On May 2, 2006, I was coming home from my part-time job at Dominos. When I went into my home, my wife, Susan Gonzales, for no reason at all, began hitting and screaming at me. She was very mad and I had no idea why. I was blocking my face from the beating she was giving me. She was complaining about something, which even now, I do not understand or know why. She then fell on the floor and called the police in Webster, Texas and they arrived at my home within ten minutes. I answered the door and they asked for my wife, Susan. My wife and the police officers went into another room and emerged 25 minutes later and arrested me for beating my wife. They did not read me my rights, but took me straight to jail, just like they did in 1994 for something else I did not do. In 1994, I spent two days in jail and then received one year probation. Judge Jan Krocker, District Court 184th, used the 1994 event to enhance the May 2, 2006 to a felony.
The court appointed me an attorney, Jeffrey Karl Hale, to defend me, who did nothing to defend defend me, including not showing up for my court dates five times. In April of 2008, I filed a grievance with the State Bar of Texas informing them of Jeffrey Hale's professional misconduct. I furnished them the evidence that he did not appear at my court appearances. The State Bar of Texas ruled in August 2008, stating that he had not committed professional misconduct.
I remained in the Harris County jail medical tank 3E1A for 2 years and 3 months. During this time, I had an accident on August 8, 2008, in which I fell and injured my neck and dislocated my shoulder. The only medical attention I received, was a sling for my arm, no medication.
On June 6, 2008, I went to court, being tired of being in jail for a crime I did not commit, I signed a no contest plea in exchange for not spending 4 years in the Texas Department of Corrections, but on probation. When I was at court for signing the no contest, the judge asked me why I filed a grievance on Jeffrey Karl Hale. I explained to the judge, that even though he was my court appointed attorney, he never helped me and did not show up for the five court dates in which I was to appear before the court. The judge then informed me that my attorney did not have time to help me, that the attorney had false and no proof that I did not do this crime for which I was accused.
Never was the issue brought up by the court, the fact that I spent over 2 years in jail (May 2006 to June 2008) before being sentenced. I was brought before the court only after I told them I would sign the no-contest, which was almost immediately. Why could they have not heard my case within 2 years? Whatever happened to the right to a speedy trial? I was coerced into signing to be released from jail.
**Note: Confirmation was done by looking up in public records. Public records reflect that Mario Gonzales was arrested May 2, 2006 and he was not sentenced until June 6, 2008.
1) the act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance
2) force or the power to use force in gaining compliance, as by a government or police force
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