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Dustan J Abshire

Criminal defense Attorney at Lake Charles, LA

4.2   24 reviews

Licensed for 7 years

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About Dustan

Learn Dustan’s areas of practice.

On September 1, 2016, the Abshire Law Firm was formed to handle Family Law matters related to divorce, child custody and support.  On October 14, 2016, Dustan left his position as an Assistant District Attorney to operate the Abshire Law Firm on a full-time basis.  Upon leaving the DA's Office the Abshire Law Firm expanded to handle matters involving Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. 

 

Background of Dustan:

 

Dustan J. Abshire is a lifelong Lake Charles resident and a graduate of Barbe High School. Dustan began his career with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office after high school and stayed there for 15 years. He spent time in corrections, patrol and as a detective in the Sex Crimes/Severe Child Abuse Unit.

 

After passing the bar exam, Dustan was given the opportunity to serve as an Assistant District Attorney for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office. Currently, he was a felony prosecutor handling a wide variety of cases.

 

Dustan joined the law office of Bryant, Sigler, & Abshire, L.L.C. where his private practice focuses on Family Law involving matters of divorce, child custody, child support, wills, and successions for the people of Southwest Louisiana that are in need of assistance.

 

Dustan is passionate about both areas of law because they both provide opportunities to genuinely help people in need. Dustan has been a lifelong public servant.

 

While at CPSO, Dustan obtained a Criminal Justice degree from McNeese State University and went on to graduate from the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Miss. He received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and a Civil Law Certificate. His career with the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office began in June 2014 as an intern. Shortly after, Dustan was an investigator up until he was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in April 2015.

 

 

Dustan has been married for 22 years and has one son and two stepdaughters. He served on the USSSA Board for baseball from 2008-2011 and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus with Our Lady Queen of Heaven.  

Licensed for 7 years
State LA
Status Eligible to Practice Law
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Dustan

Abshire Law Firm, LLC
334 Kirby Street
Lake Charles, LA, 70601

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
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Posted by Brittany | October 27, 2016
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I recommend Dustan!
Dustan was my lawyer for my custody case. I was so worried about having to hire a lawyer and deal with all the headaches. Dustan made the experience as easy as it could be! I had so many questions and they were all answered. I was never left in the dark or had any suprises. My case was resolved exactly the way we discussed. I highly recommend him and will never use anyone else!
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Posted by Xavier Darbone | November 17, 2016
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Criminal defense
Dustan is very fair with his pricing. He handle with problems very fast and timely. Dustan new is law and gave me very good advise. I would very much use him again.
Posted by Lora Lee | August 3, 2022
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Great Attorney
My experience with Dustan Abshire Law firm were stupendous through and through. These people know their craft and walk the extra mile for you. I consulted with Dustan and his team on different occasions and each one of them was handled with the utmost care and professionalism. Abshire Law cares for you on a personal level! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Devan | August 2, 2022
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The Best Lawyer & Team
Dustan and Ms.Tracy have shown me and my family nothing but LOVE! Dustan has been my attorney since 2018-NO EXPIRATION LOL and he fought for me like no other to prove my innocence! My case was fabricated and he did everything he could to help me. He’s well liked and highly intelligent just to mention. Ms.Tracy answered all of my calls and even kept in touch with my family on my behalf. The entire office assisted me and I truly have no complaints. I’m forever grateful that I came in contact with him and his firm. Actually, I refer everyone to him for all legal matters. Also, first impressions speak volumes to me and Dustan treated me like a human, he showed empathy for me and my family. He heard my side of things and never judged me. I appreciate that and trust him and his advice on everything. I will never be able to pay him or Ms.Tracy back for their hard dedicated work so I’ll leave this review in hopes that whoever reads this can rest assured that they’ve reached a knowledgeable, dedicated, reasonably priced law firm. Dustan’s knowledge of the law along with his strong work ethic is truly unmatched! Schedule a consult with him TODAY and become a FOREVER client like ME! Thanks DUSTAN!!!! #TOPLAWYER #BESTOFFICESTAFF
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2022
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great lawyer
Dustan has been my lawyer for the past 4 years, he has been amazing. I would totally recommend him. He has helped so much with my divorce, child custody case, which is on going. He also helped with a wreck I was involved in. Mrs. Angie is the best, she has worked so hard at helping me understand all the stuff I am confused about and she always answers my questions. I recommend this law firm over any other. They fight for their clients, I know because they have fought for me and are still doing so.
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Posted by Mandy | August 1, 2022
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Awesome!!!!!
If there would be a higher rating I would by far double it. Dustan has handled my case since 2016 and even now if i call they will help. He has done so mush for my kids and I. Also very fair in pricing and work with people in a troubling time. Would not go any where else. His staff is nice and always helpful. Thanks so much for all u do Abshire law firm. Mandy Foreman
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2022
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Nicholas lawson
Hired Dustan to fight for custody of my kids and he has done a great job. We now have settled the custody matter and are finishing up the trial dealing with the money that was stolen from me by my ex. He answers messages, does what he says he will do, and is always upfront. Pricing has been very reasonable and his work ethic is strong.
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Posted by Lydia | August 1, 2022
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Grateful for his loyalty
February 1, 2019 was the worst day of my life. In a state of shock and panic, I hired the wrong attorney which ultimately put me in a greater state of fear, confusion and loss. I finally took someone’s advice and hired Dustan and felt some relief. Family court does NOT move at a fast pace. Especially when you are being victimized, nor when Covid and hurricanes strike. Family court can be an extremely scary place where families are torn apart because of bitter parents. The system is broken, but trusting in your attorney is important. Dustan helped me, and still does, realize the process, and making baby steps to it takes to navigate the mess we call custody. I wouldn’t be able to get through it without Dustan and his wonderful team! It has been almost 4 years of this process, and we are so close to the end. But I wouldn’t be where I am without Dustan and the ladies in the office. They are absolutely caring, compassionate and trustworthy. When it comes to children and family, cost is off the table. I paid a high price to the WRONG attorney prior to Dustan… Please invest in him. It’s worth it.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2022
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Best lawyer in Lake Charles, hands down!
I was very pleased with Mr Abshire & his staff. Dustan has handled my legal proceedings for the past two years and I’m so impressed with his team’s dedication to handling everything. Dustan or Angie has always been available to answer my questions or take more information from me. His office has been available to answer my questions or hear my concerns by phone, email, or text. Don’t waste your money with anyone else. One stop shop for family or criminal litigation.
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Posted by Danae | August 1, 2022
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Highly recommend! Best in Lake Charles
Dustan has been handling my high conflict custody case. I’m very pleased with how he’s handled everything for me. He took a lot of stress out of the litigation for me. His office has been so available to me & so informative about everything that’s going on. I found his rates reasonable and well worth it.
Posted by Heather | August 1, 2022
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Truly Amazing Lawyer
When I had lost all hope of getting my children back, Mr. Abshire stepped in and surprised us all with his amazing work as a Lawyer! He truly is the best lawyer in my eyes and I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome!! Thank you so much!!
Posted by Sarah | August 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Dustan and his team were extremely helpful through a very trying time in my life. They answered all of my questions promptly and helped me understand each process through the court system.
Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2019
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MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!!
I am not able to express in words how GRATEFUL I am to and for Dustan Abshire and his team! From the first consultation he has gone above and beyond, the world needs more dedicated people like them. He is kind, caring and passionate about his work. His prices are very reasonable. For the effort and care he puts into your case he could easily charge much more and that in itself speaks volumes. I had hired another attorney who was very skilled but just wasn’t the right fit for my particular situation. Hiring Dustan renewed my hope and truly changed my life. If you’re looking for someone who is ethical, caring and dedicated then look no further. Call his Lawfirm TODAY!!!
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Posted by Mandy | July 26, 2019
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Absolutely 100% the best
My family and I have had to obtain lawyers for different things over the course of the past few years and Dustan with out a doubt has been the best! He goes in and gets the job done! Not to mention him and his staff are so kind and welcoming. I would suggest Dustan to anyone that is looking for legal counsel!
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2019
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Concerned, caring attorney
I met with Mr. Abshire over concerns I had about my current attorney. He answered all of my questions my attorney won’t or doesn’t have time to answer. I only wish I had gone to him first.
Posted by Danielle | October 20, 2018
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Outstanding Lawyer with a big heart
Mr. Dustan and his paralegal Mrs. Angie were absolutely amazing to work with. My case was a child-custody matter. I'll never forget the day i met the them. First i met Mrs. Angie, i immediately got close to her. It was like family at first sight. Then eventually that day i met Mr. Absire. He was coming in from a trial in Court with tears in his eyes. And yet sucked up his emotions and discuss my case with me. I had chills from his sadness. I read Mr. Dustan's and the other lawyer profile and if you did to, you can just imagine what he has seen and been through in the law business. He worked me on his fees. I quickly learned that he is not a heartless lawyer who is all about money and not justice. If children are involved in your case, he is gonna do whatever is best for the children and i admired that about him and Mrs. Angie. They tore my children's father a new one. Everything was in me and my children's favor. We never even had to go to court, everything was nipped in the bud during the hearing. Which i almost died holding in my laughter. Let me explain... his lawyer came out about 10+ times asking him questions about his personal information and and other stuff that he should have know about his client as to where my lawyer came out ZERO times asking me any questions. They kept me full of hope and my mind clear. If the law is on your side you will definitely win your case with this wonderful man and his amazing paralegal. Thank you so much for everything Mr. Dustan and Mrs. Angie
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2018
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God send!
Dustan was truly sent to me from God! With him there to represent me I grew my spine back! His background, attention to detail and extensive knowledge of my case and the law gave me the confidence I needed not to back down! I am so thankful for him and his staff. I do and will continue to tell the world to call him if they need an attorney!
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Posted by Laura | December 31, 2016
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Excellent attorney!
Dustan is an outstanding attorney. He is honest, a sharp strategist, and truly cares about his clients. He answered any questions I had in a quick timely manner. He was well prepared, fought and won the biggest obstacle in our court battle. Because of his hard work, I was able to achieve a result that kept my child more safe. I would recommend him to anyone I know needing representation.
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Posted by Brittany | November 23, 2016
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Awesome lawyer!!!
Ever since I met dustan he has been more than helpful, he's understanding, and will help solve problems! Today I had a child custody case that's been going on since 2011 I've went through several attorneys throughout this matter I was recommended dustan and today it's finally closed I got everything I ever wanted and more! I'm so happy and I would recommend him to anyone!!! A huge Thank you Again!!!!
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Posted by Missy Smith | August 15, 2022
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Zero Stars
I hired Abshire to represent me in a custody battle. I paid Abshire well over $6 grand and he did absolutely nothing on my behalf. Same as others mentioned. He was spectacular until other party hired an attorney. From that moment forward he spent more time pleasing their attorney and giving their attorney everything he asked for. I basicly paid $6 grand for him to avocate for the other party. He didn't represent me in the courtroom because I was unable to step foot in the court room due to the two attorney meeting with the judge and falsely telling him I was no longer fighting for custody. Other party was then automatically given custody and not 3 years later CPS was involved and the children were removed.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Abshire Law Firm
  • 2016 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Calcasieu Parish District Attorney
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Carmody, Stewart, and Mixon
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Detective
  • Calcasisu Parish Sheriffs Office
  • 1996 - 2011
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Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • McNeese State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2011

Associations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • South West Louisiana Bar
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Calcasieu Traing Academy
  • Sex Crimes
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (16)
Endorse Dustan
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Dustan since law school. He is an extremely smart and capable attorney. His background gives him that much more of an edge in criminal defense matters. I strongly recommend him for your criminal defense team."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dustan Abshire worked together with me on several cases during his time as a law clerk for my office. This was when he was still in law school. Dustan demonstrated an advanced level of knowledge, skill, and probably more importantly, sincere care about the client and his/her case. His career has really taken off as a practitioner in Louisiana, and I will not hesitate a moment to fully recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dustan is a talented attorney, a zealous advocate, and a decent human. In my experience, this is a rare combination of traits."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Dustan as opposing counsel on hundreds of cases. He was always fair, easy to work with, and willing to listen to both sides of every story.. Dustan is committed to providing the best legal services possible and I highly recommend him for all legal needs."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Dustan at the District Attorney's Office. Once he started at the office, Dustan was able to quite literally hit the ground running with very little training or supervision. He understands the legal system and is supremely capable to navigate it. Any client would be in good hands with Dustan at the helm."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Dustan at the District Attorney's office in Calcasieu Parish. Nearly 20 years experience in law enforcement prior to becoming a lawyer gives Dustan a unique perspective which is beneficial to his clients. Dustan is driven, hardworking, and stays up to date on the law. I recommend him highly."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been opposing counsel with Dustan on many cases. He is always well prepared and diligently represents his client in a professional manner. Happy to recommend him."
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