I've spent my entire life preparing to be a criminal-defense lawyer. I was raised in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, a famously activist neighborhood. I spent my afternoons as a child in my father's small law practice, where characters from the neighborhood would usually convene. I had an interesting childhood.
After attending The University of Texas at Austin, I spent several years in New York City, where I investigated complaints against police officers.
Law school took me to Los Angeles, a city still dear to my heart, to earn a law degree from at one of the nation's best law schools, USC.
I returned to New York briefly to take the bar there and in New Jersey, before returning to Houston in 2009 to start my law practice.
After several successful years, I closed my practice temporarily to help start the new public defender's office in Houston. There, I implemented a nation-leading program to deliver immigration advice to indigent clients. I trained hundreds of lawyers and judges about immigration law's impact on criminal cases. I also handled many appeals and post-conviction writs, and was lead counsel in many serious trial cases.
I reopened my private law practice in 2014, and am at your service. Call to see how I can help you.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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Andrew Willey, Criminal defense Attorney
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Franklin is the type of attorney that helps his colleagues understand the issues and how to argue around them. He's the one others go to. He knows the effects language and impressions have on each case he handles. I would not want any other appellate attorney on my side. I fully endorse him.
James Sullivan, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I first met Franklin at a Trial Lawyers College seminar in Chicago in 2012, and I found him to be a very personable, knowledgeable and caring lawyer. Since then, I have seen that Franklin gets good results for his clients and works diligently to get them the best result. Anyone would be fortunate to have him as their defense attorney. I highly recommend him.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2009||01/19/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Houston's Best Lawyers||Houstonia Magazine||2014|
|Board Certified - Criminal Appellate Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2014|
|President's Award||Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||2012|
|Member of the Year||Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association||2011|
|Adjunct Professor||University of Houston Law Center||2014 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||Harris County Public Defender||2011 - 2014|
|Attorney and Counselor at Law||Bynum Law Office PLLC||2009 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2011 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project||N/A||N/A|
|Nangurai v. State||Reversed assault conviction, prevented deportation|
|Taylor v. State||Reversed the Court of Appeals|
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|The Defender, (Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association)||Dealing with Immigration Detainers||2010|
|University of Southern California Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|The University of Texas at Austin||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Training Your Defense Team to Win||Pre-trial Motions||2014|
|Your Best Motion Ever||Research Tips and Presentation of Documents||2012|
|Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Immigration Consequences||2012|
|County Criminal Court at Law Immigration Training||Advising the Non-citizen Client||2012|
|TSU Law School Criminal Law Boot Camp||Counseling the Non-citizen Client in a Criminal Case||2011|
|Jan. 2011 meeting, Professional Bondsmen of Harris County||Bail Bond Issues for Clients with Immigration Detainers||2011|
|Dec. 2010 meeting, Galveston County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||What Every Criminal Defense Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law||2010|