Values and Code of Conduct

Houston Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Christian Values and Legal Code of Conduct

First-Tier Houston, Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Haggard is a practicing Christian whose values carry over seamlessly into his law practice.

The Haggard Law Team

The Houston Criminal Defense Attorneys at The Haggard Law Firm subscribe to:

PROFESSIONALISM: A LAWYER’S MANDATE

The conduct of a lawyer should be characterized at all times by honesty, candor and fairness. In fulfilling his or her primary duty to a client, a lawyer must be ever mindful of the Profession’s duty to the legal system.

RELATIONS WITH CLIENTS

A lawyer owes to a client undivided allegiance, the full application of the lawyer’s learning, skill, and industry, and the employment of all appropriate legal means to protect and enforce the client’s legitimate rights, claims, and objectives. In the discharge of this duty, a lawyer should not be deterred by any real or imagined fear of judicial disfavor public unpopularity, nor be influenced directly or indirectly by any considerations or self-interest.

bullet Representing my client in a professional manner is my first obligation.
bullet I will be loyal and committed to my client’s cause, but I will not permit that loyalty and commitment to interfere with my duty to provide objective and independent advice to the client.
bullet I will endeavor to achieve my client’s lawful objectives in business transactions and in litigation as expeditiously and economically as possible.
bullet When appropriate, I will counsel my client with respect to mediation, arbitration, and other alternative methods of resolving disputes.
bullet I will advise my clients against pursuing litigation (or any other course of action) that is without merit and against insisting on tactics which are intended primarily to delay resolution of a matter or to harass or drain the financial resources of the opposing party.
bullet A client has no right to demand that I abuse the opposite party or counsel or indulge in other offensive conduct. I will always treat adverse parties and witnesses with fairness and due consideration.

RELATIONS WITH OTHER LAWYERS

A lawyer owes to opposing counsel courtesy, candor, cooperation in all respects not inconsistent with a client’s interest, and scrupulous observance of all mutual agreements and understandings. Ill feelings between clients should not influence a lawyer’s conduct, attitude, or demeanor toward opposing lawyers.

bullet I will be courteous, civil, and prompt in oral and written communications.
bullet In litigation proceedings, I will agree to reasonable requests for extensions of time and for waiver of procedural formalities, provided a legitimate interest of my client will not be adversely affected.
bullet I will not serve motions and pleadings at such a time or in such a manner as will unfairly limit the other party’s opportunity to respond.
bullet I will attempt to resolve by agreement my objections to matters contained in pleadings and discovery requests and responses.
bullet When scheduled hearings or depositions are cancelled, I will notify opposing counsel, and, if appropriate, the Court (or other tribunal) as soon as practicable.
bullet In business transactions, I will not quarrel over matter of form or style, but will concentrate on matters of substance.
bullet I will identify for other counsel or parties all changes I have made in documents submitted to me for review.

CONDUCT IN COURT

A lawyer owes to the judiciary respect, diligence, candor, punctuality, and protection against unjust and improper criticism and attack. A judge had a reciprocal responsibility to maintain the dignity and independence of the Court and to treat the lawyer with courtesy and respect as an officer of the Court.

bullet I will conduct myself in Court in a professional manner and demonstrate my respect for the Court and the law.
bullet I will treat opposing counsel, opposing parties, the Court, and members of the Court staff with courtesy and civility.
bullet I will advise my client of the behavior expected of him or her.
bullet I will be punctual so that preliminary matters may be disposed of in order to start the trial, hearing, or conference on time.

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE & DISCOVERY

A lawyer owes to the administration of justice personal dignity, professional integrity, and independence. A lawyer should adhere to the highest principles of professionalism in all dealings with others, regardless of the desires of a client.

bullet Ordinarily, I will not give notice of a deposition or hearing until an effort has been made to schedule it by agreement.
bullet In oral depositions and other discovery proceedings, I will treat opposing counsel, opposing parties, and any others present, with courtesy and civility.
bullet I will refrain from excessive and abusive and abusive discovery, and I will comply with all reasonable discovery requests.
bullet I will submit proposed orders to the Court promptly and will send copies to opposing counsel before or contemporaneously with submission to the Court.
bullet If the matter does not merit the filing of a motion or an agreed order, I will not unnecessarily involve the Court or its staff with correspondence or with copies of correspondence to opposing counsel.

The Haggard Law Firm accepts selected criminal defense cases in Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Brazoria, Montgomery, Matagorda and surrounding Texas counties. Affordable representation; payment plans arranged in some cases. We represent clients in all Misdemeanor Courts, Felony Courts, Juvenile Court and Federal Court.