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Kyle Johnston Watkins

Criminal defense Attorney at Salado, TX

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Law Office of Kyle Watkins PLLC

  • Licensed for 11 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2012
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Kyle

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    Kyle Watkins is a Central Texas Defense Attorney. He is a former Prosecutor, and brings all of his training and experience to bear on behalf of his clients – typically resulting in being more knowledgeable about his cases than the assigned Prosecutor

Kyle’s Felony Prosecution experience began in the 176th District Court, managing and trying a caseload of over 500 cases (to list a few of the more common offenses: Intoxication Assault, Aggravated Assault, Family Violence by Strangulation, Aggravated Assault Family Member, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Counterfeiting, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Assault of a Police Officer, Robbery, Injury to Elderly/ Disabled/ Children, Fraud, Theft (4th Degree – 1st Degree), Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle, etc., etc).

During this same time period, Kyle had so significantly distinguished himself that he was offered a position as one of two Vehicular Crimes Prosecutors in the Special Crimes Bureau of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, a position almost exclusively reserved for more tenured Prosecutors.

Kyle then began taking calls and responding to scenes of possible Criminally Negligent Homicide, Manslaughter, Intoxication Manslaughter or Felony Murder scenes ( for example, Kyle can be seen here on-scene of what became: The State of Texas v. Tucker Graves ). Here, Kyle acted simultaneously as an (1) investigator, for purposes of (1a) crash reconstruction and (1b) a suspect’s intoxication, and (2) as a Prosecutor with an eye to trial/ admissibility of evidence and finally as (3) a de-facto scene supervisor called on specifically to direct the police officer’s investigation and ensure all possible evidence was collected (ex: multiple blood draws of the Defendant, surveillance footage of not just the crash, but also from the bar or location where the suspect had been in the hours leading up to the crash, the cell phone warrants and downloads of all involved, warrants for and the downloading of the C.D.R. (Crash Data Recorder or “Black Box”) from the vehicles involved, tagging of the airbags into evidence/ DNA collection(s), etc.).

The Vehicular Crimes assignment is unique in that a Prosecutor is called on to work the case from beginning to end. From minutes after the crash, to the trial 12 – 18 months later. Further, these cases were all handled in one of the wealthiest Counties in the State of Texas, which results in a large, highly-aggressive Defense bar being brought in to fight these cases on behalf of the Citizen accused.

Most cases did not have a single Defense attorney, but rather a team of experienced, well-paid lawyers fighting tooth and nail for their clients. It was in this training ground that Kyle excelled, never losing at trial, and securing previously rarely achieved or unheard of verdicts (for example See: State of Texas v. Robbie Jo Hovis).

During his time in Vehicular Crimes Kyle trained Police Officers and Prosecutors on proper procedure in all aspects of Vehicular Crime related investigation/ prosecution, including: writing warrants for blood, cars, phones, Facebook, credit cards, bank accounts, medical records, computers, homes, businesses, surveillance footage, and Crash Data Recorders; standardized field sobriety tests; intoxication investigation documentation; evidence collection; DNA; admonishments/ interrogation/

“Miranda”; crash reconstruction; Voir Dire/ Jury Selection; eliciting testimony; cross examination; proper testimony and response to cross examination; evidentiary rules and suppression hearings; DWI caselaw updates; pleadings and charging decisions; etc. In addition to active and charged cases, Kyle was responsible for a separate rolling caseload of anywhere from 20 – 30 open Grand Jury fatality crash investigations. It is in the course of these investigations Kyle learned how close of a call many of these charging decisions can be, that there is no true formula for what is appropriate to be a “No Bill” (eg: no charge) versus Criminally Negligent Homicide/ Manslaughter/ Aggravated Assault/ Intoxication Manslaughter.

After finishing his rotation in Vehicular Crimes Section of the Special Crimes Bureau, Kyle was assigned to the 184th District Court where he successfully tried Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assault and Aggravated Robbery cases. With these high profile cases, often Kyle was made to call on his experience in not only handling the case, but managing the media; for example, in the Murder trial of a known YMG Gang leader that turned the Harris County Courthouse into a battle-ground for rival gangs in The State of Texas v. Jonathan Rawlins.

Kyle continued on in this role in the 184th regularly going to trial on Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Aggravated Robbery and Murder cases; until finally he decided to leave the DAs office and enter private practice as a Criminal Defense Attorney in Central Texas.

Kyle can find the weaknesses in the State’s, use that information to the Client’s advantage in pretrial discussions with the Prosecutor, all with the unspoken understanding that Kyle is ready, willing and able to provide a highly effective, vigorous trial defense for his client if the Prosecution is unwilling to provide no other reasonable alternative.

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Kyle Johnston Watkins
417 N Main St., STE 201
PO Box 1441
Salado, TX, 76571
*by appointment only
700 E. Main
Gatesville, TX, TX, 76528
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Posted by Jamie | September 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
all charges dismissed
I was WRONGFULLY ACCUSED in three cases of online solicitation of a minor under 14 years old. Kyle got the District Attorney to dismiss all three cases. I've never been in trouble before, and this was terrifying. Thank you Kyle for saving my life and giving me a fresh start.
Posted by Travis | September 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kyle gave us exactly what we were looking for in our representation. He is a great communicator, clearly explained our options and followed through with what he promised. The results were tens of thousands of dollars in our favor.
Posted by Daniel | September 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Get the results you want
Kyle Watkins s hands down the best attorney in Texas. I can't emphasize how important it is to have proper counsel retained. He always shoots for a dismissal or better yet how he can beat the case. He is NOT like these other lawyers who try to get you to sign up for probation. He gets work done. If your looking for the best, look no further.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Kyle Watkins PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Intern
  • Law Office of Steve Dennis
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Litigation Coordinator
  • Sullins Johnston Rohrbach and Magers
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Intern
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2012
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  • South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2012
  • Texas A&M University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DWI


  • Bell County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Bell County Young Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Prosecutor
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • 2016


  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • DWI Caselaw Update
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Law School lecture
  • Opening Statement and Closing Arguments
  • 2017
  • Law School lecture
  • Opening Statement and Closing Arguments
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known and worked with Kyle over this last decade and I have been proud to watch his career continue to advance and develop. He has had many successes in life and they are testament to his hard work and strong character. He is an asset not only to our legal profession but also to our community as a whole as he also demonstrates an acute sense of morality, empathy and compassion. As his opposing counsel on many occasions, I can say hands down Kyle is one of the most honest and ethical attorneys I’ve had the privilege of going up against. In the courtroom Kyle is confident, extremely knowledgeable, and entirely well-spoken. His professionalism, skill, and intelligence made me feel sorry for opposing lawyers that went up against him. Kyle possesses the highest degree of integrity and is a loyal, honorable, and dependable attorney. I can wholeheartedly offer my recommendation of Kyle Watkins as a trusted source of legal counsel that will work hard for your favorable outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kyle is a great asset to have by your side when facing a tough situation criminally. His knowledge and expertise go a long way in his representation of clients and he has gotten tremendous results for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kyle is a great lawyer and, more importantly, a great guy. He works his cases with integrity and never backs down from a fight. Great guy to have in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I supervised Kyle Watkins when we were both at the Harris County District Attorney's Office. We were in a busy court and Kyle handled hundreds of cases at any given time. Despite the overwhelming caseload, Kyle always worked hard and was prepared on his cases. He was a great prosecutor. I have no doubt that if you hire him you'll be getting a great defense attorney as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kyle is my "go-to" lawyer when I have criminal law questions. As a former prosecutor in Houston, Kyle knows the tricks and tactics prosecutors use, and he gives his clients the best representation possible. I would trust him with the most complex criminal law matters."
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Salado Criminal defense Lawyer Kyle Johnston Watkins
Kyle Johnston Watkins
Criminal defense Attorney
Salado, TX
Licensed for 11 years
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