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Nathaniel Cary Pitoniak

Criminal defense Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   25 reviews
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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Nathaniel

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HARDWORKING FORMER-PROSECUTOR CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

I am a former Felony Prosecutor and Chief Prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney's Office with over ten years practicing law. I have represented people from many different backgrounds including working class people, veterans, and professionals such as doctors, business people, and pharmacists. I frequently represent non-citizens facing potential immigration consequences. My philosophy on the aggressive and effective defense of people accused by the police of breaking the law is to "speak softly, and carry a big stick."

Awards

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

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The Law Office of Nathaniel Pitoniak

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Dee | February 24, 2017
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Felony Assault Case Dismissed
I am fifty five years old, had a clear criminal history, and was charged with a Felony Assault case. I was scared--my job was on the line. I was also afraid of the possibility of going to prison. I hired Nathaniel and he started work quickly. During his investigation, he discovered evidence proving my innocence. He brought this to the attention of the prosecutors who happily dismissed my case. I think it was helpful that he talked to all the people who knew me to guide them through how to prepare an affidavit for my case. My case was dismissed on his first appearance because of all the work he did out of court.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2017
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One of the greatest lawyer out there.
I was on felony probation when I picked up a misdemeanor case. I was worried about the effect the misdemeanor might have on my probation--whether they would revoke my probation and send me to prison. Nathaniel gave me clear directions on how to collect evidence and what to expect, and was able to get my case dismissed after he discussed my case with the prosecutor. His fee was very reasonable. I recommend Nathaniel to anybody looking for a criminal defense lawyer
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2023
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Professional, and a genuinely great person.
Had a great Experience with Nathaniel, he gave me peace of mind through a rough period in my life, and handled my case, swiftly with great advice, given as well. He truly cares about his clients.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2022
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A Godsend
I cannot recommend Nathaniel enough for a criminal defense attorney. My son has had a myriad of mental health issues from his young childhood through now (he’s 20) and was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a minor, where the sentencing can be 5 years to life! Nathaniel worked his butt off that resulted in what I think is a right and just decision – a no bill from the grand jury. We had two attorneys prior to Nathaniel – one court-appointed and one paid – and neither worked out. Either his mental health issues were too much to work with, or as his mom, caregiver, and advocate I was a “pain” for the other attorneys. But not for Nathaniel – he answered all my questions, never hesitated to answer the phone when I called, responded to my text messages quickly, and in a nutshell understood how hard this was for my son and our family and showed genuine concern and empathy. This was the worst year of my life living this with my son, and am SO glad I found Nathaniel. I pray I never need him again, but if I would, hands down I’d be calling him right away. Hire him – you won’t regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2018
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One of the best (if not the best) criminal defense lawyers in Houston
Having a run-in with the law is not a good thing, however, due to life's uncertainty, one may run into the law head-on. in the event that you do (as i did), it is imperative that you hire one of the nation's best criminal defense lawyers in the likes of attorney Nathaniel Pitoniak. He helped me to understand the charges i was up against, if the evidence the prosecutors have against me is incontrovertible or not. He assessed the likelihood of my case being dismissed, charges against me reduced. He also made it clear to me (without making any promises), the possibility of a plea bargain, and what may take place should we go to trial. Having worked as one of the district attorneys prior, he knows the judges and the prosecutors in the courthouse well. He promptly returned my phone calls and text messages, and he is highly respectful. Should you need a criminal defense lawyer, please call attorney Nathaniel Pitoniak, you will be glad you did.
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Posted by Jamie | August 21, 2017
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Thank you nathaniel
Nathaniel was an excellent lawyer. He stands by your side, when things get deep. I have found me a lawyer. I would recommend him to everyone.
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2017
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Case Dismissed, Best Lawyer
I was wrongfully accused of stealing something. Nathaniel worked hard to prove my innocence, investigate my case, and worked with the prosecutors. Eventually, they dismissed my case. While this process was stressful as I had never been arrested, Nathaniel put me at ease with his hard work. I recommend Nathaniel.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2017
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Felony injury to a child
My husband was arrested for injury to a child. His job and his ability to provide for us were on the line. The cops did not do a very thorough investigation, and we were going up against their reactionary decision to arrest. We hired Nathaniel, who did a very thorough investigation and collected evidence to tell my husband's side of the story. Even though the prosecutor felt strongly about the case, Nathaniel was able to persuade the grand jury to no-bill the case. Nathaniel never promised anything to us other than that he would try hard on my husband's case. He did, and the proof is in the pudding. I highly recommend Nathaniel.
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Posted by Dalton | June 28, 2017
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Dismissal
Mr. Nathaniel did a great job handling my case. He was extremely professional, prompt and detail oriented with every action taken. I highly recommend him to anyone for legal advice and assistance in future cases.
Posted by Drayton | May 18, 2017
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Bmv
I think mr. Nathaniel is a very good lawyer he helped me out through the whole entire way at first I thought all hope was lost but at the end mr. Nathaniel made some good things happen for me and if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here today so yes I recommended u get him
Response from Nathaniel Pitoniak May 18, 2017
I enjoyed working on this burglary case, proving your innocence, and getting it dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2017
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Dedicated attorney
My husband, and the father of our son, was arrested for Assault, Failure to Stop and Give Information, and Evading Arrest. Basically, he got into a fender bender and some bad people tried to take advantage of him, because when they heard his accent, they assumed he was here illegally (he's not here illegally). The cops did not see what was actually going on of course because they arrested him and charged him with three cases. Nathaniel worked extremely hard over the course of several months with several different prosecutors to compile evidence and tell my husband's side of the story. In the end, all three cases were dismissed. This case was very important to us because it could have had immigration consequences for my husband--he could have been deported. I recommend Nathaniel to anybody looking for a criminal attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2017
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Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Dismissed
I had no criminal history and was facing up to 20 years in prison.  Nathaniel worked quickly and put together evidence that persuaded the prosecutor to dismiss my case. He was always available to answer questions and his knowledge of how the prosecutor's office works (Because he used to be a DA) really made a difference for me. I am very grateful for the freedom he gave me and his hard work on my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2017
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Family Staying Together Thanks to Nathaniel
I was charged with prostitution.  I have been in this country a long time, but even a deferred adjudication on this case would have made me deportable.  I was terrified that I would be separated from my family.  Nathaniel understood how serious this case was to me and worked very hard on it.  He was always available to meet and answer my questions.  He worked hard on my case and ended up getting me a pre-trial intervention, which has no immigration consequences and means my case will be dismissed.  I did not have to plead guilty. The judge told me that my lawyer had done an excellent job and that this was the best thing possible.  
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2017
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Grandson's felony reduced to Traffic Ticket
Always available to answer questions. Our grandson backed into and off-duty police officer and we so wanted our grandson to not have a felony conviction. He was diligent in gathering evidence to make this happen. He was able to work to well with prosecutors for a good outcome. The judge said he had not seen a deal like this before.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2017
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Hiring Mr. Pitoniak was the best decision I made for myself
I hired Mr. Pitoniak fairly late into my case, because I was getting fed up with the lawyer I hired originally. Best thing I could have ever done for myself. My previous and original lawyer did not care about my well being or best interests. I am a licensed medical professional who developed a substance abuse problem, and suffered legal consequences as a result. Despite my addiction, I always upheld strong moral values in all other aspects of my life. Not only did Nathaniel literally help save my life by convincing me to seek the treatment I didn't realize I needed to stay alive, but he also took time to study my case very thoroughly so that he could represent me so remarkably before the judge. He did such a fantastic job, and is viewed very respectably in the courtroom, that the judge decided to grant a deferred adjudication- something that was initially rejected by the prosecution. Had I stayed with my original lawyer that I hired before I hired Nathaniel, I would have never been so fortunate, nor would I have had a chance at staying sober to this day. Nathaniel was extremely on top of everything every step of the way, and never let anything slip through the cracks. He is an extremely passionate, sharp, and determined lawyer who genuinely cares about his work and his clients' well-being.
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Posted by Charles | April 7, 2017
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Treated me like I was his only client
Needed an defense attorney due to a sting operation in Houston. I was from out of town and had many questions about if I would be going to jail, fined, etc. Nathaniel took my calls every time and assured me he would work to get me the best outcome. He was consistent in keeping me abreast of what is going on and what the next process would be. He was also at every court date and he told the judge every time that he was my representation. In the end he got me a pretrial diversion and this can be removed from my record. Better than I could of ever asked for.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2017
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Case dismissed & Deportation Averted
When my husband and father of our baby got arrested, I was really worried that he would get deported. I chose Nathaniel to represent him because he seemed to care and to have a lot of experience. He told us what to expect without promising anything and knew what evidence was needed to help our case. He presented our case and seemed to be friendly with the prosecutors and court people, who dismissed my husband's case. Anybody looking for a lawyer should hire Nathaniel. My husband and I are truly grateful for all of his help.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2017
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Son's Case Quickly Dismissed
My son made a bad decision in a moment of anger and was arrested over it. He admitted to doing it and I was worried what impact his case would have on his future. Nathaniel never promised any results to me, but it was clear that he knew exactly what the prosecutors would be looking for to justify a dismissal, and got to work quickly on the file before court, e-mailing the prosecutors with evidence and stopping by to chat with them to show what actually happened. He was able to show the whole story of the circumstances leading to my son's arrest, and the prosecutor dismissed his case on the first setting. I recommend Nathaniel Pitoniak to anyone looking to hire a criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2017
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Pre-Trial Intervention on an Employee Theft
I had never been arrested before and was frightened about the prospect of going to jail. The prosecutor's office's policy was that I was not eligible for a deferred adjudication, so the case would have stayed on my record forever, preventing me from ever getting a good job. I was very worried during this process, but Nathaniel always made himself available to speak with me and put me at ease. Nathaniel worked hard to show the prosecutors what kind of person I was and worked with the people who knew me to prepare the necessary evidence. Nathaniel was able to get me a three-month pre-trial intervention, which is basically a three month reset after which my case is dismissed and I can get it expunged. Although I did not have to plead guilty, when we went before the judge he told me that this is a very rare and good deal and said my lawyer had done a good job. I recommend Nathaniel to anyone seeking a criminal defense lawyer. I cannot thank Mr. Pitoniak enough for pretty much saving my young life from being labelled a criminal. It is because of him I will be able to put all of this behind me for the rest of my life. Not only a great attorney, but a great man.
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Posted by miah | January 26, 2017
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Mr. Nathaniel Cary Pitoniak
I had no criminal record and I was facing serious immigration consequences if I plead guilty to the crime I was charged with. Nathaniel Pitoniak promised he would do his best for me and worked heard to gather evidence proving what kind of person I was.This case was very important to me because it had serious immigration consequences for me and my family. If I had plead guilty to the crime I was charge with. I would have faced deportation, even if I had taken a deferred adjudication.Nathaniel was able to persuade the prosecutors to grant me pre trial intervention,which was protected my immigration status. I recommend Nathaniel Pitoniak to anyone who wants a hard working and effective criminal defence attorney.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office Of Nathaniel Pitoniak, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Intern
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Southern District of Texas
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Intern
  • 333rd District Court
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Texas
  • B.A.
  • 2004

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2019
  • Winning Warrior
  • HCCLA
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nathaniel is a dedicated, brilliant attorney with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working on several cases. I’m consistently impressed by his drive and focus on client satisfaction."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nathaniel is a one of the most creative and passionate attorneys I have seen in the courtroom. He is always up for any challenge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is diligent, hard working, and meticulous. Mr. Pitoniak looks into different angles of your case to ensure your rights are protected. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nathaniel is a very hard working and caring criminal defense attorney. He is smart and knowledgeable in criminal law. I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Nathaniel Pitoniak is a highly qualified and hard working defense attorney. When I started my career at the Harris County District Attorney's Office many years ago, he was my first chief prosecutor and trained me on how to evaluate and try misdemeanor cases. Anyone who hires him will be well represented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nathaniel is an extremely intelligent attorney who cares deeply for his clients. He has great work ethic and fights meticulously to get wonderful results for those he represents."
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Houston Criminal defense Lawyer Nathaniel Cary Pitoniak
Nathaniel Cary Pitoniak
Criminal defense Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 16 years
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