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State rep. charged with barratry

Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2012    

A state representative, who is also a former municipal court judge and attorney, was arrested on Tuesday night and charged with illegally soliciting legal cases. Another attorney went to police when he approached her as a client after she was involved in a car accident.

Soliciting a client for legal services is illegal in Texas. Last year, the state legislature made barratry a civil and criminal infraction. In the past, the state representative was fined $10,000 by the Texas Ethics Commission after he refused to file disclosure statements. As of last summer, he has not paid the fine.

The 38 year-old lawyer could lose his license to practice law and be forced to pay up to $10,000 in fines if he is found guilty of barratry.

If you are a lawyer and are at risk of losing your license, contact the Texas state bar defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.