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Shawn R. Roberts

Drug Crime Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   30 reviews

also known as “The Sheriff”, Trial Lawyer

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1995
    Eligible to Practice in Texas Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2011

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details

About Shawn

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When it comes to my job/career I'm as competitive and driven as anyone I’ve ever met or known. I am known for taking a personal interest in my clients and their well beings, and zealously representing them, even at the cost of stepping on the oppositions toes. I had much success at an early age and was fortunate to have exceptional people around me, and to mentor me.

I am new to AVVO, so my page is still a work in progress. However it is coming together. Throughout the years I have been fortunate to represent some of the most popular and legendary professional athletes in history (especially from Texas-like Rodney Thomas and Quentin Jammer) as well as practicing law on a very high level. I was fortunate to be trained and mentored by the best lawyers to ever live after having been one of the youngest lawyers ever accepted and to be a graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College. From Gerry Spence to Johnny Cochran, Rikki Kliemann, Joe Jamail, Robert Shapiro, Garvin Isaacs, Milton Grimes, Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, Morris Dees, and many many others I was given nearly unprecedented access to their vast and cumulative knowledge and spent several summers at Gerry’s.

Currently I have the privilege of officing with some the elite criminal lawyers in Houston and am blessed to be in such select company, and be able to bounce ideas off each other, help each other, and at times try cases together. As a result of having success, I also made some powerful enemies who jumped on the opportuntity to try and slander my reputation and get me in trouble with the Bar despite it being my first complaint. However I used that time to better myself. Also after traveling and living around the world several years ago, I am fortunate and happy to have returned to the occupation in which I feel and was regarded to be at the pinnacle of my profession. Further I was considered by my peers and former clients to be as talented, gifted, and honorable as any of the other lawyers in my generation. Several lawyers and Judges referred to me as “the most gifted attorney to ever come out of Brazoria County”. I have the results, references, and accolades that firmly establishes me in select company - setting records and compiling over 15 years of not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and plea bargains as a Criminal Trial Lawyer with few blemishes.

Over the past two years I’ve listed every case I have handled as first chair, and am confident that there are few others that can claim a better body of work. Perhaps similar, but better? I would be pleasantly surprised. I was equally renowned and successful in one of the most difficult occupations/areas of Entertainment Law - as a NFL Sports Agent. However I have not commenced my come back in that area at this time. My time is spent solely on trial law, and 95% criminal trial law. My biggest issue with AVVO is that my rating is severely lowered bc of the Bar and how much weight AVVO places on having an issue with the Bar with no behind the scene facts or knowledge. 

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Luis | December 3, 2023
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Great Work!
Shawn was a BIG part of my legal counsel. He answered my phone calls and text in a timely manner with great advise. I would highly recommend Mr. Roberts in any legal issues you may have. Polite, Friendly and Truthful. THANK YOU SHAWN!
Posted by Mike M | July 30, 2023
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Great Lawyer!! Gets results and treats you like family!
Mr. Roberts got my case dismissed and never had to step foot in a courtroom. Sean also answers calls and text’s immediately which is unusual for lawyers! Navigated my situation proficiently, and got the results he promised me!
Posted by James | July 20, 2023
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Money well spent
After losing my mother almost two years ago I began to slowly spiral downward into depression and went back to using drugs to numb my pain and hide my feelings. I had been out one night and was randomly pulled over after leaving a friends place. My past was already spotted enough with two previous prison sets that I had ample reason to worry about what the possible outcome of my charges could be. One afternoon I walked into Shawn’s office in downtown Houston looking to hire someone who would fight for me and be able to get me the outcome I desired. I had roughly 7 charges that needed to be addressed and I was extremely worried that I would be going back to prison. Shawn cost me a pretty penny but was worth every dime in the end. Shawn went above and beyond what I could have ever expected. He fielded numerous calls from me during early morning hours with cops standing next to me I was being pulled over so much. He was there with me every step of the way and in the end he was able to get me probation with time served on all my misdemeanors one F2 dismissed with the other F2 & F3 being deferred. Shawn Roberts from the bottoms of my heart I truly appreciate all your hard work and dedication put into my case. Thank you so very much, I’ll never use another Attorney again, you have a client for life in me.
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Posted by Nashá | June 28, 2023
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I was robbed and left feeling helpless and hopeless. After I consulted with Shawn, he didn't hesitate to take on my case. He kept me updated throughout the process. With Shawn's expertise, knowledge, and experience being TOP TIER I was able to retrieve my property and the defender was convicted and sentenced. Shawn is an amazing person and attorney! He is passionate about his work and cares about his clients and works to get the best possible outcomes. I am grateful and thankful for his services and I'd highly recommend him!!!!
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Posted by Valeria | May 11, 2023
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Highly recommend, one of the best lawyers out there.
Shawn Roberts is very professional and knows how to do his job. He was able to reduced a sentence from 5 years to a month. Not only that but he was also able to take off probation. Can’t go wrong with hiring Shawn.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2023
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He is one of the best lawyer around beat three major cases
I use this lawyer cost when it comes down to criminal cases he take care of his business and will guarantee that you will come out good one of my cases he told me before we even got started then I was gonna beat it and you know what he was not lying we actually beat the case so is anybody looking for a great lawyer contact Sean Roberts
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Posted by Donna | February 19, 2023
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There is no other lawyer if you want the job done
I hired Shawn onto my case when I was arrested in Pasadena Texas on a forgery charge a few years ago after the first lawyer I had could not get the courts do offer anything but prison time. The price that Shawn charges for his services is well worth it. I do not think that another lawyer could have gotten me the outcome that Shawn got me. I was facing up to 2 years in State Jail in Texas. I trusted the process that Shawn went through to get my charges dropped from a state jail felony to a misdemeanor charge. The courts had set me up for a trial and Shawn got them to plead my charge down to the misdemeanor with time served and no additional restitution, from the original offer of 2 years in prison, on the same day that I was supposed to go to trial. I can not thank Shawn enough for everything he did for me on this case and the outcome that he got for me. I am telling you if your life is on the line and do not want to spend time in jail don't hesitate to hire Shawn. He goes above and beyond with his clients and he will not take anything less than no jail time.
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Posted by Jason Thompson | January 28, 2023
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Satisfied client
I just wanna say this is the lawyer you want on your case. If your reading this and searching for a lawyer stop cause this is the one u want. I had 3 first degree felony drug charges. In a county that is known to b the most tuff to go against. Mr.Roberts was there to get me out of jail on all 3 charges and on a few occasions not even having half the bond money. Was there the same or next day. He worked with me on the rate that he charged. And after hiring him and hearing about his reputation he cut me a big break especially on 3 first class felonys and one FTA. He was God send let me tell u. A true blessing. I thought I was going to prison for sure especially having prior drug charges. Well I knew I had the right lawyer one day when I was in court good lawyers that I know of was coming up to Mr.Roberts and asking him for advice and instruction. That's when I truly knew I hired the right man. He got me what I wanted he kept me out of prison. He got 2 of the felonys dropped and also got the FTA dismissed and got me 5 years probation. Which was a lesser amount of time than I received on my first ever felony drug charge so I couldn't ask for more. He is the guy u want. He's there when u need him to be via person,phone or text he responds and value's your time and was always concerned about me and my family. He will always be the lawyer I run to when needed and I recommend him to anyone looking for a top notch lawyer. Thank you Shawn for everything
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Posted by Dillon thomas | January 25, 2023
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I hired a attorney
He is the best lawyer to deal with possession charges , and failure to appear i had one failure to appear charge and 2 possession charges. i received minimum punishment due to Mr Shawn Roberts representing me. He also resolved my cases in a timely matter. I would highly recommend him to anyone deal with criminal charges. Sincerely another satisfied clint , dillon thomas.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
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Highly Recommend
Great lawyer! Always on point! Very dependable and easy to work with! Because of Mr. Roberts the Felony charges were dismissed! I highly recommend him!! You will not be disappointed!
Posted by Markus | November 2, 2022
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Agg assault dropped
This man has the knowledge and understanding of wrongfully accused and will fight to prove it he is always on time and returns calls and text most of all has the fire and Holy Spirit to go against the evil ways of the justice system must spend u money with him.. I’m free cause of him and Gods glory
Posted by Xavier | September 15, 2022
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Best Lawyer In Texas
Shawn Roberts is the best lawyer in the state of Texas. I got Arrested unlawfully and the arresting officer violated my civil rights. I hired Shawn as my lawyer and he got my case dismissed before we ever went to court. He stayed on top of my case worked day in and day out. He was always in contact with me and let me know the updates on my case frequently. Shawn was referred to me by another individual who’s case he got dismissed. I’ve always heard that Shawn was a greart lawyer who does a great job on cases. It’s a Fact.
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Posted by Kathryn | January 20, 2022
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" O Lord, how great are Your works!" Psalm 92:5
I am giving thanks to God this morning for blessing Shawn Roberts with the capabilities of having the knowledge, skills, experience and compassion to represent his clients. Hiring a lawyer is a major investment and it can be mind boggling choosing the right representation. Just know this, your freedom depends on it. After hiring Shawn he not only became the best attorney for my son but he also became a friend. He personally handles his cases as if he would handle his own family members.
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Posted by Steve | February 28, 2020
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Great lawyer
When I met and hired Shawn it quickly became apparent that the man knew the law and more importantly how to apply it to my multiple felonies. What set him apart from other attorneys was his working relationships with the people in the courts. After hiring Shawn the felony drug charges I had in 1 county just went away! Hire this man!
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Posted by Thuan | December 19, 2019
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My Savior
When I were arrested under a secret warrant. I were virtually being kidnapped. I were hold without bond for eight months. I am able to make bond on the Memorial weekend 2018. The bond were very high then usual. My legal battle is far from being over. The case had been going for over two years. I have hired three attorneys before ROBERTS. The DA claimed this is a slam dunk case since my co-defendant had pleaded guilty. The DA's offer is eight years or the case will go to trial. ROBERTS had makes five court appearances before the trial date. On trial date, the DA's offer is four years which I declined. Then the DA came back with four years deferred probation which I also declined ROBERTS is the real David Copperfield in the court room. He is impeccable. The court is ready to pick the jury and the DA's witnesses are presented. ROBRRTS accomplished an amazing outcome which I couldn't never imagined . He got all of my charges dismissed. NO TRIAL. Just like a dream as I walk out the courtroom as a free man. Unbelievable. I can't thanks ROBERTS enough. I want everyone to know if you are in trouble or knowing someone whom is in trouble. Please call ROBERTS . You will be well represented and your consitutional rights are fully protected. Our freedom is priceless.
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Posted by Christopher Ryan Byrd Sr. | November 25, 2019
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25-LIFE "Million $ Lie"
Shawn Roberts is simply "The Best", came on my defense team and literally from day one heard me out and went straight to work! You want a lawyer who stands for the people, Shawn Roberts is the MAN! I was facing a 25 to life sentence, Shawn Roberts is the best trial lawyer !
Posted by Torry | May 28, 2019
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Good attorney and a man of his word. Work my case and just put it this way the stast of Texas got scared they didn't want none
Posted by Cathy | May 2, 2019
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My son was facing a Felony charge for possession of marijuana in Texas. My son is young and has his life in front of him a felony charge would definitely challenge his future possibilities. He is a good kid that made a mistake. We were terrified. We had no experience with the law or what to do, Shawn met with my us. He explained what he thought he could do. His words felt sincere. He was understanding and concerned. My son's charge was dropped to a misdemeanor class B and hopefully sealed. I was skeptical after I read the internet stories...but I took a chance because he seemed genuine and Shawn did come through!
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2019
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Mr. Roberts
Shawn helped me with my POM Case of <2oz. Hey was very professional and seems to be a genuine person with a good head. He definitely wants the best for you and I would highly recommend him for your case
Posted by Darnisha | May 1, 2019
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Shawn Roberts was awesome helping DeAundre Luna (my son) I would recommend him to anyone in BRAZORIA County
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  • Hourly Rates $ 1000-1500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 5.4 (Average)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Partially Probated Suspension issued in TX, 2011
updated on 03/21/2011

Partially Probated Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. When the attorney returns to practice, he or she will be on probation, meaning the State monitors the attorney's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shawn R. Roberts Trial Lawyer PLLC
  • 1995 - Present


  • South Texas College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • State of Texas vs Chris Byrd
  • Not Guilty- Jury
  • State of Texas vs Eddie Conley
  • Not Guilty
  • State of Texas vs George Walker
  • Not Guilty
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Shawn
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of winning some very difficult cases with Shawn on more than one occasion. He has proved himself to be one of the best criminal defense trial lawyers I have ever worked with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is an outstanding lawyer lawyer with a subversive intelligence and quick wit. Unfortunately, he ran into some personal difficulties a decade ago that took him out of the practice of law for a few years. Shawn is back now, though, and his experience with personal adversity gives him a deep empathy for his clients—people facing the worst adversities of their lives—that few lawyers can match."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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Houston Drug Crime Lawyer Shawn R. Roberts
Shawn R. Roberts
Drug Crime Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 28 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details