I help individuals charged with misdemeanors & felonies in state & federal courts throughout Central Texas
I am board certified in the defense of those who are facing criminal charges, which I have done exclusively for the last 16 years. I have considerable experience handling cases in both State and Federal courts, and I regularly practice in State and Federal courts throughout Central Texas.
I started my practice in Waco, Texas in 1994 and moved my office to Williamson County in 1996. I opened a satellite office in Austin in 1998. I earned my board certification in criminal law in 2000.
Example cases:I have tried over 75 serious felony trials in State and Federal Courts throughout Central Texas. These cases have included driving while intoxicated (DWI), theft, aggravated assault, drug conspiracies, aggravated robberies, burglaries, sexual offenses and murder cases. I have even tried several death-penalty and non-death capital murder cases.
I have defended hundreds of federal criminal cases including RICO charges, child pornography charges, white collar cases, mortgage fraud cases, drug conspiracies, firearms cases, unlawful immigration cases, and misdemeanor charges committed on military installations and government property.
I have also handled thousands of state charges ranging from simple assault and disorderly conduct to DWI charges, sexual offenses, white collar cases and embezzlement, aggravated assault charges, all the way up to capital murder charges
310 South Austin Avenue
Georgetown TX 78626
I do offer a free initial consultation and am happy to discuss a case over the phone. I will usually be able to quote a fee after this first consultation.
I generally charge a fixed fee depending on the seriousness of the offense and the extent of the client's criminal history. In extremely complex cases like mortgage fraud, banking fraud, construction fraud cases, RICO and the like I may charge an hourly fee instead.
I usually charge between $250-$400 an hour, but this depends on whether the case is in State or Federal Court and other factors.
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Phones answered by service 24/7.
902 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702
It was not until I actually began practicing criminal defense during law school that I realized I wanted to make this my career. But once I started practicing criminal defense I have never seriously considered any other field.
Clients should educate themselves on legal issues to the extent that they are comfortable in doing so. For some clients, this helps them better understand the legal process so that they can ask me more insightful questions and better understand their options. Other clients do not want to deal with the process because it can be downright bewildering and frightening. I am perfectly comfortable discussing cases with either type of client.
Because my fee structure is usually based on a flat fee rather than an hourly fee, there is no additional charge for me to prepare the paperwork, so this is my preferred route. But I will gladly review and discuss whatever documents or ideas the client brings me.
A criminal defendant will always be prosecuted by a government lawyer, who usually will have years of experience in prosecuting criminal cases, who deals with the judge and courtroom personnel on a daily basis, and who has exclusive access to much of the discovery materials in the criminal case. For this reason it is not ever advisable for a person to attempt to represent him or herself in a criminal matter.
I worked in environmental inspection and enforcement in college, and as a private investigator and teaching assistant during law school.I was raised by a criminal defense attorney so I was brought up to be familiar with the specific type of practice and personality traits required of a criminal defense attorney. I am particularly strong at simplifying complex concepts. The key to understanding a complicated criminal case is in breaking down complex problems into manageable chunks so that a solution to a difficult problem can be devised.
My approach to a case is to first understand the client's needs and desires for the outcome of the matter. Generally, I will then methodically gather all the available information on the case, and then devise a plan for how to accomplish the goals of the client.
I am also an accomplished trial lawyer so in the event that the client's goals cannot be met through a dismissal or negotiated settlement I am perfectly comfortable and well able to take the case to trial.Personal interests: I have an middle-school aged son who attends our neighborhood public schools and is active in NJHS and theatre, so I enjoy spending time with him on these matters. I also greatly enjoy sailing my sailboat in area lakes. I read a great deal and am very interested in politics and economics.
Bar Number: 00790937
University of Texas at Austin
Juris Doctorate, 1994
Bachelor of Arts, 1991