1214 East 7th Street
Austin TX 78702
Since the nature of a criminal case can be extrmely varied, the initial criminal consultation is free.
The price depends on many factors, including, but not limited to, the nature of the offense the person is charged with.
M-F 8:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Everyone in our office is bilingual in English and Spanish
Criminal Law is a field that enables you to step in for someone who does not have a voice, and in whose case the charge against them speaks louder than they ever could. I appreciate Criminal Law because the stakes are high, and an individual's personal liberty, which I believe is sacred, is at stake. It is easy for me to emotionally step into the shoes of my clients and fight passionately for them, since it is the ultimate battleground in our modern society and I enjoy the pressure. I can't sit at a desk all day; I need to be around the clients and their families that need me in emotional times, helping to solve their problems. A character strength finder test revealed to me that my strengths include ideation - the ability to find new ways to solve problems, as well as adeptness at winning others over. These two traits enable me to consistently find solutions and outcomes for my clients.
The strength of the firm comes from involving clients in their defense and empowering them throughout the process. By supplying our clients with knowledge and an understanding of the legal process to further our help to them is great, and I support that enthusiastically. However, to be successful in court, the relationship of attorney and client must be predicated upon trust. If a client is constantly educating themselves on legal issues due to a lack of trust of the attorney's capabilities, then the relationship will not likely be successful.
Oftentimes, we represent clients who are being investigated by law enforcement or some governmental agency, and we are hired for document review in order to limit and protect criminal liability. In these and other cases, we are more than willing to meet with and review the cases of our individual and business clients to assist them in their cases.
I do not believe in advocating clients to represent themselves, and I will not consult with anyone who desires to do so.
After my second year of law school, I served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Edward C. Prado, then United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio.
Upon graduation from law school, I served the State of Texas as an Assistant Attorney General in the Honors Program under then Texas Attorney General John Cornyn. In 2002, I left the Attorney General's office to practice exclusively state and federal criminal defense, eventually forming the Toland Law Firm. In September of 2010, I teamed up with Jeff Peek to form the Peek and Toland Law Firm.
In working as a clerk for a United States District Judge, I learned a great deal from the Judge and the other lawyers in the office. The federal court is noble and honorable, and I enjoyed my time there learning invaluable tools of negotiation and legal reasoning. At Tulane University, the small classrooms and dedicated teachers challenged us to develop critical thinking and analysis tools which help me be creative in my work. Also, the community in New Orleans has great socioeconomic disparity, and spending several college years in that environment helped me develop an ability to advocate effectively for those from all walks of life. Additionally, growing up along the Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, I developed a cultural connection and knowledge of Spanish. As the son of a pediatrician and a nurse, I appreciate the value in owning my own business and understand the value of great client relations in order to have repeat clients and referral business.
Ideation is a strength of mine, which involves finding new, outside-of-the-box ways to solve problems.
I also have the ability to balance the aggression needed as a trial lawyer, to be a bulldog for a client, with the ability to negotiate plea agreements that benefit my clients. I fight passionately for my clients, while never angering the judge or prosecutor enough that any hope for negotiating is lost.
Mostly I enjoy spending quality time with my amazing wife and three children. Additionally, as an elder at my church, I enjoy mentoring youth and spending time with my church family. I also enjoy playing tennis, as well as hunting and fishing at my family ranch.
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