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Reputation Arguably the most important thing for any attorney, but especially a criminal defense attorney, is your reputation.  The very first thing I learned in law school was to protect your reputation. The very first thing I learned as a lawyer was to protect your reputation. The people who passed that knowledge onto me could…

Criminal defendants tend to be confused about the burden of proof just as much as our jurors, and, honestly, many criminal defense attorneys.  If you are charged with a crime in Texas, or anywhere in the United States, it is the government’s (prosecutor’s) to prove your guilt. It is their burden only, and it doesn’t…

Not Guilty in Brazoria County Trials are a rare thing. Not guilty verdicts are an even rare thing. The statistics vary between state and federal court, misdemeanors and felonies, and the type of crimes charged.  They obviously vary between counties and between lawyers. The numbers don’t scare me.  This year alone, I have tried 5…

Houston Toll Road Debt Defense Attorney Cory Roth Interviewed on KPRC Channel 2 Houston Toll Road Debt Defense Attorney Cory Roth was interviewed by Amy Davis on KPRC Channel 2 about the ‘secret’ Harris County Toll Road Authority Administrative Toll Road Court.  While this court may be a secret to many Houstonians, it isn’t a…

Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Case Dismissed Due To Illegal Stop and Search The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution is a beautiful thing.  It protects each-and-every one of us, citizens and non-citizens alike, from unreasonable and intrusive police conduct.  This case was about just that – unreasonable, intrusive, and illegal police conduct –…

Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon Case Dismissed Mark this as the second time in recent memory that I have had an unlawful carrying of a weapon case dismissed on trial day, and boy was I ready to try this case.  I put in all the hard work, like any good criminal defense lawyer would, to…

Defining Reasonable Doubt Let’s say that it is Halloween.  You wake up to an eerily foggy, cool, brisk, sunrise.  You walk to the kitchen to get your day started.  You start your Keurig and pop in some toast.  Being the good parent and neighbor that you are, you already went shopping for Halloween candy.  You…

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