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“As a lawyer, what’s inspiring to me is that it takes people and real stories to give purpose to the law. It gives me meaning. At the end of the day, it’s all I want to do.” – Michael Gonzalez

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Private Attorney vs Public Defender

What is the difference between a private attorney that you hire and retain versus a public defender. There’s– at least in Cameron County, there is a pretty big misconception that the private attorney will do a better job than the court-appointed attorney.  ...

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Appealing An Older Case

A lot of people walk in the door and ask me whether they can appeal a case that they plead guilty to 15, 20 years ago. Or whether they can get an expunction or somehow get it off their record or reopen the case. The quick answer to that, unfortunately, is no. That’s ...

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Miranda Rights

There is a common misconception about Miranda rights. Miranda rights attach when you are under interrogation and not necessarily when you are arrested. That’s why it’s important when you’re talking to a cop to ask him whether you are free to leave. Because ...

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Undocumented Citizens

One thing that I think is extremely important down here in Brownsville and any border city really is a whole lot of criminal defendants who aren’t here legally. They’re undocumented. And it becomes a race to get a bond sometimes before the ICE immigration people ...

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Illegal Search and Seizure

If you’re arrested after an illegal search– now, that’s hard to declare. It just– as an illegal search, you usually need to be arrested. And a lawyer needs to evaluate whether there was enough evidence to support probable cause. But it happens. If ...

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"I thought that it may be time for people to have an opportunity to talk to a lawyer who will give them an honest assessment and who will look for remedies under the law and not above it."