Board Certified Criminal Specialist Attorney. Defending Your Rights. Call for immediate assistanceAggressive in Approach, Meticulous in Preparation, Positive Results.Board Certified. Extensive Training and Experience. Strong Track Record for Successful Results.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2008||03/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified - Criminal Law||The Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2016|
|Texas Rising Star||Texas Monthly Magazine||2014|
|Advanced Criminal Law Seminar Completion||State Bar of Texas||2013|
|Intoxilyzer 5000 EN Course Completition||International Legal and Forensic Science Services, Inc.||2012|
|Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law Program||The Center for American and International Law||2012|
|Drug Evaluation & Classification Program (DRE) Overview Course||Dr. Lance Platt||2012|
|NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor||Dr. Lance Platt||2012|
|NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Refresher Course||Dr. Lance Platt||2012|
|Advanced Criminal Law Seminar Completion||State Bar of Texas||2011|
|Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases||TCDLA/NCDD||2011|
|Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN): Vision Science Perspectives||Dr. Steven Rubenzer||2009|
|Breath Alcohol Technician Course||Industrial Training & Design, Limited||2009|
|NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course||Dr. Lance Platt||2009|
|Lawyer||The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC||2010 - Present|
|Lawyer||Rasansky Law Firm||2010 - 2010|
|Lawyer||Law Office of Jamie Balagia, PC (The DWI Dude Law Firm)||2008 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Waters & Kraus, LLP||2007 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas||2006 - 2007|
|Case Worker||Texas Innocence Project||2006 - 2006|
|Analyst||Goldman Sachs||2003 - 2005|
|Operations Intern||Minnesota Vikings||2003 - 2003|
|Intern||Merrill Lynch Financial||2002 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Driving Under The Influence Defense Lawyer's Association (DUIDLA)||Founding Member||2014 - Present|
|College of the State Bar of Texas||Attorney Member||2014 - Present|
|Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|United States Federal District Court, Northern District of Texas||Criminal Justice Act Voluntary Associate||2011 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)||Dallas-Fort Worth Young Lawyers Committee Chair||2011 - Present|
|United States Federal District Court, Western District of Texas||Member||2011 - Present|
|United States Federal District Court, Northern District of Texas||Member||2010 - Present|
|United States Federal District Court, Eastern District of Texas||Member||2010 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2008 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)||Member||2008 - Present|
|Member of Intersholastic Mock Trial Team||Traveling Attorney||2006 - 2007|
|Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) - University of Texas at Austin||Chapter President||2000 - 2004|
|The State of Texas v. KS||DISMISSED|
|The State of Texas v. JS||NOT GUILTY|
|The State of Texas v. MR||NOT GUILTY|
|See all legal cases|
|Texas DWI Defense||What To Do If Pulled Over in Texas||2012|
|TCDLA: Voice for the Defense||Five Tips for New Lawyers - TCDLA Young Lawyers Committee||2011|
|Climate Change Litigation||Asbestos & Tobacco Lawsuits: Paving the Way for Climate Change Litigation||2007|
|Religion & Law||A Biblical Perspective: Abandoning Retribution as a Doctrine For Legal Punishment||2007|
|The University of Houston Law Center||Law||Juris Doctorate||2007|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Bachelor of Business Administration||Finance (Minors: Accounting and Management||2003|
|Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association CLE Cruise||Crossing Arresting Officers on NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing||2015|
|Boot Camp for New Lawyers||Setting and Collecting Fees||2012|
|Liability Seminar - AFH exemption||Liability Issues/Criminal Defense Q&A||2010|
|Liability Seminar - AFH exemption||Liability Issues/Criminal Defense Q&A||2009|
Posted by Melinka
Do not judge a book by its cover. When my family hired Mr. Ceder and he came to see me in jail I was disappointed. I later told my husband "Are you serious? That kid must of just got out of law school!" ...I was in jail for Aggervated assult with a deadly weapon. Which is a second degree felony. Its a big deal when you are already on parole with a 20 year sentence for an Aggervated case. With the help of that "kid" my case didn't even make it to court. It was NO BILLED by the grand jury. He is very intellegent. That only took 24 days! He moves fast. Then I had to face parole. He did not show up to my Preliminary Hearing. I think a judge made him appear at the last minute on another case. It was not his fault, but I was so upset. Looking back I wish I would of waived that hearing and went straight to my Revocation hearing. It would of saved me a month in jail. I advised other girls in jail to do that and they left before I did. He did show up to my Revocation Hearing and did an excellent job. I'm so thankful my family hired him. He told me from day one, "Melinka you are going home, and you will be with your children again." And he was right. I always thought he was too quiet and calm to be an attorney. Honestly, if you are in jail, that's what you need. Somebody that is calm, collect and always thinking/analyzing ways to get your freedom back. (Proverbs 17:27 The smart person says very little, and one with understanding stays calm.) He was my Guardian Angel, let him be yours too.
Posted by Josh
From the beginning Carl was a great lawyer! Very respectful and knowledgeable in helping me. Between in office visits and phone calls Carl was very dedicated to helping my case. I also worked with Carl's paralegal Sandy. She was very helpful as well and always kind. Both Carl and Sandy were down to earth, friendly, and helped me feel more at ease about my whole situation. My case resulted in a No Bill. I am very happy with the result of my case and could not have done it without the professional help of Carl and Sandy! I would definitely recommend Carl to anyone!
Posted by Guest9034
The number of positive reviews on Mr. Ceder speaks for his credentials. There is a reason for that high number of reviews, simply because he is the best.
Carl was my lawyer for my first DWI in Texas against a prosecution with a strong police report and BAC technicals. While choosing a lawyer my experience says you need to look for all important criteria and not just some. Here is what I consider any client would expect from a criminal lawyer and my observations as best qualities of Mr. Ceder.
Attention to details - You need an attorney who will spend time to study your case details. Carl does the best in this area. Not only the specifics to my DWI case, but he was diligent about my immigration related aspects as well. He never said it is not his specialization, but guided me throughout.
Trial lawyer - It is a known fact that not all attorneys are up for trial. Carl did an excellent job in explaining to the jury, all the discrepancies in police report vs the actual video that too in a convincing manner. Jury liked his presentation, his articulation which made them to arrive at a decision probably in record time.
Plan and Execution - My case had a particular situation. The cop who arrested me was later fired from the police department. As soon as Mr. Ceder came to know he asked for a continuum in proceedings to investigate further. This helped in building the defense in a much better way. Unless your lawyer wants to spend time on your case they can simply ignore such tedious tasks and just let it go. Mr. Ceder is an exception here.
Persistence for winning - Many a times I wanted to pull back from the trial and go for plea as the court proceedings were getting delayed repeatedly. Mr. Ceder was patient, he stuck with the plan which he believed and convinced me every time why it would be a bad idea. Admit it, client is not the expert in legal matters, that is why we are hiring an attorney. Any other attorney could have simply accepted my request and got the job done sooner. Mr. Ceder is very different, if he knows your case has strong reasons for a trial, he will make sure
you do the right thing, not take the easy way out.
Expert knowledge - Mr. Ceder has got an in depth understanding of the science behind BAC and SFSTs. Cops and other officials cannot simply fool him in a trial. His counter questions put the State witnesses in a position where they had to acknowledge the limitations of their findings based on science.
Reasonable cost - This is definitely one aspect for many when they chose a lawyer. Surprisingly for a premium lawyer like Mr. Ceder, he is very reasonable and predictable when it comes to cost. He is not an attorney who will give you a contract full of ifs and buts and later charge you for every step in the process. Mr. Ceder's approach is pretty straight forward, he will tell you his fee and a clear contract of what all is included. Pretty much everything you would require will be there within his predicted fee.
Great support staff - You will like Sandy (Para-legal) if you contract Ceder. She is thorough about legal requirements and very prompt in responding to your emails or phone calls. She will never keep you guessing about the status. Also I really liked his dad (the investigator) on the day of the trial. His presence was so comfortable and he was there to provide his views and guide us in all steps. A great guy to be in the team.
In short I am grateful that I did contact Mr. Ceder and made the right decision. I highly recommend him. If you are in need for a criminal defense lawyer, and you know all points mentioned above are important criteria for you then Carl is the best bet in Dallas area. You wont be disappointed.
Bristol Myers, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
In addition to his solid legal skills, to which others have already attested, Carl carries himself with dignity and treats everyone with respect. That's why juries like him, and that's why he's such an effective advocate for his clients outside the courtroom, too.
Morgan Bourque, DUI and DWI Attorney
Carl is one of the most impressive attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is well spoken in the courtroom and has an unmatched understanding of the law and how it affects his clients. He is well known for his aggressive representation of his clients rights. If you are looking for a great attorney then look no further than Carl. I endorse Carl as a lawyer and I am proud to call him a friend.
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