VS Attorneys Give TCU Football Team the Legal Playbook [2023]

The first hand shot up. “What are the laws about having a firearm in your car?”

Then another. “If you refuse a field sobriety test, doesn’t your license get suspended?”

A question from the other side of the room: “Do you have to call the cops if you get into an accident and someone is injured?”

Attorneys Benson Varghese and Ty Stimpson fielded these questions and more from TCU football players Wednesday morning after speaking to the team about staying on the right side of the law. TCU officials invited Varghese Summersett to come and talk to the team about mistakes that can potentially lead to legal trouble and the consequences of an arrest.

“You have to be more careful than the average Joe,” Varghese told about 100 players, which were gathered in the team room of the indoor practice facility on TCU’s campus. “You have a lot more at stake.”

Attorney Benson Varghese speaks to TCU Football Team

Varghese, a Board Certified Criminal Lawyer, discussed a wide variety of topics that he has seen first-hand from collegiate and professional athletes, including drug possession, intoxication offenses, gun crimes, and sexual assault allegations.

Varghese said one of the purposes of the talk was to make sure the players understand the law and their rights if they’re ever stopped or investigated by police. For example, he told them that they don’t have to consent to a field sobriety test, which are intentionally difficult to pass, just because the police ask.

“If they ask you to do a field sobriety test, you can politely decline,” Varghese said. “Put it on me. You can say, ‘Hey an attorney came and talked to the team and recommended I don’t do these tests. Sorry, I can’t.'”

Attorneys Benson Varghese and Ty Stimpson speak to 2023 TCU Football Team
Attorneys Benson Varghese and Ty Stimpson

Stimpson, who heads up the personal injury division of the firm, took a moment to talk to the team about how he was once in their shoes. A former linebacker at Baylor University, he said student-athletes often have “bullseyes on their backs.”

“There are a lot of people who cheer for you on Saturdays, but there are also a handful of people who want to see you fail,” Stimpson said. “That is why it’s important to be cognizant of your surroundings and appreciate the opportunities that are presented to you each and every day.”

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Attorney Ty Stimpson and TCU Strength Coach Kaz Kazadi

Afterward, Varghese and Stimpson opened the floor for questions, which ran the gamut. They discussed everything from the legality of having bullets in a vehicle to steps to starting a law firm. They were open to any and all questions by the athletes.

The meeting closed with both attorneys emphasizing the importance of making smart choices and avoiding situations and circumstances that could lead to potential legal trouble.

“You guys are already public figures,” Varghese said. “People are going to be paying attention to you. I hope you’ll never need us – that is a true sentiment.” 

Varghese Summersett staff stop by to speak to TCU Football Team
Varghese Summersett is a Proud Supporter of TCU Football (from left to right: Attorney Ty Stimpson, Intake Director Bresha Shepherd, Media Relations Director Melody Lanier, Client Relations Specialist Kayleigh Conley and Attorney Benson Varghese)
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Benson Varghese is the managing partner of Varghese Summersett. He is a seasoned attorney, highly esteemed for his comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the field. He has successfully handled thousands of state and federal cases, ranging from misdemeanor driving while intoxicated cases to capital offenses, showcasing his commitment to preserving justice and upholding the rights of his clients. His firm covers criminal defense, personal injury, and family law matters. Benson is also a legal tech entrepreneur. Benson is a go-to authority in the legal community, known for his ability to explain complex legal concepts with clarity and precision. His writings offer a wealth of in-depth legal insights, reflecting his extensive experience and his passion for the law. Not only is Benson an accomplished litigator, but he is also a dedicated advocate for his clients, consistently striving to achieve the best possible outcomes for them. His authorship provides readers with valuable legal advice and an understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system. CriminalPersonal InjuryFamily Law Contact
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