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Gilbert J. Alvarado

DUI and DWI Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Gilbert

Learn Gilbert’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    30%

    39 years, 200 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    15%

    39 years, 100 cases

  4. Expungement
    10%

    39 years, 100 cases

  5. Violent crime
    10%

    39 years, 100 cases

  6. White collar crime
    10%

    39 years, 15 cases

KNOWLEDGEABLE, EXPERIENCED, WELL-RESPECTED ATTORNEY WHO WILL VIGOROUSLY FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

My practice focuses on criminal defense representing citizens in many different jurisdictions.

I served in the Harris County District Attorney’s office for 17 years and I have practiced criminal defense since 2003.

I was a partner with Jim Lindeman for 10 years and together we tried many serious cases including Capital Murders, Murders, Aggravated Robberies, Aggravated Sexual Assaults, White Collar Crimes, Thefts, Drugs, DWI and many Misdemeanor cases.

Having worked both as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, I feel I can provide my clients with the knowledge, experience and perspective from both sides of the criminal justice process.

Over the last 29 years, I have earned a reputation as a hard-working, ethical lawyer who will vigorously defend his clients’ rights both in and out of the courtroom.

 

I previously attended the United States Air Force Academy, received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Houston and my J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

Location

Law Offices of Gilbert J. Alvarado
The Lyric Centre
440 Louisiana Street, Suite 200
Houston, TX, 77002

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney Ever!!!!
I was so glad to have Gilbert represent my husband in his case. He listen to our case and had compassion on our situation . Gilbert is very knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyer. You can absolutely trust his counseling and rest assured you will receive the best possible results like we did!
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My Son's Difficult Case
My son was facing a difficult case. He found himself in a bad situation due to bad judgment. He was facing jail time. I found Mr. Alvarado on the Internet after my search for a highly recommended attorney via his peers. I was pleasantly surprised that he answered my call immediately. I didn't have to go through a secretary, or an answering service. He took time to discuss my son's case and offered a meeting the very next day. We met and I was not only relieved but confident that he was the right attorney for the case. He was very diligent and knowledgeable and he reviewed the case piece by piece. He was always in constant communication with us and was always honest and forthcoming with information. He spent countless hours on this case. It was long,but he fought the battle, and in the end my son's case was dismissed! I not only highly recommend Mr. Alvarado, but I consider him a family friend! He genuinely cares about his clients and his experience is Insurmountable!
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
When Gilbert took the case, he exemplified calmness because of his extensive knowledge of the law and how it applied to the case. He returned my calls, answered my questions, showed up to every hearing date...on time-every time, distinguished, tactful, patient and most respectful to the courts. The courts and his peers recognized him, which put us at ease, throughout the whole process! His reputation went before him. He was never emotional, disrepectful to the courts or his peers. He held onto the facts and laws....to the end. Which resulted in nothing but a miracle. And having Gilbert represent our case was the most qualified decision I've made. When you want only the best for your case, please hire Gilbert. He's an exceptional attorney.
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Posted by N.A | July 20, 2015
Well-known and Likable in The Courtrooms!
Mr. Alvarado is one of the most honest people I have worked with. He is very specific with his work and reiterating the laws until you understand. Well-known and likable in the courtrooms, which is an absolute plus. I was on my second offense and he was able to get my case dismissed. He was very understanding and cared about my situation and made me feel like his own mother in court. He is someone you can trust. Very blessed to have had him as my lawyer. Highly recommend Mr. Alvarado.
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Posted by Kailey | July 20, 2015
Top Notch Lawyer. Top Notch Individual.
I have not ever had to personally have Mr. Alvarado represent me however; he has represented several close friends of mine. Mr. Alvarado took his personal time to speak with me about a case and my personal responsibilities as victim of domestic violence. I walked out of his office with a weight lifted off of my shoulders, he reminded me that I truly was the victim, and not at fault and really discussed with me how to avoid being in the same situation ever again. I am proud to say I took his advice, I walked away from something and someone who was floundering. Mr. Alvarado gave me the knowledge and backbone to change my life, and my future. I can truly never express how his kindness changed who I was and who I would become. Mr. Alvarado is not only a top notch lawyer, he is a top notch individual and he truly cares about his clients and everyone involved in the cases he handles. This is truly a rarity in the law field. I'm proud that if I was ever in need of his services (hopefully I never do) I could not only call him my attorney, but my friend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2015
Experienced, Connected & Responsive
Gilbert could not have done better for us! Our outcome was just what we wanted. He guided us through a challenging process while encouraging us to stay the course. He also seems to know everyone personally, including most of the judges and attorneys and is on a first name basis with them. That really helped in our case. Gilbert is professional, communicates well, and has the experience we needed. As well, we always felt we were his only clients.
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Posted by Jane | April 12, 2015
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I picked Mr. Alvarado's firm out of the Yellow Pages approximately 10 years ago. He has handled several cases for me involving my children and grandchildren that included speeding tickets and DWI's and domestic abuse. All outcomes were at or above my expectations. He has proven to be a "go-to" source when I have questions and always returns my calls. I consider him to be a reputable attorney and loyal friend.
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Posted by Jordan | March 25, 2015
Best in Houston
Mr. Alvarado helped me out more than most would. He is very knowledgeable and kept me informed all the way through both of my cases. I was wrongly charged with MIP. I just happened to be at a place where there was some beer cans on the ground. The officers decided to give everybody MIPs. There was about 30 of us that received these. Mr. Alvarado was able to get the case dismissed without any questions. On my other case, PI, Mr. Alvarado handled this case more than I ever expected. He was able to get the case dismissed without any community service or any penalties. I would not recommend any other lawyer in this area. Mr. Alvarado does exactly what he says he is going to do. He is the way to go.
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Posted by Floyd | March 23, 2015
Criminal attorney
Very knowledgable and professional. Always informative and a person who's ethics are second to none! The most understanding and straight shooting Attorney I have ever known
Posted by Alyssa | March 23, 2015
Absolutely amazing
Gilbert handled my husbands case with apparent ease. He knows his way around a courtroom and is wonderful to work with. Gilbert coached my husband through unpleasant court appearances, handled everything without having to be asked and clearly explains any and everything to us. I would absolutely recommend Gilbert Alvarado for any legal trouble you may be facing. He cares about his clients, and he will get you through your case with the best possible outcome.
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Posted by HP | January 29, 2014
Hire without a doubt!
I found myself in a very hard situation and was very nervous about the outcome of my DWI case. I was charged with a DWI with a child under 15 years of age. Mr. Alvarado from day 1 made it clear he took my case and the outcome of my situation very serious and I knew getting the best possible outcome was a priority for him. He kept me well informed and was always there willing to talk and answer questions whether through email or phone calls. Even with feeling many circumstances were stacked against me Mr. Alvarado continued to work hard on my case for several months and continued to make sure that the best outcome would be achieved. He was able to take my case from a felony charge to a misdemeanor and it saved not just my daily life but my career. Even after getting the charges reduced he continued to fight for my probabtion terms until he got was what was the best for me. Still after months of getting my case resolved he even went back to court for me to help me get terms of my probabtion changed. He is extremely knowledgable on the laws and how to work with the District Attorneys and Judges. With Mr. Alvarado you will never feel like just a client. He will work hard for you and make it his personal goal to make sure he gets the best possible results. Even after he will continue to fight for you and answer your questions. Without a doubt he is the lawyer anyone should hire because as I learned anything can happen to anyone and you need not just a lawyer but a good person there to fight for you.
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Posted by Ortiz | April 12, 2012
Will get the job done!!!
I would highly recommend Mr. Alvarado for any criminal case!! You can be assured that he will get the job done and will act in the client's best interest. He is compassionate and very knowledgeable. I have hired him on 2 separate occasions for my husbands criminal cases. His first case was about 6-7 years ago and could have been facing up to 20 years for possession of a controlled substance. With the help of Mr. Alvarado he received 6 years probation. Recently he violated probation and could have been facing up to 20 years in TDC again. Thankfully Mr. Alvarado was able to get his probation reinstated.
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Posted by Mark | April 11, 2012
Great man. Great attorney. Great law firm.
I normally do not write reviews, but this is one of those circumstances where it is a must. About a year ago, I found myself in a position where I did not know what to do. I needed legal advice and I am glad that Mr. Alvarado and his firm took time to talk with me and review my case. They walked with me step by step until my case was resolved. I had always heard great things about Mr. Alvarado and his law firm and I knew them to be extremely knowledgeable in regards to the law, but there is so much more. They are also objective, sincere, and personable. I thought that combination was nonexistent. I was wrong. Not only did I work with two great attorneys, I met great people. I am truly blessed. Thank you, Mr. Alvarado and Mr. Lindeman
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Posted by Samantha | April 8, 2012
You will not find anyone better.
Mr. Alvarado was the the utmost professional lawyer I have ever came across. I was arrested with a DWI last fall (2011). Without much detail i already knew it was going to be a tough case, with it's circumstance. As I was sitting in jail, I already knew who I was going to call because I have heard nothing but amazing things with Mr. Alvarado and his extensive experience with defense law. Furthermore, I called and set up a meeting. Even with how busy he is, he still makes time and looked at every little detail to your case. Mr. Alvarado didn't "sugar-coat" anything, simply and politely telling me that it was going to be a busy,long, rough and tough case and how every detail would make a difference. Then, we set up a payment plan (him being so understanding of my income) it couldn't have gone any better. I, of course, leaving the office was stressed but then I knew I put my case in very good hands. He had sent me home with "homework". EX: writing a short story of my goals, things I have accomplished, extra curricular activities, community service and so on. For instance, writing out my resume. He tackled this case in every which way, him knowing what they look at and what they look for. Mr. Alvarado was always staying in touch, also having a meeting at the scene so he could see not just what I went through but also the act of the police officers. Every time we were in court he was on time, and so professional, always letting me know everything that was going on in such a secretive way. People don't need to know why you are there and that was the last thing I wanted. Mr. Alvarado was so precise with everything that was built into my case. I, yes, do have an extensive background and I knew that was definitely going to be a burden. However, that did not stop Gilbert from fulfilling his duties, he would never give up. I know he worked so hard with what he had to fight for, for me. Long office hours and extensive research but he did it! He got my case dismissed, of course after plenty number of times in court. (in less than 6 months) It fell through and go got across to them that they couldn't prove that I was driving, also found all kinds of mistake the police officer had made, research every bit about all the situations.(I was asleep on my car while it was still running) Furthermore, it he made me always feel at ease and that everything was going to be okay. I trusted him and put all of my faith in him and he never let me down, not once. Mr. Alvarado is a true blessing for people that need that fighting chance, and everyone does. I will always recommend him and will never use anyone else. Definitely more than 5 stars in all categories.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Law Offices of Gilbert J. Alvarado
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lindeman & Alvarado, P. C.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Lindeman, Alvarado & Frye
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Gilbert J. Alvarado
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1986 - 2002
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Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Houston
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Associations

  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2001 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • University of Houston Law Alumni Association
  • President
  • 1996 - 1997
  • University of Houston Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Interfaith Ministries For Greater Houston
  • Board of Directors
  • 1995 - 1998
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Chairman - Crime Victims Committee
  • 1991 - 1992
  • University of Houston Law Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1991 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers of Texas
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers of Texas
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers of Texas
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers of Texas
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers of Texas
  • 2019
  • Texas Top Lawyers
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2018
  • Houston's Top Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2016
  • Houston's Top Lawyers
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2004
  • President's Award
  • University of Houston Law Alumni Association
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (21)
Endorse Gilbert
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Gilbert as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County and on criminal defense cases after we both left the D.A.'s office. Gilbert is very knowledgeable. He works hard for his clients. He pays attention to little details of each case and looks at every possible angle of the case. He's a winner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gilbert is a good lawyer. He is respected in all corners of the courthouse. He represents his clients well and he has integrity. That means everything."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gilbert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gilbert is an excellent lawyer with a great attention to detail. He is an experienced defense attorney that younger attorney's seek out for advice and guidance. He fights for his clients and is not afraid to take a case to trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gilbert has been a prosecutor and now works on the other side. He is a good attorney and I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Alvarado is well respected in the Harris County criminal justice circles. I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to pick his brain in regards to various procedural issues. He took the time to answer all of my questions and provide excellent guidance. Mr.Alvarado is extremely competent and better yet, just a great guy!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gilebert has an excellent reputation and is a very hard worker for his clients. He is well respected by the assistant district attorneys, and by all the judges. He will do a very good job for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gilbert's knowledge of the law is impeccable. He fights for his clients and does so as a gentlemen. I trust Gilbert - have known him for years and would highly recommend him to anyone I know, especially those closest to me. Gilbert is a fantastic attorney, one of the best around!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gilbert Alvarado for over 25 years. I faced him as a skillful prosecutor and he was fair but tough. In his years as a defense attorney he has gained a widespread reputation in this area of effectively defending clients who are accused of all types of crimes. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gilbert Alvarado is a talented, experienced and highly respected criminal defense attorney. He is a tireless champion for the rights of his clients. He is also an invaluable source of advice and wisdom for his fellow attorneys in the community. Gilbert enjoyed a lengthy career in the Harris County District Attorney's Office before entering private practice. His experience on both sides of the criminal justice system gives him numerous advantages in successfully defending and protecting his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gilbert. He has practiced criminal law in Houston for decades and has proven himself to be a zealous advocate that always fights for his clients. Gilbert is knowledgeable about the law and always looks out for his client's best interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gilbert is a great lawyer who works hard for his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable about criminal defense and is not afraid to fight the state. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having worked with Gilbert for years, I can say he is knowlegable, professional and prepared for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.GILBERT IS ONE OF THE BEST LAWYERS IN THE STATE. HE FIGHTS FOR HIS CLIENTS WITH ZEST AND COURAGE. I HAVE ALWAYS RESPECTED HIS COURAGE AND HIS TAKE CHARGE ATTITUDE. HE IS A GREAT LAWYER."
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Houston DUI and DWI Lawyer Gilbert J. Alvarado
Gilbert J. Alvarado
DUI and DWI Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 38 years