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TexasJuvenile Defense Lawyers in Texas

In the juvenile justice system in Texas, the primary goal is to rehabilitate the child or teenager.


The juvenile justice system also protects the public. Important differences exist between the criminal justice system in adult courts and juvenile courts.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney for a juvenile court case in or around Texas, consider the attorney's training and experience with these types of cases.


Attorneys often provide a free consultation and charge a flat rate for attorney fees and costs for juvenile delinquency and criminal defense cases.


Many of the top juvenile defense attorneys in the United States belong to the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC). Created in 1999, NJDC supports criminal defense attorneys who represent children in juvenile court. In 2005, the National Juvenile Defender Center separated from the American Bar Association (ABA) to become an independent organization.


NJDC gives juvenile defense attorneys a platform to exchange information, build partnerships, improve advocacy skills and participate in the national debate over juvenile justice.


The mission of the NJDC is to "promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense." Learn more about the NJDC.

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Gerald Harris Goldstein

Gerald Harris Goldstein
Goldstein & Orr
310 S St Mary's St 2900
San Antonio, TX 78205
Call 210-226-1463
Gerald "Gerry" Harris Goldstein is a nationally known and respected defense lawyer. His high-profile clients have included a U.S. Congressma... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Appellate Law
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American Board of Criminal Lawyers
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Fellow
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Life Member,
Past President (1994-1995)
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee
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San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
Gerald Harris Goldstein
Member

Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr

Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr
310 S St Mary's St #2900
San Antonio, TX 78205
Call 210-226-1463
Cynthia Eva Orr is a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney. She is double Board Certified in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appell... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Appellate Law
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Life Member,
Past President (2009-2010)
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Texas Bar College
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Member
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San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Founding Member,
Past President (1999)
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
Member,
Past President (2003)

Stephen Lyle Hamilton

Stephen Lyle Hamilton
HamiltonGrant PC
812 Main Street
Lubbock, TX 79401
Call 806-444-4444
With Offices in Lubbock, Amarillo and Midland/ Odessa Attorney Stephen Hamilton is a partner and Trial Attorney at HamiltonGrant PC Stephen ... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Stephen Lyle Hamilton
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Stephen Lyle Hamilton
Founding Member
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Stephen Lyle Hamilton
Lifetime Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Stephen Lyle Hamilton
Member
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National College for DUI Defense
Stephen Lyle Hamilton
General Member

David B Sloane

David B Sloane
Law Offices of David Sloane
933 West Weatherford Street suite 220
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Call 817-810-0088
100% focus on marijuana highway interdiction cases... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
David B Sloane
Lifetime Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
David B Sloane
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
David B Sloane
Member

Kevin Bennett

Kevin Bennett
The Law Office of Kevin Bennett
1411 West Ave Suite 100
Austin, TX 78701
Call 512-476-4626
Kevin Bennett is committed to guiding his clients through the legal process with as little stress as possible.... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Kevin Bennett
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Kevin Bennett
Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Kevin Bennett
Member
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National College for DUI Defense
Kevin Bennett
Member
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Kevin Bennett
Member

Matt Horak

Matt Horak
Horak Law
1790 Hughes Landing Blvd #400
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Call 713-225-8000
Matt Horak has been practicing criminal law in Texas for more than a decade. He began his career as a former Assistant District Attorney for... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Matt Horak
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Matt Horak
Member
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National College for DUI Defense
Matt Horak
Member
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Matt Horak
Member,
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Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association
Matt Horak
Member

Elizabeth F. Wiggins

Elizabeth F. Wiggins
Law Office of Michael J. Price
310 South Austin Avenue #100
Georgetown, TX 78626
Call 512-354-1880
Diligence. Dedication. Defense.... read more >
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Texas Bar College
Elizabeth F. Wiggins
Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Elizabeth F. Wiggins
Member

Marco Gonzalez

Marco Gonzalez
The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC
8876 Gulf Freeway #420
Houston, TX 77017
Call 832-530-4070
Your Legal Team for Life! We are dedicated to protecting your rights and representing your best interests.... read more >
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Marco Gonzalez
Member
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American Immigration Lawyers Association
Marco Gonzalez
Member

Kevin Michael Acevedo-Carlson

Kevin Michael Acevedo-Carlson
The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC
8876 Gulf Fwy #420
Houston, TX 77017
Call 832-530-4070
Kevin Acevedo has ample experience as a trial lawyer, focusing principally in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, construction law, ... read more >
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Kevin Michael Acevedo-Carlson
Member

Ricardo N. Gonzalez

Ricardo N. Gonzalez
The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC
8876 Gulf Freeway #420
Houston, TX 77017
Call 832-530-4070
Over 30 years of experience in Texas law... read more >

Michael J. Price

Michael J. Price
Law Office of Michael J. Price P.C.
310 S Austin Ave #100
Georgetown, TX 78626
Call 512-354-1880
Michael J. Price has over 15 years experience strictly within Texas criminal defense. He is a dedicated attorney who is focused on making st... read more >
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Michael J. Price
Member

Brian A. Benken

Brian A. Benken
Benken Law
3515 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77004
Call 713-223-4051
Licensed private investigator and esteemed criminal defense attorney serving Harris County.... read more >
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Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association
Brian A. Benken
Member

Greg Torres

Greg Torres
Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC
15851 Dallas Parkway
Addison, TX 75001
Call 972-972-8869
The Law Offices of David Sloane is the premier marijuana defense firm defending Felony Highway Interdiction cases statewide, including the T... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Greg Torres
Lifetime Member

Jonathan Gracia

Jonathan Gracia
The Gracia Law Firm
932 E Van Buren St
Brownsville, TX 78520
Call 956-504-2211
Jonathan Gracia is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Brownsville who also serves as a Justice of the Peace in Cameron County. Not ... read more >
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Jonathan Gracia
Member

Abasi Daudi Major

Abasi Daudi Major
Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr
310 S St Mary's St Ste 2900
San Antonio, TX 78205
Call 210-226-1463
Abasi Daudi Major began his criminal defense career learning under the tutelage of Cynthia E. Orr and Gerald H. Goldstein. As a clerk, he wo... read more >

Kevin Lloyd Collins

Kevin Lloyd Collins
600 Navarro St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Licensed for 30 years, Kevin Lloyd Collins is a Juvenile Defense and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Missouri School of ... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Kevin Lloyd Collins
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

James Gary Sullivan

James Gary Sullivan
James Sullivan and Associates
12345 Jones Rd., Suite 288
Houston, TX 77070
Licensed for 26 years, James Gary Sullivan is a Personal Injury and Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
James Gary Sullivan
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

William B Connolly

William B Connolly
Connolly & Shireman LLP
2211 Norfolk St Ste 737
Houston, TX 77098
Licensed for 41 years, William B Connolly is a Juvenile Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >
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National Association of Counsel for Children
William B Connolly
Certified Specialist in Child Welfare Law

Christopher Neal Allen

Christopher Neal Allen
Law Office of Chris Allen
430 N Main St
Conroe, TX 77301
Licensed for 19 years, Christopher Neal Allen is a Juvenile Defense and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Texas Tech University School o... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Christopher Neal Allen
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Doug Murphy

Doug Murphy
Doug Murphy Law Firm, P.C.
902 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX 77008
Licensed for 21 years, Doug Murphy is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law - Texas Southern... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
Doug Murphy
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

Betty E Rodriguez

Betty E Rodriguez
6005 Bullard Dr
Austin, TX 78757
Licensed for 34 years, Betty E Rodriguez is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Betty E Rodriguez
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Edward A Mallett

Edward A Mallett
Mallett Saper Berg, LLP
4306 Yoakum Blvd Suite 400
Houston, TX 77006
Licensed for 50 years, Edward A Mallett is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of ... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Edward A Mallett
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Jennifer Garrett Deen

Jennifer Garrett Deen
Of counsel to Bain, Files, Jarrett and Harrison
109 W Ferguson St
Tyler, TX 75702
Licensed for 26 years, Jennifer Garrett Deen is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Jennifer Garrett Deen
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Jill Long Mata

Jill Long Mata
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
PO Box 12757
Austin, TX
Licensed for 31 years, Jill Long Mata is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended St. Mary's University School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Jill Long Mata
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Daphne Previti

Daphne Previti
Judge, 289th District Court
235 E Mitchell St
San Antonio, TX 78210
Licensed for 23 years, Daphne Previti is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended St. Mary's University School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Daphne Previti
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Bradley Paul Temple

Bradley Paul Temple
Travis County Juvenile Court
2515 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
Licensed for 21 years, Bradley Paul Temple is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended ... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Bradley Paul Temple
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Terri R Zimmermann

Terri R Zimmermann
Zimmermann Lavine & Zimmermann, P.C.
770 S Post Oak Ln Ste 620
Houston, TX 77056
Licensed for 28 years, Terri R Zimmermann is a Sex Crimes and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Georgetown University Law Center... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Terri R Zimmermann
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Franklyn Mickelsen Jr

Franklyn Mickelsen Jr
Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP
2600 State St.
Dallas, TX 75204
Licensed for 30 years, Franklyn Mickelsen Jr is a Federal Crimes and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Georgetown University Law Center... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Franklyn Mickelsen Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Kimberly Cawley Mccary

Kimberly Cawley Mccary
Denton County Court At Law Number One Sitting As A Juvenile
PO Box 51544
Denton, TX
Licensed for 27 years, Kimberly Cawley Mccary is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended St. Mary's University School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Kimberly Cawley Mccary
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Clarissa Silva

Clarissa Silva
San Patricio County Attorney's Office
400 W Sinton St Ste 108
Sinton, TX 78387
Licensed for 12 years, Clarissa Silva is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law - Texas Southern Univer... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Clarissa Silva
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Tad A Nelson

Tad A Nelson
The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates
1221 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77008
Licensed for 29 years, Tad A Nelson is a Drug Crimes and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley ... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Tad A Nelson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Lydia Clay-Jackson

Lydia Clay-Jackson
The Law Office of L. Clay-Jackson, P.L.L.C.
504 West Lewis Street
Conroe, TX 77301
Licensed for 35 years, Lydia Clay-Jackson is a Federal Crimes and Police Misconduct lawyer who attended University of Houston Law Center... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Lydia Clay-Jackson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Gilbert G. Garcia

Gilbert G. Garcia
The Gilbert G. Garcia Law Firm
220 N Thompson Suite 202
Conroe, TX 77301
Licensed for 42 years, Gilbert G. Garcia is a Marijuana Law and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Gilbert G. Garcia
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Frank C. Powell

Frank C. Powell
Evans & Powell, PLLC
430 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77007
Frank C. Powell is a DUI / DWI and Appellate Law lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >
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Mark Ryan Thiessen

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Thiessen Law Firm
1221 Studewood
Houston, TX 77008
Licensed for 17 years, Mark Ryan Thiessen is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Mark Ryan Thiessen
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Alan Shane Britton

Alan Shane Britton
Brown County Attorney
200 S Broadway St
Brownwood, TX 76801
Licensed for 23 years, Alan Shane Britton is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended Texas A&M University School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Alan Shane Britton
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Cassandra Moholt Cheek

Cassandra Moholt Cheek
County Attorney's Office
121 NW Ave A
Andrews, TX 79714
Licensed for 24 years, Cassandra Moholt Cheek is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended The University of Texas School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Cassandra Moholt Cheek
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Texanna Davis

Texanna Davis
Travis County Juvenile Court
2515 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Licensed for 28 years, Texanna Davis is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law - Texas Southern Univer... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Texanna Davis
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Patrick J Garza

Patrick J Garza
386th District Court
600 Mission Rd
San Antonio, TX 78210
Licensed for 40 years, Patrick J Garza is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Patrick J Garza
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Timothy Alan Menikos

Timothy Alan Menikos
323 District Court (juv.Crt.)
2701 Kimbo Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Licensed for 36 years, Timothy Alan Menikos is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended Texas Tech University School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Timothy Alan Menikos
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Michael Charles Obrien

Michael Charles Obrien
Dallas County DA Office
2600 Lone Star Dr
Dallas, TX 75212
Licensed for 26 years, Michael Charles Obrien is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended St. Mary's University School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Michael Charles Obrien
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Robert E Thomas

Robert E Thomas
Law Office of Robert E. Thomas
1001 Texas St Ste 1400
Houston, TX 77002
Licensed for 32 years, Robert E Thomas is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended Baylor Law School... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Robert E Thomas
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Cynthia Mccrann Wheless

Cynthia Mccrann Wheless
417th Judicial District Court
2100 Bloomdale Rd
McKinney, TX 75071
Licensed for 29 years, Cynthia Mccrann Wheless is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended SMU Dedman School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Cynthia Mccrann Wheless
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Rose M Zebell

Rose M Zebell
Bexar County Dist Atty's Off
235 E Mitchell St Ste 245
San Antonio, TX 78210
Licensed for 22 years, Rose M Zebell is a Juvenile Defense and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Mary's University School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Rose M Zebell
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Kimberly Katherine Brown

Kimberly Katherine Brown
323rd District Court
2701 Kimbo Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Licensed for 30 years, Kimberly Katherine Brown is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended Texas Tech University School of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Kimberly Katherine Brown
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Aneeta Mitha Jamal

Aneeta Mitha Jamal
314th District Court
1200 Congress Ave
Houston, TX 77002
Licensed for 36 years, Aneeta Mitha Jamal is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended University of Houston Law Center... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Aneeta Mitha Jamal
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Lisa Katherine Jarrett

Lisa Katherine Jarrett
436th Judicial District Court
235 E Mitchell St
San Antonio, TX 78210
Licensed for 27 years, Lisa Katherine Jarrett is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended University of Houston Law Center... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Lisa Katherine Jarrett
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Beverly Brademan Malazzo

Beverly Brademan Malazzo
309th Family District Court
201 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002
Licensed for 28 years, Beverly Brademan Malazzo is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Beverly Brademan Malazzo
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Ellen S Smith

Ellen S Smith
323rd District Court
2701 Kimbo Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Licensed for 34 years, Ellen S Smith is a Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended University of Houston Law Center... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Ellen S Smith
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Grant Matthew Scheiner

Grant Matthew Scheiner
Scheiner Law Group, P.C.
2211 Norfolk St Suite 735
Houston, TX 77098
Licensed for 28 years, Grant Matthew Scheiner is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Houston Law Center... read more >
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Grant Matthew Scheiner
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

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National Association of Counsel for Children - NACC is accredited by the ABA to certify attorneys as child welfare law specialists and works to improve the quality of legal representation of children in dependency, juvenile delinquency, and family law cases.



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Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


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