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Jennifer Carpenter

Criminal defense Attorney at Friendswood, TX

4.9   182 reviews

also known as J.L. Carpenter


Licensed for 22 years

Virtual consultation available

About Jennifer

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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.

    24 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

    24 years

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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.

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Licensed for 22 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2000
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  182 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Jennifer received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
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.
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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!
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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
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!
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 ".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!!!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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!
Posted by Jimmy | September 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
JL and her team did an OUTSTANDING job for me. When I first met with JL and her team I was comfortable and secure with the decision I had made with hiring them as my attorney. They were exceptional, informative, professional, responsive, intuitive, and excellent to work with. They handled everything with the court system. I strongly recommend JL and her team. They got my case dismissed. My blood alcohol level was .217. They are extremely good at what they do and very knowledgeable about the laws and the system.
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Response from Jennifer Carpenter September 28, 2021
Thank you, Jimmy, for taking the time to leave such a great review! It was a true pleasure working for you!
Posted by Michael | August 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!!!!!!
JL is the best Attorney I've ever encountered 2 different cases both dismissed, she's my guardian angel, very thankful for her , mo and Carla, excellent!!!!!
Response from Jennifer Carpenter August 24, 2021
Thank you so much, Michael, for the great review! It is always our pleasure to work for you, but hoping you won't need us. May God Bless you and your family.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr.
I had hoped for a dismissal of a DWI charge. J.L. was not able to get this done, but she negotiated a plea deal that I found acceptable. I dearly hope to not be in this situation again, but some overenthusiastic police officers can make arrests which are quite questionable. Should this happen to me, I will certainly consult with J.L. to represent me in all dealings with the judiciary system.
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Response from Jennifer Carpenter July 25, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5 Star Review!
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
INCREDIBLE!!!
I am writing this review on behalf of my attorney Jennifer Carpenter. Jennifer and her staff did an outstanding job on my case. I’ve known that JL was a very distinguished and professional attorney for many years and have several times where I have worked with her on other cases to help assist clients with their needs. I had never personally need representation until this past year. The outcome to my case was exactly what I’ve seen and heard over the years with JL…Dismissed! I/my family obviously couldn’t be happier with the work that was put in on our case! 5 Stars from a very satisfied client! Thank you JL!!
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Response from Jennifer Carpenter June 23, 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a 5 Star Review!
Posted by Michael | June 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast, efficient, effective
I hired Jennifer for a wrongful DUI arrest. I had not been drinking or on any drugs, it was very late and I was drowsy. When doing the sobriety tests, the officer asked if there were any medical issues that might affect my balance. The officer ignored me when I said I had nerve pain on my right leg that is in constant pain and I have numbness in my right foot. I have balance problems as a result. As soon as I wobbled a little she put me under arrest. The officer was under scrutiny for bad stops. After reviewing the dashcam footage, Jennifer was able to get my case dismissed without me having to appear in court. I live a few hours away from Galveston and did not have to make the drive or get a hotel room.
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Response from Jennifer Carpenter June 9, 2021
Thank you, Michael, for the great client review! It is greatly appreciated. We truly enjoyed working for you, especially with all the transition you were going through at the time. So happy you are on the upward swing in life!
Posted by Sergio | May 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and highly recommended
JL and her team handled my case with due diligence and made us feel welcome and comfortable through out this process. Even when I was discouraged at the onset, JL advised to hold steady for a full dismissal. Her transparency and professionalism are a hallmark of her work ethic and she genuinely worked to get justice in our favor. I highly recommend JL and am grateful she handled my case.
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Response from Jennifer Carpenter May 11, 2021
Thank you, Sergio, for trusting us with your situation. We truly enjoyed working for you.
Posted by James | April 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
I had a DWI case I was put on probation for that I was unable to complete, needless to say ended up a violation of probation charge. The warrant loomed over my head for about 2 years before I was pulled over and taken to jail. I bonded out and hired Jennifer and her team to help me get my life back together, Jennifer ended up getting the whole thing dismissed and me free of any further probation. I was in tears when I left her office. I owe her and her team more then I can ever pay. I highly recommend this firm to any person in need of representation.
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Response from Jennifer Carpenter April 25, 2021
Thank you, James, for the great review! It was a pleasure working for you!
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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
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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
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Legal Cases

  • DWI Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Dismissed
  • Indecency of a Child
  • No Billed
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Associations

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

Languages Spoken

  • English

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

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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."
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