|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1994||02/26/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||Texas Super Lawyers||2017|
|Top 30 DWI Lawyer in SA||Scene in SA Magazine||2017|
|Best Lawyer in San Antonio, Criminal Defense||Scene in SA Magazine||2016|
|Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||Texas Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||Texas Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||Texas Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|"Top 30" Criminal Defense Lawyers in SA||Scene in SA Magazine||2013|
|Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||Texas Super Lawyer Magazine||2013|
|"Top 100" Trial Lawyers in Texas||National Trial Lawyers Association||2012|
|"Best Of" Series - Criminal Defense||San Antonio Current||2012|
|Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||Texas Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Best Lawyers in San Antonio (Criminal defense)||Scene in SA Magazine||2012|
|Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense||Texas Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Best Lawyers in San Antonio (DWI/DUI)||Scene in SA Magazine||2011|
|Best Lawyers in San Antonio (Criminal Defense)||Scene in SA Magazine||2011|
|Best Lawyers in San Antonio (Criminal Defense)||Scene in SA Magazine||2010|
|Board Certified Trial Advocate, Criminal Law||National Board of Trial Advocacy||2008|
|Board Certified - Criminal Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2007|
|Partner||Gross & Esparza, PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Judge Advocate General||United States Air Force||2002 - 2006|
|Attorney||Law Office of Joseph Esparza||2000 - 2002|
|Assistant Criminal District Attorney||Bexar County District Attorney's Office||1995 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Director||2011 - Present|
|San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|United States v. Karanikolas||Not Guilty, all charges and specifications|
|State of Texas v. Monroe||Charges dropped against client.|
|State of Texas v. Allmond||Charges dropped against client.|
|See all legal cases|
|Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)||The Constitutional Right to a Public Trial lives on in Presley v. Georgia||2010|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of Texas System, San Antonio||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|Nuts and Bolts Course 2012||Criminal Jury Charges||2012|
|Gideon's Trumpet Seminar||Ethics for Criminal Lawyers||2012|
|SACDLA Cross Examination Seminar||Legal Ethics||2010|
|Advanced Pretrial/Trial Tactics in Criminal Cases||Competency Trials and Insanity||2009|
|HCBA Criminal Law Conference||Ethics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner||2008|
Posted by Cameron
I am an Army Combat Medic all thanks to Mr. Esparza!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
I graduated boot camp at the top of my class. I was given the certificate for expert shooter and top BRM in my company. I came to Fort Sam Houston for my AIT training. After I got here, it was time for holiday break. I went home to Louisiana to visit my family for Christmas and celebrate New Years! At the end of me and my wife’s trip there, we were invited by a friend to go to a party at one of his friend of a friend’s house. Confusing, I know. Me and my wife went. She is epileptic and wanted to drink so we spent the whole night attached at the hip. She drank beer and I had what is called “trash can punch”. I was not intoxicated and neither was she. We stayed there awhile just hanging out and having a good time. We left and the next day came to San Antonio. As soon as I got back to base they drug tested us (obviously). I was called out of class shortly after stating that I failed my uranalysis test. Words can not describe the feelings I was having. This was impossible. There was absolutely no way this could be. I was very honest with the sergeants in letting them know, yes, I drank (knowing it was against the rules) but never, not once, took drugs. Why would I intentionally jeopardize all my dreams for that. I was accused of consuming methamphetamines and amphetamines?
At first they still let me attend class till CID talked to me about it. I studied my butt off and got the grades to show it. I worked harder than I ever have, to show how bad I wanted this. I kept my spirits high and prayed every single day, many times. CID came and got me to interrogate me. They stated that I was not under arrest so I did not get a phone call but they help me for hours. I woke up at 2:30 am, had not eaten yet and was stuck in a cold room with nothing. They kept saying if you give a statement this will all go away and you can go back to class. I told them the truth and tried cooperating but the moment they asked, after several hours alone, to make a written statement, I felt God say NO. I asked for an attorney. I called my wife as soon as I possibly could and asked her to find the best. SHE DID!! Mr. Esparza got right to work! He requested all the paperwork and test results and when we got it back there was no shock the limit of drugs in my system showed that I must have been drugged. It was such a small amount and I was made aware that it could have been in the punch. I was mortified and felt so violated! I was a victim to this and Mr. Esparza fought for me! He spoke to all the sergeants and most agreed to write letters on my behalf! He was the perfect attorney. For weeks I had to sit on this drill pad and was taken out of class…my spirits were fading even though I did not let it show. The moment I got the verdict, “NOT GUILTY!!!!!” again I was speechless. Mr. Esparza and God saved me!!! I can not express how much this man has done for me and my career! He is the best and forever will he receive Christmas cards from me!! My career and dreams were in his hands and he did not disappoint me at all!! I can not express how much I recommend this attorney. He will not disappoint your and he will not fail you!! He is an angel sent from heaven. Mr. Esparza, I thank you from the bottom of heart and will never be able to express how grateful I am that you were my attorney and you were the one who stood beside me in this horrible situation. You are a friend of mine for life.
Posted by Donna
When an almost 20 year old case reared its ugly head, which threatened my employment and livelihood, Mr. Esparza took control and completed the thorough research relevant to my concern. He composed the necessary documents and written responses needed to resolve my issue. Additionally, he proceeded to have my prior case formally expunged from all records so I would not have to worry about dealing with this issue again in the future. His attention to detail was extraordinary, his communications with me were professional and courteous and his efficiency with my case was a welcomed relief.
Posted by anonymous
I am writing this review for my attorney Joseph Esparza. I am a United States military service member and was on the verge on being administratively separated from the military when I had first contacted Mr. Esparza. I will admit that I was a little skeptical when I first contacted him not because of his knowledge as a lawyer, but because I had thought that the predicament I was in was an open-shut case.
He was very helpful and very reassuring throughout my whole ordeal. Also, his knowledge in military law was a huge plus. He informed me of my rights and explained them in great detail that I wouldn't have even glanced over if I had not contacted him.
He had advised me to have a board hearing to keep me in the military. After getting all the paperwork and necessary documents to support my defense, we had waited for my board date.
The board date had finally came, and after all the anticipation and anxiety, it was decided that I would be reinstated in the military! A huge relief off my shoulders and there is no one that was more happy for me than Mr. Esparza.
I definitely would have not had the opportunity, nor be in the position that I am in now if I had not hired him to speak on my behalf. I would absolutely recommend him as an attorney.
He is a very honest and knowledgable man. He is also very approachable and was always asking me what I wanted to be the outcome in my case.
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