Posted by a client
In short, I would hire him again without hesitation. Today, my case was dismissed and in 6 months the arrest history will be expunged. (will update here, if possible)
At length: As a first time offender, the whole process was daunting to say the least. I emailed a number of lawyers the morning following my arrest and within what seemed to be no more than an hour, he contacted me. He was also the only one to respond.
In retrospect, I suppose the thing I appreciated most was Mr. Jones' ability to keep my mind at ease. Despite the regrettable fact that I have one of those overactive minds that's always jumping to the worst possible outcome, there was never a point in time that I didn't feel taken care of. Or perhaps even more importantly, I never felt like a nuisance for requesting to have my mind put at ease.
The man is experienced and thusly is efficient with his time. If you don't need to be somewhere, he won't ask you to be. It's been my experience that if you try to relax and trust him to orchestrate the process, you'll have a much better experience.
Posted by a client
IMPORTANT: If you have been assigned Mr. Jones, IMMEDIATELY start recording ALL conversations, and save multiple copies of ALL documents and ALL recordings you've made in multiple secure locations. Be nice and discrete even when he is obviously acting against your interests, and he will likely provide you what you need for a retrial (if convicted) and a potential lawsuit against him and/or the court.
Mr. Jones pays for positive reviews on multiple sites, and all calls to his office are recorded. If the recording(s) contains evidence that can be used against Mr. Jones or his legal assistant/secretary, it will disappear and you will never get it. However, if it can be used against you, it likely will in the event that you claim malpractice or ineffective assistance of counsel.
In Williamson County Mr. Jones operates under a financial conflict of interest with the prosecuting court, and he will not advocate for you as much as he acts in the best interests of his career (which means the best interest of the court, his "adversary"). I suspect that Mr. Jones has to request court appointments because few, if any, of his former clients would recommend him.
Although Mr. Jones is well educated (UT Law), and generally understands and is able to apply legal concepts, he appeared to not only not care about my case, but he began to actively prevent me from defending myself effectively (i.e. I would have been better off with NO attorney). I sustained significant financial injured as a result of the baseless accusations against me, and he did not even attempt to prevent it.
After some five months of delays, refusing to even speak to the prosecutor, refusing to provide me my case-file, providing me false information about many topics, using deception to manipulate me and prevent me from speaking with the court, tampering with me as a witness, hanging up on me, refusing to return calls and actively trying to avoid me, etc. (basically your nightmare attorney), I fired Mr. Jones and went with the cheapest attorney I could find.
It is generally a bad idea to hire the cheapest attorney you can find. This other attorney that was far less professionally competent got the charges against me dismissed. Although Mr. Jones refused to take any action that would help my case, he was preparing for sentencing, and I am quite certain I would have been wrongly convicted under his counsel. AVOID at all costs.
Posted by Anthony "Rocky"
Mr. Jones was assigned to me as a court appointed attorney. He treated me with respect and dignity as if I were a paying client. He is one of the best in his field. He took my case and worked it as if I were related to him. Mr. Jones is not only a darn good lawyer, but he is a good man. Period. His kindness and generosity will never be forgotten.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
This attorney did nothing for me other than get a warrant issued for my arrest! I had to fire him. I paid him to represent me against some ridiculous false trespassing charges and he said I didn’t not need to attend the court date and then he missed the court date which caused a Fugitive Warrant for my Arrest for not showing up in court! Stress and heartache for seven long months while he delayed over and over. The only communication I had with Mr. Jones about my case was in court for five minutes, after the Judge ordered the bailiff to locate him and ordered him to talk to me! He talked to me for no more than 5 minutes. He would not return my emails or texts. He would not even answer my questions and had no time to talk to me. He kept postponing my trial over and over after I told him to move forward with discovery and set a trial date. He is a poor excuse for an attorney. If the court appoints him to you, ask for other representation. He will NOT fight for you nor will he keep you informed about your case. He could care less about you. I had to fire him in order to move my case forward.
Posted by Craig
After being arrested in Houston for a failure to appear warrant in Travis county, I hired Richard Jones for legal representation in my case. The court wanted to charge me with a class A misdemeanor, in addition to fines and other stipulations. Mr. Jones was able to get my charge dropped down to a class C misdemeanor with fewer repercussions. During the length of my case Mr. Jones was very knowledgeable, informative, and prompt to communicate when I needed to reach him. I would like to personally thank Mr. Jones for his exceptional services, and give the highest recommendation to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney in Austin.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
I was charge with aggravated robbery. And they offered me ten years in prison but being a really great lawyer that he is Mr. Richard Jones got me off on probation and I'm really grateful for the second chance Mr.Jones got me. He is really great hard working lawyer I would definitely recommend anyone to have him on your side. Thanks a lot again Mr. Richard Jones
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
Originally, I had a different attorney that I met at my first court date. She said she was going to try to get me out on personal bond. I was denied personal bond with that first attorney. I was in jail for 2.5 weeks before Richard Jones came to visit me. He told me he would do his best. He said because of my situation there was a way to get me out, and he did. It was very reassuring. My case has been pending since then as a misdemeanor and last week I went to check in with pretrial services. My officer told me that I had missed a court date and there was a warrant. The charge had been enhanced to a felony because of my extensive criminal background in other states. They took me into custody and my pretrial officer called Richard Jones' office and told them. Richard Jones went to talk with the judge about getting me back out. I was only in jail for 3 hours before I was released. I would recommend Richard to anyone seeking jail release and representation on a criminal case.
Posted by LM
I was in court today and the court told me that if it was not for Mr. Jones I would be in jail.If was not for Mr. Jones and the amazing Hanna, I would not be writing this review. I was arrested on a probation violation with no bond. He had the warrant lifted in a day and this was a few days before Christmas and you know that the county was short staffed. He was the best gift from Santa ever. Hanna held my hand and answered my 800 million questions and helped me with my fear. I knew I was in safe hands with this team. When I got home I received a ton of solicitation letters from other attorneys and their prices were outrageous. I assure you that you will get more than your moneys worth with Mr. Jones. Bonus is that he knows everyone in the system and how beneficial this is for you cannot be measured. Also, they take your phone calls! My previous attorney would not even when I needed clarification on stuff or when my court dates were changed.
Posted by david
Richard Jones and his legal assistant Hanna did a wonderful job for me, he was court appointed for me however if I had money I would be happy to pay for their service...after 1 and 1/2 yrs he was able to get my case dismissed so I am back to a perfect record except the arrest record of course all of which should have never happened in the first place...communication with them was excellent, I feel I was very lucky to have Richard and Hanna work on my case....Thank you both very very much
Posted by a Domestic Violence client
He is the worst attorney in Austin. He did not show up in court after telling me not to bother showing up because he would take care of it. Which resulted in my bond being forfeitured. As a result I had warrants out and he never got my bond reinstated after countless times of calling and calling his office or cell. I was picked up from work by the Bondsman and even after being arrested he did not get my bond reinstated or get me out. He asked for another $1000 dollars and I stayed in jail for 90 days total!!! TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY He did not give ME my money back! I had to hire another attorney and was released in a week. I lost my job, my car was repossessed, and I dissolved my 401k paying attorney's fees to get out so if you have a criminal issue please, please, please never hire this man!! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!