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Joe D. Gonzales

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

4.8   22 reviews

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Joe has over 25 years of criminal law experience, having served as a former prosecutor, Judge and now experienced criminal trial attorney. Having tried well over 200 jury and bench trials to a final verdict, Joe has been consistently voted among the Best Lawyers in San Antonio by his peers.
Licensed for 34 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1988
Updated 02/05/2023

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Joe D. Gonzales & Associates Criminal Attorneys
1924 N Main Ave.
San Antonio, TX, 78212-3942

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Posted by Becky | January 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Are you looking for someone who truly cares about YOU?
We were desperate and needed someone that would hear our small voice in a huge system. Mr. Gonzales came highly recommended. The professional staff helped us secure an appointment immediately. After our consultation, we knew this was the place for us and hired him on the spot. Mr. Gonzales is professional, personable, knowledgeable, honest, caring and helpful. He gave us his contact number and made himself available 24/7. Any time I contacted him, I always received a return call or message without delay. If he was not available for any reason, we would still receive a return call or message from attorney Christian Henricksen. These two attorneys are a true DREAM TEAM. He exceeded our expectations. He is not just an awesome attorney, he is an awesome person. If you have found yourself or a family member in need of an attorney, Mr. Gonzales comes with the highest of recommendations. Thank you for everything Mr. Gonzales.
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Posted by Josephine | September 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I was referred to Mr. Joe Gonzales by a law enforcement colleague who had dealt with him several times while working cases at the DA’s office. I was given Mr. Gonzales’s cell number and calling him was the best decision I had ever made. My initial meeting and impression of Mr. Gonzales was that he was a professional and he listened attentively while I explained what had occurred that led up to my arrest and charge. He understood that I could not accept anything but a dismissal or an acquittal or I would lose my career and future goals. He advised me that he would be working with a team that included Mr. Christian Henrickson and that I would be getting two lawyers for the price of one. I struggled emotionally through a year and a half of court dates until the case went to trial. Despite all my fears, Mr. Gonzales and his team reassured me and I knew they believed in my innocence. When Mr. Gonzales goes into “trial mode” it’s amazing. His cross examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and complainant were direct and strategically effective. The trial was very stressful for me and as we were waiting for the jury to return with their verdict after deliberation I will never forget how terrified I was and how Mr. Gonzales calmingly placed his hand on mine and smiled and said, “Do not lose your faith now.” He was confident until the very end and even when I had feared the worst he believed in my case. The jury came back very quickly with a unanimous decision and acquitted me of the charge. I will never forget what I went through to fight for the truth and I will never forget how hard Mr. Gonzales and his team fought for me. They were amazing and I felt so blessed to have them fighting in my corner. Joe, from the bottom of my heart I want thank you and will never forget what you did. I would recommend Joe Gonzales to anyone who needs a lawyer because I truly believe and know from experience that he and his team are the best lawyers a person can have. His integrity, experience, and knowledge are assets for anyone who needs a professional lawyer to fight for their case. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Jacquelyn | July 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney with integrity
I was very concerned about what attorney would represent me. I wanted and attorney that would they be fair and understanding to my case. I was driving up IH35 and saw a billboard with Joe Gonzales picture and phone number. I decided at this time I would like to schedule a meeting with him to discuss my case. My first meeting with Joe was professional and honest, he allowed me to discuss my side of the story without judgement. He listened attentively and made sure I understood the pros and cons to include the direction we should take to ensure I received deferred adjudication. Each time I was given a court date he was present and ready to go. Joe Gonzales met with the DA's office and negotiated the best deal for me. During the whole process I trusted Joe and he had my best interest at heart. Joe keeps you informed and he cares more about the client and the outcome. I appreciate all that Joe did for me and my family, he is one of the best attorney's in San Antonio. Thank you Joe for everything......your more than an attorney your a friend!
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Loyal to the End
I couldn't be more grateful towards Joe Gonzales!!! He was able to keep my record clean with only a requirement to complete some community service time for a minor possession charge. The outcome could have been a complete different story without his guidance. He is strategic, charismatic, kind and always left me with a multitude of confidence. Joe was able to move court dates, speak with different people in power and communicate to the right individuals to make the case go faster. Joe Gonzales had been a family neighbor since I was a young and could not have done me a greater favor with cleaning my situation. He's wonderful and I have faith to completely recommend him to anyone! Thank You Joe!
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case dismissed
I failed to report for probation for about eleven months,and got dropped from my maditory classes,and hadn't paid my fines so the state Filed a MTR probation. On top of that I was arrested and charged with a felony endangerment of a child.and the state wanted to take it all the way to trial. Well I don't know how JOE GONZALES manage to get both of my Case's dropped (dismissed) with no probation and no jail time ,no fines.... I'm finally free....... Thank you so much...GOD BLESS....
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Posted by Crystal | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The most incredible attorney we have ever had!!!!!
My husband and I we're both charged with second-degree burglary charges ,they were trying to give my husband life in prison!!!!!! until we hire Joe Gonzales, and along with Joe we also got Christian hendricksen, and a private investigator, for them on our team he got three for the price of one!!!!! which is incredible.... they are the (dream team of San Antonio) my husband has hired attorneys in several different states, and none of them have been like (the Dream team) Mr. Gonzales and his team worked with my attorney to get my husband and I the best deals they could get for both of us!!!! when Mr. Gonzales walked into the courtroom for my husband's case, the da and everyone just went quiet...... they knew it was about to get serious with Mr. Gonzales!!!!!! and that's exactly somebody you need for your legal case.Mr.Gonzales and ( the dream team) got my husband, from life in prison to a complete dismissal just paying restitution!!!!!!!! and that is why they are the ####number 1 #### attorneys in San Antonio.
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Posted by Darrin | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life to freedom
Joe and christian made me feel like i was a priority from the first time i consulted with them.....they are the harlem globe trotters of law.....they pass notes and discuss issues and understand the court room like the globe trotters passed the ball and pleased the crowd....never at one time did i think my cousel was not in my best interest.....i have high regards on their knowledge and professionalism that they bring to the table of a fair shake.....In my opinion i would have been doing life without their support and motivation as the power house attorneys they are......Joe has an investigator that will work endless hours with joe and christian for a full view of what the state has presented.....the 3 walk in the court with full knowledge how to conduct themselves as men of work and no games or low blows will be accepted.......i have to say if i was back in my same situation i would not change anything......god bless you guys.....joe you are the man......who dat say they gonna beat joe gonzales?!?!?!
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Posted by jared | April 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire this Man!
The bottom line for me is that I was looking at having a felony on my record for the rest of my life and Mr. Gonzales kept my record clean. Before I hired Mr. Gonzales I had been requesting to travel for work for a week and had gotten nowhere. Mr. Gonzales got me permission to travel within 30 minutes of hiring him. I also felt unjudged in dealing with Mr. Gonzales which is rare because most people judge you and look at you different once the cops have accused of anything. I would hire him again.
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Posted by Jared | April 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jared
The bottom line for me is that I was looking at having a felony on my record for the rest of my life and in my opinion I do not because I hired Joe D. Gonzales. Mr. Gonzales got me probation and a 100% clean record which I feel I cannot put a price on. The first time I called the office I was able to speak with Mr. Gonzales, and neither my lawyer at the time or the pretrial services officer were allowing me to travel for my job. Mr. Gonzales got me permission to travel within 30 minutes of hiring him. Mr. Gonzales' legal team were always very helpful and answered all my questions. Once the police accuse you of a crime you will find that all people assume you are guilty, wrong, and that whatever the police say about you is true. Most people will, then place you in a different segment in society. In dealing with Mr. Gonzales I felt completely unjudged. He also got a $1500.00 fine taken off my settlement. I will be able to get hired for any job or live anywhere I want and I attribute that directly to hiring Mr. Gonzales as my lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Saved my career
I was accused of DWI with a felony child in car under age of 15. In my career the is no excuse and toleration for a DWI on my record. Mr Gonzales was highly recommend and went right to work on my case. He was always fair to me and explained the process to trust him and let him do his job. Every time I went to court I could see that he had the respect from the assistant district attorneys and he was thought highly from the judge in my court case. Long story short my case was dismissed and I was able to continue my career and provide for my family. I would definitely recommend Mr Gonzales as an attorney for your case because he knows the law and system to be able to fight for your rights.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney
Joe successfully represented our son in his probation hearing this week. My son was able to stay out of prison due to Joe's representation in court. We appreciate his expertise and knowledge in this case.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience with My Case
I was involved in an improper photography case. When I first hired Mr. Gonzales he got right to work on my case, giving me comfort in this most difficult and unfamiliar situation. He was extra professional and always available to explain the process and address my concerns. His staff was second to none and always made me feel that my questions and concerns were important. I found Mr. Gonzales very knowledgeable and had a lot of experience in my type of case. He is very familiar with the legal system, from being a former prosecutor and former judge. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing representation. He is very honest, trustworthy and always fights in his clients best interest. There was a positive outcome in my case which may not have been without his involvement.
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Posted by Martha | August 2, 2015
A true professional
Mr. Gonzales represented my son on a felony charge. From the beginning he returned my calls even late in the evening and on weekends. He and he was succesful on getting my son a bond out of the county where he was remanded without bond. The case was resolved and it was a blessing. Mr. Gonzales as able to get the resolution much better than I ever expected.i thank God for putting Mr. Gonzales in my sons life. I highly recommend Mr. Joe Gonzales
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2015
aggravated sexual assault of a child
I was falsely accused of a crime by two family members and was looking at alot of time and being labeled a sex offender Mr. Gonzales took both my cases and fought hard and was able to successfully prove my innocence with two not guilty verdicts. Joe is a wonderful lawyer and really fights for you
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2015
MTR DISMISSED
As a result of violating the state jail felony probation I was on by picking up an alcohol-related misdemeanor charge, I was ordered by the court to attend SATF- a local county-supervised state lockdown rehab facility for 4 to 6 months. Shortly after entering the program, I as well as many other residents were exposed to corrupt practices, negligence, and abuse by staff members. We wasted no time writing our families and reaching out to Chief Jarvis Anderson's (Chief of Probation, Bexar County) office outlining the things we were going through promptly launching an investigation of the facility by the man himself resulting in, even to date, the termination, resignation, and removal of various state employees from monitors (guards) all the way up to residential probation officers. To make a long story short, I was identified as one of the whistleblowers and in retaliation was MTR'd from the program 3 and a half months in with no prior write ups under the pretense that I "failed to follow facility rules and regulations" which was completely erroneous and yet another example of how twisted things can get when you are behind bars and powerless. I was sent back to county jail and the time had come for me to hire representation. Under normal circumstances when you are MTR'd on probation, you are not granted a bond. However, literally within a day or two of hiring Mr. Gonzales, I was visited by him (yes, him-not an intern or partner etc) surprised to hear that he wasted no time in talking to a judge to grant me a bond. Hours later after being locked up between county jail and SATF for nearly 8 months, I was free. I've used both court-appointed and paid lawyers in the past and have never seen any one of them spring so quickly into action with my freedom at the forefront of their priorites as if mine was the only case they were handling. My MTR hearing date had finally rolled around and things did not appear all that well at first. Initially both the prosecution team and probation liaison for the court wanted to see me either sent to SAFEP (a state prison sponsored rehab program 9 months long) or just in state jail with a conviction altogether. However, Mr.Gonzales was able somehow to convince a notoriously unforgiving and stern judge to reset the hearing for a month out to give me an opportunity to work and attend an alternative outpatient program through the VA. The judge was very skeptical about allowing us more time to make this happen but I am convinced that this was granted purely on the graces of long-standing experience and mutual respect accrued as a result of having had worked with her in the past. You have to keep in mind that right or wrong, this was the third time I was before her on this same probation, same case. Still though, Mr. Gonzales' confidence was reassuring the whole way through. I followed his guidance and reported to pretrial every week for ua's, got a job, and attended group meetings at the VA. Finally after a couple more reseths, the day had come for the court to finally decide my fate- whether I would continue probation after my second violation, or be sent away to state jail with a conviction or in my eyes being the worst-case scenario, end up sent back to SATF or SAFEP. I was nervous naturally. All anxiety quickly faded away when I began to watch Mr. Gonzales interact with people in the court room. Anyone he seemed to interact with whether it be the prosecution team, probation liaison for the court, fellow defense attorneys, all the way down to the court clerks was all smiles and small talk-an obvious indicator of someone well-established and respected in the local legal community. The MTR was dismissed in less than 10 minutes and I was out of there. It was no coincidence that a sit-in judge was on the bench that day, he knew that would be an advantage for us and it was planned that way. His likeability, reputation, and knowledge of how and when to navigate the system is unparalleled.
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Posted by Dr. Wright | July 14, 2015
Attorney Joe Gonzales Saved my Son's Life, Business, and Reputation!
Joe Gonzales handled a very high profile case involving multiple counts. One of which was aggravated sexual assault of a minor. This incident had the potential of destroying my sons life and my family business, which primarily deals with children. After hiring Mr. Gonzales he immediately went to work in securing my child's release from Juvenile Detention (Jail). To see Mr. Gonzales maneuver in the court room, was poetry in motion. His knowledge of the law and the juvenile system became apparent when he expedited my child's release, while awaiting trial. Mr. Gonzales and his team stayed in constant contact with us as the case developed and we moved closer to trial. During the trial Mr. Gonzales again, showed his knowledge of the law by having one of the two charges dismissed before the trial ended. Mr. Gonzales and his team handled the case remarkably, ending in “not true” (NOT GUILTY) verdict. My son was totally exonerated. All charges were expunged. When you are under fire, and you need a lawyer who is knowledgeable, compassionate, and will go the extra mile; Joe Gonzales and his team is the right choice. Feel free to call me for a personal recommendation. Dr. Wright [email protected] Child Advocate
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
My son' case (2)
From the very 1st time i talked to Mr. Gonzales, he was out to dinner with his family. That did not stop him from calling me, as I was devastated over my son's actions. He met with my son's father and I on a Monday and from then on, he did what he could do in order to save my son from drug addiction. My son is doing very well today, and I owe this to God and Mr. Gonzales for helping my son. Thank you, Mr . Gonzales for all your hard work and knowledge of the criminal justice system.
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Posted by Mrs. Cruz | June 4, 2014
Re: attorney , Joe D. Gonzales
Mr. Gonzales has handled my sons case on two occasions and has proven to be an excellent attorney . Twice he has done what he promised, he is very knowledgable and knows his way around the court room. I would definitely recommend him to anyone facing a difficult time. He's honest and trustworthy, there 's no other Attorney I would trust with a love one.
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Posted by crystal | March 25, 2014
Joe Gonzales is an outstanding lawyer!
Attorney Joe Gonzales is an outstanding lawyer he handled mine and my daughter's case I hired him the day my daughter went to court they were not gonna let her out for a few week's which meant she was gonna miss the holiday's so he got started on her case immediately and had her out 1 week late the end result was great and was alot less than we expected his pricing was awesome Joe also handled my case which I hired him when we were already in trial and he had little time but yet again awesome results Joe got my case dismissed I am so happy now I don't have to worry about not being able to get a job or having this follow me all my life I am so greatful for Joe he is a great person and an outstanding lawyer!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2013
Great Experience!
Mr. Gonzales has been able to help my family with two different cases within the past year. Two different cases but both had successful results. I highly recommend Mr. Gonzales's firm because he was very helpful, always easy to reach him and he always kept us up to date with our case. He provided hope in a situation that could have changed our lives.
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Lead Counsel
  • Law Offices of Joe D. Gonzales and Assoc.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Municipal Court Judge and Magistrate
  • City of San Antonio
  • 1998 - 2006
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bexar County District Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Chief Prosecutor
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bexar County District Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1992
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Education

  • St. Mary's University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1988
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • N/A
  • St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • N/A
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Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Voted among the Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene
  • 2015
  • Voted among the Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene
  • 2014
  • Voted among the Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene
  • 2013
  • Voted among the Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene
  • 2012
  • Voted among the Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene
  • 2011
  • Voted among the Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene
  • 2010
  • Voted among the Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene
  • 2009
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Publications

  • The San Antonio Defender
  • Trial Home Runs
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe Gonzales is a top attorney in San Antonio and throughout Texas. He has the ability to work through seemingly any case no matter how simple or complex it is in nature. Joe's trial experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney have earned him a solid reputation in his field."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Joe and he is a smart attorney who works hard to get a favorable outcome for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is one of the best there is."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Antonio Criminal defense Lawyer Joe D. Gonzales
Joe D. Gonzales
Criminal defense Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 34 years
Free Consultation