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Walter M. Reaves Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Waco, TX

4.8   5 reviews

also known as Law Office of Walter M. Reaves, Jr, P.C.

  • Licensed for 43 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1980
    Eligible to Practice in Texas Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2009

About Walter

Learn Walter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal trials, appeals and habeas corpus. I handle all felonies and misdemeanors, including DWI and DUI.

    43 years

  2. Federal crime

    43 years

  3. Expungement
    We can help with obtaining expungements and orders of non-disclosure

    43 years

Criminal Defense Attorney Walter Reaves has been practicing law for over 30 years. During that time he has represented hundreds of people charged with all types of offenses in both State and Federal Courts – from minor misdemeanors all the way to capital murder. In addition to his membership in the State Bar of Texas, Mr. Reaves is also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Additionally, Reaves is one of the few attorney members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has had an opportunity to serve in leadership positions, including service as an associate director and director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, as well as a member of that organization’s executive committee. He has also twice served as president of the McLennan County Defense Lawyers Association. As an outgrowth of his commitment to those wrongfully convicted Mr. Reaves is actively involved in the innocence project of Texas. He currently serves as vice-president of that organization as well as a member of the Executive and Litigation committees. Mr. Reaves has served as an adjunct professor at Baylor Law School where he teaches post-conviction procedure. For the last several years he has also directed that school’s innocence project. Mr. Reaves has extensive experience in both trials and appeals which has garnered him a distinctive reputation as an attorney who knows the law and how to use it to his client’s advantage. Reaves is a regularly published writer on various legal topics and he is routinely sought out by both law students and attorneys to share his experience and knowledge. His thorough understanding of the judicial process and the law, most especially as it is applied in the state of Texas, has earned him a strong reputation as a zealous advocate for his client. If you want to take advantage of Mr. Reaves’ experience and reputation please contact us today.

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Walter M. Reaves, Jr.
100 N 6th St
Waco, TX, 76701

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Posted by Jeannie | May 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The one and only
He is absolutley amazing at what he does. Mr.Reaves follows up with you through the entire process. He addresses any concerns that you might have and is there 100% of the time. He is an amazing lawyer and I am so confident and happy that I didn't have anyone else work my case. Thank you for all that you do.
Posted by Jennifer L Ellis | January 7, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
I messaged Mr. Reaves using this website. He was very fast in responding, he was polite, extremely knowledgeable and willing to meet with the possible client in a fast manner. He is definitely worth the time and effort in contacting him and using his services. He is very experienced and knowledgeable and for those of us who are needing help and struggling, you will not find a better attorney in this area. Thank you Walter Reaves for making an outstanding effort and making the time!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DWI Case Dismissed
I hired Walter Reaves after receiving my first (and only) DWI. He was able to meet with me quickly and thoroughly laid out all of my options and the possibilities. After reviewing everything and watching the video of the arrest, Mr. Reaves requested a motion to suppress hearing. The motion to suppress was granted and ultimately my case was fully dismissed. Mr. Reaves attempted everything legally available to give me the best defense possible and it paid off. The whole process was stressful enough but he always answered my questions and handled everything perfectly. I would highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2015
DWI case dismissed completely
I went to Mr. Reaves because I had an old DWI case that I had paid off completely 2 years before but I received a call stating I had an outstanding warrant. Mr. Reaves had the case dismissed completely and I didn't have to pay anything.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DWI Probation Revocation
Mr Reaves represented me on multiple cases. He gave me a positive feeling from interview to the court room. He was able to fight for me to keep my probation from being revoked. I would definitely recommend him.


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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2009.

Fully Probated Suspension issued in TX, 2009
updated on 06/04/2007

Fully probated suspension means an attorney is technically suspended but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities during the suspension to make sure that he or she does not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Baylor Law School
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Walter Reaves, PC
  • 1981 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Baylor Law School
  • 1998 - 2002


  • University of Houston Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • B.B.A.
  • 1977


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Past Director
  • 1983 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • McLennan County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
  • Past Executive Committee
  • N/A
  • Innocence Project of Texas
  • Director
  • N/A
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2014
  • board certified - Criminal Appellate Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2014


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Criminal Law Section, General Practice Digest
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Freeing the Innocent
  • Arson investigations
  • 2014
  • Innocence
  • Innocence Writs
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Walter is an excellent attorney who always takes the time to help out less experienced attorneys. He is very knowledgeable and quite the litigator. I hope to work with him again on future crimmigration cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Reaves works tirelessly for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Walter "Skip" Reaves for years. He is a tireless and brilliant lawyer who never stops fighting for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to discuss and understand the attention that Walter gives to his cases. I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Walter Reaves is a very smart guy and he is "client - centered." I'd highly recommend that you pick up a copy of his book, "How To Choose a DWI Lawyer in Texas" before you hire an attorney. Walter "gets it.". He and his team will deliver a high quality experience for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Walter "Skip" Reaves really knows the intricacies of the law, and he cares deeply about his clients as human beings. As a leader in the Texas Innocence Project, Skip has been at the forefront in representing wrongfully accused citizens and getting a number of convictions successfully reversed. Skip has the skill, experience, and heart of a great defender. I consider him not only a colleague, but also one of my mentors in the legal profession. I am thankful to have learned some of my craft from Skip Reaves."
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Waco Criminal defense Lawyer Walter M. Reaves Jr.
Walter M. Reaves Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Waco, TX
Licensed for 43 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2009. See details