|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1995||04/01/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Lawyer of the Year||Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||2015|
|Best Criminal Law Blog||ABA Journal||2009|
|Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in Houston||N/A||2004|
|Not Guilty Verdicts||Various Felony and Misdemeanor Juries in State and Federal Court||N/A|
|Partner||Bennett & Bennett||1995 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||President||2008 - 2009|
|Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyers' Association||Member||2003 - 2004|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1995 - 2013|
|West v. Georgia||Statute held unconstitutional. Case dismissed.|
|Ex Parte JCL||Two statutes ruled unconstitutional.|
|State of Texas v. SRR||Not Guilty verdict from jury.|
|See all legal cases|
|HCCLA Defender||Apprendi in the Fifth Circuit||2001|
|Unknown||Internet for Lawyers||2000|
|Memphis State University Law Review||The New Federalism and State Court Activism||1994|
|Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers' College||N/A||N/A||1999|
|University of Houston Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Rice University||Religious Studies||BA||1991|
|Hon. Craig Washington & Sen. Rodney Ellis Criminal Law Seminar||Jury Selection||2013|
|In-House Continuing Legal Education||Jury Selection||2012|
|Advanced Criminal Law Course||Jury Selection||2012|
|TCDLA Central Texas Criminal Law Boot Camp||20 Simple Rules for Better Jury Selection||2009|
|Criminal Trial Advocacy Class||Criminal Trial Advocacy||2004|
|Criminal Trial Advocacy Class||Criminal Trial Advocacy||2003|
|Criminal Trial Advocacy Class||Criminal Trial Advocacy||2002|
|STCL White Collar Crime Seminar||Bond in Federal Court||2000|
|HCCLA Galveston Seminar||The Action Method of Trial Preparation||1999|
|Warrantless Arrest Workshop||Medical Records||N/A|
|Hearsay 101||Hearsay 101||N/A|
|DWI Seminar||Medical Records||N/A|
Posted by Frank
If there be any doubt in your mind about selecting Mark Bennett to defend you against a legal assault mounted by the federal, state or local judicial systems against your life, liberty or happiness---cast them aside. If you are reading this, you are very likely under such assault. Just know there is only one goal to this assault, and that is to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of guilt or innocence or extenuating circumstance. It is their job. And they like it. And the only thing standing between you and a conviction is your defense attorney, upon whom your fate will utterly depend, so you had better make the right choice.
I can personally attest that they don’t come any better than Mark Bennett. Period. He is the best of the best. A lawyer’s lawyer, with compassion, integrity, and a deeply intuitive situational intelligence that enables him to create highly effective strategies and tactics to win your case; he can think within the box, outside the box, and even upend the box if necessary---whatever the situation requires. Not only does he keep up with the very latest developments in federal, state, and local legal standards, practices and laws, his cutting edge commentaries and articles on a wide variety of evolving legal issues help to shape and inform the attitudes and opinions of innumerable practicing lawyers and judges, both locally and nationally. On at least one occasion while in court, he actually had to educate the judge and prosecutor of a change in the law, which as a matter of course led to yet another dismissal. This is a defense attorney that you want at your side.
My case involved a false accusation and a wrongful arrest, personally exponentiated by a sensationalized flurry of local and internet journalism which threatened to destroy not only my reputation and livelihood, but my career as well. I had no experience in legal matters whatsoever. I had a month before my initial court date, and so I spent that time doing in-depth research on legal defense options. When I came across Mark Bennett’s website, it was the tenor and tone that struck me first. Second were the stellar reviews from his previous clients. I continued doing research, but after a few days, I kept coming back to Mark. I knew he was the one. I contacted him, and he accepted my case. For which I am and shall remain immensely grateful.
Mark wasted no time. After filling out the big picture, he then identified the specific areas that needed clarification and investigation. He spared no expense or effort, using his investigative staff, even to the point of subpoenaing phone records. One of the great things about Mark is that he includes you in the loop. He informs you of what he is doing and what he finds, and answers any and all questions you may have about even the most incidental of details, whether factual or speculative. But most of all, he is tolerant and patient with your questions, regardless of how dumb or irrelevant. In a word---he is kind. And eminently personable. A rigorous, no-nonsense professional who exercises kindness. It’s a lovely thing to find. Especially when your life is hanging in the balance.
The court dates went on for months, and at each instance, he gathered more and more information and moved the ball further downfield. And then finally, when he uncovered exactly where the critical point to the entire affair lay, he pressed the DA into action. And the result of the DA’s action? Dismissal. Utter and unequivocal. Just like that. It was unbelievable---I was a free man once again.
After the dismissal, we filed and were granted an expunction order (the complete clearing and destruction of all records pertaining to the case). Tabula rasa. It was the complete legal restoration of my civic status. But the situation wasn’t quite over yet.
Suffice to say that Mark’s representation was indeed---stellar.
Posted by Lee-sa
I don't even know where to begin....I hired a local lawyer over 5 years ago for my 18 yr old son, who was told take the plea as would not get any better. He did not even show up for court to sign the plea. Anyhow, my son was placed on 8 yrs probation with the plea. After almost 4 years probation completed we hired Mark to have the case dismissed. After the case was dismissed, the DA decided to reopen and charge him with a different title for the same crime. We were shocked. I called Mark back and hired him. Even though he lives in Houston and us in Midland we knew we wanted Mark. Midland has a buddy system with the lawyers, DA, etc. and we have no trust or faith in them. After a total of 5 years of hell, we went to court with Mark at our side, and left the court room with a jury of NOT Guilty Verdict. We cannot say enough good things about him. We feel he is part of our family and has changed our sons life along with all of our lives. We are forever grateful, and recommend others to hire Mark. You truly do get what you pay for. He is a smart, caring, and honest man. There are no words to show our appreciation for him. We love him!!
Posted by Raphael
I recently turned to Mr. Bennett for help with a First Amendment appeal being litigated in federal court. He was enormously helpful not only in bringing clarity to the content of the argument, but in putting together a serious legal document for the judges. I highly recommend his services without hesitation.
Paul Morgan, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Mark Bennett is a great lawyer. He is an excellent mentor and a brillant advocate. He helped me with a couple of cases and his work saved a defendant from life in prison. Truly relentless and a force to be reckoned with.
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