I was floored today when a felony judge told me that I was being too aggressive while trying to prevent my client from being to sent to prison. Last time I checked that was my job! In fact, this is the first time in 15 years of being a criminal defense lawyer in Houston that I was told something like this. Most judges understand the dynamics and appreciate a lawyer that is advocating for their client. I was not being offensive or rude to anyone. I understood that my client was wrong for violating his probation, but I was merely pointing out to the judge all the alternatives to prison that were available to him. Luckily, the prosecutor handling the case did not have the same position that the judge did so my client may avoid prison time in the future.
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