What Does The Justice Of The Peace Do And Why Is It Important Who Gets Elected?

According to the Texas Association of Counties, "the most important duties of the justice of the peace (JP) are judicial."  The JP serves as the judge of the justice and small claims courts in Dripping Springs.  JPs hear criminal misdemeanor cases, traffic cases, and license suspension hearings; they issue search and arrest warrants, and arraign and set bond for prisoners.  Because Hays County does not have a Medical Examiner, JPs also perform inquests to determine the cause and circumstances of death and can request an autopsy when appropriate.  With the potential legal ramifications of such decisions, having the most qualified person possible helps insure justice is properly served.

My Qualifications To Represent You As Justice Of The Peace For Hays County - Precinct 4:

  • Practicing Attorney for almost 20 years
    • Over 19 years experience in business and patent law
    • Currently focused on Elder Law and VA matters:
      - Certified Guardian Ad Litem (State Bar of Texas)
      - VA Accredited Attorney
      - Member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
      - Member of the Elder Counsel
  • Military Veteran: Served 22 years in the Navy/Naval Reserve
    • Retired Commander (O-5)
    • Naval Intelligence Officer for over 15 years
    • Top Secret Security Clearance for over 15 years
  • Graduate of Baylor College of Medicine (PhD)
    • Medical Research Scientist for over 13 years
  • Small Business Owner
  • Personnel and Budget Management experience (both as small business owner and at corporate level)
  • Active in the local community
    • Legal Advisor for Dripping Springs High School Mock Trial
    • Coach for DSYSA TeeBall team
    • Advisory Board Member of the Texas State University National Science Foundation PREM Program
    • Volunteer Attorney at Austin Veterans Legal Clinic
    • Volunteer Attorney at Legal Services of Central Texas
    • Member of Dripping Springs Toastmasters