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The above  photo was professionally taken in connection with the "You Need to Know" section of the December, 2008 issue of D CEO Magazine, where I was featured as the lawyer "you need to know" for DWI defense in Dallas county.  The photo was taken at 10:30 am.  The photographer thought that having a beer in the photo would be nice, so there it is.  Unfortunately, I had to get back to court that morning, so I didn't even get the chance to drink the beer! 


As far as my practice style, I try to find a way to win every single case that I handle.  It's not always possible, of course, but that doesn't mean I don't try.  The "standard" plea bargain offer for a routine DWI case results in the DWI going onto the client's criminal record forever.  I can't for the life of me see that as any sort of "bargain" that would be worth accepting.  Instead, the defendant may as well take the case to trial and take his chances.  Nobody ever won a guilty plea - not even me.  And regardless of the facts, every case is potentially winnable.   I find that juries are generally quite sympathetic to misdemeanor offenders, and especially so with first time DWI defendants.  I try to use that to my client's advantage whenever I can.


I'm proud to have spoken at various legal seminars when asked, and I often stop to share ideas with other lawyers at the courthouse when I have the time.  I admire lawyers who are always trying to refine their trial skills.  In the criminal defense business, as soon as you quit trying to learn, you may as well quit the business, because you are finished. 


When I'm asked to evaluate the skills of other trial lawyers, I start with two broad measuring standards:  1) do they know what they are doing, and 2) do they care enough to fight.  Too many lawyers either don't know what they are doing, or don't care enough to fight for their clients.  I try to excel in both areas.


I am known for trying difficult cases, and finding creative ways to win them.  I'm aggressive, but I try to avoid being obnoxious, unless the situation calls for it.  Offending judges and prosecutors just for sport isn't a good long term strategy, in my opinion.  If it was, however, I would do exactly that, because I'm in the courtroom to win cases, not to make friends.


I would be very proud to represent you, or your loved one, to the fullest extent of my ability, should the need ever arise.  Defending people isn't just my job, it's my passion.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    29 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    29 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 5%
    31 years
  4. Licensing: 5%
    31 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Everett Ward Newton

    John is an excellent DWI attorney.


    Everett Newton Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Paul Nicholas Saputo Jr.

    John is a terrific attorney and a leader in the community. He is passionate about his work and his clients. I'm proud he's a lawyer in the Dallas bar.


    Paul Saputo Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Gioffredi and Associates

4131 North Central Expressway Suite 680
Dallas, TX, 75204


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198210/19/2015
IAAdministrative Suspension198110/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2014
Top Personal Lawyers In Dallas May 2009D Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJohn Gioffredi and Associates1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident2014 - 2014
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2008 - Present
Texas State BarN/A1982 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v JW (confidential)18 minute not guilty verdict
State v K.P.DWI case dismissed December 17, 2008
State v Mark C.Not Guilty Jury Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Dallas Bar Association Headnotes MagazineDWI Arrests: When can the police take your blood against your will?2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Iowa State University of Science & Tech, Ames, IowaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly CLE MeetingSpeedy Trial Litigation2011
DCDLA Monthly MeetingSpeedy Trial Motions and Strategy2011
DCDLA Monthly CLEJury Punishment2011
Responsible Choices for StudentsStudents making responsible decisions2010
DCDLA Monthly CLEUnderstanding Breath Alcohol Concentrations (BACs)2010
Understanding DWI Sobriety TestsUnderstanding and Attacking DWI Sobriety Tests2008
Prairie Dog SeminarAttacking DWI Sobriety Tests2008
Voir DIre (Jury Selection) SeminarJury Selection in a DWI Case2007
Defending DWI Breath TestsDefending DWI Breath Test Cases2007