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Woodrow Jennings Halstead III

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Woody Halstead

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1998
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Woodrow

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    My practice is focused exclusively on criminal defense and matters directly involving state and federal crimes.

  2. Sex crime
    As a former prosecutor, I have experience reviewing and evaluating criminal cases. This experience enables me to anticipate how a prosecutor will prepare their case to better prepare your defense.

  3. White collar crime
    I have handled numerous white collar/financial crime cases, many involving the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars. I helped successfully defend a client in one of the largest fraud cases in Bexar County's history.

  4. DUI and DWI
    I previously served as the Chief of the Bexar County District Attorney's Office DWI Task Force and have experience handling DWI, Intoxication Assault, and Intoxication Manslaughter cases.

  5. Domestic violence
    Our office works hand-in-hand with our clients to defend against allegations of domestic violence and the many consequences that can result from a conviction.

  6. Federal crime
    I am admitted to practice in federal court in both the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas.

  7. Violent crime
    I have handled hundreds of violent crime cases including Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Robbery, Aggravated Assault. and Assault. I will aggressively defend those accused of these crimes and force the State to prove its allegations.

Mr. Halstead is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He began his legal career over 20 years ago as a prosecutor for Bexar County, Texas. He received his B.A. from Texas A&M University and J.D. degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. For 14 years Woody represented the State of Texas as a prosecutor in thousands of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to murders and concluded his prosecution career as the First Assistant for the Bexar County D.A.’s Office. His ability to assess his clients’ cases from both a prosecution and defense perspective enables him to provide invaluable insight to the evaluation of their cases.

Woody’s legal experience includes work as a civilian attorney with the Department of the Air Force where he represented military members undergoing “fit for duty” evaluations. In addition to his civilian legal practice, Woody served 12 years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Reserve and is currently an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve. He has also been appointed by the Bexar County Commissioners Court to serve as a part-time magistrate judge, resuming a position he previously held from 2013-2014.

Woody is licensed to practice by the Supreme Court of Texas and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and Federal Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Texas District & County Attorneys Association and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Crosspoint, Inc. a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to build safer and stronger communities by empowering individuals to lead productive lives.

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Daniel & Halstead
1815 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX, 78212

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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Facing 25 years---case dismissed.
After I was arrested I searched for and spoke to numerous lawyers and felt no confidence. I began looking through the"Top 22 Lawyers" list and found the Law Offices of Daniel and Hudson. I spoke with the paralegal Brittany and she had a lawyer call me back within minutes. After speaking with the lawyer, Mr. Halstead (a military Veteran) I was more at ease and knew this was the right lawyer. The up front cost wasn't ridiculous and he was already making a plan on how to move forward. We spoke often at his office answering any questions I had and he also called me to let me know what was going on with my case. My charges were very serious and I was originally looking at a possible 25 years, but with his advice to hold out for a better outcome, it was 8 yrs, then it was just probation then it was dismissed. I owe it to Mr. Halstead for his knowledge of the criminal justice system and knowing when and how to present his case. I would "Highly" recommend Mr. Halstead in any criminal case because of his professionalism and knowledge base. Thanks to Mr.Halsted and his team (Brittany and Veronica) I got my life back!
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Response from Woodrow Halstead February 25, 2021
It was an honor to represent you and to ensure a just and fair outcome for your case.
Posted by William | December 22, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
San Antonio's Best Attorney
Woodrow Halstead sets the standard for legal work in San Antonio and south Texas. I have asked for his expert counsel on several matters of great importance to my business, and his legal acumen and ability to get to the heart of the matter are unmatched. Even more than his legal expertise - his integrity and work ethic make him a "must have" in any legal situation
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Posted by BRITTANY | December 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You gave me my life back
I was in a big messy divorce and allegations arose of misconduct with my child ( to put it mildly ). After putting money down with a criminal lawyer that I will not name, I saw the beginning of a scary path because the lawyer lacked sufficient experience in these type of cases. So I looked up the Daniel and Hudson law firm and decided to present my case. I was informed of what to expect and what not to expect. But throughout the conversations I’ve seen the experienced lawyers treating this case with diligence. What I experienced in the court room when my lawyer questioned the states negligence in facts and lack of officers experience in sensitive information was overwhelming to witness; since I would have never known what to expect in this type of case. My confidence with my lawyer Woody was further uplifted when the intern lawyer that I met during the trial proceedings told me that a lot of interns come to see him defend his clients. It was almost a god given sign that I had the right person for what is the most traumatic experience in my life... Thank you Woody, you gave me my life back.
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Response from Woodrow Halstead February 25, 2021
Thank you for giving me the privilege of representing you and fighting for you in court.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Daniel & Hudson, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Staff Judge Advocate
  • United States Air Force Reserve
  • 2013 - Present
  • First Assistant Criminal District Attorney
  • Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • LaHood & del Cueto, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Disability Counsel
  • Department of the Air Force
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate
  • United States Army Jag Corps
  • 2001 - 2013
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 2008
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  • St. Marys University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Texas A&M University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Contractor "Fraud"
  • Case Dismissed
  • Hindering a Secured Creditor
  • Case Dismissed
  • Sexual Assault and Indecency with a Child
  • Charge Reduced - No sex offender registration required
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  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2019 - Present
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1998 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • N/A
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2016
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Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2019
  • Citizen Airman of the Quarter
  • 340th Flying Training Group
  • 2016
  • Senior Civilian of the Quarter
  • Air Force Legal Operations Agency
  • 2012
  • NISD Pillar of Character
  • Northside Independent School District
  • 2011
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