My name is Tony Vitz and I have been defending "citizens accused" for over twenty-three years. I graduated from Texas Tech in 1984 with a degree in Business Administration. In 1988 I graduated from South Texas College of Law, in Houston, Texas. In the summer of 1999, I attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming. I will not represent Insurance Companies or Corporations, who, in my opinion, are only interested in their bottom line. I limit my practice to representing people.
It disturbs me to see citizens accused, without lawyers, being taken advantage of by a prosecutor and when I see citizens accused being taken advantage of by a "businessman with a law license". I wish that people knew the importance of speaking to a lawyer. It has been my experience that by the time an accused person speaks with a lawyer it is usually well after an arrest and too late in many cases. I wish that citizens had a better understanding of their rights before the process of being accused begins. Depending on the facts of a case, it may be necessary to preserve evidence early in the legal process. Therefore, I believe it is necessary to discuss the details of your case with a lawyer as soon as possible.
As a Trial Lawyer, I have become more concerned about our rights, freedoms, and liberties. It concerns me when the Government takes advantage of "people" and when a citizen accused, walks into the courthouse and pleads guilty without knowing his or her legal rights or truly understands the consequences of that plea. It impairs our legal system when a person pleads guilty when he/she is innocent or has had their rights violated. For example, if a police officer, or any person, wrongly accuses a citizen and he/she pleads guilty, then the police officer or "the accuser” will more likely repeat their actions whether or not the mistake was intentional.
Thankfully, we still have a jury system to protect "the people". The Government and Corporations are slowly and silently eroding the power of our juries and because of politics, media, and their use of fear, many jurors are more willing to accept proof from the state that is less than "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt". Consequently, they are voting to convict more often. It seems that too often jurors are accepting "probably", "could be", or "maybe" as enough proof to convict a citizen. How many times, especially recently, have you heard about a citizen that spent years in prison, only to find out later that he/she is actually innocent? I realize it wasn't your child, but it was someone's child. The burden of proof, in a Criminal Case, is the highest and most severe burden placed on any litigant court in the United States. It is the highest burden for a reason. Maybe our forefathers felt that our liberty was something to be taken seriously. Do we have to live with the tyranny they lived with to learn?
It is my belief that the relationship between a lawyer and a client is important. A lawyer and Client must be comfortable with each other. I cannot and will not represent ever person that walks in my office, but every person can be represented by a lawyer who cares. Now, probably more than ever before, to be successful in the courtroom, the lawyer needs to understand group dynamics, but that requires that he work on his own issues and understand himself first. Law School doesn’t teach it. Knowing the law is simply not enough.
I believe our legal system works, if we make it work. Our system is not perfect. In many Instances, our system only gives the appearance of fairness. It seems that there are too many Judges who are more concerned about politics and being re-elected than our Constitutional Rights. I am very concerned about how our judges are selected. As it is, the jury is our last safeguard in America. It is my hope that you will not let the Government take the Jury away From "The People".
Vitz Law is dedicated to the defense of those accused of crimes and those that are seriously injured by the negligence of others.