I have been a licensed attorney since 2000. I was an Assistant District Attorney for 11+ years and have been working since 2012 in the private sector, handing a multitude of legal issues. I have handled approximately 5,000 cases, with approximately 80+ jury trials. I am considerate, patient, experienced, and have an in depth knowledge of the law.
I will never compromise justice in the name of efficiency. While County Court-at-Law No. 3 has traditionally been one of two county courts dedicated to hearing civil matters in Bexar County, should time permit, criminal matters should additionally be assigned to me in order to make the most efficient use of the taxpayers' courtroom and money. My experience in both the District Attorney's Office and private practice makes me the candidate most suited to handle both civil and criminal cases.
As a prosecutor I have seen first hand the important role that a judge can have in improving our community. I have given good people who have made bad decisions a second chance, and I have fought for and imprisoned, for the rest of their lives, criminals who have preyed on the innocent. I have laid awake at night thinking about my cases and I promise to be just as dedicated as a judge.
Judicial races should be non-partisan. A judge should not be controlled by anything other than the Law. I have pledged not to take any campaign contributions from any lawyers. Litigants deserve a fair judge who is not controlled by any special interest group, but solely controlled by the Law. The justice a citizen receives should not be dependent upon their political party any more than it should depend on political campaign contributions given by attorneys.
I was elected to the bench of County Court at Law #3 in 2002, and re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In my 16 years of judicial experience, I have tried 290 jury trials to verdict, and thousands of non-jury trials and other litigation matters. Prior to being elected to the bench, I was a trial lawyer practicing in all areas of the law.
In the latest judicial poll conducted by the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2017, County Court at Law #3 was rated number 1 among all 15 County Courts at Law for efficiency and productivity. Service to the community, be it lawyers, litigants or jurors, is paramount.
County Court at Law #3 is strictly a civil court, handling matters such as contract, tort, consumer and commercial law, landlord\tenant law in addition to many other civil matters. Of the 15 County Courts at Law in Bexar County, 2 of them are civil courts, and the other 13 are criminal courts. The issue of recidivism is better addressed by the thirteen Criminal County Courts at Law.
Yes. No party, group or entity has an advantage in a court of law. Party affiliation does not determine the quality of a judge. Such is determined by the character and integrity of an individual. In the latest judicial poll conducted by the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2017, I was proud to have been rated number one among all 15 County Courts at Law judges for integrity and judicial demeanor.