Daphne knows the law. She has practiced law in Texas since the 1990s as a criminal and juvenile defense attorney in state and federal court, prosecutor, Juvenile Law Referee and District Court Judge. None of her rulings have ever been reversed by a higher court. She will listen to the cases before her, apply the facts, follow the law and make appropriate rulings. She earned Board Certification in Juvenile Law in 2002. When the Former Judge was first elected, she saw a need for a boys' mental health court. Bexar County already had a national award winning specialty court to serve girls, but there wasn't an equivalent program for boys. She is pleased that her court was awarded the first grant for which they applied and started the first juvenile boys' mental health court in the country. She still serves on the Collaborative Council for the Judicial Commission for Mental Health. The children she served have many needs. She joined the Alamo Youth Center Advisory Board to better the lives of our fragile survivors of human trafficking, served as the Attorney on the Advisory Board to Rise Recovery to open Rise Inspire Academy, the first recovery high school in Bexar County, and is a Member of the Partners for Youth Equine Advisory Council that provides equine therapy to troubled youth. While presiding over the 289th District Court, she attended and encouraged the children as they graduated from placement or performed community service. She visited many of the locations we are sending our juveniles to ensure the integrity of the rehabiliataive programs offered. She testified before the Texas 85th Legislature in early 2017 to encourage them to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18.
To protect the safety of our community in which we all live while working through the backlog of cases due to the pandemic. Our citizens deserve to have timely resolution of their legal issues. Crime victims are re-victimized by long waits for justice. Conversely, accused persons are affected by delays to clear their names. Our courts are in a state of disarray. Having already sat on a bench, I have the experience to move the docket without learning on the job. In addition to presiding over one of every ten felony cases filed in Bexar County, the 186th District Court serves as the Veteran’s Treatment Court for those who’ve served our country, which plays to the strengths of my experience with starting a mental health court and serving on the Collaborative Council to the Judicial Commission for Mental Health.
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