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Richard Martin P. Canlas

Criminal defense Attorney at The Woodlands, TX

4.8   43 reviews

Licensed for 25 years

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Defending clients from investigation, to trial, and appeal. Specifically but not limited to white-collar/fraud/theft, assault/murder/sex offenses, juvenile, weapons, drug and intoxication offenses

    26 years

  2. Appeals
    15%
    All Civil and Criminal Appeals where the client is not satisfied with the result of the trial court, court of appeals, or other administrative hearing. I also specialize in post conviction writs of habeas corpus when when direct appeal is exhaused

    26 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    10%
    All intoxication offenses, driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, boating while intoxicated, flying while intoxicated, intoxication assault, pubic intoxication

    26 years

  4. Federal crime
    5%
    All areas where the US Federal Government is investigating or charging individuals or entities with crimes or violations of administrative regulatory rules. Specifically but not limited to Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Drugs, Firearms etc.

    26 years

  5. Sex crime
    5%
    I represent individuals under investigation or charged with sex crimes, including but not limited to aggravated, sexual assault, prostitution, crimes against children, online solicitation, continuous sexual abuse

    26 years

  6. White collar crime
    5%
    All areas of fraud (medicare, bank, financial), money laundering, investigations by the federal government

    26 years

GOT TROUBLE? CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALIST RICHARD MARTIN P. CANLAS BOARD CERTIFIED IN CRIMINAL LAW

Dedicated to the relentless pursuit of protecting your legal rights amidst the unending maelstrom of injustice --- Richard Martin P. Canlas, Esq

A 20 plus year veteran practicing as a criminal defense lawyer, Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, 1994 BA Honors Degree & 1997 JD Law Degree   

 

 

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Licensed for 25 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1997
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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Richard Martin P. Canlas, Attorney at Law, Richard Canlas, Esq.
1095 Evergreen Circle
The Woodlands, TX, 77380
Richard Martin P. Canlas, Esq.
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4.8 / 5.0
  43 customer reviews
Posted by Staci | December 2, 2022
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Felony THC Case Dismissed.
We hired Mr. Canlas to represent our son. Mr. Canlas came to us highly referred, and I am so grateful to his guidance getting my son's felony drug charge dropped. Our son was 17 years old at the time campus police found a Delta 8 vape pen in his car during school hours and on school property. There was a K-9 Unit on campus, which led to a search of my son's car, and then his arrest. Mr. Canlas was always direct and very responsive to emails throughout the ordeal. There were never any questions left unanswered. We were informed every step of the way, would hire again and highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2021
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Best Attorney Around
After doing some research on other attorneys in the area, I hired Richard Canlas to represent me in my case. He sticks to the facts of the case, and keeps the process as simple and direct as possible. He remains in communication with the courts during the case, and will push toward a jury trial if necessary. I really appreciate the effort he applied. Thanks again
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Posted by Monica | June 29, 2021
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The Best Lawyer to choose.
Richard Canlas is such a great lawyer to have. If you're in need of a Lawyer to help you with your case, you should choose him. He helped me out and was always responsive. Any information that he needed, I gave it to him and he would handle it according to the law. I am so Grateful and Thankful that I had the privilege to have him as a lawyer. Even though every case is different, I was Blessed and Lucky but I'm positive that he will handle your case accordingly so that you will not have to worry about what your outcome will be. Thank you again Richard. You Tha Man Fa Sho!!!
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Posted by Alicia | June 4, 2021
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Honesty. Integrity. Transparency
Richard Canlas represented my husband better than I could have ever imagined. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained, My husband’s life was truly at risk with the charge he was facing (first-degree felony murder) even tho it was a self defense case the DA was out to take my husband life away. Richard NEVER gave up and worked countless hours on his case, and was always very patient, and professional! We became a family because we cummunicated so much throughout this process, Richard showed his true emotional towards my husband’s life and that was our main goal for choosing amazing attorney. Richard and his team put so much preparation into the case I couldn’t have asked for anything more! I was particularly impressed with his knowledge of the process and his straightforward advice. He's been doing this for some time and has not only good lawyer instincts but hard earned wisdom. In the trial phase it was clear how thoroughly Richard and his team had prepared, he accepted our case knowing it would be a tough one. He showed compassion for us and the trauma my husband and I had both been through I highly recommend Richard Canlas. He’s a WINNER!!!! My husband can still have his life with his 3 daughters and wife again thanks to Richard and his team!!!
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Posted by Alicia | June 3, 2021
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Honesty. Integrity. Transparency
Richard Canlas represented my husband better than I could have ever imagined. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained, My husband’s life was truly at risk with the charge he was facing (first-degree felony murder) even tho it was a self defense case the DA was out to take my husband life away. Richard NEVER gave up and worked countless hours on his case, and was always very patient, and professional! We became a family because we cummunicated so much throughout this process, Richard showed his true emotional towards my husband’s life and that was our main goal for choosing amazing attorney. Richard and his team put so much preparation into the case I couldn’t have asked for anything more! I was particularly impressed with his knowledge of the process and his straightforward advice. He's been doing this for some time and has not only good lawyer instincts but hard earned wisdom. In the trial phase it was clear how thoroughly Richard and his team had prepared, he accepted our case knowing it would be a tough one. He showed compassion for us and the trauma my husband and I had both been through I highly recommend Richard Canlas. He’s a WINNER!!!! My husband can still have his life with his 3 daughters and wife again thanks to Richard and his team!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2020
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Felony Reduced to a Misdemeanor Class B
Mr. Canlas represented me when I was 17 years old, and I am thankful to this day that my family hired him. At the time of my crime, I was caught up with a bad crowd and making poor decisions which landed me in some trouble. When Richard came into the picture, he had his work cut out for him because I had already confessed my non-violent crime to the police. It was an uphill battle from there, but he guided me every step of the way. Richard never took any shortcuts and worked to get pre-trial diversion first. When that was unsuccessful he started working on the next best thing, and so on and so forth. Eventually, my case reduced from a felony to a class B misdemeanor and I received 5 months of probation (first time offender). Without Richard, I would not be where I am today. The entire experience put me on the straight, and it wasn't until recently that I realized how lucky I was to have someone like Richard in my corner.
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Posted by Jon | August 20, 2020
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Lifesaver
I found myself in a position that I never thought I would never be in, I reached out to some trusted contacts and Richard's name came up repeatedly. I set an appointment, he listened and retained all of the facts, the next day I brought him his retainer and he got to work, he did not over promise and he shot me straight, he really knows his way around the judicial system and I put 100% trust in him and he proved to be the right choice, during our first court appearance, the district attorney made an offer and he could have easily advised me to take it to close the case, but he really encouraged me to keep fighting and I am glad I did, charges dismissed!!! Thank you Richard! Highly recommend!! J.c
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Posted by Sandra | March 19, 2020
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He is a lifesaver!
I will forever be grateful for the work Mr. Canlas did on my son's behalf. He was contacted, immediately responded and collected the information needed to make sure my son was protected from a false charge that would have ruined every aspect of his life. He kept me informed as to what steps were being taken and the progress being made to ensure my son was fully represented. Mr. Canlas is very professional and achieved a successful conclusion.
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Posted by Ryan | April 10, 2019
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Gets the job done!
Great lawyer! Really works hard to find the best outcome. Always updated me on what’s going on.
Posted by Gary | March 3, 2018
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Have Richard Canlas on your side
My experience with Richard was Excellent! I worked with him remotely. He always responded to my email questions timely, with excellent follow-up and completeness. Fairly priced and a Hard Worker. Highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2017
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GREAT LAWYER!!!!
Mr. Canlas was extremely prepared and knowledgeable when coming to court. He had his questions lined up with no pauses and made an impressive argument. We were very impressed with Mr. Canlas and would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
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This is the attorney you will want!
We are so grateful to Mr. Canlas for the excellent handling of our sons case.   We had to make sure the right attorney represented our son, whom was not only facing erroneous felony charges, but whom had made the mistake of talking willingly to police before obtaining an attorney (never do even when innocent!)  After researching and interviewing a few other criminal law attorneys,  whom were highly capable, we hired Richard by the end of our first meeting. His immediate attention and keen knowledge of the legalities of the situation and the avenues to investigate, dispute and apply the best strategy was beyond impressive! He kept my son (and us) informed and prepared. He had my son's full respect throughout the time and process. 100% sure he was the best and right attorney for our son!  Mr. Canlas pursued and won a complete DISMISSAL of the case!!!  We highly, highly recommend him!!
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Posted by Craig | May 10, 2017
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Mr. Canlas got me the best possible outcome in my case.
Richard Canlas's represented me in my case (POCS). It was a tough case in an even tougher court. He met my expectations consistently throughout the case. Mr. Canlas communication was excellent, and he made himself available when I had any questions or needed clarification. I was satisfied with the result in my case. I would use Richard again if needed and recommend him to friends or family. He is truly a top tier attorney.
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Posted by Alec | May 2, 2017
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Answers on first ring and is the best I've seen.
Mr. Canlas was very professional, focused, available, and commited to getting my charge dismissed from a theft charge. He was 100% the best choice i could have made, and always on top of everything. Mr. Canlas gave me the results I wanted!
Posted by Lea | March 6, 2017
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Out Standing Attorney
Mr Richard Canlas represented my son, he had 4 felony and he got the DA to drop all but 2, he was facing 25 years and our family did not know what to do since he had a Court appointed attorney that was on the case for a year and nothing was done, then a private attorney was hired and he did not do anything and he was on the case a year, Mr Canlas was hired and within a few weeks after being on the case, and he got the case settled. My son was in jail over 2 years. He is am excellent attorney and I would recommend him very highly. If anyone needs a good attorney he is the one to hire, he gets things done
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Posted by Christian | February 24, 2017
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Great lawyer
Richard was one of the most straight forward attorneys I have ever hired he was very specific on what was needed to be done before my court date I followed all his steps and succedeed in my case he is very specific on what needs to be done though he may sound rough at first this man knows the law and is very professional very good and professional lawyer if there was more than 5 stars I would without a doubt give It to him I had a possession charge and he was able to put me on a pre trial intervention
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Posted by Nasir Shah | October 12, 2016
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Outstanding Results
Please use Richard Canlas for your needs. This is someone who can immediately recognize your problems & get you to your desired results correctly & effectively. He has the intelligence to correctly visualize & identify the situation & provide the right guidance. In my case he was able to get me to exactly the point that I was going to face. His knowledge & authenticity was remarkable or I should say second to none. Highly recommended by my experience.
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Posted by Michael | May 19, 2016
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Outstanding DWI service
Mr. Canlas provided very specific advice on a recent DWI case. After initial consultation and review, options were explained and allowed for an informed defense choice. This case was handled a bit further out (Waller county) than his home base of Conroe, yet it was clear that he had established relationships with prosecutors and court members which smoothed the process. While he appears to primarily handles felonies, he treated this misdemeanor charge with professionalism and ended in a dismissal.
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Posted by James Hutto | December 29, 2015
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Excellent, Professional, Top Quality
I was arrested in February 2014 for a possession of marijuana charge. This was a first time offense, and could have led to probation and fines, but Canlas had me go through a few programs and do some community service before my court date was set. In the end, my case was flat out dismissed. He was always available to talk if I needed, and had all court procedures taken care of when I needed to be there. Thank you, Mr. Canlas! You were extremely helpful through these tough times.
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Posted by JK | November 28, 2015
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Excellent attorney
I hired Mr Canalas a few months ago and I am ever greatful for his excellent work. He is very knowledgeable in criminal legal matters. Right away he understood my case and outlined what he needed to do. He defended me and had the false charges dismissed against me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer, Attorney at Law, Esquire
  • Richard Martin P. Canlas, Esquire
  • 1997 - Present

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • JS v State, 9th Court of Appeals
  • Acquitted on Appeal
  • State of Texas v. J.T.
  • Not Guilty
  • State of Texas v. JT
  • Not Guilty on all counts
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Associations

  • U.S.A. Cycling
  • Registered Domestic Road Racer
  • 2009 - Present
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Member, Board Certified in Criminal Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2022
  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2021
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law Since 2009
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • 3rd Annual Superstars Criminal Seminar in Bentwater
  • Protecting Your Client from the Overzealous Prosecutor
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (4)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard's superb trial record speaks for itself. He has gone head to head with the best prosecutors in the area and walked away victorious."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Canlas is a rare gunslinger. He never backs down from the government. He is not afraid to go toe-to-toe against the prosecutors in the courtroom. He fights vigorously for the rights of his clients and is a true foot soldier of the U.S. Constitution. He has a command of the issues in Criminal Law and uses that knowledge to the benefit of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Richard is a great attorney and was one of the first attorneys that I tried a contested hearing against in Montgomery County. He did extremely well for his client. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Canalas. He is well respected and a bright legal mind; capable of handling any criminal matter that may arise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Simply put, Richard is a great attorney. I have worked both against him on some cases and with him on others. Richard is hard working, knowledgeable, and experienced; a truly intimidating package. I would, no doubt, recommend Richard to anyone looking for a lawyer. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard knows what he is doing and is always looking out for his client's best interests. He is a true professional and consistently wins."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is always working hard on behalf of his clients. He protects their rights and gets outstanding results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Canlas is well respected and very qualified to represent those accused. He cares about his clients and believes in the Constitution. I highly recommend you consider hiring Mr. Canlas if you or a loved one is facing criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Richard is a lawyer who fights for his clients. He is always striving to do his best, to promote his Client's best interest, and in so doing advance the cause of justice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am rarely impressed with another lawyer's work ethic and dedication. Richard is a standout in terms of his preparation and dedication to being the best. He is a lawyer's lawyer and after working with him, I am glad that he is on the defense side and not the prosecution. He is a formidable opponent that is deeply commited to his client's best interests."
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