Judge 4 years CC # 5 Commissioner and County Judge 9 years. State Rep 10 years.
Push attorneys to make decisions regarding trials or pleas. Keep close watch on the cases and require that cases be placed on trial dockets after four (4) months on the docket.
The greatest concerns involving the misdemeanor court are DWI, theft and misdemeanor drug use. We need community commitment to educating the public about what intoxication really is.
Theft (a moral turpitude crime ) conviction "ruins" the future of the convicted. We need preventive education regarding the long term affects, particularly our young population.
Drug use requires strict supervision, treatment and close monitoring of those convicted.
Ideally judicial races should be non-partisan. The problem is that a party in pwer will not give up the power of control over the positions. Politics, pure and simple is the obstacle.
Non-partisan election would enhance the chances of having judges with experience and proven ability continue service to our community. As we have seen excellent judges (of both parties) have lost elections on basis of party politics.
Julie Patterson, Attorney at Law, Specializes in juvenile law and criminal defense; 436th District Court, Family Enrichment Court Staff Attorney and Team Member, The goal of this specialty court is to reduce domestic violence in San Antonio families;
City of Olmos Park, Alternate Prosecutor;
Prosecuted for the Dallas County D.A.'s Office
Most attorneys, defense attorneys and state's attorneys, do not enjoy practicing in this court for the sheer amount of time it takes to get business done. This lack of efficiency leads to resets which leads to justice being delayed. If elected I purpose to be on time and tend to the business at hand in an efficient manner. I will be a good listener, purposeful with my words, and do weddings only in afternoon, unless there is no business to attend to in the courtroom.
I believe I can help reduce repeat incarcerations. If elected, I plan on requiring those placed on probation for certain crimes to attend specific classes that would hopefully change behavior. For example, I would require a DWI probationer to attend alcohol education and victim sensitivity classes, for someone with a drug charge to attend a drug education program, and for someone with an assault charge, anger management classes.
Judicial races should be non-partisan because judges are to only follow the law set by the state legislature and not make it. Bexar County has lost extremely qualified judges due to straight ticket voting.