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Erick Masten Platten

About me

Erick Platten is a competitive aggressive attorney that represents individuals in Tyler and throughout the State.  He established the Platten Law Office in 2000 right out of law school and has been representing citizens accused of everything from the most violent offenses to helping someone with a will. 


Erick's zeal to win gained him a reputation of pushing the envlope while representing his clients.  His trial tactics often anger prosecutors and judges, however his stategies have been to the advantage of his clients once they hear a two word verdit of "Not Guilty."


Erick says talk is cheap but not guilty verdicts speak for themselves.


Erick is one of the most reviewed lawyers in Texas on AVVO.  Most clients go on with their lives and try not to look back on their cases.  However, some have taken the time to leave a reviews of his services. Please read his reviews.  Erick's clients have been very appricative of the work he's done.



If you or a loved one is in need of an attorney that has a track record of sucess call Erick Platten now.


903-593-9100 Office


903-570-8248 Cell




Languages spoken: Spanish, Urdu

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    16 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    16 years
  3. Personal Injury: 13%
    16 years
  4. Car Accident: 12%
    16 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

41 total 

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  • Bobby D. Mims

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Eric pushes the envelope in representing his clients. It is not unusual for Eric to anger prosecutors and Judges as he tries his cases. This is to his credit and to the benefit of his clients. The words "you're in contempt of this court Mr. Platten" is a compliment to Eric! I want Eric in my foxhole when the "S...t hits the fan!"


    Bobby Mims Federal crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John Joseph Eastland

    I've known Erick since dirt. He's like a British Churchill said, 'Never, never, never give up.' Prosecutors don't like him because he's not afraid of their intimidating tactics and he will try any case. Judges don't like him, for the same reason. His clients and I like him for the exact same reason!! If you want a 'good deal', hire a lawyer. If you want Bulldog resentation and protection, hire Erick Platten.


    John Eastland DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


Tyler, TX, 75702


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200008/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorney's"Top 10 Best Criminal Attorney's in Texas"2014
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Mastering Scientific EvidenceNational College for DUI Defense2014
Top ContributorAVVO2013
Client Choice AwardAVVO2013
Outstanding Service AwardSmith County Bar Association2013
Stuart Kinard's Advanced DWI/DUITexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2013
People's ChoiceAVVO2012
Outstanding Service AwardSmith County Bar Association2012
Top ContributorAVVO2012
Outstanding delivery of legal services to low – income TexansState Bar of Texas2011
Mastering Scientific Evidence National College of DUI Defense/TCDLA2005
Intoxilyzer 5000 Maintence Tech/OperatorStephen Rose M.D. Course on Alcohol/Highway Safety C.E.S. Consulting West Palm Beach, Florida2003
FST Standardized Field Sobriety TestingWalden Platt and Associates2002
Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers CollegeN/A2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselZoli Firearms USA L.L.C2013 - Present
N/APlatten Law Office2000 - Present
N/AThompson and Associates1999 - 2000
Gregg County District Attorneys OfficeGregg County1999 - 2000
N/ATarrant County Dispute Resolution Center1997 - 1999
Probation OfficerDallas County Community Supervison and Corrections Department1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
NSCA--National Sporting Clays AssociationMember / Competitor2009 - Present
PADI--Professional Association of Diving InstructorsDIVEMASTER--PRO LEVEL2009 - Present
H.O.G. Harley Owners GroupMember2002 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2001 - Present
Tyler Area Chamber of CommerceMember2001 - Present
Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2001 - Present
Smith County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2001 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
Supreme Court of The State of TexasMember2000 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of TexasMember--CJA Panel Attorneys2000 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember1996 - Present
Divers Alert NetworkMember1985 - Present
PADI--Professional Association of Diving InstructorsRescue Diver--EFR Emergency First Responder1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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Publication nameTitleDate
I'm eighteen now. What are my rights?I'm eighteen now. What are my rights?2012
Rights of non US Citizens in the United StatesRights of non US Citizens in the United States2006
Law GuruQ&A Pro Bono Legal Advisor 04 to Present Date2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas A&M University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Texas System, TylerCriminal Justice and SpeechBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law ReformPolice Accountability2013
I'm 18 now. What are my right?I'm 18 now. What are my rights?2012
Alcohol and Drug EducationAlcohol and Drug Education2011
Consequences of your actionsConsequences of your actions2010
Scared StraightSmith County Jail Tour2009
KNOW YOUR RIGHTSRights of Non U.S. Citizens in the United States2008
Scared StraightJail Tour Smith County Jail / Middle and High School Students2006
Robert E. Lee High SchoolAlcohol and Drug Education2005