My name is Patton Ritter and I am a conservative Republican running to be the next Judge of Brazoria County Court at Law #2.
Born and raised in Brazoria County, I am a proud graduate of Alvin Community College, the University of Houston - Clear Lake, and, most near and dear to my heart, Texas A&M University School of Law. I am a practicing attorney at Bass and Tigner, P.C., specializing in the areas of criminal, juvenile, and probate. I also serve as the Municipal Prosecutor for the Village of Surfside Beach. Most importantly, I am married to the hardest-working campaign volunteer ever, Rachel, and we have the greatest 4-legged campaign supporter possible, Shadow.
Experienced in Areas under County Court’s Jurisdiction
I want to take a second and let you know what County Courts at Law do. These courts have jurisdiction over:
Adult misdemeanors, so everything from public intoxication to assault family violence charges
All juvenile cases, including misdemeanors and felonies
Probate and guardianship cases
Regular civil cases, such as eminent domain and contract issues
I’ve been appointed by all 4 of our County Court at Law Judges to fill roles in each of those categories. I’ve been appointed to represent adults in criminal cases, juvenile offenders in everything ranging from possession of marijuana to murder, decedent’s estates in probate cases, and proposed wards in guardianships. In my opinion, there is no greater responsibility than when a judge appoints you to represent the interests of a special needs child, and your job is to speak up for them in court when they truly can’t speak for themselves. I take pride in knowing that these judges trust me with such tremendous responsibilities.
A Uniquely Fair and Balanced Perspective
As both a defense attorney and prosecutor, I am uniquely able to see things from both sides of the courtroom. I believe everyone deserves their day in court and that judges should follow the laws as written, not as they wish they were written. I believe that I will be fair and examine both sides of the issues, much in the same way as I prosecute one day and defend the Citizen Accused the next.
Making the Court Even More Efficient
There are a lot of advances that can be made in our courts to expedite proceedings and reduce costs to litigants and taxpayers, both through the increased use of technology and the reduction of paperwork needed for cases. I will implement these changes benefiting both those who interact with the justice system and those who fund it.
I want to close with this. I have adopted a Bible verse as my life’s motto, and I'd like to share it with you. It’s 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
It is an honor to have you visit this website. I look forward to meeting you and working to earn your vote.