Joseph Richard Gutheinz Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney at Friendswood, TX
Licensed for 25 years
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21 years, 50 cases
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Joe Gutheinz is the General Partner in the Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP and is licensed to practice law before several courts, to include the Texas Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th, 8th 10th and 11th Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He is a former Commissioner on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection; he is a former Commissioned Member of the Texas State Council on Sex Offender Treatment and is a Former Member of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Advisory Committee on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments. As a college instructor, he has taught over 200 graduate and undergraduate Criminal Justice, Risk Management and Mediation classes for three colleges and one law school.
Joe has served as a consultant on aviation and space related cases for both the government and the defense. He is a retired Senior Special Agent with NASA’s Office of Inspector General and a former Special Agent with both the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and F.A.A. Civil Aviation Security. He is a former Army Intelligence Officer and Aviator. For his service, he has received the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency Career Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, The NASA Superior Accomplishment Award, a Special Commendation from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal. He is a past top graduate (Honor Graduate) of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Criminal Investigator’s Course and a past Distinguished Graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's OIG Basic Course. He holds six college degrees and eight teaching credentials, is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is a former Commercial Pilot.
Joe has been featured in two documentaries "Missing Moon Rocks" & "Moon for Sale”; he was featured on several television shows to include Oprah Winfrey Network’s "Unbelievable Mysteries Solved", History Channel 2's "Lost History with Brad Meltzer", BBC 2's "Stargazing Live" and eleven episodes of NASA's Unexplained Files on the Science Channel. On June 13, 2015, "Missing Moon Rocks", which is a documentary he both appeared in and was about a part of his life, earned an Emmy Award for best Historical Documentary. He is also the subject in a novel by Joe Kloc "The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks". Presently Joe is being filmed in a full length movie provisionally titled "Operation Lunar Eclipse"; this movie is about one of Joe’s cases when he went undercover as a NASA OIG Senior Special Agent. Joe is married and has six sons, two of whom are his law partners.
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