aggravated Robbery, Robbery, Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft, Forgery, Fraud

Sexual Offenses - Indecency with a Child, Indecent Exposure, Improper Relationship-Educator/Student

 

 

Assaultive Offenses - Assault, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Injury to a child/ elderly, deadly conduct

Intoxication Offenses - Driving While Intoxicated, DWI with a Child Passenger, Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter

Other Offenses - Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Failure to Register/ Sex Offender, Probation Revocations


Federal Cases

 

 

Offenses Involving Drugs – Unlawful Possession, Manufacturing, Trafficking, Importation Conspiracies,Aiding and Abetting.

Fraud Offenses – Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Insurance Fraud

Other Economic Offenses - Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Money Laundering, Bribery, Counterfeiting, Identity Theft, Bulk Cash Smuggling

 

 

Firearm Offenses – Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Crime, Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person.

Sexual Offenses– Promoting a Commercial Sex Act, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Federal Computer and Internet Crimes

Other Offenses –  Carjacking, Illegal Reentry,Alien Smuggling, Grand Jury Investigation, Supervised Release Revocations


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Top Three questions . . .

Do you offer bonding services?

No. I do not write “attorney bonds”.  I don't offer this "service" to potential clients because I believe acting as a client's bondsman creates an impermissible conflict of interest for the attorney. I  want no economic interest in my client's appearance before the court. If your attorney is also your bondsman, then your attorney also holds the jailhouse keys. There’s no shortage of lawyer’s that write bonds, I'm just not one of them.

How much will it cost for you to represent me?

That depends. The seriousness of the charges, the current stage of your case, and the geographic location of your case, are just some of the factors that determine your legal fees.  Good legal services aren’t cheap. There is always someone “down the street” that will give you a lower price. But hiring a lawyer is different than buying a set of tires. A "price only" comparison tells you little about what you are purchasing. Only after I know more about your case can I give you a reasonable estimate of what representation will cost.

If I hire you, how will my case turn out?

Many potential clients want a prediction on the outcome of their case. It is impossible to make a blanket prediction about case outcomes. Criminal charges are a complicated mixture of facts and law. While past results may be relevant, they certainly don't govern the outcome your case. The resolution of any criminal case depends on too many factors to predict an outcome with absolute certainty. This is especially true at the outset of your criminal case.


Some other useful information . . . 

Law Enforcement has requested to interview me. Do I need a lawyer? 

Absolutely. Time and time again individuals call my office to ask this question. The answer is always the same. Don't do it. Don't submit to any interview without counsel. Surprisingly, many individuals nevertheless seek my assurance that an interview in their particular case, even without counsel, is a good idea. It is not, and you should not do it, period.

How are federal charges different than state charges?

In many ways. Federal crimes carry severe penalties and probation is rarely given. Bond is not guaranteed. Additionally, federal prosecutors have vast resources at their disposal, are exceptionally well-trained, and usually have fewer cases to juggle than their state counterparts. Finally, the pace at which most federal cases move is much faster than a state case. If you have been charged in federal court it is critical that you obtain counsel that is familiar with federal court practice.

It's only a misdemeanor. Can't I represent myself?

You can, but it's a bad idea. Unrepresented misdemeanor defendants should not accept a prosecutor's "opportunity to resolve your case" when appearing in court. Why? Because this "opportunity" often results in a guilty plea and a final conviction on your record. The prosecutor has no obligation to look out for your best interest. A final conviction can have life-long effects. A conviction for certain offenses may impact your right to possess a firearm,  maintain certain employment, or hold certain professional licenses. The solution? Simple, hire legal counsel and don't go into court alone.

Are there any types of criminal matters you don't handle?

Yes. I do not represent individuals charged with traffic violations or other class "c" offenses. I no longer take on direct appeals or writs of habeas corpus (at either the state or federal level). Finally, I do not handle expunctions or motions for non-disclosure. If you need representation in one of these areas it is best for you obtain representation from attorney that regularly handles these particular matters.

 


We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
— Aristotle

Professional. Qualified. Committed.

I represent individuals charged in State and Federal Court. My entire practice focuses on defending people charged with criminal offenses. 

Why I Practice Criminal Defense

It's popular to pay lip service to our constitutional rights. Everyone wants their rights protected. But ask those same people about protecting the rights of a criminal defendant and you often get a different answer. This is wrong, and therein lies the danger for us all.

I believe there is no higher calling in the legal profession than defending the criminally accused. I’m committed to fighting for those rights, and fighting for my clients, one case at a time.

Why I Practice only Criminal Defense

In late 2005 I decided to focus my practice on criminal defense. I did this for two reasons.

First, I wanted to become the best possible criminal defense lawyer I could be. I became convinced then, and still am, that a general practice lawyer would always be at a disadvantage over a lawyer whose practice was more narrowly focused. Our world is becoming increasingly specialized and the law in no different.  There is truth in the phrase that  "a jack of all trades is a master of none." 

Second, my courtroom opponents—state and federal prosecutors—spend their days focused exclusively on prosecuting cases. I believed then, and still do, that it is in my client's best interest to match their focus with the same attention.

 


Licenses, Certifications, Memberships

  • Licensed: State of Texas, U.S. District Court-Western District of Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Supreme Court
  • Board Certified-Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2006-present)
  • Member: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

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432.552.7000

 

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The Grant Building
307 N. Grant, Suite 300
Odessa, TX 79761

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