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Robert Carroll Pate Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   9 reviews

also known as RC Pate


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About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    13 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Personal injury
    10%

    15 years, 100 cases

Mr. RC Pate is a criminal defense lawyer and was born and raised in Corpus Christi. He grew up watching his father in trial as both an attorney and later a Judge. After attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, Mr. Pate moved to San Antonio to attend Trinity University where he received his BA majoring in both physics and religion while receiving minors in mathematics and philosophy.

 

After Graduating Trinity University, Mr. Pate stayed in San Antonio for a couple years performing as the house band for the local venue, The White Rabbit. Eventually he entered Law School at the University of Houston. While there, he had clerkships with a Bankruptcy Judge, The Attorney General’s Ofce, and eventually the Texas Supreme Court. He also competed on the University of Houston Mock Trial team where two years in a row his team made it to the Quarter finals of the National Trial Competition, and event that more than 1,000 teams compete in. When he graduated he was awarded the Irvin J Wiener award for his involvement in the school’s only criminal clinic, and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers in recognition of his Trial Advocacy prowess.

 

While awaiting his bar results he worked for the Nueces County, Kleberg County and Kenedy County District Attorney’s ofces and accepted a position with the Bexar

County District Attorney’s ofce the same day he was licensed to practice law. During this time Mr. Pate focused on learning the trade of criminal representation.

After two and a half years at the DA’s Ofce, Mr. Pate left to found the law office of R Pate, a firm focusing on criminal representation. For a year and a half he was of counsel to a law firm that represented DWI clients almost exclusively. His work has

attracted the attention of numerous people. He was honored to be a Judicial Candidate for County Court #14 as well as being named to the SA Scene magazine’s “Rising Stars” of the San Antonio legal community in 2014.  He is proudly a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association (a National DWI association for attorneys), as well as a member of the TCDLA, SACDLA, and SAYLA.

 

Mr. Pate coaches soccer to underprivileged youth in the San Antonio area and is excited about bringing the knowledge to his clients in the Central Texas Area, and hopes to help you with your cases.

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Licensed for 15 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Robert

The Law Office of RC Pate
625 North Alamo St
San Antonio, TX, 78215
The RC Pate Law Firm
409 South Carancahua
Corpus Christi, TX, 78401
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Reviews

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Posted by Shane | September 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A brilliant caring attorney
My name is Shane, I’ve had the privilege of being represented by one of only 2 scientist lawyers in the state, R.C. Pate! 4 years ago I was referred to RC from another attorney, who said she thought he could help. Help is an understatement, not only did I receive an extremely responsive team who stood up for me when money was scarce a life got very difficult. Not only did R.C. stoo the state and federal governments from unjust garnishment of my disability, but he went further, he saved my freedom! I AM NOT A FELON thanks the the dedicated team of R.C. Pate!! I can enjoy being an American, travel, shoot and vote because of the counsel who represents me. Hopefully I don’t need an attorney in the future, if I do I’ll ONLY call R.C.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful!
Mr. Pate was very helpful and friendly. He knew how to answer all my questions and made sure I knew all my options. I did not feel rushed. I recommend Mr. Pate!
Posted by South Texas | June 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RESPONSIVE
Was very well pleased with RC. Very responsive in returning your calls and keeping you informed with your case. Can't recommend a better lawyer who will do all he can to defend his client.
Posted by Bobby | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You will not find a better lawyer than RC Pate
What RC did for my stepson is beyond phenomenal and we can never thank him enough, If you are looking for a lawyer who will work for you, RC is the best at what he does, Thank You RC for Everything you have done for us we are blessed to have had you on our side.
Response from Robert Pate February 11, 2016
Bobby, It was a pleasure representing your stepson. I am happy we were able to get the outcome we wanted. Thank you for your review and five star rating.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Firm winner!
Pate was an excellent attorney on my case. He was confident and explained to me what would work best. I'm glad I had Pate as my attorney.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Definitely recommend RC Pate
RC has taken care of 3 speeding tickets for me in 2 different counties. He was efficient, reasonably priced, kept all of the tickets off of my record, and updated me throughout the process. He did an excellent job, had a professional demeanor, and positive attitude every time. I would definitely recommend RC Pate!!
Posted by Isaac | February 15, 2015
Straightfoward
Mr. Pate listens, breaks down situations, asks the right questions, and answers with legal and personal advice that aids beyond the current problem. Simply put, he solves problems, and they stay solved.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2014
RC
RC is a great attorney. Not only did he get me out of a bind when the odds were against me, he went over many plausible scenarios and what my actions/responses should be. He won my case with me not even having to show up for court. I still ask for advice on certain occasions. RC treated me with respect and dignity. He kept me calm when I didn't know what was going to happen.
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Posted by Sarah | July 12, 2014
Mr. Pate's legal council
Mr. Pate helped me with a legal issue (a billing conflict), even though it wasn't his field. He made me aware of his expertise and what he could do for me concerning a billing conflict. He consulted with me, kept me up to date on progress, was specific in what my options were and the likelihood of various outcomes. I would go to him again, either for his own help or his professional opinion on who to seek out.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Law office of RC Pate
  • 2010 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Law Office of George Scharmen
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bexar County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2010

Education

  • Axion Labs Chicago
  • Gas Chromatography for Lawyers
  • 2015
  • University of Houston
  • JD
  • 2007
  • Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • State v CP
  • 5 years deferred
  • State v AB
  • two not guilty vericts
  • State v CB
  • Dismissed!
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Chemical Society
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Texas DWI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • DUIDefense Lawyer Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • US Soccer Association
  • Level E Coach
  • 2014 - Present
  • Crocketteers Youth Soccer Team
  • Coach
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Associate editor Defender Magazine
  • SACDLA
  • 2017
  • Speaker on Ethics
  • TDLA
  • 2016
  • Associate Editor
  • SACDLA Defender Magazine
  • 2016
  • Gas Chromotography for lawyers
  • Axion Labs
  • 2015
  • solid drug analysis
  • axion labs
  • 2015
  • associate editor of the defender magazine
  • SACDLA
  • 2015
  • Associate Board Member
  • Texas DWI Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • member
  • American Chemical Society
  • 2015
  • speaker on ethical issues for DWI lawyers
  • TDDLA
  • 2015
  • 2015 client satisfaction award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SA Scene magazine
  • 2014
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Publications

  • SACDLA monthly CLE
  • The Four Questions that changed my Voir Dire
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • TDLA tapitio seminar
  • Ethical Issues in DWI Law
  • 2016
  • February monthly CLE
  • Jury Selection
  • 2015
  • Trinity University
  • Criminal Consequences to college behavior
  • 2014
  • Trinity university
  • Criminal Consequences to College Behavior
  • 2013
  • Trinity University
  • Criminal Consequences to College Behavior
  • 2012
  • Trinity University
  • Criminal consequences to college behavior
  • 2011
  • Trinity University
  • Criminal Consequences to college behavior
  • 2010
  • Trinity University
  • Criminal consequences to college behavior
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (27)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"RC is an incredibly knowledgeable DWI Lawyer, I fully endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. RC Pate has always been a vigorous advocate for his clients and he truly cares for their well-being. As an Assistant District Attorney I got to try a few cases on the other side of the table with RC. He knows how to connect with a jury. RC has separated himself from the pack with his extensive knowledge of the law regarding Intoxication and Drug Possession charges. He is highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected in legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"RC painstakingly studies the nuances involved with DWI breath and blood evidence, when numbers count, he's your man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"RC is a wonderful lawyer. His prior experience as a prosecutor keeps him one step ahead when defending citizens accused of crimes. He has a laser-like approach to practicing law and will fight for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I tried a case against RC when he was a prosecutor and his courtroom demeanor, arguments, and trial presentation were stellar. Since he became a criminal defense attorney years ago, I have seen him win cases when the odds were against him and his client. I have referred family friends to him when my office was unable to take their cases due to conflicts of interest. He is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pate is an excellent attorney. My experiences with him are top notch."
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