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OUR APPROACH

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Gather the facts to establish the best way to defend your case.
After an arrest we encourage a person charged with a crime to immediately retain an attorney. The attorney-client privilege allows the client to have “full and frank” disclosure to their attorneys, who are then able to provide candid advise and effective representation.

The initial gathering of facts is critical in proceeding with any case because of the adversarial nature of the legal system.

As such, once retained, we immediately enter an appearance to notify the court that you are represented and submit a request for discovery to the prosecuting agency.

In addition, we conduct investigations to gather information that may be used in trial to seek a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict for our client!

2
Use my Police experience in evaluating your case facts.
My prior law enforcement positions and extensive training allow me to analyze your case from the perspective of a defense attorney while looking for areas where the police deviated from acceptable practices.

Their is a distinct difference between evidence that has been gathered and evidence that may be used against you at trial. As an attorney that was previously a Field Training Officer and Watch Commander I am in a unique position to identify and argue motions to suppress evidence that may be used against you.

The benefit of suppressing evidence that was unlawfully obtained is that it weakens the prosecutions case and increases the chances that the case will be dismissed prior to trial!

3
Negotiate for the best while always preparing for Trial.
No one wants to risk the uncertainties of a trial if the case can be dismissed or the charges drastically reduced.

As facts are being gathered and motions to suppress are decided, we negotiate for the best outcome for our client while always preparing for the possibility of trial.

In my experience prosecutors will not dismiss a case until just prior to trial. This allows them to completely evaluate the case and decide on the chances of reaching a conviction.

This is the primary reason that fact gathering, analysis of the case, and seeking motions that weaken the prosecutions case are critical to reaching an advantageous outcome prior to trial.

Stephen T Bowling Qualifications

What makes me qualified?

A summary of my resume to the right skims over some major highlights of what qualifies me to serve as your defense attorney.

In addition to completing and reviewing hundreds of incident reports while in Law Enforcement; I am a member of the National College for DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and other organizations committed to defending the rights of anyone charged with a crime.

  • Military Experience

    United States Navy, 1997-2007
    Military Police Watch Commander, Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, Jan. 2006- Feb. 2007

    2005 Naval Station Ingleside Security Sailor of the Year.

    Managed day-to-day operations of 20-person security and law enforcement section, directed emergency responses to real world threats and incidents, and ensured operating procedures were thoroughly followed.
    Responsible for supervising and conducting arrests, initial investigations, and interviewing suspects.
    Reviewed, edited, and approved all sectional Police Incident Reports ensuring all facts and details included in reports.

    Military Police Field Training Officer/Assistant Watch Commander, NS Ingleside, Texas, Jan. 2004- Jan. 2006

    Created and delivered 15 minute daily training and 8 hour monthly training for 20 primary and 59 auxiliary security force personnel consisting of various aspects of police investigation and procedures

    Developed and implemented an innovative training plan focused on hands-on mentoring, increasing section qualifications by 87% in six months
    Leading Petty Officer/Acting Leading Chief Petty Officer, USS Stout (DDG 55), May 2001- Dec. 2003

    2002 USS Stout Combat Systems Sailor of the Year.
    Supervised six-person division, overseeing divisional training, preparation, and success of the USS Stout’s Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Strike Team, Global Command and Control System, and Harpoon Weapon System.

    Responsible for shipboard law enforcement, and required incident reports, as duty Master-At-Arms.

  • Police Duties

    Military Police Watch Commander, Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, Jan. 2006- Feb. 2007
    2005 Naval Station Ingleside Security Sailor of the Year

    Managed day-to-day operations of 20-person security and law enforcement section, directed emergency responses to real world threats and incidents, and ensured operating procedures were thoroughly followed.

    Responsible for supervising and conducting arrests, initial investigations, and interviewing suspects

    Reviewed, edited, and approved all sectional Police Incident Reports ensuring all facts and details included in reports.

    Military Police Field Training Officer/Assistant Watch Commander, NS Ingleside, Texas, Jan. 2004- Jan. 2006

    Conducted training and supervised detention of individuals suspected of Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of Controlled Substances. Ensured Field Sobriety Test were properly conducted and individual was properly processed for charges.

    Created and delivered 15 minute daily training and 8 hour monthly training for 20 primary and 59 auxiliary security force personnel consisting of various aspects of police investigation and procedures.

    Trained security force on proper responses to terrorist threats, attacks, and responding to scene of crimes.

    Developed and implemented an innovative training plan focused on hands-on mentoring, increasing section qualifications by 87% in six months.

– 1997, Military Service

The decision to join the United States Navy at 17 would prove invaluable in building character and leading to a legal career dedicated to Criminal Defense.

The ten years I spent on active duty led to three deployments overseas, visits to over a dozen countries, serving in numerous combat areas in Europe and the Middle East, and being one of the first to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina in 2005.

– 2004, Law Enforcement Experience

In January 2004 I arrived in Ingleside, Texas for a three year assignment with a military police unit. I served as a Patrolman, Field Training Officer, Assistant Watch Commander, and Watch Commander.

Those three years not only led to massive amounts of training in Police Procedures, DWI detection, and administering Field Sobriety Test; but also, led me to see first hand the areas where law enforcement make mistakes that are beneficial to my law practice.

“That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer.”

—BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (March 14, 1785)

The United States Constitution provides important limitations on the government that protect the rights of United States citizens. The Texas Constitution grants similar rights ensuring the rights of the accused. A fundamental concept in the United States justice system is that an individual is Innocent Until Proven Guilty. As such, the prosecution must prove you are guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, I strive to prove that you are ‘Not Guilty.’ It is important to remember that Not Guilty does not equal Innocent; Not Guilty equals the state did not prove the case Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

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