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Michael J. Crawford

Criminal defense Attorney at Waxahachie, TX

5.0   121 reviews

also known as The Law Office of Michael J. Crawford

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    I learned from working along side of the best lawyers in the world. By actively trying jury trials with proven winners I know how to WIN for you. I have a proven strategy that is adapted to every case I take. Though cases are never the same, my approach is methodical, I begin with a theory of your case and continue by following through with a theme to the jury. I don't mind plea bargaining if my client wants to make a deal, but when I take a case I'm thinking about NOT GUILTY and JUST WIN!

    15 years, 2,400 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    I spend countless hours annually training in the specific area of DUI/DWI by attending a minimum of 40 hours in classroom training. This keeps me up to date on the changing science of DUI/DWI. Blood draws have increased the need for scientific training in reference to how blood is stored, the way blood breaks down in storage, and the proper methods used by law enforcement to collect these samples. Breath tests require similar training and updates in order to be prepared for a DUI/DWI case.

    15 years, 850 cases

  3. Family
    20%
    Family law is a serious and important area of law which I take very serious. When clients are facing Divorce, Child Custody, or Modification of Existing Orders it is a time of nervousness, anxiousness, uncertainty, and often fear. All these emotions may be joined with hate, discord, or conflict. You need a lawyer who is tough, smart, and strong who is not scared to face bad facts or fight for you unselfishly. I utilize the services of investigators to surveillance and get what you want.

    15 years, 1,000 cases

ARE YOU AFRAID? FACING A SITUATION YOU NEVER DREAMED WOULD ARISE? CONTACT ME, MICHAEL J. CRAWFORD.

I'm a simple man.  Born in the small rural county of Navarro just 50 miles of Big "D" (Dallas, Texas).  I grew up in the eastern portion of Navarro County in Kerens. I farmed for seventeen years myself from 1990 to 2007. 

 

My heritage goes back to Scottland in Europe.  The family farmed in Mississippi near the community of Atlanta in the 1800's before moving to Navarro County, Texas in the 1880's.  My family has lived here since that time.  I pride myself as being a "5th Generation Navarro-Ellis County Resident."

 

Though farming was in my blood from a young age my passion has always been the law.

 

I graduated from Kerens High School and started a family.  I have five (5) children.  Two are currently in the University System here in Texas.  I also have three (3) grandchildren.  Navarro College allowed me to earn an Associates Degree close to home.  When the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001 I realized life is not guaranteed.  And I started a "comeback" so to speak with the goal of a law degree.

 

Texas A&M University-Commerce offered a BAAS Program with most of the courses taught online.  Now online doesn't mean EASY.  It was difficult but I received a Bachelor's Degree with honors graduating Cum Laude (In 2011 I received the Award for Outstanding Graduate from the BAAS Program regarding my achievements).

 

Next stop, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in the Fall of 2006.  A country boy made it to town.  Man was I out of place, like a fish out of water, but I grit my teeth and got through it.  The program I entered allowed four (4) years for me to graduate but I finished in three (3) years.  Doing all of this while operating the farm and raising my children, driving 75 miles each way five (5) days a week.

 

I knew I wanted to practice SOLO.  It was a no brainer.  I didn't take advantage of on campus interviews or try to work in a prestigous firm.  Just started my own shop and hung out a shingle the day after I received my bar card.

 

In the four (4) year period I've found my niche.  I'm a trial lawyer.  A litigator.  The kind you don't really want to meet in the ring.  Somehow I've been fortunate enough to earn success for my clients in jury trials.  My record as of September 1, 2013 in criminal jury trials, both misdemeanors and felonies, is 45 wins and 2 losses.  Let me put this experience to work for you.

 

My passion is helping people.  I love pulling for the underdog.  And I believe we must seek justice.  As a defense attorney I enforce the U.S. Constitution every day.  I police the police, so to speak, I check their work, and if the law enforcement are not properly following procedures I'm there to call them out.

 

I will work hard for you.  I put my blue collar roots into the legal field.  A 16 hour day is nothing to an old farm hand.  And that's what you get when you hire Michael J. Crawford.  A hard nosed, intelligent, and personable lawyer.  The guy you want to stand beside you ... not in front of or behind you ... I'll protect you!

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2020,2016,2013
Client's Choice
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Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor
2013

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Location

The Law Office of Michael J. Crawford
1905 North Highway 77
Suite 110
Waxahachie, TX, 75165
The Law Office of Michael J. Crawford
416 N. 14th Street
Corsicana, TX, 75110
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  121 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Keri | August 5, 2013
DWI .122 Breath Test Not Guilty
I graduated from the RN Nursing Program in May 2012. 3 days later I received a DWI with a .122 and .120 breath test in Navarro County. I hired Michael and he kept me calm and confident. I was unable to begin practicing nursing with my DWI. Michael led us to trial, picked a jury along with two of his paralegals taking notes and advising. We began trial. State had an expert in Ron Oliver and Michael completely discredited Oliver on cross examination. He got me a not guilty and now I'm working as a Registered Nurse.
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Posted by Patrick | August 1, 2011
Criminal-Aggravated Sexual Assault
Crawford got on the case quick from the first time I spoke with him. My family contacted him prior to me turning myself in to the police because there was a warrant out on me. Crawford went with me to the jail, met with the justice of the peace, and helped me by posting bond for me as his client. This took the drama away from the process. I was in and out of jail in less than 1 hour and never had to sit in a cell. Crawford always kept my feelings, and my families feelings, in mind as he made decisions. He always asked me my opinion. I felt like I had a say in my defense. In the end Crawford helped me to get a new lease on life. I owe my opportunity to be successful to Crawford and his staff. He is my lawyer for life.
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Posted by Michael | April 10, 2024
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Satisfied
I had a good experience with this law firm and would recommend. They answered all my questions and put me at ease
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2024
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Thankful
I appreciate everything done, from the inital consultation meeting to every court appearance, by Cedric and Kim did to make this as easy and pain-free as possible. I was seen as a person, and they recognized my feelings in the process. They openly spoke to me about possibilities and realities of outcomes. Nothing was a surprise and every outcome was explained in detail. It was obvious that they worked hard and were dedicated to my case. Everyone in the office was really nice and helpful toward me and I am extremely grateful for that.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2024
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Client
Michael Crawford is a bull dog for his clients & will not stop until justice is secured. His knowledge of the law combined with his long-standing relationships make him a strong advocate for his clients. When his client is innocent, a deal is not his aim-justice is his aim. He fights. He wins! And he treats his clients as he would his family even long after after he’s secured victory and given them back their lives. His assistant Amanda is an Angel & a rock star in her own right.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2024
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Family Case
I was recommended to use Michael in my case. He was very direct and clear about explaining the process and his team was great.
Posted by Mike | March 8, 2024
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Great job
Michael Crawford represented me in a felony case where I was looking at 2 to 10 years in the penitentiary. At the second appearance, Mr. Crawford negotiated a plea bargain with the DA for just five years probation and a deferred sentence. Everyone I’ve talked to, including the probation department, says that this agreement is unheard of as I have quite a long record and the county hands down harsh penalties for this kind of crime. I have health issues and would have probably died in prison, my young son would have been placed in foster care and been left to live his life without any family. I thank God for answering prayers and bringing this resolution to us. I thank Mr Crawford and his team along with Sedrick another attorney working with Mr Crawford for their work to achieve such a great resolution to my problems. I feel that you and your team have literally saved my life. Thank you!
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Posted by Kiethan | March 5, 2024
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Lawyer that’s gets the job done!
He did a good job start to finish. Done me a great service. I would recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | February 29, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
DWI
After being released from jail I spoke with Micheal and hired him within minutes. He did not take the first offer that was made but fought for me until we received the best possible outcome. He assured me I would not do any jail time and stuck to that even when I thought there was no way around it. I’m extremely happy with the outcome of my case.
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Posted by Alma | February 27, 2024
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criminal defense
Mr.Crawford has gone above and beyond ,he is very professional and understanding ,Mr.Crawford and his staff have done everything they can to help me and my case , I will forever be grateful to Mr.Crawford and his team ,there are no words to describe just how grateful i am "
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2024
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Recommend
Great job handling the problem! Definitely recommend. They stayed on my case until resolved. They was knowledgeable on case and laws that applied to the case.
Posted by Gabriela | January 23, 2024
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Reviewing My Experience
We began with consulting with Crawford to lay out all of the goals we had for our case. While the case did take quite some time and work, Crawford was able to check off all of our goals. I would recommend him to anybody needing legal assistance.
Posted by Shelby | January 18, 2024
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Five counts of Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon NOT GUILTY
At the age of 24 years old my house was broken into and I was attacked. I protected not only myseof but my 15 month old daughter by shooting the intruders, and unfortunately I went to jail. My husband hired Michael Crawford and let me tell you, that was the best decision that was ever made! We've been waiting three years for our day in court and during that time he's answered question day and night, calmed me when I felt defeated and most importantly he guided me and told me to pray and ask God for strength!! This man told me what he was going to do and he did it! 6 day trial and we got all 5 felony charges NOT GUILTY!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH MICHAEL !!!!
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Posted by Debbie | January 4, 2024
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The Best Choice!
Wow! Where do I even begin? Michael Crawford is absolutely the best of the best, and I can't emphasize this enough! From the moment we connected, his passion, expertise, and genuine care shone through, transforming what could have been a daunting experience into a journey I felt supported in every step of the way. Their unparalleled knowledge was matched only by their heartfelt dedication, making me feel not just like another client, but like a valued individual. If you want someone who brings top-tier legal representation, Michael Crawford is the embodiment of excellence. The Law Office of Michael J Crawford has left an indelible mark on me, and I wholeheartedly urge anyone seeking extraordinary legal prowess to experience their magic firsthand! Highly recommended.
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Posted by Kenny | December 20, 2023
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Thank you
I called them they responded fast I had to go to court 3 days after i hired them and they was ready and help me out with my case without them things probably wouldn’t have worked out for me thank you all so much
Posted by Dorothy | December 20, 2023
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Lawyers
I'm more than happy with the job he did for my husband. He made me feel.more confident throughout the trial.I had faith in his jury selection and everything tughout the trial I would recommend Mr . Crawford needing a good lawyer
Posted by John | December 15, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Crawford is an excellent lawyer.
Michael Crawford did everything in fighting for our case and came out with the big win. Definitely will be calling him if I need a lawyer. Went toe to toe with the DA and did everything effectively and got us the best outcome.
Posted by Steven | December 15, 2023
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True Warrior of the Law
The law office of Michael J Crawford is truly for we the people I would like to say Mr Crawford leadership is awesome for we the people if you are in need call Michael J Crawford a true Warrior of the Law
Posted by Brenda | December 15, 2023
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Fair Custody
100% made the correct choice for choosing The Law Office of Michael J. Crawford. Mr. Johnson and Kim were very professional and supportive for my case. They fought for the outcome I had been wanting since the very beginning and for that I’m very grateful. I will proudly refer anyone to this amazing team.
Posted by Cyndi | December 8, 2023
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Isaac Gloger Best Attorney Around
Beyond being highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable lawyer, Isaac Gloger exhibit rare vesting in his clients that put you at ease about knowing that your case will be handled fully professionally and right the first time I appreciate him so much he always kept me informed on what was going on with my case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-600 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Michael J. Crawford
  • 2010 - Present
  • Owner
  • C & C Mowing Contractors, Inc.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Owner
  • Richland Chambers Pest Control, Inc.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Dallas County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Intern
  • Robert C. Dunn--Attorney At Law
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Navarro County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Owner
  • Crawford Farms
  • 1990 - 2007
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Education

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Texas A&M University, Commerce
  • BAAS - Cum Laude Honors
  • 2006
  • Navarro College
  • AS
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v Warren
  • Cases Dismissed
  • State of Texas v. Farris
  • Dismissed at Trial Announcement
  • State of Texas v. Gober
  • Case Dismissed / Grand Jury No Billed
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Navarro College Paralegal Education Committee
  • Advisory Board
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Navarro County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor for 2014
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • 10.0 SUPERB RATING
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top 10 in Texas
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor for 2013
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Award for 2013
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • 2011
  • Graduate of Texas Trial Skills College
  • TCDLA
  • 2011
  • Top Orator in Freshman Class Moot Court
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Crawblawg
  • Legal Blog
  • 2014
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member Book
  • 2014
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member Book
  • 2013
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member Book
  • 2012
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member Book
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Navarro College
  • Argument vs Persuasion Equals Knowing Your Audience
  • 2014
  • Kerens High School Senior Outreach
  • Future, the US Constitution, and You!
  • 2013
  • Corsicana Daycare Association Monthly Meeting
  • Protecting Employees Dealing With Parents and Children From Criminal Allegations
  • 2012
  • 2012 Volunteer Training
  • The Role of a Volunteer Child Advocate as a Guardian Ad Litem
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (20)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. He is a talented, hardworking, and conscientious attorney. He cares about getting the best possible results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I tried a tough case with Michael and could not have won without him. He is a great lawyer who is honest, hard working and has people skills"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you have a DWI in Navarro County you need no further than Michael. He is an aggressive, effective and passionate attorney. More importantly, he wins."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an excellent Criminal Defense attorney. He fights for his clients and gets results! He is highly regarded in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Crawford for both Criminal and Family law. He is aggressive yet kind and compassionate. He is well respected among his peers. I will refer any client for his service in Corsicana and Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has given well thought out scholarly answers on AVVO."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Other
"An attention for detail and committed advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Michael J. Crawford. He is a smart and talented trial lawyer who has put together an incredible winning streak in criminal cases. I have personally observed Michael's trial skills in action and found him quite impressive. If I had a close friend or family member who needed legal assistance Navarro County, Ellis County or the surrounding area, I would call Michael Crawford in a heartbeat."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers in the AVVO community make it apparent that he is knowledgeable of the law and an excellent defense attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is Navarro County through and through. This allows him to speak to Navarro County juries in a natural way that few lawyers can match. A thorn in the side of the DA's Office, he'll fight for you..."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor

Michael earned significant contribution points in 2013.

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Waxahachie Criminal defense Lawyer Michael J. Crawford
Michael J. Crawford
Criminal defense Attorney
Waxahachie, TX
Licensed for 13 years