Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates

Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates

Over 30 years of trial law experience in the Greater Houston area. Se Habla Espanol!

Firm Overview

Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates has been offering skilled legal representation in personal injury, criminal defense, and immigration law for more than 30 years. Our law firm's philosophy is quite simple: the client comes first.

As a personal injury and criminal defense law firm, we serve clients across the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas. It's our goal to offer the best client services to meet YOUR needs. With Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates, you will receive:

Free initial consultations
Flexible office hours
Hospital or home visits
Multilingual services
Personalized attention and care
Honest case assessments

Our attorneys are experienced in helping individuals and families in need of aggressive legal representation for all types of personal injury, criminal defense, and immigration law cases. We have built our reputation on our wonderful client services, straight communications, and honest hard work.

Main Office

Main Office
8876 Gulf Freeway, Ste 420
Houston, TX 77017


(713) 429-1971


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Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Sunday 24 hours

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English and Spanish

Criminal Defense

For 30 yrs Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates has offered skilled criminal defense representation across Houston and TX. Our motto: THE CLIENT COMES FIRST. We've built our reputation on excellent client service, straight communication, and hard work.

When you are facing criminal charges, your entire future can be on the line. Having the right legal representation is vital to clearing your name and keeping your freedom. The Houston criminal lawyers at Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates take pride in aggressively defending our clients' rights, no matter the size and scope of the charge.

Whether you are facing county, state or federal charges, our team has extensive experience in handling a wide range of criminal defense cases. We utilize a comprehensive and creative approach to each case, from traffic violations to violent crimes to federal white collar offenses.

Our Houston criminal defense lawyers are well versed in assessing evidence and witness testimony, evaluating scientific and forensic data, and consulting medical and mental health experts to present the best defense possible for every client.

From misdemeanors to felonies, our Houston criminal lawyers defend clients in a broad range of local, state and federal crimes. These include:
Violent Crimes: Some of the most severe charges a person may face are violent crimes, which is categorized generally as a any crime that causes injury to another person. This can include assault and battery, manslaughter and murder. The consequences of these crimes can be severe, and a conviction can mean life in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and even the death penalty.

Domestic Violence: These charges are reserved for accusations of violence against family members or significant others. This may mean physical violence, but can include emotional abuse, threats and harassment. Sexual assault, false imprisonment and kidnapping may also fall under the umbrella of domestic violence crimes in some circumstances.

Drug Crimes: The charges can range from misdemeanor to felony, and fall under state or federal jurisdiction, and arise from simple roadside stops that result in drug possession arrests to far more severe drug trafficking charges.

DWI/DUI: Texas laws for Driving While Intoxicated and Driving Under the Influence charges have changed in recent years, with more severe penalties.

Juvenile Crimes: When minors are accused of criminal offenses, there is typically a different set of standards and process involved in trying and defending these cases. The assistance of an attorney experienced in these types of cases is important to a successful outcome.

Probation Violations: When you have received probation as part of your sentence, not adhering to the terms can result in new charges. Common violations include failing a drug test, not performing community service, new criminal charges, failing to pay fines, and not reporting to your probation officials.

Theft Crimes: These charges can range from misdemeanor shoplifting to felony burglary and robbery. For the more serious theft crimes, false accusations, mistaken identity and inconsistent witness accounts are not uncommon for victims of robberies. Without the right Houston criminal defense attorney, the penalties can be severe, including prison time and stiff fines.

Appeals: Executing a complete criminal defense strategy means seeing each case through no matter the outcome. If a client is convicted, he or she needs a defense attorney who is knowledgeable about the Texas appeals process in order to actively pursue every recourse to have the judgment reversed.

Federal Crimes: Criminal cases the fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government can include drug crimes, tax fraud, terrorism and white collar crimes.

Sex Crimes: Accusations of a sex crime are among the most stigmatizing charges. These crimes can include rape sexual assault, indecent exposure, possession or distribution of child pornography and more. The penalties can be a long jail sentence, sex offender registration, sex offender treatment, as well as thousands of dollars in fines.

Weapons Charges: These crimes can include accusations of unlawfully carrying a weapon, violations of concealed handgun license, assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal weapons sales, using a weapon in self-defense, and using a weapon in a threatening way. They may be misdemeanor or felony offenses, with the possibility of a jail sentence and high fines.

White Collar Crimes: These crimes typically include fraudulent and/or deceitful behavior against the economic well-being of another person or entity. Embezzlement, money laundering, extortion, mortgage fraud, tax evasion, public corruption and similar crimes fall under the category of white collar crime. State and federal agencies have in recent years started seeking far more severe penalties, such as long jail sentences and stiff fines.

If you've been accused of a crime, getting started on your defense is paramount. Contact the Houston criminal lawyers at Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates today to schedule a consultation with an experienced trial attorney who will thoroughly and aggressively defend you.

Immigration Law

Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates is a Houston immigration law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of those who seek to come to the United States on a temporary or permanent basis.

The path to U.S. citizenship can often be complex and confusing for those who are not experienced in the legal issues involved. Don't be discouraged by these obstacles! Our citizenship lawyers in Houston, Texas, can help.

Those who hold a green card know that even lawful permanent residence is not the same as citizenship. The length of your stay is entirely based on the government's say. However, as a naturalized citizen, you are able to stay in the U.S. as long as you desire and take advantage of all the benefits of U.S. citizenship, including but not limited to:

Applying for jobs available only to U.S. citizens
Helping other family members come to the U.S. faster

Becoming a citizen through naturalization can be difficult, but it is possible with the right support and knowledge. Factors that influence your success in naturalization include age; marital status; military status; length of residence in U.S.; length of time as a permanent resident; and knowledge of English and Civics.

Individuals who are seeking citizenship through naturalization are often concerned that other issues could influence their success, such as prior arrests; failure to register for selective service; failure to file income taxes; and a history of long stays abroad. These can affect the process, but they will not automatically disqualify you from obtaining citizenship.


When you are facing deportation proceedings in immigration court, you will need an advocate to defend your rights. The process can be confusing and often unfair to those who are subjected to it, but having the right deportation defense lawyer can even the odds and improve your chances of success.

Our Texas immigration lawyers can help if you or a family member has been detained or are facing deportation for the following reasons:

Entering the U.S. improperly
Failing to comply with visa regulations
Being convicted of certain criminal offenses
Remaining in the country after asylum appeals have been rejected


For over 30 years, Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates has been helping individuals and families throughout Houston and the surrounding areas. Our reputation has been forged through dedicated hard work, high quality services and honest communications with our clients.

Are you or a loved struggling with an immigration issue? Whether you are seeking temporary or permanent residency, attempting to secure citizenship, or fighting deportation, contact the Houston immigration lawyers at Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates today. Our attorneys offer legal services in both English and Spanish (Espanol).

Personal Injury

Not all Houston personal injury attorneys are equal. The law firm of Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates has tough, experienced attorneys that will fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.


Our attorneys at Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates, understand the challenges you face after being injured in an accident or after a loved one has passed away from a wrongful death. When you hire our Houston Personal Injury Attorneys, you not only get the personal attention you deserve but you also get aggressive representation. We learn how the situation has affected your life, build a relationship with you, and invest ourselves in your case.

The accident lawyers at Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates have been successful trial lawyers for over 25 years. They have tried over 250 jury trials, both in civil and criminal law. Our goal is to achieve successful results for our accident victims through aggressive work that specifically takes in to account each client's individual needs and case. We represent families from every end of the spectrum. We work on a contingency basis which means that we do not get paid unless we recover a compensation for you. This is so that every victim, regardless of their financial situation, can get the best legal representation possible.

Our attorneys are fluent in English and Spanish to make sure you understand your case to the fullest.

When you hire our tough personal injury attorneys, you will receive:

1. Free initial consultations
2. Flexible office hours
3. Hospital or home visits available
4. Multilingual services
5. Personalized attention and care

If you or someone you love in is need of a Houston Personal Injury Attorney, Call us 24 hours a day at 713-429-1971. We offer free consultations to accident victims in the Greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas. For our personal injury cases, You are charged NO FEES unless we recover compensation on your behalf! Call Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates now to see if you have a case.

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

Our law firm's philosophy is quite simple: The Client Comes First. As a criminal defense and personal injury law firm, we serve clients across the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates has been offering skilled legal representation in criminal defense and personal injury for more than 30 years. Our attorneys specialize in helping individuals and families in need of aggressive legal representation for all types of criminal defense and personal injury cases. We have built our reputation on our wonderful client services, straight communications, and honest hard work.

Ricardo Gonzalez

Ricardo N. Gonzalez & Associates


With over 30 years of experience, Ricardo N. Gonzalez has tried numerous cases to jury verdict. After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center in 1984, Mr. Gonzalez opened up his own law office. He has represented clients involved with many areas of law. Some of these areas include criminal defense, wills, adoptions, juvenile defense, worker's compensation, wrongful death, social security disability, maritime and jones act law, personal injury, immigration and others. Mr. Gonzalez strives to do the best for his clients.

Mr. Gonzalez resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Martha, a retired schoolteacher. He enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

o Texas Employment Commission, McAllen, Texas (1976-1977)
o Teacher, McAllen I.S.D., McAllen, Texas (1977-1982)
o Ricardo N. Gonzalez, Attorney at Law (1985-Present)

o America's Top Attorneys 2016 - American Legal Institute(2016)
o Top Defender Award - American Legal Institute (2016)
o High Ethical Standards - American Legal Institute

o University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, J.D., 1984
o Pan American University, Edinburg, Texas, MEd, 1981
o University of Texas, Austin, Texas, B.A., 1976

o State Bar of Texas, 1985


Bar Number: 08131550
Texas, 1985


University of Houston Law Center
J.D., 1984

Pan American University
MEd, 1981

University of Texas at Austin
B.A., 1976