David has tried hundreds of cases during his 25 years as a criminal defense lawyer in Harris and Houston's surrounding counties.  David learned long ago that what seems to be true may not be.  David investigates every case to find what the facts are and prepares meticulously.  He knows the details of the law and because of his experience may find that things are not as they seem.  He works tirelessly for his clients to make sure their rights are upheld.  A partial list of his settled court cases is below.

Settled Court Case - Armed Robbery

Charge:  Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

Penalty:  Fifteen years to life imprisonment

County:  Harris

Details:  An adult man named John was mistaken as an armed robber upon walking into a store in a strip center.  A store employee opens fire at John, and John flees to an upstairs room, where he finds a shotgun.  John uses this gun to return fire and defend himself.  The police arrive, and John is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  John has a family that depends on him and is desperate to get out of jail as soon as possible.

Results:  John agreed to plead guilty to a lesser, misdemeanor offense in order to leave jail sooner.

 

Settled Court Case - Aggravated Assault

Charge:  Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

Penalty:  Fifteen years to life imprisonment

County:  Harris

Details:  Client allegedly kicked his then-girlfriend out of a vehicle in motion that he was driving.  The girlfriend alleged that he attempted to run over her with the vehicle.  David secured witnesses to the incident, who reported that the girlfriend showed no injuries.

Results:  Deferred adjudication and attendance at anger management class

Settled Court Case - Child Molestation

Charge:  Child Molestation

Penalty:  Fifteen years

County:  Harris

Details:  A minor accuses her adoptive father of molestation. David points out that child witnesses’ credibility is often, and sometimes rightfully, put into question.  Character witnesses had mostly positive things to say about the defendant.  As an effort to correct a possible sexual disorder, the defendant was willfully chemically castrated prior to sentencing.  Despite the radical medical treatment, the man was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.  David pointed out that this case serves as an example to just how punitive the justice system is.  David also stated that The Texas Department of Corrections operates on the belief that the guilty are in prison to be punished, not rehabilitated

Results:  Fifteen years in state prison.

Settled Court Case - Murder

Charge:  Murder

Penalty:  Death

County:  Harris

Details:  An adult man confessed to consuming hard drugs, then kidnapped a couple at gunpoint, forcing them into their vehicle and ordering them to drive to an ATM where he made them withdraw cash. He then forced them to drive to a Whataburger, where he committed an armed robbery of the restaurant.  After fleeing the scene—still in the couple’s vehicle—the perpetrator ordered the couple out of the car, and promptly shoots the man fatally, then shoots the woman through the back of the head, and through her eye, as she flees.  The woman survives.

Upon David’s entry into the case, it is obvious to him that the defendant’s court-appointed attorney had made no effort building a defense.  David suspects the defendant is crazy, and he even threatens David in the courtroom.  Despite this, David is adamant that any good attributes to a person’s character must be considered during trial and sentencing.  David also strongly believes that as a criminal lawyer he must represent his client to the best of his ability, taking on the Texas Judicial System.

Results:  Ultimately, the defendant lost the case, waived his right to an appeal and was executed.

Settled Court Case - Possession of Illicit Drugs

Charge:  Possession of illicit drugs

Penalty:  Fifteen years

County:  Harris

Details:  An apparently wealthy man residing in the River Oaks area is suspected of drug cartel involvement. Illicit drugs were found at the residence.  The man is offered a plea deal: he will spend fifteen years in TX prison, and the Federal investigation into him will be dropped.  The defendant refused, and his case went to a grand jury, who agreed to try him.  His case moved through the court, and he was found guilty.  David notes that this individual was uncooperative.

Results:  Ten years in federal prison.