Protecting Those Who Protect Us?

"Fate whispers to the warrior, you cannot withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back, I am the storm." -Unknown There can be no doubt of the sacrifices made by those who protect our way of life as Americans by serving in the armed forces. These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day so that we can enjoy the rights, freedoms and privileges that we as Americans often take for granted. But what do we do, and what do we owe on a moral level, to those who fight? What do we owe those who are the storm so that we can bask in the sunshine? In early 2016, I was in a district court in a county near Houston. I overheard a conversation between a man with a crew cut and the judge and staff. The man, let's call him David, Continue Reading

Ask Allison: August 24, 2016

Dear Allison, As an aging lawyer who still remembers when you could win dispositive motions and reverse and render cases on appeal, can you tell me what motivates young lawyers to go into criminal defense? Yours, Cranky Carl   Dear and Beloved Carl, Some days, I wake up and am not sure how to answer that […]

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Confessions, Co-Defendants and Innocence

Why would someone plead guilty to something they didn’t do? Why would they confess and implicate a friend? Why would three people do the same thing? It’s easy to say, “I’d never confess to something I didn’t do.” But in reality it’s never that easy. What if you were facing serious jail time? What if […]

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Beasts of Burden

I received an email from a friend last week. He is a criminal defense lawyer, a damn good one. He told me that he was just barely getting over the PTSD (his word) of having shepherded an otherwise good human being to fifteen years in prison in a very serious case that, had it gone […]

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4th Amendment and Consequences


A local man stood his ground despite the severe consequences. Imagine being ordered out of your own home and then forcibly removed, handcuffed, and arrested when you refused. Imagine then spending just over two months in jail. Imagine losing your job, car, and almost your home. All because you didn’t immediately yield to a police […]

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