Bellaire, Texas Criminal Lawyers

Paul Harty Doyle
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Passionate Criminal Defense Attorney! Outstanding Results! Fighting for Justice!

I am dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of the accused. I provide skilled and aggressive legal representation to fight your DUI charges! Visit my website to see case results. Call now for a consultation.
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Trevor Sharon
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A Criminal Defense Lawyer That Fights for You! Call Now! Dedicated to Results!

I am an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney. I believe in an aggressive, active approach to defending cases, and have achieved great results! Visit my website to see results. Call for a consultation.
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Herman Martinez
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Texas Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Herman Martinez is the leading and founding attorney of The Martinez Law Firm, a criminal defense firm in Houston. With over 20 years of experience, this attorney can be an excellent resource for... Read More »
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Amir Tavakkoli
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Texas Criminal Law Lawyer

Amir Tavakkoli, founder of the firm, was the Vice President of his law school class and graduated Summa Cum Laude. His legal and political experiences include working with Judge Kyle Carter in the 125th... Read More »
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Lisa Shapiro Strauss
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Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(713) 449-9922 4545 Bissonnet St #293
Bellaire, TX 77401
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Domestic Violence
Southern Methodist University
Former Prosecutor, now helping citizens in Harris County and surrounding counties fight cases against them. Tried dozens of cases to a jury, highly skilled at negotiations and getting cases resolved. Studied at SMU School of Law and University of Arizona.
Ned Gill III
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Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(713) 271-8383 6575 West Loop South, 6th FL
Bellaire, TX 77401
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Collections and DWI
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Attorney Ned Gill III, is a reputed lawyer who has been committed to the field of family law for quite a handful of years. Belonging to a family associated with law and jurisdiction in Texas, Mr. Ned Gill III is undoubtedly a name with a high recall value amongst the people of Texas. Under his scope of work lies litigation/Mediation for divorce cases, arbitration and more. Being one of the most sought after professional lawyers in the arena of family law in United State, what distinguishes him is his intelligent and expert legal advice to all his customers seeking legal...
David Adler
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(713) 666-7576 6750 West Loop South
Suite 120
Houston, TX 77401
Criminal, Business, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
For almost 25 years, I have represented men and women accused of crimes in state and federal courts. Before opening my office, I served as a CIA officer for 5 years. I have also served as a special prosecutor. Very few attorneys have handled as many federal criminal cases as I have. Don’t be fooled by lawyers who spend more time and effort on advertising than they do on representing clients.
Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(713) 523-0400 5909 West Loop S
Bellaire, TX 77401
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Employment
Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(713) 271-8282 6575 West Loop S
Bellaire, TX 77401
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and DWI
Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(713) 664-7600 4545 Bissonnet St
Bellaire, TX 77401
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Estate Planning
South Texas College Of Law
Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
5126 Huisache St
Bellaire, TX 77401
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
South Texas College Of Law
Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(713) 666-6961 4545 Bissonnet St
Bellaire, TX 77401
Criminal
Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
5222 Spruce St
Bellaire, TX 77401
Criminal, Administrative, Appeals and Estate Planning
South Texas College Of Law
Bellaire, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(713) 666-6657 4545 Bissonnet St
Bellaire, TX 77401
Criminal, DWI and Estate Planning
Bill Pattillo
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Texas Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience

As a former felony and misdemeanor prosecutor at the Montgomery County Attorney's Office and the former Chief Juvenile Prosecutor at the Montgomery County Attorney's Office, Attorney Bill Pattillo has the... Read More »
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Ron Voyles
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Free Consultation! Outstanding Advocacy for Texans Facing Criminal Charges!

With 20 years of legal experience, I powerfully represent those who have been accused of criminal offenses. I will fight for your freedom! Visit my website to see exceptional case results or call for a free consultation.
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Cory J.H. Crenshaw
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(409) 449-5291 2700 Post Oak Blvd
Ste 1120
Houston, TX 77056
Criminal, Business, DWI and Personal Injury
Texas Tech University School of Law
After serving my community as the District Attorney, judge and federal prosecutor for the past 12 years, I am honored to continue my service to the legal profession by representing YOU. The experienced trial lawyers at Crenshaw Law Firm, PLLC, are focused on ensuring that you are protected and receive justice. Please call us today at (409) 449-LAW1 or visit our website www.crenshaw.law
Samuel R. Cammack III
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(713) 224-4444 1001 West Loop S #700
Houston, TX 77027
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Domestic Violence
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EMPLOYMENT • Current Sole Practitioner-Law Practice is solely dedicated to Criminal
• Defense Law-Adult & Juvenile Former Vice President Managing
• Criminal Attorney for one the State's largest consumer law firms.
• Successfully DEFENDED thousands of cases as a Criminal Defense
• Lawyer in many high profile cases throughout the State of Texas.
• Hired by the State of Oregon to defend Juvenile charged with serious felony offense in Texas.
• Former Felony prosecutor Harrison County, Texas.
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Matt Horak
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(713) 225-8000 5300 Memorial Dr #750 A
Houston, TX 77007
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DWI and Domestic Violence
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Call Horak Law if you need a fighter. If the prosecutor does not think your lawyer will fight, you will have wasted your money.

As soon as you have been arrested, your charge is public record and anyone can find it; even if you have not been convicted or found guilty by a jury. You are going to be digging yourself out of a terrible hole right from the beginning.

There is absolutely no one on your side in the criminal justice system EXCEPT your lawyer.

The...
Greg Tsioros
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(832) 752-5972 1201 S. Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77019
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
South Texas College of Law
Houston defense lawyer Greg Tsioros provides legal advice and aggressive representation for clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies at both the state and federal level. Mr. Tsioros handles criminal defense cases of any stature - from orders of non-disclosure and expunctions to more serious DWI and drug charges. With years of experience as a state prosecutor and as an accomplished Houston criminal defense attorney, Greg Tsioros is prepared to defend you from virtually any criminal accusation. No matter how complicated your particular circumstances may be, Mr. Tsioros will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and never taken...
Roxell Ann Richards
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(713) 974-0388 6420 Richmond Ave, Suite 135
Houston, TX 77057
Free ConsultationCriminal, Family, Immigration and Personal Injury
After graduating from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Roxell Ann Richards decided to pursue her legal career, starting as contract attorney for another firm. After working her way up to an associate at a new firm, she decided it was time to set out on her own path, founding Roxell Richards & Associates, PLLC shortly after. As managing partner, she is dedicated to providing exceptional service to each and every one of her clients. With years of experience on the table, she knows how to handle a wide range of matters, including those involving criminal law, immigration law, personal injury,...
Hans Nielsen
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Houston , TX Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(832) 794-1230 1533 W. Alabama Suite 100
Houston , TX 77006
Free ConsultationCriminal and Juvenile
Paul Darrow
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(713) 641-5300 4301 Yoakum Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
Free ConsultationCriminal and DWI
South Texas College of Law
Paul Darrow is a Texas based attorney handling criminal defense cases. Paul started his legal career as an assistant Galveston County Criminal District Attorney’s Office where he tried DWI and assault cases. He also worked in the Felony Trial Division and Crimes Against Children division.
Dr. Richard Waites
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(877) 621-1098 Principal Office
12 E Greenway Plaza, Suite 1100
Houston, TX 77046
Criminal, Antitrust, Business and Communications
Brandon Raymond Cammack
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(713) 300-9291 4265 San Felipe Street
Suite 1100
Houston, TX 77027
Free ConsultationCriminal and Personal Injury
University of Houston - Main Campus
Persistent. Results Driven. Award Winning.

Nationally ranked as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers under 40, Brandon has saved countless people from all walks of life during the scariest times in their lives – being arrested and charged with a crime.

Brandon received his formal education from the University of Houston, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with Honors and his Juris Doctorate. During his time at the University of Houston, Brandon gained recognition and membership from our nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective academic honor’s fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi. Brandon became interested in Criminal and Constitutional...
U.A. Lewis
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer
(713) 570-6555 P.O. Box 27353
Houston, TX 77227
Criminal, Civil Rights, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
Anthony Ray Segura
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Hire a Lawyer with a History of Courtroom Victories in Fort Bend County

You may be surprised to learn most lawyers have little, if any, trial experience. For more than 20 years, Anthony Segura has fought to obtain outstanding results for his clients in the courtrooms of Fort Bend County.
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Dustan Neyland
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Texas Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

Dustan O. Neyland is a passionate and experienced criminal defense attorney who aggressively fights for the rights of his clients. Dustan is a partner and attorney at Greco Neyland, PC, which represents... Read More »
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Paul Alan Schiffer
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(713) 521-0059 5300 Memorial Dr.
Suite 750
Houston, TX 77007
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
South Texas College Of Law
Houston criminal defense trial attorney Paul Schiffer has been recognized for his innovative trial techniques and his courtroom charisma. In his continuous efforts to connect with the juries that he must persuade of his clients’ innocence, Mr. Schiffer recognizes that people learn in different ways and adapts his presentations accordingly. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer and a Houstons Top Lawyers for over ten years and was recently honored by inclusion in America’s Best Attorneys 2015. While Mr. Schiffer represents clients referred by satisfied former clients and fellow attorneys, he says the greatest compliment he receives is...
Nikeyla Johnson
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(713) 622-7600 1776 Yorktown, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77056
Criminal, Business, Civil Rights and Divorce
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Attorney Nikeyla Johnson is the Owner and Managing Partner of Johnson Law Firm. Ms. Johnson began her legal career at a large Texas firm where she worked for a number of years before branching off to start her practice. She has a wide array of legal experience in the areas of complex commercial litigation, with a specific emphasis on providing counsel and representation to clients in matters involving contractual disputes, real estate disputes, business torts, partnership and management disputes, employment disputes, international disputes, personal injury and property damage, medical malpractice and maritime matters including arrests and attachments. Ms. Johnsonâs experience...
Israel Garcia Jr
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(713) 926-0516 1515 S/Sgt. Macario Garcia Drive
Houston, TX 77011
Criminal, DWI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Born and raised in Austin, Texas. I now consider myself a Houstonite. I love Houston, would never live anywhere else. I love the outdoors. I play Tennis regularly, watch a lot of College Baseball, Jog regularly. I carry my Tennis Racket and my Tennis shoes everywhere I go! Always up for it!
Grant M. Scheiner
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(713) 807-9700 2211 Norfolk , Suite 735
Houston, TX 77098
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Juvenile
Mark Anthony Correro
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(832) 916-3116 2909 Hillcroft Avenue
Suite 350
Houston, TX 77057
Criminal, Business, DWI and Personal Injury
South Texas College Of Law
Mark Correro is one of the founding members of Correro & Leisure, P.C handling civil litigation cases. He is also a partner at the Houston criminal defense firm Stornello & Correro Law Firm, PLLC. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law. During this time, he served as assistant articles editor for the South Texas Law Review and editor for the Texas State Bar’s Construction Law Journal. He has published fourteen scholarly articles in a variety of prestigious publications. In 2013 and 2015, he was selected for inclusion in the list of Texas Super Lawyers®, an honor...
Todd Ashley Leffler
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(713) 650-9800 1207 S. Shephed
Houston, TX 77019
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER Licensed in: State Bar of Texas Supreme Court of the United States United States Court of Appeals For The Fifth Circuit United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas United States District Court for the Western District of Texas United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Member: Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association State Bar of Texas -- John E. Reid & Associates, The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation Course, 2005. -- Former Prosecutor Former Assistant District Attorney Harris County District Attorney's Office Chief Prosecutor, County Criminal Courts Trial...
Paula Maria Miller
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(281) 850-7821 P.O. BOX 981013
Houston, TX 77098
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Juvenile
Robert H. Tuthill
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(713) 520-5223 3730 Kirby Drive
Suite 1120
Houston, TX 77098
Free ConsultationCriminal and Juvenile
South Texas College Of Law
Jae M. Lee
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(713) 874-6705 6671 Southwest Frwy
Suite 600
Houston, TX 77074
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
Washburn University and Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina
Born in South Korea, raised in Argentina, I obtained my law degree from Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas in 1994. Since then, I have been delivering high quality, competent and personalized legal service to my clients. I am fluent in English, Spanish and Korean. My early days as an attorney was in public service as a staff attorney for legal aid offices and then as an assistant county attorney at prosecutor's offices. Since 2003, I have been in private practice with emphasis in criminal law, family law, probate litigation and estate planning.
Alfred Benoit
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(713) 963-8866 1776 Yorktown, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77056
Criminal, Business, DWI and Divorce
Texas Southern University
Alfred Benoit is the Owner and Principal Attorney of Benoit Law, PLLC. His practice focuses on civil litigation, employment issues, criminal law, and general business law. His mission is to help his clients find the best possible solution to their issue. Alfred has been successful in litigating many employment cases, criminal cases, and civil and business litigation matters.
Christopher Neal Allen
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Texas Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience

Texas Tech University School of LawTexas
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Corey Young
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Texas Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience

After attending both undergraduate and law school at the University of Texas, Corey Young began his legal career as an appellate prosecutor in Montgomery County, Texas. Read More »
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Ajay Choudhary
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(281) 888-7074 8702 Westpark Dr
Houston, TX 77063
Criminal, Employment, Family and Immigration
Southern Methodist University
Do not hesitate to contact Law Firm of Khemka & Choudhary, if you need legal expertise on employment law, immigration law, criminal defense law, family law, deportation, retaliation, administrative hearings, and general practice. Call ( 281 ) 888-7074. Special Hours on Saturdays : 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
M. Cody Moore
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney
5100 Westheimer
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77056
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Personal Injury
M. Cody Moore is a trial lawyer specializing in criminal law, family law, business and personal injury litigation. He comes from a blue-collar background – his grandfather was born in 1896 in West Texas and lived his life as a tough-as-nails cattle rancher. His father served in the Air Force and worked his life in the oil field and as a crop duster. Before attending the University of Houston Law Center, Cody worked in the construction industry, as a commercial fisherman, in agriculture, and finally owned and operated his own beekeeping business.
Before opening his own offices, Cody was a...
Robert Joseph Killeen Jr
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(713) 626-5100 1811 Bering Drive
Suite 120
Houston, TX 77057
Criminal, Business, Environmental and Insurance Defense
Robert Killeen was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1962. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1984, and a Juris Doctor in 1987. Mr. Killeen was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1987, and the Texas Bar in 1990. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas, and United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts...
Lucio Antonio Montes
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(713) 526-4999 7324 Southwest Fwy
Ste 905
Houston, TX 77074
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Douglas M Evans
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(832) 772-6743 PO Box 3109 #99432
Houston, TX 77098
Free ConsultationHouston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Immigration
University of Houston - Main Campus
I co-founded Access Justice Houston, a sliding scale nonprofit created to provide affordable legal services for those who cannot get free legal aid, but cannot afford the high price of private attorney. I am a University of Houston Law Center graduate and a member of Gideon's Promise Class of 2017.
Ms Tolulope Orobola Kuteyi
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(713) 784-2906 7111 Harwin Drive, Suite 267
Houston, TX 77036
Free ConsultationCriminal, Family, Immigration and Personal Injury
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Roger Jain
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(713) 981-0600 7322 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77074
Criminal, Business, Collections and DWI
Baylor University
Roger G. Jain earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Houston in 1987 with a degree in accounting. After becoming a licensed CPA, he managed private corporate clients for PriceWaterhouse. Roger enrolled in Baylor Law School in 1990 and graduated in 1993. After graduation, he worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Montgomery County Attorney's Office where he gained significant trial experience. In January 1996, he started his law practice which continues to grow. His practice is dedicated to representing individuals and family owned businesses in a variety of civil matters. Roger's background as a criminal prosecutor allows him...
Jimmy Joe Ortiz Jr
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(713) 759-1800 1924 Portsmouth St
Houston, TX 77098
Criminal, Business, DWI and White Collar Crime
South Texas College Of Law
I am a Houston criminal attorney you can trust and place your confidence in with your criminal case. I have effectively defended clients charged with virtually every kind of criminal offense. With my experience as a former prosecutor, I can guide you through the legal process and advise you on what you can expect in court. In some cases, going to trial is inevitable. Therefore, it is important to have a proven fighter on your side. My former training as a prosecutor taught me how to try a case to a jury, learn to tell my client's story,...
Alan Louis Winograd
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(713) 521-6510 4309 Yoakum Blvd., Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77006
Criminal, Appeals, DWI and Health Care
South Texas College Of Law
Ojay Grace
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Houston, TX Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(713) 952-6000 3778 S. Gessner rd
Houston, TX 77063
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DWI and Divorce
Michael T. Griffin
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Texas Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience

California Western School of LawTexas and United States District Court, Southern District
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Jeredith Elaine Jones
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Texas Criminal Law Attorney

St. Mary's University School of LawTexas
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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.