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Joseph Francis Hoelscher II

also known as Joe Hoelscher

About me

Joe Hoelscher is a full-service Criminal and DWI Defense lawyer located in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Unlike many attorneys, Joe runs a trial-oriented practice.  He believes that preparing a case for trial is the best way to test the evidence and that by repeatedly proving his willingness to put cases before a jury, he can obtain the best possible outcomes for his clients.


Joe has over 15 years experience in competitive oral argument and public speaking, including award-winning experience teaching at both the high school and university level.  He has competed internationally, appearing on the BBC, and his students have ranked in the top 10 in the United States, both in high school and college, in various debate events.  He is a former national debate champion and a Texas State Champion Coach.  Joe uses his many years of speaking experience to give his clients a voice in court so that their stories will be told in as effective a manner as possible.


Joe handles all types of criminal cases, from tickets to first degree felonies.  His favorite cases, however, are DWIs (Driving While Intoxicated). Additionally, Joe understands that the causes of crime are complex and he has diversified his practice from exclusively criminal law to a general practice designed to support Texans, their families, and small businesses by helping them become as successful as possible, even if they need a second chance.


Joe, as a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, regularly exceeds the required number of Continuing Legal Education hours each year, averaging 3 times as many hours as the state requirement.


Outside the practice of law, Joe, as a native San Antonian, is active in many community organizations, volunteering at Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA), and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Scottish Rite, Beethoven Maennerchor, the World Affairs Council, and the National Rifle Association.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 55%
    9 years, 200 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    9 years, 500 cases
  3. Family: 20%
    9 years



Hourly ($175-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Dustin Snow Whittenburg

    I have known Joe for several years. He is a diligent attorney that advocates vigorously for his clients. I have recommended him in the past to friends and clients. I also know colleagues that have used his services and were well satisfied.


    Dustin Whittenburg Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Justin Allen Hill

    I have known Joe for many years. Unlike many attorneys, Joe is curious, interested and explores all avenues when mounting a defense for his client. I have recommended Joe to everyone I work with and will continue to refer criminal matters to him. I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Justin Hill Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200708/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 DWI Lawyer in Texas - 3 Year AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2016
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in San AntonioSA Scene Magazine2016
Distinguished AttorneyExpert Network2016
Best Lawyers of 2016Scene in SA Magazine2016
Top 30 DWI LawyerSan Antonio Scene Magazine2015
Top 10 DWI Attorney in Texas - 2 Year AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Lawyers of 2015S.A. Scene Magazine2015
Top 30 Criminal Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2015
Top 30 Criminal Defense LawyersSan Antonio Scene Magazine2014
S.A. Lawyers: Best of 2014San Antonio Scene Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 10 DWI Attorneys in TexasAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Rising Star Attorney - Criminal DefenseScene in S.A. Magazine2014
Best Lawyers of 2013San Antonio Scene Magazine2013
Top Criminal Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2013
Rising StarScene in S.A. Magazine2013
Best Lawyers of 2012San Antonio Scene Magazine2012
Best of the Best - Criminal PracticeTexas Lawyers' Group2012
2nd Place OverallNational Criminal Procedure Tournament2005
Order of BarristersBaylor University School of Law2004
Texas State Champion CoachTexas Forensics Association2001
National Debate ChampionInternational Public Debate Association1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney - OwnerHoelscher Law Office2007 - Present
Law Clerk for Judge George Allen54th District Court2006 - 2007
Law ClerkGoldstein, Goldstein & Hilley2005 - 2005
Director of ForensicsTexas Military Institute1999 - 2001
Assistant Director of ForensicsSt. Mary's University of San Antonio1998 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2014 - Present
Central Texas Transportation and Contracting Advisory BoardBoard Member2014 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationMentor, Mentorship Committee2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2008 - Present
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Delta Theta Phi Law FraternityDean2004 - Present
Pi Kappa Delta Forensics Honor SocietyMember with Highest Distinction1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Forensics Lab Shut Down - 1000s of cases affected throughout TexasMisdemeanor DWI Probation
"He's a predator" - Not GuiltyAcquittal by Jury
Bad Breath Test Machine Damages 100s of DWI CasesDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Speedy Trial: Punishing the System for Making Us Wait2015
San Antonio Express NewsWhen Do We Get The Blood Back?2015
San Antonio Business JournalLawyers Adjust Amid Changes In Prosecuting DWIs2015
The San Antonio DefenderSealing Criminal Records2012
Plaza De Armas MagazineFor Poor Defendants, The wheel Spins Once more2011
Plaza De Armas magazineDA Reed: Judge and Jury2011
Plaza de Armas MagazineLawyers Challenge Reduced Fees for Children's Court2011
Chester's Practical Guide To International Trade LawContributor re: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
St Mary's University of San AntonioCommunication StudiesMA - Masters2002
St Mary's University of San AntonioInternational RelationsMA - Masters2002
St Mary's University of San AntonioPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bad Blood?DWI Blood Draws2016
SACDLA Monthly CLEUnsinking the Ship: What to Do When Your Client Has Confessed2015
PTSD: The Elephant in the CourtroomCommunicating With Clients With PTSD2015
Plaintiff Litigation InsightCops As Witnesses: Friend or Foe2015
Bexar RLC Monthly MeetingMarijuana Law in Texas2015
SARCH Monthly Meeting and TrainingHow Judges Affect the Residential Care Industry2012
Bexar County Task Force on Indigent DefenseContract Systems for Indigent Defense2011
SACDLA Monthly CLE Luncheon 6/17/09Changing Lanes: New Directions in Vehicle Search Law2009
Get Up! Radio Show 7/5/09Serving the Community2009
Get Up! Radio Show 6/6/09Open Forum Q & A2009
Get Up! Radio Show 6/20/09Child Support2009
Get Up! Radio Show 6/14/09Choosing a Lawyer: Solo, Small Firm, or Big Law2009
Get Up! Radio Show 5/30/09Criminal and Civil Liability Issues for Non-Profit Organizations2009
Get Up! Radio Show 5/16/09The Role of Non-Profit Organizations in Criminal Justice2009
Community Legal ForumIssues in Non-Profit Formation and Service2009
Criminal Practice Course Winter 2008Starting a Criminal Law Practice2008