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Mary Elizabeth Harrell

Criminal defense Attorney at Killeen, TX

4.9   67 reviews

About Mary

Learn Mary’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Our law firm has a winning record in defending our clients on misdemeanor and felony charges. We defend our clients in county and district courts, state and federal courts, and U.S. Magistrate Court on Fort Hood.

    24 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    Our team of professionals, led by attorney Mary Beth Harrell, have won dismissals before trial for their clients in many DUI/DWI case because our motions to suppress proved the officers did not properly administer the ‘sobriety’ tests or didn’t have probable cause to arrest our client. We have also taken cases to trial and won for our clients.

    24 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Divorce can be a drawn-out and stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Our divorce attorneys are highly experienced and want to help you and your family move on to a brighter future. We’ll help you work toward an agreeable and fair settlement.

    24 years

  4. Violent crime
    20%
    Violent Crime cases often involve claims of domestic violence or the use of a deadly weapon or bodily injury. Breaking into a home or business can also be considered a violent crime. We have had many such cases dismissed after filing a motion to suppress. We have also taken these cases to trial and won for our clients.

    24 years

When you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, you have a lot to lose.

Most folks who walk into my office are scared and stressed out. They’re afraid of going back to jail, afraid of losing their job, losing their reputation, losing their professional license, losing their career, losing their marriage, losing their freedom, losing their home, losing their military career, or even losing their children.  You could lose everything. I understand.

I have successfully defended people just like you.

I’ve dedicated my legal career to defending my clients. I demand all the evidence. I investigate all the facts, the so-called witnesses, and even the police officers. I make it my business to know the law. Cases can be won or lost before you even set foot inside the courtroom.

I have assembled a winning team of professionals because I know what it takes to win a case. My goal is to get your case dismissed - or to win at trial - or get the best deal possible for you so you don’t lose what is most precious to you. I tell my clients that if they do what I tell them to, then I can keep them out of jail.

I’ve practiced law in Texas for many years. I know the prosecutors and judges and police officers. Heck, I’ve served as a city prosecutor and an assistant district attorney, but to tell the truth, my heart was never in it. However, I do know how they think and what’s important to them and I make that work for you. I know what it takes for them to try to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt so they win and you lose. That’s why I have been able to get very serious cases dismissed and that’s why I win at trial.

Okay, if you really need to know, I’ll tell you a bit about myself. I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast I could – courtesy of the Army. I served as an Army wife and mom, not on active duty. My husband retired from the Army after serving for 23 years. Our two sons now serve on active duty. They’re married, they’ve been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan a few times. I know what today’s Army is all about and what’s at stake for those who serve - and their families. I’ve helped save more than a few military careers by getting soldiers’ cases dismissed including: DWIs, family assaults, shoplifting, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana, etc.  And I’ve won a few of those cases in trial too, also saving military careers.

So pick up the phone and call my office today. We’re here for you. 254.680.4655.

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Licensed for 24 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1998
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Mary

Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm
701 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX, 76541
Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm
208 S 2nd St,
Copperas Cove, TX, 76522
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  67 customer reviews
Posted by Latrisha | September 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Katie Gomez was my attorney in 2018. She was able to get my criminal sentence down to a 2 year probation and 25 hours community service. My case would be esponge as long as I do not get any additional charges during my probation. They kept me up to date with everything regarding my case in a timer manner. I didn't have to call or chase anyone unless I wanted to gain information on my own. Great customer service from the beginning from me getting a consultation to my case being closed. I highly recommend this organization for any criminal.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2020
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DWI
Kallee got me the best possible outcome. She always answered any questions I had in a timely manner and if she wasnt available the office staff was always helpful. Even though cases can seem to drag on forever, you know you're in good hands with the office of Mary Beth Harrell.
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2020
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Successful Attourney
Mary Beth Harrell is very successful at handling legal matters. She handled mine and made it very easy to go through. I never had an issue with anything and was very happy with the best outcome! I highly recommend Mary Beth Harrell to anybody.
Posted by Shania | April 8, 2020
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Great service
Good pricing, and wonderful service. Ms. Katie Was an excellent attorney!
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2020
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A Great Law Office
The best law firm in Texas! They were able to get me what i asked for. My consultation was free, they worked with me far as lawyer fees. Their communication is so great i was 2,000 miles away and i just felt like we were always on the same page. This law office had my back every step of my legal process. Case dismissed! Thank you Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm, paralegals, and secretaries.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2019
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Best attorney in Killeen
I was arrested for DWI. Mary Elizabeth Harrell and her team were excellent throughout the entire process. I was able to set up an affordable payment plan and her and her team were able to get me an occupational license so I was still able to drive myself to work. Her and her team kept me updated regularly and went above and beyond my expectations. Any questions I had were answered punctually and thoroughly so I was never left wondering what will happen next. Although this was a very bad decision on my part to drink and drive, choosing Mary Elizabeth Harrell as my attorney was the best decision I could have made under the circumstances. I would recommend anyone who has been arrested for DWI to hire Mary Elizabeth Harrell to represent and fight for you.
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Posted by Joe | August 28, 2019
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Wrongly charged for DUI. Mrs. Harrell's office saved me.
I was pulled over late at night outside of Belton for swerving. I was on my way home to Gatesville, coming from dropping a friend off in Austin. I informed the officers I was extremely tired and was looking for a place to pull over to sleep. They administered a field sobriety test, even though I told them I doubted I could perform the tasks due to the fact that I have chronic back and leg pain and am severely over weight. They still made me go through with them, and I was arrested and charged with DUI. I consulted Mrs. Harrell's office about my case and as soon as I spoke with one of her attorneys, Kallee Congdon, I already felt at ease. I knew I was making the right choice by hiring them to handle my case. Throughout the next several months Ms. Congdon kept me up to date and informed. Eventually, we were offered a plea-deal of probation and a lesser charge of Reckless Driving. I was fine with the charge, as I was driving, admittedly, reckless. I was not ok with probation, though. Kallee was able to work out a deal that was to my liking, with and even lesser charge and no convictions, no probation fees, no reporting to a probation officer, etc. It felt good to be able to live my life again without that dark cloud lingering over me and that weight on my shoulders. I would recommend Mrs. Harrell's team to anyone charged with DUI/DWI.
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Posted by Genna | August 27, 2019
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Excellent service provided
I contacted Mrs Harrell to represent me and my calls were returned expeditiously and her office dealt with every concern that I had and the outcome was better than I hoped for. I was kept informed throughout the whole process.
Posted by Lea | August 22, 2019
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Helped us out even from hundreds of miles away
Back in his youth my husband had some legal issues, and Ms. Harrell represented him. He was happy with the results she was able to obtain for him. Now, almost a decade later, new state across the country, new marriage, new baby, new home, and potential new job his background check showed that there was apparently still an outstanding traffic ticket which brought back up the criminal charges and prevented him from working and getting his driver's license renewed. All these years later Ms. Harrell helped us obtain information we needed to work with the court to get the charges dismissed. She was available when we needed her via email, and the staff over the phone was courteous, helpful, and professional. An issue he had been stressing over how to rectify for months was solved with Ms. Harrell in less than 2 weeks. He starts his job next week. Thank you for helping get our family back on tack. We are so grateful.
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Posted by T. Jennings | August 13, 2019
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Great Law firm!
Highly recommend this law firm! They kept me informed about the case and they obtained the results we were hoping and expecting.
Posted by Kevin | June 5, 2019
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Thank you...
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Mary Harrell and all of her associates for their excellent defense that resulted in a dismissal of all my charges. Throughout this two years of waiting and worrying, Ms Harrell's team always treated me with respect and kindness. They kept me updated and since I reside outside of Texas, they also made all of my court appearances for me. They are genuine people who I would recommend to anybody who is looking for a quality defense attorney. I will spend the next five to fifteen years thinking about how grateful I am to be free because Ms Harrell fought for me.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2019
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Absolutely the VERY BEST!!!
I was arrested for a DWI (first offense). Needless to say, this was an extremely low point in my life. I was able to receive a consultation on the same day that I walked into the law firm. From the very beginning, Ms. Harrell and her team (Marina and Theresa), were professional, informative, and reassuring. Throughout the 23-month ordeal, they worked diligently to keep me informed and guided me through each step of the process (and there's a lot to it-trust me!). She relentlessly negotiated with the DA, ultimately resulting in my admission into a pre-trial diversion program (guiding me every step of the way through all of the requirements)and dismissal of all charges. They were even able to get my record expunged completely! Ms. Harrell and her team made every possible effort to expedite the process as quickly as the law will allow so that my life could return to "normal". Although I have no intention of ever stepping in their office again, I cannot possible express my appreciation for getting me a "second chance". I would definitely, without hesitation, recommend this law firm to anyone (family and friends included) in need of legal assistance. You will not be disappointed!
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2019
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Owner of Timmy Moore Personal Care Home
I want to thank Attorney Mary Harrell, for handling our business in a timely manner, she did what we needed done and kept us informed through out the whole thing, I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for great attorney. Thank You
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2019
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C402
I appreciate all the assistance provided by Attorneys Harrell and Gomez. From the day I walked into the office and declared my innocence, Attorney Harrell listened and vowed to help me win my case. She knew what I had gone through financially and offered me a very reasonable price with a payment plan. Attorney Gomez remained open, honest and available to answer all of my questions. I am grateful to these lawyers who saved me from a very embarrassing experience and allowed me to keep both my good reputation, my dignity and my pride.
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Posted by Aric | January 31, 2019
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Great Law Firm
The Harrell Law Firm represented me in my defense against false accusations that lead to my arrest. They handled the case by listening to me every time I had input...after all they worked for me like I was their only client. Very pleased with the wonderful staff...felt like family.
Posted by Kim | January 31, 2019
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WORTH the money
Had a serious legal issue, probation violation, and man was she good! Anyone complaining about her fee, is after a deal, not an good attorney! Call Mary Beth Harrell, it’ll be the best call you’ve ever made!!!
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2019
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DWI Case
Helped me understand and figure out how to deal with a DWI case. Was very informative and knowledgeable on the subject, while laying out a game plan on what to do.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2019
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Amazing team!
With this being my first, and last, time involved with law enforcement, I was made to feel at ease completely with my first encounter with Ms. Harrell. Her and her team are very hardworking and will layout all the options with you and never leave you uninformed. They work well with the prosecution assigned to your case and always strive to give you the best results. Their mantra is to, first and for most, try to get the case dismissed; so keep that in mind. Really great choice of office in my opinion.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2018
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND If you want a clean record
My lawyer, Mary Harrell did an outstanding job with my theft case. She understood that I was going through depression and anexity when my husband was overseas. I found out he cheated and I did something that was out of my character. She mannaged to get me a pretrial deferred adjudication with the judge on post. I made my initial appearance in court and I was assigned to a pretrial services officer on post that I would check in with every month until I finished my 40 hours of community service, completed the anti theft course that was $75 along with going to counseling every week. This lawfirm is worth every dollar and they do payment plans if you can't pay the full amount all at once. After finishing the program, my case was dismissed. Therefore not on my record and this incident won't prevent me from getting the jobs I want in the future. I'm very thankful to have choosen this lawfirm to represent me. The staff was amazing because they were very responsive and contacted me if I missed any information they needed from me. I would recommend anyone who has been arrested to go to this lawfirm. After choosing her; I can get into the fire academy and complete my EMT course without any complications. Thank you.
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Posted by Matthew | December 18, 2018
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Dui
I was arrested for a DUI back in February. The team that Marybeth has assembled is hands down the team you want working for your case. I kept my license along with my piece of mind knowing I had an expert team backing me. Six months with a smart mobile device is what the decision came down to. If you want the best you came to the right place
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Harrell Law Firm
  • 2002 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Coryell County District Attorney
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Mary Hardin Baylor
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Prosecutor
  • City of Temple
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Prosecutor
  • City of Nolanville
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Associate Attorney
  • Paul Dunham
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • St. Mary's University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Assault - Family Violence - Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • Aggravated Robbery with Deadly Weapon – Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
  • DWI – Dismissed
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • The National Academy Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Top 10 Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bell County Women's Bar Association
  • Founder
  • 2015 - Present
  • Coryell County Economic Development Board
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Economic Development Council
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Central Texas Council of Governments Development District
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Coryell County Economic Development Board
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar College
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Bell County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member in Good Standing
  • 1998 - Present
  • Coryell County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Bell County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Litigator of the Year 2019
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Ambassador
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • ALTRUSA Seminar
  • Fundamentals of Wills and Probate Planning
  • 2014
  • 5th Annual Central Texas Business Women Exposition
  • Motivational - Professional Development
  • 2010
  • 4th Annual Central Texas Business Women Exposition
  • Motivational - Professional Development
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (23)
Endorse Mary
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a very knowledgeable and competent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We defended a young Iraq war veteran. The jury returned a not guilty verdict. Competent, professional an caring best describe her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Killeen Criminal defense Lawyer Mary Elizabeth Harrell
Mary Elizabeth Harrell
Criminal defense Attorney
Killeen, TX
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation