Case of former attorney convicted of human trafficking under review by Bexar County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit
SAN ANTONIO – Though former attorney Mark Benavides is serving an 80-year prison term for trading his legal services for sex, his case is still under review by the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. According to testimony during his trial, Benavides would trade his legal representation for sex from at least six clients. Howard is the head of Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales’ Conviction Integrity Unit. Ad“What this division does is it grades our paper to make sure that these convictions have integrity,” Gonzales said. “We’re going to do the right thing, even when no one is looking”, Gonzales said.
Disbarred San Antonio lawyer has more sex crime victims who should come forward, officials say
SAN ANTONIO Officials from the Bexar County District Attorneys Office and the Bexar County Public Defenders Office are urging potential sex crime victims of a disbarred San Antonio lawyer to come forward. Mark Benavides is currently serving an 80-year prison term after he was convicted in 2018 of trading sex for legal services from women he was representing. Officials said the women were extorted by Benavides to take plea deals for crimes they didnt commit. When you drill down deeper and what weve seen in the cases, its actually extortion, said lead Bexar County Public Defender Michael Young. Anyone who feels they were forced to take a plea deal by Benavides is urged to contact the Bexar County Public Defenders Office at 210-504-6216.