Preparing for Punishment

Let's establish a few ground rules before we jump in to this topic. In Texas, criminal trials are bifurcated. The first phase is often called Guilt/Innocence. Simply put, the only issue to be determined here is whether the State of Texas is able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of the citizen accused. If, and only if, this happens, trial proceeds to the second phase: punishment. During this stage of trial, much more evidence can be submitted to the jury (or judge). The State is allowed to present evidence of any potential prior criminal acts and the defense can put on evidence to "complete the story" about the citizen accused. At this stage, the punishment is handed down after hearing all the evidence. For a criminal defense Continue Reading

Old School Way

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A former basketball player has come and gone from the nearby office. Once a tough kid living in unforgiving circumstances, he was shown an alternative way, one that doesn’t end in prison or death. The visitor is just one of many that drop by weekly to say hello, seek advice, or give thanks to the […]

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Ask Allison: September 21, 2016

Dear Allison, Why do my clients always seem to know what “the law” is when it comes to evaluating their case, but whenever they talk to police officers, they seem to have no idea what their rights are? For example: frequently my clients will be pulled over for a minor traffic violation, and then just […]

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COFFEE IS FOR CLOSERS: How Wells Fargo Created A Culture Of Fraud

The title of this article comes from a line in the 1984 Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning play Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet that was made into the 1992 movie starring Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey. The story is a dark portrayal of salesman who, unable […]

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Why?

Why? Why wake up every day as a criminal defense attorney? Why give your life’s passion, effort, and due diligence to a field that has such a high rate of burnout, substance abuse, and turnover? Why continue to work for clients that might disrespect you, underappreciate you, and try to pay you less than what […]

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