My name is Eric J. Benavides, and I am a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney. I am a founding partner of Benavides & Serrano, PLLC. I decided to start a blog mostly to give myself an avenue to talk about current events, the law, and things that interest me in general. I don’t expect many individuals who are searching for a criminal lawyer in Houston to read this blog, but hey, maybe you will! This is just a brief introduction of why I do what I do…
My mother has a framed drawing in her room that I did when I was 4 years old. It says “I want to be a Lawyer”, and has a stick figure sitting at a poorly drawn desk. You see, being a lawyer is the only thing I have ever wanted to do. I can’t exactly tell you why I always wanted to be a lawyer, but I think it stems from wanting to help people. I think that is a common trait of the good lawyers in our business. It’s not about the money, because if it was, I sure wouldn’t be a Houston criminal defense attorney. It’s about the people, and the lives you can change.
Fresh out of law school I started working at a respectable criminal defense firm in downtown Houston. I knew I wanted to help people, but I’ll never forget the feeling of walking out of court with my first dismissal. My client gave me a hug and told me I saved her job. And I’ll definitely never forget the first time I heard “Not Guilty” after arguing to the best of my ability for a wrongly accused client. It’s a rush, and a sense of accomplishment. It makes you feel like you are making a difference in the world, even if it only matters to one person (your client!).
The feeling of helping others is what keeps me going every day. Even though not everyone gets their case dismissed, it’s always the goal to get them the best possible outcome. And I promised myself long ago that I would never allow a client to plead guilty unless I truly believed the deal he was getting was fair.
If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing a criminal lawyer in Houston feel free to contact me at 713-222-2828. I can’t promise you an outcome, but I promise you that I will always tell the truth, and that I will work to the best of my capabilities.