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Bart Charles Craytor

Criminal defense Attorney at Texarkana, TX

5.0   25 reviews
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also known as Bart Craytor, Bart C. Craytor

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About Bart

Learn Bart’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    General Criminal Defense, includes everything from murder/homicide to drug and possession charges, things not otherwise listed.

    29 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Driving while Intoxicated/Driving under the influence. A very popular crime to be accused of these days. As a former research chemist I understand the issues. Secure your defense, get quality help now.

    29 years, 500 cases

  3. Sex crime
    Sexual Assault, Rape and other serious allegations and those wrongfully accused of sexual assault need serious representation. Call now, experience is your best weapon to the Government's zeal to prosecute.

    29 years, 200 cases

  4. Juvenile law
    Our government prosecutes our children under different rules than adults. Experienced counsel is a necessity. Call me now.

    29 years, 100 cases

If you are facing any criminal allegations, an experienced attorney should be your first priority.  I have handled thousands of criminal cases over my legal career.  Juvenile cases, sexual assault cases, murders, assault, harassment, Driving while intoxicated, thefts, burglaries, robbery, possession/distribution of controlled substances, animal cruelty, theft of services, embezzlement, and many more.  I look forward to helping you defend against such matters.  Please contact us now to get an experienced team of attorneys advocating your cause.  I was formerly the defense attorney in six different drug and specialty courts and I am familiar with all phases of criminal defense.  Your case does matter. 

Photos and videos

The only rights you have are the ones you use.  This short video will advise you of some of the things you can do to protect yourself if you are stopped while driving.  Always tell the officer that you will not answer any questions without a lawyer.
Licensed for 31 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1999
Updated 10/23/2022
State AR
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/05/2022
State OK
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1991
Updated 05/27/2021

Contact Bart

Bowie County Public Defenders' Office
424 West Broad Stret
Texarkana, TX, 75501


5.0 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best caring attorney
Bart was hired to handle several of my cases. He went above and beyond and even helped me get a relationship with God. I’m clean and sober now and out of trouble. He wanted to see me be a better man. He’s so caring and will fight hard and never give up on you.
Posted by James | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely satisfied
Bart is a very knowledgeable attorney that knows all aspects of law. He saved me tons of money and other things. I felt very confident of Bart. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Robert | October 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended defense lawyer!
Bart took over from a court appointed lawyer that didn’t know nothing and took my case and found a technicality and had it thrown out. Thank you sir and I recommend him for anyone.
Posted by David Luna | October 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recommend hiring Bart as your lawyer.
Bart is a very helpful lawyer! Fights for what’s right and fair in the court of law. Very punctual, articulate, and also loyal to you as a client. Bart went out of his way to ensure my sibling and I were both taken care of during his services. Got my case dismissed after fighting for me for several years.
Posted by Rene | October 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly qualified, professional, honest, ethical, and compassionate
I hired Mr. Craytor to represent a family member who could have been looking at far more time in the system than necessary. Mr. Craytor visited with our loved one, was non-judgmental, and fought for a positive outcome. Mr. Craytor was reassuring throughout the process. Mr. Craytor is the very best choice for a criminal defense attorney, and I am glad that I called him. He is simply the best!
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Posted by Becky | October 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
Bart Craytor went above and beyond to give me the advice I needed. He is very personable and a delight to be around. He made me feel like I was his only client. Will use him in the future
Posted by Cherry | August 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most amazing wonderful Lawyer I've ever met!!!!
I don't know where to start. Bart is the most amazing lawyer ever. He's very passionate about his client. He works with you head on. He's honest, upfront, loyal to you, he goes my the books, he's very caring. This man is one of a kind he saved my 17yr old at the time life. Now my son is 18 and this whole year Bart has been about my son. My son was facing life in prison Bart worked hard day in day out to help my son. With all his hard work my son is home with me right now because Bart worked hard to keep him home. He was so concerned about my son future he showed love for my son and because of that they worked together kept God first and my son is home. If I had to do it again I would definitely choose Bart Craytor. Lol i asked him to be part of our family thats how much of a great person he is and we love him with all our hearts. Bart thank you thank you thank you we love you and wish you a whole alot of success!!!!
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Posted by Shelli | April 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will go the extra mile! Very concerned with his clients!
My family hired Bart to represent me in a Probation violation hearing. I'm not from the area and he showed as much consideration for me as he would have any local person. He went above and beyond any expectations and made my friends and family feel connected in the process. If you need someone who is willing to go to bat for you, this is your man! He got my case handled as quickly as possible and even stayed late to make sure I was released in a timely manner. This guy is great!
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Posted by Charity | April 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
Hired Bart Craytor to represent a family friend and we was very pleased with his services. The outcome of the case he done wonderful on!!!!!! Would definitely hire again
Posted by Stephanie | October 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bart Craytor
I hired Mr Craytor to defend me after I was wrongfully accused of theft by a former employer. Mr Craytor was very professional and knowledgable about the law. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, my case was dropped. He always kept in contact with me and was always available to answer any questions I had. I highly recommend him. He listened to all my concerns and kept me calm thru this entire process.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Passionate and Caring Lawyer
I contacted Bart Craytor when my son was in a desperate situation. I explained the very complex and twisted circumstances that led to his legal troubles. Bart Craytor not only reassured me that there was "hope" but made that hope come true. He fought for him and stood by our side for the whole process. He didn't just go through the motions like most lawyers do, but became involved in the process and protected us from the injustices that could have resulted from a less skilled lawyer. Because of him my son is back to work and a free man. I thank God everyday that we found him. I would highly recommend him for any situation.
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Posted by Joshua | July 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, caring, and gets the job DONE!!
I would highly recommend Bart Craytor to anyone. He is honest and caring. If you want the job done... And done RIGHT..... Bart's your man! He took my very bad and dark situation and turned it into a very good and positive situation in mine and my families lives. We are soo thankful for Bart Craytor. He is AWESOME!!!!
Posted by Carman | June 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Juvenile Law Situation
We had a situation where my minor son was accused of a heinous crime. There was little evidence, but my son was charged anyway. Mr. Craytor gave us solid advice stemming from his years of experience in criminal defense law. He was honest and always kept us informed of the status. The most important thing he told us was that "innocent people go to jail every day." He wanted us to understand that the situation was very serious, even though my son had not committed the crime. Mr. Craytor was empathetic and honestly cared about how worried my son and I were. In the end, his steadfastness with the facts and consistent attention to the case helped to bring the matter to a dismissal. This situation could have dramatically changed my son's life (even more than it did). We are such a big fan of Mr. Craytor's because he is dedicated to doing the right thing.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I came to Mr. Craytor asking for help to get probation revocation issues straightened out, so to speak. I wasn't sure what kind of results we'd get because, to be quite honest, the probation officers that were in charge of me never had any faith in me. In addition, these probation issues were from a time in my life that I was not a really good person. The odds were against me, but Mr. Craytor eased my fears of jail time after our first phone consultation. I just had a feeling he was "my guy" for this case. His rate was very reasonable as well, considering some other quotes I had previously received. From the beginning he always strived for the best possible outcome, which in my case meant no jail time! He did in fact achieve that goal and even more! The motion to revoke my probation and the warrant for my arrest is being withdrawn. My case is being finalized and I won't be reinstated to a probation period! I feel so relieved; I've been living in fear for the last 10 years approximately and now I finally feel free. He's kind of my hero :)
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Response from Bart Craytor August 2, 2016
This case was resolved on a deferred adjudication. Client walked away without a criminal conviction. Experience and effort provide the best opportunities for a successful resolution. Sometimes you have to get a little creative and imaginative.
Posted by Linda | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most awesome attorney ever!
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Craytor when he represented my husband in a criminal suit. Although he was a court-appointed attorney, he worked very, very hard on his case, and was always available to answer any questions or concerns. He is kind, considerate and knowledgeable.
Posted by Chris | August 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't recommend him enough
By far such an easier and less stressful experience because of Bart. He actually took time to get to know me as person and looked out for my well being before anything. Determined to get the best result for me. I can't recommend him enough.
Posted by Samantha | July 5, 2015
Haven't had much experience with lawyers but I'm truly blessed I found him, I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. He truly cares about his clients, always professional, and honest. He kept me and my family informed of my case at all times. Not only is he experienced and hard working he really is a good person. I really feel like he saved my life/future!!
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Posted by LeAnna | September 16, 2014
5 Star Attorney
Mr. Craytor is an excellent attorney. He exhibits a high level of intelligence and knowledge of his field. I felt he was genuinely concerned about the outcome of my case. He kept me in the loop and updated. I will definitely use him again in the future, should the need arise.
Posted by Francesca | July 9, 2014
Knowledgeable and Persistent
Attorney Bart Craytor, was knowledgeable and persistent in handling my case, he worked on my case even though I reside in another state, he kept me up to date on the case and worked hard to get it resolved, I would highly recommend him to anyone who might have a legal matter.
Posted by Monique | June 25, 2014
Exceptional Performance
Mr. Craytor 's performance as my husband's representative was admirable. He is personable, generous, and very efficient. He was able to get the court system to concede that my husband had been wrongly convicted and that his constitutional right to freedom of speech had been denied him. Mr. Crayter kept us informed with personal communications, computer links, and emails that allowed us to know what was happening throughout the procedure. I would gladly recommend Mr. Craytor to any one seeking proficient help in dealing with the TX court system.
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Caution issued in AR, 2019
updated on 11/04/2019

A caution means that an attorney did something wrong, but may still practice law. The attorney was cautioned in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Bowie County Public Defenders' Office
  • 2020 - Present
  • Associate Attorney (Not employed by but I rent space from them)
  • Lesher & McCoy
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Associate
  • Langdon*Davis
  • 2012 - 2014
  • First Assistant Public Defender
  • Bowie & Red River Counties Public Defenders' Office
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Dunbar, Craytor & Morgan
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Grimes & Craytor
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Partner
  • Craytor & Craytor
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Shapiro & Kriesman/The LOGS Group
  • 1991 - 1994
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  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1985
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Victory at the Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Conviction reversed, remanded for new trial.
  • State Offered 18 Months State Jail. Jury gave PROBATION
  • Probation
  • Probation for Sex Crime
  • Probation from Jury
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  • State Bar of Texas
  • District 1 Grievance Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • McCurtain County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Texarkana Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Former Executive Committee Member
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • 10 Best--Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Best of Bowie County (Third) October 15th
  • Bowie County Citizen's Tribune
  • 2013
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  • The New Boston Citizens Tribune
  • The Fine Print-Guest Column
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • The Drug Endangered Child
  • The Role of the Community In Substance Abuse Prevention
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (32)
Given (38)
Endorse Bart
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Bart from sharing ideas and information on criminal cases for years. He is an excellent attorney who does a top notch job for his clients. I am proud to endorse Bart."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A superb attorney known for his giving nature int the public domain as a public defender with 5 years of service handling thousands of cases. This giving quality continues today in the private sector. His experience continues with time devoted here to both potential clients and other attorneys as well. Reviews tell the story. READ THEM! If you want experience and dedication Bart is your man. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him first if you are in or near Texarkana."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have learned a lot from Attorney Craytor on juvenile matters. His responses on the Q/A forums are very informative. He is a well respected member of the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'll admit up front that I've never personally met Bart, but he helps me become a better lawyer on a daily basis. How, you ask? We are on some of the same private criminal defense list-serves and Bart always takes the time to answer questions posed by other criminal defense attorneys. His answers are always thoughtful and articulate and he clearly knows what he's doing. If I was facing a criminal charge in the Mt. Pleasant area, Bart would be the first person I'd call for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Bart Craytor exemplifies the lawyer I strive to be.....As experienced as Mr. Craytor is, he still showcases a passion for his clients I admire. Mr. Craytor is was an associate I worked with briefly but now a person I consider him a friend. I would refer anyone I know to Mr. Craytor for criminal defense and be confident he will properly take care of anyone I refer. Brandon"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a force for his clients. Whether it's in investsigation, pretrial or trial or post trial, his clients know they have a friend and a powerful force working on their behalf. I would be proud to have him defend me if I needed a criminal lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Craytor is an aggressive and experienced attorney who is highly respected by both his clients and his peers. I have no hesitation in endorsing him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bart Craytor is one of the best out there. His clients adore him because of his compassion for them, and his aggressive dedication to defending them. I give Attorney Craytor my full endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are in need of criminal defense expertise in the New Boston or surrounding area I highly recommend him and endorse his knowledge of criminal law."
Consumer protection Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Other
"In truth, I don't know Mr. Craytor; never heard of him. But he doesn't have many typos in his "about me" page, so when he had Avvo send me an email asking me to endorse him, I thought, "what the hell?" Why not endorse this guy who has this marketing website spam every stranger in his email address book with a request for an endorsement? That's good enough for me. After all, it's really hard to find a lawyer who offers contingent fees in criminal cases. And if I know nothing about him, so what? I don't have to know him to endorse him, amirite? You don't think the other lawyers endorsing him know him, do you? Why shouldn't I bump up his endorsement numbers—that's what uninformed potential clients are looking for ("Oooo, 35 endorsements. Shiny!")—and help a brother out? After all, dear reader, we're lawyers, and if we want to write endorsements that make you think that Bart is our nearest friend, the fact that we've neither met him nor seen him work won't get in our way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bart's awesome, you should hire him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Craytor has an extreme knowledge of the law and is an exceptional advocate for his clients. I would recommend his services to anyone in need of legal advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Craytor's knowledge of criminal law is impressive, as is his practical ability to apply that knowledge to produce solutions. His knowledge, skill, and experience would be a great combination for any client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Craytor is a tireless advocate for his clients."
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