WIMBERLEY — Kelly Higgins, a protection legal professional who has labored in Hays County since 2002, has filed as the only real democratic candidate for Hays County Felony District Lawyer. Higgins attended Southern Methodist College, graduating in 1999 with a B.A. in Historical past, and the College of Texas College of Regulation, receiving his J.D. in 2002. He resides in Wimberley.
Submitted report by candidate
Since 2002, I’ve labored within the Hays County courts within the discipline of felony protection. This has introduced me very near the District Lawyer’s Workplace, and to the attorneys and employees working in that workplace, for nearly twenty years. I do know the courthouse, its historical past, and its individuals. I belong in our courthouse, and I’ll proceed working there whatever the final result of this election.
My expertise in Hays County courts consists of nicely over a thousand instances, with scores of hearings and dozens of jury trials, at all times insisting on the equity assured by our Structure and legal guidelines. From a zealous new lawyer 20 years in the past, I’ve matured right into a critical, considerate, and efficient lawyer by sustaining integrity and candor in our courts.
My devotion to Constitutional rules and my respect for our courts are well-known in our courtrooms. This mixture of respect, familiarity, and expertise makes me uniquely certified to undertake the duty of righting the ship of the District Lawyer’s Workplace in Hays County.
The issues confronted by the following DA come from two sources. First, the inhabitants development in our county has outstripped our felony justice infrastructure. We aren’t a county of little cities any extra. Our courts are log-jammed with instances awaiting decision. The pandemic has pissed off efforts to enhance an already untenable docket of instances. Second, our present District Lawyer has, during the last eight years, failed to supply management that addresses that development. The sources are there. Our courts are wonderful. It’s management that’s missing.
My first objective, with out which nothing else can change, is for the workplace to grow to be an instance of authorized, moral, and Constitutional integrity. I’m speaking about actual devotion to regulation and order as written and supposed. I’m speaking about being sincere contained in the courtroom and out. By this, all the required modifications are inside attain. Reform by way of Integrity.
These targets embody the institution of a Psychological Well being Court docket, reform of pre-trial intervention agreements, and elevated efforts to stop DWI. I’ll use Restorative Justice to attain therapeutic and redress past the courtroom. I’ll work with the Sheriff and courts to alleviate overcrowding in our jail, and to supply sources to our police. All this and extra are a part of the general objective of creating Hays County a secure and smart place for all residents, officers, and guests.
I’m happy with our lovely county and its individuals. I wish to see them get pleasure from what they deserve: regulation, order, integrity, and security.