Skip to main content

Jennifer Carpenter

Criminal defense Attorney at Friendswood, TX

4.9   189 reviews

also known as J.L. Carpenter

Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I am a determined & dedicated criminal defense attorney who protects the rights & freedom of people accused of DWI, assaults, thefts, fraud & drug possession. Having first practiced as a prosecutor, I have been serving both sides of the bar now for almost 20 years. I am passionate about defending my clients and take pride in the results obtained. Additionally, as a defense attorney, I am a former member of the Harris Co. DWI Court Team dedicated to the rehabilitation of repeat DWI Offenders.

    25 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    There is no question about it: DUI / DWI cases are expensive. What is at stake? Your driver's license, money for fines, increased insurance premiums and possibly your career. As the number of offenses goes up, so do the penalties. As an experienced DUI/DWI defense attorney in Houston, J.L. Carpenter can take your case to court whenever possible and fight for you every step of the way. JL Carpenter provides dedicated & aggressive defense to first time offenders, felony repeat offenders, CDL & BWI

    25 years

FORMER PROSECUTOR/AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE ATTORNEY FREE CONSULTATION CALL TODAY WWW.JLCARPENTERLAW.COM

I am a determined and dedicated criminal defense attorney who protects the rights and freedom of people accused of DWI, assaults, thefts, fraud and drug possession or trafficking. Having first practiced as a prosecutor, I have been serving both sides of the bar now for almost 20 years. I am passionate about defending my clients and take pride in the results obtained.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 10 ...

Photos and videos

View more

Location

Law Office of JL Carpenter
907 S. Friendswood Drive
Suite 202
Friendswood, TX, 77546

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  189 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2014
Experienced, compassionate, confident, honest, trustworthy.
This was our first time to hire a criminal defense attorney. We could not have hired a better one than JL. She was very responsive, from the moment our family members were arrested. She made time for us to meet within 24 hours of the arrest. She guided us through the process so that we knew what to expect and how to handle it. She connected us with an excellent, experienced bondsman. Our loved ones felt cared for and listened to by JL. Our family took great comfort in knowing that she was representing our loved ones. When the accusers drug their feet and would not cooperate with the investigation into what happened, JL recommended a terrific private investigator who, like JL, gave our loved ones and family peace of mind and he also did an excellent job. In the end, the charges against our loved ones were dismissed by the D.A. We couldn't be more pleased with the support that JL provided to us during a very difficult time. We have already recommended JL to friends and family and will continue to do so. You know, you never really want to be in a situation where you need a criminal defense attorney. However, if that day comes, you would be wise and also very pleased with JL Carpenter Rambin as your counsel.
Read less
Posted by Brandon | January 16, 2014
One of a kind, the best you can find !!
I was unfortunately in a circumstance that would have devistated myself my wife's and kid's lives forever. So I had to hire an attorney. I hired an attorney that just wasn't willing to listen to me or fight for my rights. Someone recommended JL Carpenter/Rambin! From the very first phone call her staff was so nice and professional! They didn't just act as if I was another paycheck, they treated me as a person and not just a client. JL, Danita and Ross are they most kind and catering people I have ever met in there profession and just as kind and caring as individuals .Danita stuck by me right along with JL and Ross! JL, is a kind and compassionate person, who cares about her clients as if they are family. She will stand by your side to the very end, she will fight and give her best no matter what the circumstances are! She will take all the facts and give it her all! She took my case to trail and never made me feel as if I was making a wrong choice. The jury came back "NOT GUILTY" but I would have been just as happy with her by my side even if the verdict was other wise, cause I knew she gave it her all and didn't try to take the easy way out. JL,Danita an Ross give 110% to make a bad situation as easy and as comfortable as possible. I couldn't possible put on paper how great of people JL, Danita and Ross are! Nor could I possibly say enough good things about JL and her staff . If you ever find yourself in a circumstance that requires an attorney, you would be doing yourself a favor by looking up JL and her amazing staff ! No matter the circumstance or outcome you will be happy to have this law firm on your side! Thank you JL, Danita and Ross for just being you! You all are just amazing people!! Again I can't say enough great things about JL and her staff!
Read less
Posted by Clint | October 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Guardian Angel
JL has once again saved my life from the criminal justice system. My name is Clint, I'm recently released from Harris County Jail from 3 drug charges, all carrying 25- life. On my date of trial, JL did what she does best and the DA dismissed my charges due to insufficient evidence. This makes 6 cases that JL has gotten dismissed for me since 2014. JL, my family and I thank you.
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter November 4, 2023
Always my pleasure to work for you, but let’s make that the last time! Ha ha Love y’all!
Posted by Kathi | October 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased Client
Exceptional Representation! Ms. Carpenter was readily available, very knowledgeable, informative and I received the Best Possible Outcome. I was extremely pleased working with Ms. Carpenter and I would highly recommend her for any representation you might need!
Response from Jennifer Carpenter November 4, 2023
Awe thank you, Kathi! It was a pleasure working for you!
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great and Intelligent representation
JL got the assault charge dismissed by combing the evidence. Also got a PTI assignment for the DWI and it was dismissed. Plan on expungement with JL when the time comes. Fantastic and responsive.
Response from Jennifer Carpenter October 23, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to do a review. We truly appreciate it!
Posted by Michael | August 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't know anything yet but great so far
I had Jennifer in Harris county and she got me off Scott Free. Then and nowy ex-wife is using her for a case involving Adderall and she was prescribed it. Because it wasn't in the prescribed bottle we are still fighting this. She carpenter has had it postponed. I'm not sure why when the doctor wrote a letter to the courts saying that they did prescribe the Adderall. She has a lot of fight in her.
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter August 26, 2023
Thanks Mike for the review! Glad we were able to bring closure in all these cases. It was a pleasure working for y'all!
Posted by Timothy Abeel | June 26, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
GREAT TEAM WORK
Such a great team work from PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST. It’s been more than a pleasure dealing with PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST whose best and only interest was their clients. I’m finally back on track with my financials and credit score high to 805 TransUnion, 809 Equifax and 811 Experian. I’m going to sustain it for as long as I can. I honestly recommend them to the globe. Contact them via: [email protected]
Read less
Posted by Dale | June 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A fighter for the common people!
Ms JL Carpenter is by far the best lawyer in the Houston area. She understanding and treats you like family. When I found JL, I was on my third lawyer in three years. My other lawyers let me down and failed me. But not JL. She came in at the end of my cases, that were set for jury trial. She fought hard for me and got 2 cases dismissed and another DADJ. Not only has Ms JL help me on my criminal cases, but when I need personal advice, she was able guide me and give me excellent information and advise. IF YOU GO TO JAIL...DEFINITELY CALL JL...
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter June 26, 2023
It was an absolute pleasure to work for you, Dale. We are delighted with the results. Feel free to call on us at anytime.
Posted by Louis | February 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesomeness!!!
What a fantastic Attorney JL Carpenter is! I was charged with Aggravated Assault Family member. I never had to make a court appearance… not once! My case started back in April of 2022. It took a while due to Covid and the courts being backed up but she got my case totally dismissed Feb.2023. I am so grateful! JL is very professional and diligent. She always keeps you updated and never leaves you hanging. Thank you so much JL! I am forever grateful!! God bless you and yours!
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter February 17, 2023
Thank you so much for the glowing review, Louis! It was a pleasure working for you!
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DWI dismissal
I love her! She would be my go-to girl if EVER something were to happen again... which it isn't going to. Just sayin'... Thank you, Jennifer, for all your hard work. XOXO
Response from Jennifer Carpenter May 11, 2022
Thank you so much for the positive review! It was my pleasure to serve you! XOXO
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
JL Carpenter - highly recommend
I highly recommend hiring JL if you ever require legal representation. She and her staff kept me informed and reassured during my case, especially trying to navigate the courts during covid. She is very knowledgeable, communicative and aggressive when needed to get results. Thank you JL Carpenter all your hard work!
Response from Jennifer Carpenter May 11, 2022
Thank you for taking time to leave a wonderful review! We truly appreciate it!
Posted by Peter | May 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jennifer Carpenter is incredible
I had a felony Misdemeanor and didn't know what to do until another attorney referred me to consult Jennifer Carpenter. Jennifer's fee is reasonable and she took my case after consultation .This was during pandemic and all court cases were done virtually. For a matter of fact, the case took a while and I started getting nervous and worried. Finally the case was set for a jury hearing. This is the time you got to trust and have faith in your attorney. When I was down and wondering what to do, Jennifer told me this " Just trust me". This is exactly what I did, I had faith and trusted Jennifer more..I started seeing myself as a freshman even though my case was still on.Jennifer kept updating me on "mycase.com", she new what to do, has experience and knows the system well to navigate your cases. Another thing why i trysted Jennifer was that her office is accessible anytimen i had a question. Jennifer will update her clinets when she takes a family vacation but still accessible through her office or email. Jennifer will always inform her clients to call her incase unthinkable happens and one finds himself or herself in the wrong side of the law. This is a proof that she cares. Just in brief about my case, Jennifer made sure that I will not appear before the jury and she got my case dismissed. I'm confident that what Jennifer did to me, will always do to so many under her watch. " JUST TRUST ATTORNEY JENNIFER CARPENTER ".
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter May 10, 2022
Awe Peter, thank you so much for that wonderful review. We really appreciate it. It was a pleasure working for you.
Posted by Dan | April 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
JL Carpenter and her staff were outstanding!
JL Carpenter and her staff were outstanding from day one. Communication was excellent and we received regular updates from either herself or one of her assistants during the entire legal process that included far too many court reset dates due to the massive backlog of cases in Harris County. JL has extensive legal experience on both sides of the law as a prosecuting and defense attorney and her knowledge of the Harris County court systems inner workings is second to none. JL very successfully defended our case and once the conditions of the court were met our case was granted full dismissal.
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter April 27, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review! It was a pleasure working for your family!
Posted by Brandon | March 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute best attorney I've ever worked with.
JL and her staff were nothing short of amazing to work with. The communication was constant and thorough and they regularly showed real concern for my well being. They treated me like family from day one until JL successfully got the case dismissed. I would highly recommend JL and her staff to anyone in need of an excellent attorney.
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter March 15, 2022
Thank you, Brandon, for the Excellent review! It was an absolute pleasure working for you. Thank you for trusting us. Congrats on closing this chapter of your life!
Posted by Harold | March 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a lawyer should be
JL Carpenter is what an attorney should be. She is in class by herself. I was wrongly accused and charged with a felony. I started calling different attorneys to see who would be willing to DEFEND me. All I got from the others was an offer to get me a plea deal. I did not want a plea deal. I wanted my case to go before a jury and let the cards fall where may. JL took the case, fought with the DA’s office for over two years (because of covid). My case was finally scheduled for trial and the week before JL was able to get the case dismissed and all charges dropped. JL said she would fight for me, and that’s what she did. She was bound and obligated to tell me what my options were. But she never suggested that I take a plea. She fought every step of the way, and won. If I ever needed someone in a foxhole with me, I’d pick her.
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter March 11, 2022
It truly was a pleasure to work for you. Thank you for the opportunity and trust.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Results When You Need the Best
I was charged with my first-ever DWI while on probation for an unrelated case that was years old. Jennifer was able to successfully navigate the covid- lockdown mess of a court system that is Harris County, Texas. I don't know if you are familiar with how Texas law works but if you are charged with anything above a traffic ticket while on probation, then your probation is immediately revoked (regardless of the validity of the new charge). This means that regardless of the fact that I had not been convicted yet of doing anything, the probation court files a motion to send you to prison for years. Mrs. Carpenter was not only able to secure a dismissal on the DWI and allow me to resume my probation, but kept me out of confinement during the entire process. Could not have asked for a better resolution to the whole situation. Thank you again Jennifer for all you have done!!!!
Read less
Posted by Lauren | February 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Exerience! (Both times)
I originally met JL after a class B misdemeanor charge during the worst time of my life. Fortunately, JL was able to get this dismissed. The second time we worked together was on a felony charge. We put it to an end today with results I am very satisfied with. She was able to lessen the charge with the end results being deferred adjudication with probation. Again, no conviction thus no felony record. On top of getting her clients the best results, she works to build professional but “down to earth” relationships with them. Often times, attorneys are accused of grandiose attitudes when talking with defendants. She’s absolutely opposite. She is accessible all the time via email or you can easily schedule an apt with her awesome office staff - Karla and Mo. The goal is to never need her services again but I will say I would never hire another attorney.
Read less
Posted by Ronald | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Court case dismissal
Thank you for all your help on this case you are the best. Dismissed Yeehaw Yeehaw
Posted by Eric | November 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SUPER OUTSTANDING THE BEST IN ON EARTH!!
JL, got my 1st degree felony dismissed with no problem ,her and her Lawfirm kept me up to date with everything! She is busy but she is super dedicated lawyer. what she does how she does it is beyond great! I felt as if i was in gods hands! Other Law firms has failed me in the past. The non court appointed lawyer i hired before JL did not care or examine my case at all, it was no Communication, no guidance, she told me to take the 15-20 years in prison and probation…If you want the best i would definitely suggest you hire JL! She will work with you and fight for you, as if it is her own freedom at risk. You won’t be disappointed! She is the best! The greatest of all time!
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter November 20, 2021
Thank you so much, Eric, for this awesome review. It was a pleasure helping you.
Posted by Roy | October 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ace in the hole!
Always kept me in the loop and was always accessible to answer any questions. J. L would always give me updates on my case as she got them in to let me know she was still working hard on my behalf. Communication was outstanding and she and her staff were very polite and professional and answered any and all questions I had pertaining to my case which was dismissed!
Read less
Response from Jennifer Carpenter October 13, 2021
Thank you, Roy, for taking the time to leave a 5 Star Review....it means a lot to us. We truly enjoyed working for you. Wishing you and your family the absolute best!
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Chip B. Lewis, LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Lawyer/Owner
  • Law Office of JL Carpenter
  • 2006 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • MillsShirley, LLP
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Galveston County District Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Craig Washington Law Firm
  • 2000 - 2001
View all work experience

Education

  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • JD
  • 2000
  • University of Houston
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1997
  • Sam Houston State University
  • 1994
  • Stratford Senior High
  • High School Diploma
  • 1993
View all education

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DWI Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • Indecency of a Child
  • No Billed
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Dismissed
View all legal cases

Associations

  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Houston's Top Lawyers
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2010
  • 2010 Houston's Top 100 Professionals
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2010
  • 2006 Houston's Top Lawyers
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2006

Publications

View all publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Various High Schools
  • Importance of Jury Duty
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (30)
Endorse Jennifer
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Other
"I have had the opportunity to experience true compassion mixed with experience and zeal for justice for Clients as is the practice of Counsel. I admire her commitment to keep her mind, her body, her spirit and her skills top notch for positive results. I endorse this lawyer"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor, I had many cases against Jennifer Carpenter. Jennifer has the rare ability of being a relentless advocate for her clients while remaining personable. Anyone facing criminal charges would be well served by seeking her representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have never met a more passionate attorney that always fights hard for her clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. When someone contacts me needing potential criminal defense help, I refer them to JL, because JL cares, works hard and fights to protect the rights of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The epitome of what it is to be a force to be reckoned with. JL is compassionate and her relentless pursuit for the truth is unmatched. If I were in a bind, she would be on the short list of my calls. Oh and she prays... I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, Jennifer Carpenter is a well-respected, thorough, and knowledgeable attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of working with Ms. Carpenter and her DWI/DUI clients for about the last 5 years. Ms. Carpenter is an excellent attorney who is always fighting for her clients and is in constant communication with her clients regarding the status of their case. I fully endorse Ms. Carpenter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"She is a great attorney. She is intelligent, hard working, and cares for her clients. I learned a lot when I interned for her during law school. I enjoyed going to court and shadowing her as she worked."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"J.L. is a passionate criminal defense lawyer. Everyone in all the courts like her. She gets results and works hard for them, I hold her in high esteem."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JL has a great heart and is overly helpful to me. It is clear that she will handle any case with full attention and care to every client, while being aggressive in fighting for them. I endorse her fully."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known JL since her early days as a prosecutor. She was a fantastic litigator then and is now a top gun defense attorney. Her down-to-earth personality coupled with her relentless advocacy is unparalleled. I'd highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. JL is as great a lawyer as she is a person. She's willing to go the extra mile for her clients and truly cares about their futures. She's adept at getting her clients great results and, if necessary, will do an excellent job in front of a jury if the case requires a trial."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. J.L. is a fantastic lawyer. She listens to her client's needs and addresses them head on. I would highly recommend her services"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JL is an intelligent lawyer who understands the daunting complexities of the Texas code of criminal procedure. But more than that, JL is able to use her extensive knowledge of the law to provide excellent representation to her clients when they need it most. I have no doubt that should you hire JL your rights will be well protected."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
View more endorsements
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Civil rights
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
DUI and DWI
Criminal defense
Speeding and traffic ticket
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Transportation
Criminal defense
DUI and DWI
Criminal defense