I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas San Antonio in 1983. Having a background in Psychology gives me an understanding of human behaviors. While getting my degree, I took a course in Psychology and the Courts which explored how socioeconomic, gender and heritage can influence all aspects of the Justice System. I continue to read research papers to stay updated on these issues.
From 1983 until 1987 I was the co-owner of “Touch of Class Magazine”; a singles magazine in San Antonio, Texas which pre-dated online dating.
I graduated from St. Mary’s School of Law, San Antonio, Texas in 1990 and then went to work at the HiIdalgo County District Attorney’s Office in Edinburg, Texas 1991. During my two year as a Prosecutor I tried numerous cases to a Jury and to the Bench. I had an excellent win rate. I also put together and presented several seminars for Police Officers, including seminars on Rape and DWI. The Rape seminar was a result of Officers concerns that fellow Officers were not properly handling Rape case by telling alleged victims that “Your skirt was too short, You were in a bar, You were drinking, It would embarrass your family if you filed charges.”I was able to put on a weeklong seminar for which participating Officers received Continuing Law Enforcement Credit. The speakers included Rape Victims, Rape Advocacy Center Social Workers and the Police Psychologist from San Antonio, Texas. When I reviewed a police report for a DWI that simply stated “He was drunk so I arrested him”, I prepared and presented a day-long seminar for Police Officers to train them how to properly prepare a police report, what elements needed to be articulated and present for a successful prosecution. I have taught paralegals on the legal aspects of law so they understand what is going on the courtroom. As a paralegal instructor I frequently got the question “How can an attorney represent someone they know is guilty?” The answer is; We are a nation of laws, laws which the police have to follow as well. The constitution guarantees that an individual has constitutional rights. If we fail to hold the police accountable, no matter how egregious the suspected crime, your rights will be violated next. rights? As a prosecutor I dismissed cases where Officers clearly violated the law in arresting individuals. I was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law teaching law students how to conduct trials, how to conduct effective cross-examination and the proper introduction or exclusion of evidence. I was elected to the criminal bench in Metropolitan Court in 2006 and sat on the bench from January 2007 until December 2010. In January of 2011 I went into private practice representing criminal cases in State Court, Metropolitan Court, Magistrate Court and Municipal Court.
Practicing law over 25 years. I am an experienced Trial Attorney. Former MVD License Revocation Hearing Officer; Former Prosecutor; 12 years. Former Judge; 4 years, Former Adjunct Professor; UNM Law School, Private practice; 10 years. Having practiced on all sides of the bench I have a unique perspective on how the Courts and Legal system work. When working with you I will make sure you understand what your charges are, the possible penalties, your rights and potential defenses. You will always know what is going on in your case and all phases of the process. I will help you decide whether to go to trial or enter into a plea, whether to testify at trial, if and what witnesses you need and my opinion as to a resolution.