One of the most critical as well as difficult obstacles to overcome when trying to reach an acceptable outcome in your case is to create empathy and understanding with a Judge and/or jury. As a Prosecutor, it was startling to me that Criminal defense attorneys almost never even attempted to try to place Judges and juries in the shoes of the daily life of their musician clients. Due to the careless actions of these attorneys, their clients often ended up with convictions, when these cases could have very likely gotten dismissed if argued properly. These hard working musicians were not being effectively represented.
My greatest passion, other than Law, is music. I have been playing a variety of different musical instruments since I was just five years old, and have actively been playing in bands across the state for over 15 years. I have spent time on the road, as well as many late nights playing in jazz clubs, honky tonks, rock venues, and everything in between.
Due to my experience as a trial attorney as well as a musician, I truly understand the life as well as the needs of those in the music industry. Without that knowledge and life experience, your attorney cannot truly and aggressively advocate for you. I have seen lawyers constantly struggle to effectively fight for their clients because they simply do not understand them or what it means to be a working musician. As your attorney, I want to get to know you and your life as a musician, so that together we can use my experiences as a musician and knowledge of the law to get a better result for you than any other attorney could.
Just a couple of ways our office can help you out:
Are you out on bail/bond in a criminal case but are also currently touring or playing out of county gigs? Many times before your case is complete, the court will not allow you to leave the county. I can file a specific type of motion and set a hearing with the court that would allow me the opportunity to meet with the Judge and Prosecutors and explain to them your background/work situation/touring schedule and convince them to allow you to be able to leave the county as a necessary part of your career as a working musician.
Have you been accused of domestic violence and your significant other either lives near or frequents a venue that you play? Many times, a court will issue a no contact order which restricts the physical distance you can be from your accuser. If you are found closer than the distance allowed by the court, you could be arrested, even if you have made no contact with the accuser. In other words, if you are playing a gig and your accuser shows up, it is possible that you could be arrested. Not only would this be a humiliating experience, but you also would have additional charges filed against you. I can set a hearing with the Judge and Prosecutors where I would present a case and urge the Judge to change a no contact order to what is called a “no harmful or injurious” no contact order, which would allow you to play your gig without disruption. This is a complicated matter that should only be handled by an attorney with experience not only in the courtroom, but also as a working musician.
These are just two of many different ways that our office can uniquely help you. Though these examples are specific to Criminal cases, our office can navigate you through many various types of legal matters that you may be facing as a musician. Look for our flyers (with free guitar picks attached!) at dozens of music venues, instrument stores, and record stores across San Antonio. Please call our office today to schedule a free consultation. I would be proud to represent you.