Law Office Of Sylvia A. Cavazos

San Antonio's Leading DUI/Criminal Defense Attorney

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Firm Overview

The Law Office of Sylvia A. Cavazos is a firm recognized for its success. It was founded on the principles of providing effective, efficient and affordable legal solutions with personal attention and professional diligence. This is a focused trial-oriented criminal defense where the lawyer is dedicated to protecting clients' rights and fighting for their continued freedom. We are prepared to handle a full range of offenses, including the most serious cases. I believe that winning criminal cases requires a winning strategy. Diligent and aggressive preparation for trial also means a higher probability of securing dismissals or plea deals that do not require jail or prison time. I am dedicated to achieving results in the most serious of violent cases. Contact us at (210) 682-8800.

The Law Office of Sylvia A. Cavazos was established in 2007 to provide the most effective results-oriented criminal defense for Federal and State cases. From day one, I view your case in terms of trial. I begin my trial preparation and trial strategy from the first day I meet with you to discuss your case. I believe that preparation and planning is the key to winning cases. The law office was established after I worked for the District Attorney's office for nearly 10 years as a prosecutor. I gained extensive trial experience with many jury trials in both misdemeanor and felony courts.

Example cases

My client was accused of sexually assaulting a female after a party. Both the client and complainant were adults. While at the party, both were drinking alcohol and being flirtatious towards each other throughout the evening. The State claimed that he "raped" her while she was unconscious and that it was without her consent. After an examination of the female, DNA was found matching my client. My client maintained that the sexual encounter was consensual. My theory was that the complainant was intoxicated and later regretted having sex with my client. I tried the case to a jury. The complainant testified how she went to bed and woke up with someone on top of her and that it was without her consent. My client also testified and explained detail by detail how the complainant cooperated and participated in the sexual encounter. My client was ACQUITTED and found NOT GUILTY of the charges.

Another example is of a client that was charged with 48 counts of Sexual Assault. The complainant was my client's step-daughter who was approximately 12 years old at the time of the alleged acts. My client maintained that he never touched her. The outcry happened months later, so no DNA was found. After reviewing the evidence and the CPS videotape of the complainant, there were some inconsistencies with the complainant's story as well as some inconsistencies with the complainant's mother's version of events. Again, I set the case for trial and interviewed several witnesses that knew the complainant who had a history of telling lies. The case had been set for trial several times. After repeatedly conferring with the prosecution, they interviewed their own witness, the complainant. One week before jury selection, the State DISMISSED the 49 Counts against my client.

Other cases dismissed on the day of trial: Aggravated Robbery; Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Felony Theft, DUI, and many more.

Main Office

Main
115 E. Travis Street
Suite 1711
San Antonio  TX  78205

Phone
  • (210) 682-8800
Fax
  • (888) 566-7765

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I offer free initial consultations ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. If necessary, I also conduct phone consultations for those living out of town.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Criminal Cases vary in complexity, therefore, after an initial consultation is when I can quote my fee. There are no fixed fees because it would not be fair to clients to charge a fee for a certain offense across the board. I do give military discounts, referral discounts, and if a person mentions they received my information through NOLO, I give 10% discounts, sometimes more

Hourly Rates

I do not have hourly rates on Criminal Cases, however, on civil matters (ie. Divorces), I do have an hourly rate. Contact me to discuss the current hourly rate.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Weekends by appointment.

Office Manager

Brittany Brooks, Executive Assistant

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish

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

Originally, I wanted to gain trial experience. What better place is there than the District Attorney's Office? However, the longer I was there, the more I loved what I did. There are so many facets to the Criminal Justice System, so the desire to learn kept growing. Approximately 10 years later, I found myself focused in the area of Criminal Law making me the most effective lawyer in the area of Criminal Law. A client seeking a lawyer in criminal law would want a lawyer who knows the criminal justice system and who has worked with the lawyers, judges, court personnel and administration to be able to help them with their legal concerns. With my extensive criminal justice background, I have expended my practice and increased my knowledge within the criminal justice system on Federal levels. I represent individuals charged with very serious Federal Offenses facing federal prison time. These individuals need the most effective representation and a lawyer who knows the intricacies of the federal system and the federal sentencing guidelines established by the United States Federal Sentencing Commission. Having criminal jury trial experience in both State and Federal Levels is experience that not all lawyers possess. Throughout the course of my practice, I have gathered an intimate knowledge of the Federal and State court systems and developed personal relationships with prosecutors and judges. I have earned their respect through professionalism, knowledge of the law and persistent success.

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

I believe that it is important that if a client has questions regarding legal issues that they consult with a licensed attorney who practices in the area of law to which they have a question. Often times, when a client seeks to find their own answers to their own questions, their interpretation may be inconsistent with how the law is applied or how the process really works. Not having the legal education to interpret the law, any defenses or even case law and the court's rulings, may leave the client misinformed and confused. The client should always seek experienced legal counsel regarding any legal issues to which they have a question.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am happy to review documents prepared by clients, however, I do not adopt the documents as my own. My preference is to prepare the documents myself since I am aware of what is legally required in the document which will bear my signature.

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

Unless specifically appointed by the court to act as standby counsel for a pro se defendant, I do not practice coaching clients that want to represent themselves. I would be happy to advise the client, PRIOR to them deciding to represent themselves, of the dangers of doing so without a legal academic education. After that, they are on their own.

Sylvia Ann Cavazos

I was licensed in November of 1997 (and) began working as an Assistant District Attorney with the District Attorney's Office two months later, in January 1998. I was assigned to the Adult Division of the Trial Division. I tried many cases including, but not limited to, DWI and Assault cases. I was later assigned to the intake division where we reviewed cases to be filed with the District Attorney's Office. I would also represent the State in matters in the Justice of the Peace Courts. I was promoted to the Felony Trial Division and practiced in the Juvenile and Adult divisions of the DA's Office. I was a guest speaker in many elementary, middle and high schools for "career week" and colleges in their Criminal Justice Class. As a representative of the District Attorney's Office I would (educate) the students about the criminal justice system and also (about) the road to becoming a lawyer. The most valuable experience having been with the DA's office was gaining trial experience and learning the art of jury selection. Many cases are won at the jury selection stage. In my opinion, jury selection is the most important part of the trial. I continue to learn various trial techniques relevant to jury selection, trial strategy and cross-examination in order to be the most effective trial lawyer. I firmly believe that winning criminal cases requires a winning trial strategy.

What makes me a better lawyer is my work experience. As a prosecutor at the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, I represented the State. I reviewed and evaluated cases. As a prosecutor, trial preparation is very important because the State has the burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt, which is a very high burden. Part of trial preparation includes interviewing witnesses. This experience was most effective because many times, we had the perfect witness, other times, we had a witness who was not truthful, inconsistent and not credible. This happened on very serious cases where the defendant was facing many years in prison if found guilty. I have learned that people get accused of committing bad acts so easily, however, after an examination of the case and the witness, it turns out it is not true. It happens more often than we think and having worked as a prosecutor opened my eyes because even cops lie. Now that I defend clients, I am able to evaluate the case from both the defense perspective and the prosecutor's perspective. Many times, it's only by way of jury trial that the truth is revealed,or if there is a question of fact, an impartial and unbiased jury is left to decide. My work experience as a prosecutor has also made me the trial lawyer I am today. With so many jury trials at both the misdemeanor and felony levels, I was able to learn and improve my jury selection and trial techniques. Now as a defense attorney, selecting a jury is second nature. It was part of my job, week after week, month after month, year after year.

For obvious reasons, many clients come into my office feeling anxious, confused and overwhelmed. One of my strengths is that I am able to reassure the client that they are represented by an attorney recognized for her success. I explain the criminal process in simple terms, offering possible solutions, defenses, options, best-case scenarios and worse-case scenarios. I am very straightforward and genuine with my clients when discussing my trial strategies and my plan of action.

Attorneys have very different styles of lawyering. I am told I give the client a "calming" effect that makes the client feel that everything is going to be just fine. The client leaves the office feeling relieved and confident knowing that I will diligently and aggressively defend them. I am aggressive but in a non-confrontational manner. I am well-respected and often times, results are achieved by being able to communicate to the prosecutor, our perspective as to the facts of the case and how it applies to the law.

Personal interests:

My personal interests when I am not in the office include traveling, scuba-diving and spending time with friends and family.

License
  • Bar Number: 24001855
    Texas , 1997
Education
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    Juris Doctorate Degree (J.D.) , 1997
    Lansing, MI
    Trial Advocacy Workshop Teaching Assistant
  • St. Mary's University
    Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) , 1990
    San Antonio, TX
    Major: Psychology; Minor: Pre-law

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