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Kelly Denise Benavides

Criminal defense Attorney at Houston, TX

4.2   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kelly

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As a native Texan, Attorney Kelly D. Benavides understands the challenges faced by the state’s drivers. With over 20 years of experience, a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, and a long list of satisfied clients, she has earned a reputation as the Houston traffic ticket lawyer people can trust. Ms. Benavides received her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Houston, then her Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.


Kelly Denise Benavides
533 Studewood St.
Houston, TX, 77007

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4.2 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by Chris | February 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Benavides is very professional she got my case dismissed, and I'm really appreciate her hard work and dedication to help her clients. I highly recommend her. I definitely will use her again. Chris
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review for legal services I had in the past. Amazing lawyer and staff I wish the best and hope they keep doing what there doing
She was a big help on 2 dui cases and a felony case she kept me out of prison the first and add a jail the second time . Also a wonderful staff . Hoping I never have to use her again but if I do I’ll hire her again
Posted by Linda V. | March 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed/Excellent Service
Definitely will recommend, had a couple of traffic violations. Kelly and her office staff were always very responsive and professional keeping me informed from start to finish. What a great team !!
Posted by Dawn | November 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience!
Kelly has helped me with removing 2 tickets off of my record. This has helped reduce my car insurance. In addition, I have known Kelly for many, many years....I know her very well and I still hired her. That should tell you what type of person she is. I wouldn't use ANYONE else!!!
Posted by Jose | August 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good lawyer
She is a good lawyer got my dui dismiss my cousin told me about her I recommend her thanks for your help....
Posted by Sarah Sims | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Kelly was proficient, professional & understanding, not to mention the best price in Houston! She made me feel very confident & comfortable the entire time she had my case. Never once made me question myself, my case or her! I don't foresee any more trouble in my future however if it arises I'll be calling her again! Thank you once again Kelly you're amazing!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unfortunate victim of a wrongful indecent exposure charge. From the first day of consultation to the court hearings, Kelly made me feel that there was hope to come out of this terrible circumstance. Not only did she get my case dropped the arrest record was expunged. Kelly-I didn't know how good you were but I know now.
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2014
Excellent service!
I got a speeding ticket. I called them after a quick online search. Phone picked immediately and everything done within minutes. Best fees compared other attorneys I called. They started their paperwork and after couple of weeks, pam ticket dismissed. Strongly recommended!
Posted by Heather | March 9, 2014
I have personally Hired Ms. Kelly Benavides several times. My First time to hire Her was in 2002 for Several Traffic Violations. She was always punctual, thorough and explained to me in detail what was going on. On those charges she got them Dismissed!!! I was So Satisfied that I hired Her again in 2005 for a 1st Degree Felony Possession with intent to deliver and Revocation of Deferred Probation. She was very proffesional and again always Punctual and made me feel Like more than just a paycheck! She kept me informed every step of the way!!! They wanted to put me away in Prison and she got Me Into a rehab for Woman With Children. I definitely would recommend Her to anyone. She Knows what she's doing and doesn't just treat you as a client but as a person with feelings
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Posted by Kendice | September 3, 2013
My only lawyer to go to from now on
Received a traffic ticket with the wrong speed limit recorded. Consulted with different lawyers and they all just wanted to make easy money out of this case. Emailed Kelly and she responded right away by explaining to me that with this error on the ticket, it should be dismissed easily. The district I got my ticket from was out of Kelly's region but she still handled my case with reasonable fee. Within a month, I got into a "hit-and-run" scam. Two people in a ghetto car trying to blame me for causing some scratch on their car without any collision at midnight. They even threatened me for calling the cops. I got scared and contacted Kelly via email at 2am and she responded RIGHT AWAY and taught me how to respond and handle this kind of scam. For my first ticket, her office rescheduled my court date and sent someone to handle and get the ticket dismissed. She is responsive, trustworthy, knowledgeable, helpful, and professional.
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Posted by Robert | July 8, 2013
"Great Job Kelly and Team!"
I had a speeding ticket that actually was scheduled to go to trial. Kelly and her team did an excellent job working with the judge and prosecutor to hear my version of events. My case was dismissed. Thanks Kelly and team!
Posted by Steven | October 10, 2012
Awesome Lawyer
I had a DWI case that went to trail. I was really nervous and the prosecutors had a team of 3 people against me, however after seeing Kelly in action I knew that the jury would come back with a NOT GUILTY decision. I was right!!!!
Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2012
Great Experience
Kelly was a wonderful individual to work with in my legal maters. She took the time to fully understand my story. She kept me well posted over the phone and via text, and on my day in court got my case dismissed very quickly. Kelly seemed to have excellent rapport with the prosecution and I think this helped in my matter greatly. Beyond that, and because my case was dismissed quickly, Kelly even offered to work with me on an expunction without additional fees (beside court processing fees). I would recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2012
Excellent DWI Lawyer
Kelly is a professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I am very pleased with her services and the outcome of my case. I highly recommend Kelly for anyone in need of an experienced and trustworthy attorney.
Posted by John | March 13, 2012
All my worries are gone!
I've hired attorneys in the past - and most were just after the cash. One even failed to show up to my court hearings which then created more problems than I originally had - so when I asked Kelly to represent me - I couldn’t help it – I feared the worse – (only because I was preconditioned because of my past experiences). Kelly surprised me. Not only was she professional, but she was quick, on time and made me feel like nothing was impossible. She didn't fill my head with delusions, but rather the facts - and said to me –“Don’t worry - We will do everything we can to get it dismissed!” Each court appearance - I was met first thing in the morning, I was explained what was about to happen, and then was elated by the outcome - DISMISSED - I was so happy I almost started to cry. I believe in her, I trust her, and you should too! Thanks Kelly - you are an attorney with a heart, soul and conviction to get the job done!
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Posted by Taylor | April 27, 2011
All Charges Dropped
Kelly is a very knowledgeable and dependable lawyer. She stays current on the law and definitely knows what she is doing. You can trust that she will do her best for you. I had two tickets and Kelly had both tickets dismissed. You can't ask for a better lawyer!!
Posted by Silky | February 25, 2011
Excellent lawyer, very responsible and ethical.
I have been using Kelly for years. I first me her in 2002, and she's been my to lawyer ever since. She goes the extra mile to help, and is reasonable priced. Answers messages promptly, shows up to Court prepared, and gets the best outcome possible. What more can you ask for?
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2011
Speeds and Feeds
My experience was that this attorney was responsive, helpful and aided in a favorable result for me. Good work!
Posted by veronica | December 16, 2010
Unjustified charges
If you need someone dependable, honest and committed to justice, Ms Benavides is your gal. Kelly helped dismiss bogus charges against me and was always very thorough on what I should expect and never sugar coated anything. She's kept constant communication regarding my case no matter the day. I've never had to deal with the legal system, lawyers or courts but I have gained a much more concrete understanding of how the law works with Kelly's help. I highly recommend Ms Benavides to anyone who values honesty and hard work.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2010
DWI great lawyer
Kelly did a great job representing me on a DWI. She saved my life. Without a doubt, I'd use her again. It was my first time dealing with the legal system, and she held my hand like a child with baby.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Benavides Law Firm
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Municipal Judge
  • City of Spring Valley
  • 2006 - Present
  • Associate Municipal Judge
  • City of Baytown
  • 2002 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Benavides & McLellan Law Firm
  • 2002 - 2012
  • City Attorney
  • City of Houston Legal Department
  • 1997 - 2002
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  • Texas Southern University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. E.B.
  • Dismissed
  • State v. B.C.
  • No Billed by Grand jury
  • State v. J.R
  • Dismissed
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  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2012 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Municipal Judges Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • Municipal Justice Bar Association of Texas
  • 2003 - Present
  • Texas Municipal Courts Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Top Gun DWI XVIII
  • Top Gun DWI XVIII
  • 2020
  • Regional Judges Seminar
  • Regional Judges Seminar
  • 2020
  • Scholarship Banquet
  • Keynote speaker
  • 2011
  • Harris County Municipal Justice Bar Association
  • Criminal Defense
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (15)
Endorse Kelly
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kelly for years. She is a warrior in the courtroom and fights for her clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Kelly on a few occasions when I was a prosecutor. She is a great attorney, I highly recommend her!"
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I handled a case for her in Muni court and her firm is top rate-Number One in this area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kelly has personally helped me with traffic matters and got them dismissed even before the first court date. I strongly recommend Kelly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is well respected and an aggressive attorney in the courtroom. I recommend her services to anyone in need of criminal defense representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is in the courthouse everyday fighting for her clients. Whether its a misdemeanor or a felony, she does everything possible to get a wonderful result for her client. I endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Kelly for a few years. Apart from being a great person, she is knowledgeable and an aggressive advocate for client’s rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Kelly Benavides for many years and she is a very dependable and hard working criminal defense attorney. I am proud to have her as a colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kelly Benavides throughout much of her professional career as prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and judge. She is conscientious, personable and trustworthy and I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly Benavides has always fought hard for her clients, no matter what the charge is. I have seen her do well on a traffic case as well as on more serious misdemeanor or felony cases. I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is a great lawyer and a great person who cares very much about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Benavides and I have tried several cases together and she is a gifted trial lawyer. She has helped me win several cases with her keen cross examination and eye for detail. It is a pleasure to know her professionally."
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Houston Criminal defense Lawyer Kelly Denise Benavides
Kelly Denise Benavides
Criminal defense Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 27 years
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