Contact Us

Firm Overview

Criminal Defense, State Misdemeanors and Felonies as well as Expunction Services. Established May 2006.

Example cases

As much as I would like to brag about my successes, every case is different, and the results for one client have no bearing on another specific fact situation. More importantly, I take attorney-client privilege very seriously, and never discuss the facts of a case without my clients express permission. In the best case scenario, when a person is found not guilty or the case has been dismissed and expunged, I am barred by law from even mentioning that the client had ever even been arrested. That said, I am proud to have helped many clients secure a result that makes them eligible for expunction of their records, and if you want someone who will fight to protect your identity in this way, I'm your man.

Main Office

Main
707 West 10th Street
Austin  TX  78701

Phone
  • (512) 535-1081
Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. I always offer a free initial consultation to anyone who calls. This can often be done over the phone, but I'm always willing to offer a free in-person consultation. A consultation lasts as long as it takes to inform the client of all relevant information about their charge, the criminal justice process, and to answer any questions they have.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

My fees depend on the charge, facts of the case, and the amount of work necessary to try to obtain the desired result.

Hourly Rates

Not applicable

Office Information

Office Hours

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

Also by appointment.

Emergency After Hours

No

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

Having worked as a prosecutor, and seeing how judgmental law enforcement work can make a person, I decided to focus my practice on people, rather than on offenses they may or may not have committed. My personal approach is to give people the benefit of the doubt, and my work in criminal defense allows me to work towards making sure my clients are given the benefit of reasonable doubt.

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

It is extremely important that a person knows all of his or her rights and options when faced with a criminal charge. Without that knowledge, a person will never know what the best course of action is, and will be at the mercy of their lawyer to make very important decisions for them. This is precisely why I offer an in-depth, free confidential consultation to anyone who calls, and always keep my clients informed as to any matters that require their deliberation or attention.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I'm always willing to review anything that a client thinks will impact their case. If it's important to the client, it's important to me. However, in a criminal defense case, any official documents will always be prepared by me, with specific guidance to the client on why the documents are necessary and the anticipated effect they will have.

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

While I take a person's right to act as his own counsel very seriously, it is extremely rare that this is in the client's best interest. A person acting "pro se" can easily be misled, misinformed, or otherwise taken advantage of by the State, no matter how thoroughly the person has been prepared by an attorney.

Paul Quinzi

• Travis County Attorney's Office - October 2001 - May 2004, Appellate Clerk and Prosecutor
• Chambers and Associates - May 2004 - May 2006, Criminal Defense and Expunction Services

My background as a prosecutor gives me a unique perspective to assess each case from the perspectives of both the client and the State. By anticipating what to expect from the prosecutors, I can better assess whether a client is likely to prevail at trial, or if a carefully constructed plea bargain would lead to a better long-term outcome.

I feel my greatest strength is the personal care and attention I devote to each individual client. My style depends on the nature of the representation. In a criminal case, the only options are a plea bargain (including dismissal) or going to trial. I pursue all avenues of diplomacy to ensure my client is given every opportunity to have his or her case dismissed and expunged before declaring "war" by going to trial.

Personal interests:

I most enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, doing pet therapy through Therapy Pet Pals of Texas, and playing and restoring pinball machines.

License
  • Bar Number: 24034640
    Texas , 2002
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2001
    Austin, TX
    • Focused on Criminal Law and Dispute Resolution
    • Criminal Defense Clinic
    • Mediation Clinic
    • Children's Rights Clinic
    • American Journal of Criminal Law - Technical Editor 1999-2001
  • New Mexico State University
    Bachelor of Arts , 2007
    Las Cruces, NM
    • Double Major in Psychology and Philosophy
    • ISSUES Peer Education Group, Co-founder, 1995-1997
    • Moderated seminar on how to start a university peer education group relating to issues of sexual assault at UC Santa Barbara, April 1997

* Nolo has confirmed that every member attorney has a valid license and is in good standing with the state agency that licenses lawyers. Any past disbarments and suspensions (with possible exceptions for minor violations or nonpayment of dues, in our discretion) will be indicated accordingly in the badge. Member attorneys are required to notify Nolo immediately if they become the subject of any disciplinary action by any state licensing agency.

LA-NOLO3:LDR.1.5.0.20140409.25642