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Firm Overview

The firm was established in December 2008 and has been a Criminal Defense and DWI Defense firm from the beginning.

The primary focus of the firm is best described as aggressive DWI defense. So many of these cases rely solely on the subjective opinion of the arresting officer, and yet the consequences to the client can be life changing.

Example cases

State of Texas vs. E.C.
Client was charged with Driving While Intoxicated after a single car accident/rollover. The officer reported all six clues of HGN and positive VGN. Client admitted to drinking alcohol just prior to the accident. Client refused a blood draw at the hospital. Client won ALR and DWI charge was reduced to Obstruct Highway Passage with a nominal fine.

State of Texas vs. L.H.
Client was accused of almost running into a police cruiser while leaving a local watering hole. Client subsequently was stopped and arrested for DWI. Client provided a breath sample of 0.195 at the police station. At the suppression hearing the court found that the officer lacked reasonable suspicion at the time the stop was initiated and the motion to suppress was granted. Case dismissed.

State of Texas vs. A.M.
Client was charged with DWI-2nd after running into another car. Client was air lifted to a nearby trauma center for treatment. The client's blood was drawn at the hospital and the test showed a BAC of 0.148. After an extensive investigation into the State's evidence, errors were found that helped the attorney get the charges reduced to Obstruct Highway Passage with a nominal fine.

State of Texas vs. H.W. *JURY TRIAL - NOT GUILTY*
Client was accused of possessing dangerous drugs and hypodermic needles inside the secure area of a horse racing track. Client was also charged with bail jumping and failure to appear. Client was found NOT GUILTY by a jury.

Main Office

Main
105 South Adams Street
Fredericksburg  TX  78624

Phone
  • (830) 856-2000
  • (210) 587-6464
Fax
  • (800) 504-0613

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. As long as it takes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Most criminal matters are handled on flat fee basis.

Hourly Rates

$200 to $250

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Tanner Squiers

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

  • San Antonio Office
    Dominion Business Center 4 Dominion Drive, Bldg. 4
    Suite 250
    San Antonio,  TX  78257

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Mr. Barnett fell into DWI and Criminal defense by accident. He strongly wanted courtroom experience after law school. The quickest way was criminal defense. He had no idea how much he would enjoy defending the citizen accused. Most of his clients are average people that have made common choices in life that have put them in harm's way.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Mr. Barnett supports clients educating themselves. The process can sometimes be overwhelming and it's important not only to educate yourself, but to have an attorney that is willing to take the time to explain everything to you.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Client prepared documents in criminal cases are not typical; however he would be willing to review the client's documents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

"I wouldn't represent myself in a criminal matter. The emotional stress that a person goes through in dealing with a criminal matter does not promote clear thinking. My job is to guide my clients through the storm. In my previous career as a pilot, I was responsible for transporting my passengers from Point A to Point B in the safest manner possible. Nothing was left to chance. The same applies to my service as your attorney."

Chris S. Barnett

Prior to attending law school Mr. Barnett was a corporate pilot, air charter owner/operator, general contractor, and owner/operator of various businesses including drive-thru convenience stores, an internet service provider, and options trader. The varied life experiences are invaluable on a day to day basis in negotiating with prosecutors and in trial.

As a DWI defense lawyer, his diverse and complimentary life experiences, and the early example of professionalism he saw in his father, give Attorney Barnett tremendous range and resources when advocating for his clients. Whether at the negotiation table with a prosecutor, or in court in front of a judge or jury, Mr. Barnett draws on his life experiences to the advantage of his clients.

Mr. Barnett feels that it is important that you know what to expect right from the start, and spends time with you to make sure that you have the right tools and information to not only succeed in your case, but to feel comfortable and secure along the way. He understands that you are under a lot of stress and pressure in your case, and that a lot hangs in the balance. He takes your case personally, and your cause becomes his cause. You will always be treated like your case is the firm's most important case, an advantage not available in many larger firms.

Personal interests:

Generally if it involves airplanes, boats, 4-wheel drive or guns, he's in. If it involves all of the above, he's definitely in.

License
  • Bar Number: 24066555
    Texas , 2008
Education
  • St. Mary's School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2008
    San Antonio, TX
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Bachelor of Sciences , 1998
    Daytona Beach, FL
    • Major in Professional Aeronautics
    • Minor in Economics
  • St. Mary's School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2008
    San Antonio, TX
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Bachelor of Sciences , 1998
    Daytona Beach, FL
    • Major in Professional Aeronautics
    • Minor in Economics

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