Atascosa, Texas Criminal Lawyers

Joseph Hoelscher
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(210) 222-9132 3030 Nacogdoches, Ste. 222G
San Antonio, TX 78217
Free ConsultationSan Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Baylor Law School
Joe Hoelscher is an award-winning criminal and family law trial lawyer whose dedication to vigorously defending his clients has earned him national recognition. Having been involved with the legal system since his mother's disappearance and murder in 1986, Joe knows how tough court is on clients and families in need of legal assistance. As a result, he has dedicated his law practice to helping his clients navigate the legal system so they can gain closure and find peace. The Hoelscher Law Office's holistic approach to client services frequently involves the use of experts and counselors to help clients develop their...
Jose M. Rocha
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(210) 264-8885 The Colonnade
9901 IH 10 W, STE 800
San Antonio, TX 78230
Criminal and Estate Planning
University of Dayton School of Law
Innovative and versatile attorney highly effective at developing legal strategies with a solid track record of litigation success and experience in various areas of law, including: criminal defense in state and federal courts, expunctions, orders of non-disclosure, mental health law, child protective services representation, elder protection, guardianship cases, wills and probate law.
Stephen Hardy Gordon
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(210) 531-9700 5820 IH-10 West
Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78201
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Traffic Tickets
CREDENTIALS & EXPERIENCE:

-Over 17 Years Experience as a Trial Lawyer in San Antonio, Texas
-Graduated in Top 10% of class at St. Mary’s School of Law
-Staff Writer and Editor of St. Mary’s Law Journal
-Author of Numerous Articles in publications such as St. Mary’s Law Review and San Antonio Lawyer Magazine
-Formerly worked at Texas Fourth Court of Appeals
-100's of hours of Continuing Legal Education in relevant Practice Areas
-10.0 Perfect Rating from AVVO.com Lawyer Rating Website
Deborah Linnartz Wigington
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New Braunfels, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(830) 627-7300 140 S. Walnut Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Providing criminal defense, family law, child support, child custody representation to all of Texas, including Comal County, Texas and all other central Texas counties, such as Hays County, Guadalupe County, and more. These counties include New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos and surrounding areas. Family Law cases include divorces, child custody modifications, family violence protective orders, restraining orders, CPS or TDFPS cases, father's rights, and grandparent's rights,etc. Criminal defense cases include DWIs, possession or manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, assault family violence, theft, criminal mischief, sexual assault, indecency with a child, aggravated assault, unlawful...
Jesus Ramiro Lopez
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Windcrest, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(210) 224-5245 8941 Willmon Way
Windcrest, TX 78239
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The Law Offices of Jesus R. Lopez provides professional experienced legal services in San Antonio. We assist individuals bond out of the Bexar County jail with low priced bail bond services. When you hire an attorney to provide a bail bond you get the expertise a criminal case deserves. Our office is open 24 hours to help anyone in need of legal assistance. Our bail bonds are the lowest in San Antonio at 2% down.
Stephen Barrera
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(830) 216-4172 433 3rd St
Floresville, TX 78114
Free ConsultationFloresville, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
St. Mary's University School of Law
Stephen C. Barrera was raised in Wilson County, Texas. After obtaining a B.A. in Philosophy at U.T.S.A., he attended St. Mary's Law School. During law school, Stephen made the Dean's List, wrote for The Scholar, St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice, and interned for United States Fifth Circuit Judge Emilio Garza. Stephen was also awarded 1st place and Best Speaker during the St. Mary's Law School 1L Moot Court Competition. Stephen's law career began at the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, where he worked in the firm's trial section. In 2008, Stephen started his own practice...
Robert Matthew Kyle
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New Braunfels, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(830) 620-9402 707 N. Walnut Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Personal Injury
University of Texas - Austin
Matt Kyle has been practicing personal injury law and criminal defense for over 20 years. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocates and has recovered millions of dollars for clients. Matt is an award-winning New Braunfels injury attorney with a proven track record and dedication. He has been included in Texas Super Lawyers® and his firm was the New Braunfels Reader’s Choice winner for Best Attorney in 2010-2013. He puts his compassion, experience, and passion to help each client pursue justice.
Gary Churak
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(210) 545-3850 14310 Northbrook Dr #210
San Antonio, TX 78232
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Attorney GARY F. CHURAK has been providing quality legal representation on criminal matters including but not limited to DWI, domestic violence, theft, drug possession, sex crimes and assaults since 1982. The Law Offices of GARY F. CHURAK is a small firm offering personal attention to each and every client's case. Attorney GARY CHURAK understands that being charged with a criminal offense is stressful not only for the client but also for the family. He is there to offer his experience and knowledge of the law to assist the client through this trying time. Attorney GARY...
Christopher D Cavazos
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(830) 769-1010 1112 Oak St.
Jourdanton, TX 78026
Jourdanton, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
St. Mary's University School of Law
Christopher D. Cavazos has over 15 years of experience handling thousands of criminal cases throughout San Antonio and the surrounding counties. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his B.A. in Government before moving on to receive his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary's School of Law.

Mr. Cavazos has extensive experience in the criminal justice system, practicing law as both a defense attorney and as a prosecutor. Prior to Barrera, Cavazos & Powers, he served as a Prosecutor in Atascosa County and was appointed as a Special Prosecutor in both Wilson and Frio County. Mr. Cavazos specializes...
Paul Smith
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(210) 608-5060 926 Chulie
San Antonio, TX 78216
Criminal, DWI and Legal Malpractice
South Texas College Of Law
I am board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I am a graduate of The Trial Lawyers College and specialize in trial cases. If you need quality legal representation and are in trouble contact me as I am here to help vocalize your story in action in the most important time of your life, your trial before a jury or judge. If your life matters at all, so does your story,, who will you choose to tell your story? Paul J. Smith
Christopher Peng
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(210) 679-1818 3011 Nacogdoches Rd
Bldg. #1
San Antonio, TX 78217
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Immigration
St. Mary's University School of Law
The Law Office of Christopher Peng - we are a San Antonio based, full service law office that specializes in immigration and criminal law. With extensive big firm experience, we are able to offer you personal and dedicated service. I never take for granted any opportunity I get to provide my services, and always remember I serve my clients’ best interests. Our office can help with all immigration issues ranging from family/residency cases, deportation and citizenship, to complex investment / employment based visas. We also have extensive experience in the Criminal Defense field here in Bexar...
Gary J. Hillier
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(210) 999-5187 40 NE Loop 410
Suite 525
San Antonio, TX 78216
Criminal, DWI and Domestic Violence
St. Mary's University School of Law
I worked in the criminal justice system in England, as a police officer, for fifteen years. I moved to San Antonio and became a United States citizen in 2014. I have worked as a prosecutor and now work in the criminal justice system in a different capacity—as a criminal defense attorney. I truly believe that the United States is the land of second opportunities. I want to help you get your second chance.

My experience within the criminal justice system has helped me to develop excellent communication and advocacy skills. These skills led to me developing strong values of...
Roberto Ambrosino Jr.
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(210) 201-7622 17806 Interstate 10 West
Suite 300
San Antonio, TX 78257
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Juvenile
Texas Tech University School of Law
Welcome to the Law Office of Roberto Ambrosino, PLLC. I pride myself on being an advocate for the accused. Having a blue collar background, I can emphasize with those in need and may not be able to afford it—which is why I work with clients to make legal representation a reality. The son of an Italian immigrant father and mother who survived cancer, I became a first generation college graduate. Growing up in the small coal-mining town of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, I learned to appreciate the merits of hard work and sacrifice. Prior to opening my own practice, I was...
Case Jefferson Darwin
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
14627 Jones Maltsberger
San Antonio, TX 78247
Criminal, Appeals, DWI and Immigration
Texas Tech University School of Law
Case served as a Briefing Attorney for the Honorable Terry Jennings of the Houston First District Court of Appeals (handling numerous criminal causes) and subsequently worked for an “Am Law 100” law firm, Haynes and Boone, LLP. Deciding to become a criminal defense attorney, he then worked as a state prosecutor. Case is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Case's Lawyer Credentials: Fluent in Spanish University of Texas, B.A., Higher Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 2003 Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Texas Tech Law Review, Order of the Coif, 2007...
L. David Levinson
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 38 years experience
12451 Starcrest Dr
Suite 205
San Antonio, TX 78216
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
St. Mary's University School of Law
Practicing in San Antonio, Texas for 40 years. I enjoy helping people with their legal needs in Family Law, divorces, custody cases, collaborative law, along with an emphasis on bankruptcy, probate, and criminal work.
Monica Elaine Guerrero
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(210) 362-0162 5150 Broadway #114
San Antonio, TX 78209
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence, Insurance Claims and Juvenile
Susan Lee Schoon
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New Braunfels, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(830) 627-0044 188 S. Union Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DWI and Domestic Violence
St. Mary's University School of Law
Marilee Hazel Brown
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New Braunfels, TX, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(830) 629-6955 163 W. Bridge Street
New Braunfels, TX, TX 78130
Criminal, DWI, Family and Probate
Texas Tech University School of Law
As a former assistant district attorney and successful private practice owner, Marilee Hazel Brown provides clients broad expertise in the legal process and a depth of trial experience when cases cannot be resolved outside the courtroom. She makes a difference by looking beyond the ordinary to find creative solutions that work to the best interests of her clients. In private practice, her experience is drawn from having handled hundreds of cases in the tri-county area.

For the past ten years, Ms. Brown has built a family law and personal injury practice that has helped hundreds of clients successfully resolve high-conflict disputes....
Mr. Shannon Willis Locke
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
15160 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX 78232
Free ConsultationCriminal and Administrative
Hector Gonzalez III
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(210) 495-9999 909 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78209
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Carrie Ellison
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Floresville, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(830) 391-5527 P.O. Box 123
Floresville, TX 78114
Criminal
Washburn University School of Law
Currently, I have a general law practice in Floresville, Texas, where I handle cases in various legal areas. This allows me to take advantage of the opportunities available, and at the same time, I am able to provide legal assistance to more people. I believe in being straight-forward with my clients and making sure that they stay informed about their cases. It is important to make the right decision about your case. You should also make the right decision about the person who protects your rights. For a lawyer with integrity and professionalism, call...
Melroy 'Mel' Koehler
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New Braunfels, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(830) 914-8776 200 North Seguin Ave
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
After graduating from Baylor University, I was given the opportunity to serve as a Staff Attorney for the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana, Texas. This was a special position that was funded for one year through a grant from the State of Texas. In that capacity, I reviewed, briefed, and prepared memorandum and draft opinions for the Court of Appeals Justices.
After the one year grant period ended, I returned to New Braunfels, Texas where I opened the Law Office of Mel Koehler.
In 2000, I began working for the Comal County Criminal District Attorney’s Office where I...
Brian Thomas Powers
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(210) 222-9446 3011 Nacogdoches Bldg 1
San Antonio, TX 78217
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Iowa
Brian Powers has over twenty years of experience in the criminal justice world. For five years, he patrolled the streets as a police officer investigating all offenses and making life and death decisions. Later, Brian went to the University of Iowa where his concentration was on criminal procedure and criminal law. After law school, Brian was a felony prosecutor in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted exclusively areas involving family violence, dating violence, sexual assault and murders. After leaving the DA’s Office, Brian because a defense attorney where he has spent the...
Courtney Paige Miller
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New Braunfels, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(830) 629-6955 391 Landa Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
St. Mary's University School of Law
Ms. Miller attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree in Sociology before beginning her studies at St. Mary’s University School of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class receiving her Juris Doctorate. While attending St. Mary’s School of Law, Ms. Miller participated in both external and internal advocacy programs, excelling in both, finishing in the quarter finals or higher in nearly all competitions. She was also a Staff Writer for Issue 16 of The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Issues, eventually getting published in a Medical Encyclopedia on the various legal...
Joseph Lassen
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(210) 625-6540 18911 Hardy Oak Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78258
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Divorce
Brooklyn Law School
Prior to becoming an attorney, Joe Lassen served as a police officer with the New York City Police Department and retired as a Lieutenant after 20 years of service. He received his Bachelor of Science in 1993 from the John Jay College in Legal Studies and his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2002. While in law school, Joe worked for the NYPD’s prosecutor’s office, handling high profile corruption cases. Joe was a first responder on September 11th at the World Trade Center and shares a special affinity for all military branches and first responders.

Joseph Lassen started practicing law...
Alfonso Briz Otero
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(210) 587-4000 8918 Tesoro
575
San Antonio, TX 78217
Criminal, Immigration and International
Education

1995- J.D. in Law Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico ranked 8th.
1999- LLM Master in Laws American Legal Studies, St. Mary’s University School of Law
2001- Jurisprudence Doctorate St. Mary’s University School of Law

Employment

2016- Founded Afonso Otero Attorney at Law, P.C.
2001- Founded Gonzalez & Otero, P.C.
2001- Present Attorney Consultant for the Mexican General Consulate in San Antonio, Texas
Participated as an expert in Mexican and immigration law for the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas.

Memberships:

Texas Bar Association 2001 – Present

Western District of Texas

Southern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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John W. Hodges Jr.
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Bulverde, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(210) 714-0924 29710 US Hwy 281 North
Suite 102
Bulverde, TX 78163
Criminal, Divorce, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Carmine John Giardino
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(210) 599-1993 PO Box 65136
San Antonio, TX 78265
Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Shawn Vandenberg Esq
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Schertz, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(210) 658-7799 206 FM 78
Schertz, TX 78154
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Traffic Tickets
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Prior to becoming licensed in 1997, I was employed in law enforcement. I served 23 years in the USAF, first as an enlisted member in law enforcement and then as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG), where I served almost exclusively as a criminal defense attorney. Following my retirement in 2008, I continued practicing in the private sector. My prior military experience gives me the ability to identify with military members and the unique issues they face in family and criminal law. I have lived in the Schertz area since 2001, and am...
Daniel Palmer
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(210) 570-7441 8000 IH 10 West, Suite 600
San Antonio, TX 78230
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
St. Mary's University School of Law
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Daniel J. Palmer, a San Antonio native, graduated from the Antonian College Preparatory High School and subsequently attended the University of Texas at Austin. There, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government/Political Science and a double minor in Business and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Seeking to amplify his education, Daniel entered St. Mary’s University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor. It was during this time that he had the privilege of spending a summer studying in Europe under the guidance of United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the Institute on World...
Ashley Christian Specia
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(210) 225-6649 10001 Reunion Place, Suite 600
San Antonio, TX 78216
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
William Taylor Burrell
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New Braunfels, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(830) 708-9534 P.O. Box 312370
New Braunfels, TX 78131-2370
Criminal, Bankruptcy and Probate
William "Bill" Burrell has practiced law in the State of Texas since 1993, providing a range of legal services to individuals and small businesses. Based in New Braunfels, Texas, services are provided in Comal County, Guadalupe County, Hays County and surrounding areas.

I handle a wide variety of cases, which include, but are not limited to, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense and Wills and Probate.

Hiring an attorney can be stressful. It's important that you hire someone that you feel comfortable working with to guide you through your difficult circumstances. Whether you are considering bankruptcy, find yourself accused of a crime, or you...
Blakely Ian Mohr
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(844) 664-7529 3030 Nacogdoches Rd.
Suite 222H
San Antonio, TX 78217
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
I built this firm upon the ideals of equality, respect, honor and pride. I believe that actions speak louder than words and I should treat people the way I want to be treated. My mother once told me that God gave us two ears and a mouth for a reason…we should listen twice as much as we speak. I try to apply these concepts in my practice to provide better service to our Clients. I received my Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (a/k/a Texas A&M School of Law), my Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas-Austin...
Rosanne Richerson
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Canyon Lake, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
475 Sir Winston Drive
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
Criminal and International
Texas A&M University School of Law
Adam Jason Sabrin
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(770) 366-3780 3030 Nacogdoches, Ste. 222
San Antonio, TX 78217
Free ConsultationSan Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
Criminal, Business, Consumer and IP
I have been serving San Antonio and the State of Texas since 2009 as a General Practitioner, taking on issues ranging from Contracts to Criminal Defense to Immigration. Focusing on the client, I provide a broad base of legal knowledge to a variety of issues with the understanding that helping the client is the ultimate goal of legal representation.
Starting out handling criminal defense and family law with my partner, Caitlin Howell, I have developed experience in a variety of legal matters. While providing top-to-bottom business representation is a favorite area or practice, including issues of formation, agreements, IP, and...
Jon Disrud
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(210) 494-6633 13750 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78232
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Mr Donald H Fidler Jr.
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(210) 410-0852 P. O. Box 591238
San Antonio, TX 78259-1238
Criminal, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
Ann Marie Smith
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(210) 365-9713 15033 Nacogdoches
Suite 208
San Antonio, TX 78247
Criminal
University of Wisconsin Law School
Allison Helen Lanty
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New Braunfels, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(830) 624-1900 267 W. Mill Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Criminal and DWI
Gammon David Guinn
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San Antonio, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(210) 875-2059 2462 Newoak Park
San Antonio, TX 78230
Criminal
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.