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BOARD CERTIFIED HOUSTON CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

Houston Criminal Defense John T. Floyd, the founder of the John T. Floyd Law Firm, is proud to be Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law. As a member of this very special group, Mr Floyd is among the rarified ranks of some 7000 Texas attorneys who are Board Certified in 18 areas of expertise. Considering that there are more than 70,000 licensed attorneys who practice in Texas, this is an exceptional achievement because “Board Certification” means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a Criminal Law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in this area of law.”

With Board Certification John T. Floyd can expressly hold himself out as a “specialist” in the field of criminal defense work. In fact, board certified lawyers are the only attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas to publicly assert that they are specialists in any given area of law. Given the bad reputation some criminal defense attorneys have garnered in recent years in Texas, it is a distinguished honor that Mr. Floyd can hold himself up within the legal profession as an attorney board certified in excellence, skill, and professionalism. It took years of criminal defense work in the trenches of both state and federal courts to develop the skills and abilities to achieve this Board Certification.

Prior to becoming board certified a lawyer must demonstrate substantial involvement and special competence in criminal law practice. This includes providing information proving the lawyers previous experience in criminal cases and extensive professional references that can vouch for the attorney’s ability and skill. Finally, to become board certified a lawyer must pass the Test.

Passing the Board Certification exam is no easy task, in fact it is a grueling exam covering a very vast subject, criminal law, with a very low passage rate. The attorney/applicant must be knowledgeable about every facet of the law. This includes, but is not limited to:



  • 1. Establishment of the Attorney/Client Relationship.

  • 2. Criminal Responsibility: substantive criminal offenses; accomplice, party and conspiracy culpability; culpable mental states; defenses, including jeopardy and statute of limitations; and competency and sanity.

  • 3. Aspects of Criminal Law Prior to Commencement of Formal Proceedings: law of arrest, search and seizure; police interrogation; confessions; and pre-trial identifications.

  • 4. Commencement of Formal Criminal Proceedings: pre-trial release; the role of the grand jury; examining trials and preliminary hearings; charging instruments; venue; joinder and severance; Speedy Trial Acts; and jurisdiction.

  • 5. The Resolution of Criminal Proceedings: pre-trial matters; plea bargains, guilty pleas and grants of immunity; jury and non-jury trials; evidence; sentencing, including federal sentencing guidelines; and capital murder or death penalty cases.

  • 6. Post-Conviction Proceedings: new trials; appeals; post-conviction writs; revocation or adjudication of community supervision probation; pardons and paroles; expunction and non-disclosure; DNA testing; and seizure and forfeiture.

  • 7. Constitutional Law Issues in Criminal Proceedings: right to counsel; right to confrontation, compulsory process, and cross-examination.

  • 8. The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct: the ethics questions cover an array of hypothetical situations which will cover several different aspects of ethical issues that arise in the practice of law.

Knowledge of these and other legal issues are not the sole barometer for establishing Board Certification. The attorney/applicant must have the necessary skill set to communicate with clients, prosecutors, courts, administrative agencies, and the general public. He must be able to analyze both law and fact situations in order to develop effective defense strategies. He must have the ability to both organize and supervise law firm personnel to insure that case investigations and management are conducted properly and professionally.

Finally, to be board certified a lawyer must be peer reviewed by other attorneys, including those he has had dealings with, and judges who are also substantially involved in criminal law and are familiar with the lawyer’s criminal law practice.

John T. Floyd brings these certified skill sets to the table with each potential client he confers with and every client he represents. He is committed to skilled representation, open and honest communication, and pre-trial and trial preparation designed to produce the most positive outcome possible. No attorney can, or should ever, guarantee a desired outcome; however, the John T. Floyd Law Firm can guarantee both the commitment and skill of doing everything possible to produce that outcome.

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    21 years, 1.3 thousand cases
  2. Federal Crime: 38%
    21 years
  3. White Collar Crime: 5%
    21 years
  4. Appeals: 4%
    21 years
  5. Investment Fraud: 3%
    21 years

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Fees:

Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Javier Marcos Jr.

    John is an intelligent criminal defense attorney who is incredibly dedicated to his clients and achieves outstanding results. I wholeheartedly endorse him.

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  • Tyrone Cedric Moncriffe

    I endorse this lawyer. John is a very talented lawyer, he is highly respected in the legal community as a fighter.

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199407/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2010
Top Lawyers for the PeopleHTexas magazine2009
HTexas Top Lawyers - Criminal LawH Texas Magazine2009
Top Lawyers for the People - Criminal LawH Texas Magazine2008
Top Lawyers- Criminal Defense 2008H Texas Magazine2008
Top Lawyers, Criminal DefenseH Texas Magazine2007
RecognitionCollege of the State Bar of Texas2006
RecognitionCollege of the State Bar of Texas1998
RecognitionCollege of the State Bar of Texas1997
RecognitionCollege of The State Bar of Texas1996
Dean's ListN/A1994
Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum LaudeN/A1994
Admitted State Bar of TexasThe Supreme Court of Texas1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerJohn T. Floyd Law Firm1994 - Present
Defense Lawyer, Never been a prosecutorUnited States Government - Attorney Us, Western District Of Texas1994 - 2001
Defense Attorney, Never been a prosecutorHarris County District Attorney's Office1994 - 1998
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember1995 - Present
United States District Court for Southern District of TexasMember1995 - Present
United States District Court for Western District of TexasMember1995 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1994 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Floyd has successfully defending over a thousand clients charged with serious criminal violations Dismissals and AquittalsNot Guilty, Acquittals
State of Texas vs LCNot Guilty
State of Texas vs. VTProbation after trial by jury
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawJurisprudence, LawDoctorate1994
University of North TexasPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
University of North TexasPhilosophyBA1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hannity and ColmesDuke Lacrosse Rape Case2006
Fox News Weekend LiveEco-Terrorism2006
Defending Sex Crimes Involving ChildrenSex Crimes Involving Children2006
Rules of EvidenceRules of Evidence2005
Advanced Criminal Law CourseCriminal Defense2005