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Joseph Francis Vinas

Joseph Francis Vinas

also known as Joe Vinas

About me

Joe Vinas has been trying criminal cases for over 10 years.  As a former prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, Joe Vinas has tried over 80 criminal cases including Capital Murder, Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Drug Crimes, DWI, Theft, and more.  


Joe was a Felony Chief Prosecutor for four years, training other felony prosecutors how to try criminal cases.  Joe also taught over 500 Houston and Tomball Police Officers various aspects of criminal law including the complex area of Arrest, Search, and Seizure.  Several times throughout his career, other lawyers have called on Joe Vinas to teach Continuing Legal Education courses on criminal law.  For two years, Joe volunteered in the Harris County S.T.A.R. Court program.  


Joe Vinas knows how to navigate the complex and often confusing world of the criminal justice system.  Call him today at (713) 229-9992 for a FREE CONSULTATION on your criminal case, or visit his website at


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    13 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

23 total 

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  • Jeffery L. Greco

    Joe & I worked together at the DA's office before he left and joined the defense bar. He was a level-headed and fair prosecutor and his experience at the DA's office has served him well on the defense side. As a defense lawyer, he is a lawyer who will fight for his client. He is a proven trial attorney, with years of success under his belt. You can't go wrong with Joe...


    Jeffery Greco Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Vinas & Graham, PLLC

405 Main St Ste 950
Houston, TX, 77002-1822


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200210/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2014
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Top LawyerHoustonia Magazine2013
Shining Star awardHarris County District Attorney's Office2011
Shining Star AwardHarris County District Attorney's Office2010
Distinguished Service AwardUniversity of Houston Law Center2002
National Mock Trial Competition Regional ChampionTexas Young Lawyers Association2002
Outstanding AdvocateUniversity of Houston Law Center2002
Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition QuarterfinalistUniversity of Houston Law Center2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner / Managing MemberVinas & Graham, PLLC2013 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2013
Legal InternHarris County District Attorney's Office1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Southern District of TexasAdmitted to Practice2013 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasAttorney Member2013 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of TexasAdmitted to Practice2013 - Present
Harris County Fair Defense Act - First Degree CertifiedAttorney Member2008 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Texas Young Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2002 - 2012
Texas District and County Attorneys AssociationMember2002 - 2012
State Bar of TexasMember2002 - Present
Board of Advocates, University of Houston Law CenterBoard Member2001 - 2002
Student Bar Association, University of Houston Law CenterPresident2000 - 2001
Student Bar Association, University of Houston Law CenterSection Representative1999 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Felony DWI Motion to Revoke Probation - DismissedMotion Dismissed
Felony Assault (Domestic Violence) - DismissedDismissed
Felon in Possession of a Firearm - DismissedDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesThe Criminal Charging Process in Harris County2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of HoustonDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2002
University of TexasBiologyN/A1998
University of TexasN/AN/A1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gulf Coast Family Law SpecialistsSnooping and Stalking and Spying...Oh My!2013
Tomball Police DepartmentArrest, Search, and Seizure Refresher Course2012
Tomball Police DepartmentIntermediate Arrest, Search, and Seizure2012
HPD Academy Cadet Class 214Arrest, Search, and Seizure2012
HPD Academy Cadet Class 213Arrest, Search, and Seizure2012
Harris County Public Defender's Office CLEHarris County S.T.A.R Court2012
Miller School of TechnologyThe Criminal Justice System2011
HPD Academy Cadet Class 212Arrest, Search, and Seizure2011
HPD Academy Cadet Class 211Arrest, Search, and Seizure2011
HPD Academy Cadet Class 210Arrest, Search, and Seizure2011
HCDA Legislative Update82nd Texas Legislative Update2011
Miller School of TechnologyThe Criminal Justice System2010
HPD Academy Cadet Class 209Arrest, Search, and Seizure2010
HPD Academy Cadet Class 208Arrest, Search, and Seizure2010
Houston Police AcademyTexas Code of Criminal Procedure2010
Houston Lawyers Association CLECriminal Charges and the Plea Bargaining Process2009
HCDA Legislative Update81st Texas Legislative Update2009
Texas House of Representatives Criminal Jurisprudence Committee HearingExpanding Deferred Adjudication2007