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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2007||02/26/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 30 DWI Lawyers in San Antonio||S.A. Scene||2017|
|Best Lawyers of 2017||S.A. Scene||2017|
|Top 10 DWI Lawyer in Texas - 3 Year Award||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2016|
|Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in San Antonio||SA Scene Magazine||2016|
|Distinguished Attorney||Expert Network||2016|
|Best Lawyers of 2016||Scene in SA Magazine||2016|
|Top 30 DWI Lawyer||San Antonio Scene Magazine||2015|
|Top 10 DWI Attorney in Texas - 2 Year Award||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2015|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Best Lawyers of 2015||S.A. Scene Magazine||2015|
|Top 30 Criminal Lawyers in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2015|
|Top 30 Criminal Defense Lawyers||San Antonio Scene Magazine||2014|
|S.A. Lawyers: Best of 2014||San Antonio Scene Magazine||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top 10 DWI Attorneys in Texas||American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys||2014|
|Rising Star Attorney - Criminal Defense||Scene in S.A. Magazine||2014|
|Best Lawyers of 2013||San Antonio Scene Magazine||2013|
|Top Criminal Lawyers in San Antonio||Scene in SA Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Scene in S.A. Magazine||2013|
|Best Lawyers of 2012||San Antonio Scene Magazine||2012|
|Best of the Best - Criminal Practice||Texas Lawyers' Group||2012|
|2nd Place Overall||National Criminal Procedure Tournament||2005|
|Order of Barristers||Baylor University School of Law||2004|
|Texas State Champion Coach||Texas Forensics Association||2001|
|National Debate Champion||International Public Debate Association||1998|
|Attorney - Owner||Hoelscher Law Office||2007 - Present|
|Law Clerk for Judge George Allen||54th District Court||2006 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley||2005 - 2005|
|Director of Forensics||Texas Military Institute||1999 - 2001|
|Assistant Director of Forensics||St. Mary's University of San Antonio||1998 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2014 - Present|
|Central Texas Transportation and Contracting Advisory Board||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|San Antonio Bar Association||Mentor, Mentorship Committee||2013 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2009 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|College of the State Bar of Texas||Member||2008 - Present|
|San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity||Dean||2004 - Present|
|Pi Kappa Delta Forensics Honor Society||Member with Highest Distinction||1997 - Present|
|Forensics Lab Shut Down - 1000s of cases affected throughout Texas||Misdemeanor DWI Probation|
|"He's a predator" - Not Guilty||Acquittal by Jury|
|Bad Breath Test Machine Damages 100s of DWI Cases||Dismissed|
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|Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)||Speedy Trial: Punishing the System for Making Us Wait||2015|
|San Antonio Express News||When Do We Get The Blood Back?||2015|
|San Antonio Business Journal||Lawyers Adjust Amid Changes In Prosecuting DWIs||2015|
|The San Antonio Defender||Sealing Criminal Records||2012|
|Plaza De Armas Magazine||For Poor Defendants, The wheel Spins Once more||2011|
|Plaza De Armas magazine||DA Reed: Judge and Jury||2011|
|Plaza de Armas Magazine||Lawyers Challenge Reduced Fees for Children's Court||2011|
|Chester's Practical Guide To International Trade Law||Contributor re: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act||2008|
|Baylor University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|St Mary's University of San Antonio||Communication Studies||MA - Masters||2002|
|St Mary's University of San Antonio||International Relations||MA - Masters||2002|
|St Mary's University of San Antonio||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|SACDLA December CLE||Elements of Story Telling in Criminal Trial||2016|
|Bad Blood?||DWI Blood Draws||2016|
|SACDLA Monthly CLE||Unsinking the Ship: What to Do When Your Client Has Confessed||2015|
|PTSD: The Elephant in the Courtroom||Communicating With Clients With PTSD||2015|
|Plaintiff Litigation Insight||Cops As Witnesses: Friend or Foe||2015|
|Bexar RLC Monthly Meeting||Marijuana Law in Texas||2015|
|SARCH Monthly Meeting and Training||How Judges Affect the Residential Care Industry||2012|
|Bexar County Task Force on Indigent Defense||Contract Systems for Indigent Defense||2011|
|SACDLA Monthly CLE Luncheon 6/17/09||Changing Lanes: New Directions in Vehicle Search Law||2009|
|Get Up! Radio Show 7/5/09||Serving the Community||2009|
|Get Up! Radio Show 6/6/09||Open Forum Q & A||2009|
|Get Up! Radio Show 6/20/09||Child Support||2009|
|Get Up! Radio Show 6/14/09||Choosing a Lawyer: Solo, Small Firm, or Big Law||2009|
|Get Up! Radio Show 5/30/09||Criminal and Civil Liability Issues for Non-Profit Organizations||2009|
|Get Up! Radio Show 5/16/09||The Role of Non-Profit Organizations in Criminal Justice||2009|
|Community Legal Forum||Issues in Non-Profit Formation and Service||2009|
|Criminal Practice Course Winter 2008||Starting a Criminal Law Practice||2008|
Posted by Sylvia
Joseph is an excellent lawyer. He has great presence in the courtroom and obviously knows his business. Joseph's confidence can be felt in everything he does and puts me at ease every time we talk. Even when he gives me bad news, I know he has done everything possible. He has even refused to take my money when he couldn't help. He has already done so much for my family.
Posted by anonymous
As a long term (2 1/2 years) client of Mr. Hoelscher, I can say that Joe's honesty, integrity and willingness to fight for his clients' rights far outshines the "abilities and experience" of so many mediocre attorneys that I encountered in my search for a lawyer.
When I first read the charges filed against me (2 misdemeanors and 1 state jail felony) I assumed the worst -- that my life was pretty much over. I realized that the only way I was going to get my life back and be able to live with a clear conscience was if I fought these charges in a trial setting.
Every lawyer I interviewed before Joe immediately tried to convince me that a plea deal was my best option without so much as listening to what *I* wanted to do. Joe was the only one who didn't. He listened carefully, pointed out a few flaws in the prosecutor's discovery, took some notes and simply said, "this is a great case, I'd love to take it on."
What I appreciate most about Mr. Hoelscher is that he never once tried to convince me to change my mind. I made it clear that (win or lose) I was not willing to waive my right to a jury trial. It's Joe's personal philosophy to prepare every case as if it were going to trial...something I found out later.
Mr. Hoelscher was always great about keeping me informed. He was honest about telling me what tactics would and wouldn't work. He was up front about costs -- private investigator fees, transcription costs, etc. Even with his busy schedule he was always prompt about answering my calls/texts/emails. Joe always gave me fair estimates about timing and what my alternatives in every situation were. He was patient with my questions and was great about explaining anything I didn't understand.
Here I stand 2 1/2 years later...all charges dropped/dismissed -- with a great career and a whole new outlook on life. Joe Hoelscher helped me get my life back.
Call him today...you will NOT be disappointed. Thanks for everything Mr. Hoelscher!
Posted by anonymous
Joe told me in our first meeting that I was in trouble because the cops got a warrant for my blood. He predicted my BAC would be about three times the legal limit in Texas. When the results finally came in, he was right. I was .252. Other lawyers (I interviewed 6) either acted like everything was ok or were telling me to take a deal (even when they charged MORE). Joe was straight with me from day 1 and kept me informed, even returning texts or emails on weekends. Best thing: my case was dismissed. Joe almost made me believe the blood test was wrong. He's a great lawyer and I'll always owe him for this second chance.
Dustin Whittenburg, Tax Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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.
Justin Hill, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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.
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