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Gary Churak

Criminal defense Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2016

About Gary

Learn Gary’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    42 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%

    42 years, 1,500 cases

  3. Sex crime
    10%

  4. Expungement
    5%

    42 years, 100 cases

  5. Federal crime
    5%

    39 years, 25 cases

In my 31 years of practice as a criminal defense attorney I have strived to make myself accessible to my clients.  Being charged with a criminal offense is a life altering experience and my clients rely on my experience and expertise to get them through the system.  I am available to meet and talk to my clients as needed.  I understand what my client is going through and if I can make it a little easier on the client and their family by providing answers to their questions, then I have done my job.   

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FAQ: What Happens if I’m Pulled Over and I’ve Been Drinking?
FAQ: What Happens If I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?
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Location

Law Offices of Gary Churak, P.C.
14310 Northbrook Dr
Suite 210
San Antonio, TX, 78232

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
By far exceeded my expectations
I have never been in trouble with the law in my life. So, when I was charged with multiple class B felonies, it was incredibly stressful. Mr. Churak was able to get me a reasonable bond amount; lower than what I had researched for similar charges. Mr. Churak took care of all my hearings; I did not have to appear in court at all. It took a couple of years, but in the end, he got the case dismissed. I feel the amount he charged was more than reasonable, especially given the outcome. The total was $10,000, and honestly, it was the best money I've ever had to spend. I would definitely place my trust in him and his abilities again should the need ever arise again. It's not easy to decide whose hands you should place your life in when facing serious, potentially life changing criminal charges. I wholeheartedly recommend you seriously consider Mr. Gary Churak should you find yourself in legal jeopardy.
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Posted by Thomas | February 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further!
If you are looking for the best outcome for you're legal case look no further! Gary is the best hard working lawyer fought for my freeedom every step of the way! Couldn't be more satisfied!!!
Posted by MDF | February 11, 2015
Thanks Gary!!!
Gary was straight forward from day 1. He told me from the start how everything would play out. I wanted to get my legal issue behind me as quickly as possible but the judicial system and process takes time. My case finally was resolved with the outcome I wanted from the beginning. I couldn't have asked anymore than what transpired. Well worth the money spent. Thanks Gary!! You saved my life. Personally and professionally.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2015
Best Lawyer In San Antonio
Mr. Churak Is The Best Lawyer In San Antonio In My Opinion. He Took My Case And Got Started Right Away, He Kept Me Out Of Jail And Everything He Did Was Past My Expectations. Thanks Gary!
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2014
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
pretrial motions
He only helped me answer a simple question regarding pretrial motions, but he was genuine and very helpful. He also, luckily, knew the entity that I was dealing with and so was able to offer some helpful insight.
Posted by GeoffWalker | April 19, 2014
A long drawn out case ultimately ending in victory. Thanks, Gary!
Gary Churak represented me in an Assault involving family case. I was currently training in the army and had to juggle time to visit with Gary and make important court dates. While deployed in Iraq, I missed three very important hearings, but Gary was able to plead with the judge to not place a warrant on me because of my military involvement. Once out of the army, I had a warrant placed on me and was very scared of being taken to jail. Gary was able to get me a PR bond, and ultimately got both of my misdemeanor charges dismissed. Gary, I cannot thank you enough.
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Posted by Brian | April 1, 2014
1st time incident
I have never been in any kind of law trouble before and was very nervous about what to expect and how to handle things. Gary was very up front with my options and help me make decisions that worked best for me and my family. Will recommend for friends and further use if needed.
Posted by Todd | January 11, 2014
Experienced Attorney here!
If your ever in a bind Gary got your back. What he says he can do he will do. Gary Churak was excellent handling my cases. He took my situation and ran with it. The way he works in the court room shows his experience. He does this every day and is very familiar with the judges and staff. I felt like a superstar in court. A plus! I recommend Gary for any DUI or DWI issues. Feels great to have a clean record again and it didn't take long and not too costly compared to the fines I was facing. Great job!
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Posted by Sherri | November 8, 2013
Mr. Churak is Phenomenal!
Mr. Churak is most definitely the strongest advocate one can have in the court room with you. Thank you again Mr. Churak for defending me and getting my case dismissed.
Posted by Jim | August 21, 2013
Quality Representation With In Depth Experience
Gary did an outstanding job representing myself, his expertise and knowledge of the legal system led to a pvery positive outcome in my partiucular case. His understanding of the local District Attorney's methods and practices could only be obtained by his bredth of experience working within the Bexar county court system. Job very well done, highly recommend.
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Posted by Scott | August 19, 2013
Scott V. Giese
I have known and utilized Mr. Churak on a number of cases privately as well as in my business. His knowledge of applicable law and his professionalism are simply outstanding.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016.

Public Reprimand issued in TX, 2016
updated on 06/22/2016

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Gary F. Churak P.C.
  • 1987 - Present
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • City of Kirby, Texas
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Associate attorney
  • Law Offices of Tom Joseph P.C.
  • 1982 - 1987
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • Universal City Texas
  • 1982 - 1986
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Education

  • St. Marys University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Ohio University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. LP
  • client probation reinstated
  • State v. JG
  • no billed
  • State v. GM
  • case dismissed
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Associations

  • U.S. Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit
  • 1987 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association Western District of Texas
  • 1985 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 4.5 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Texas
  • Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2015
  • member
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2007
  • International Legal honor Society
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • 1982
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • interview on local TV
  • Texas lottery law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (49)
Given (65)
Endorse Gary
Unknown Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Churak's knowledge is evident in his responses on Avvo. He is assertive and smart."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.We worked opposite eachother on several matters and he is very well versed in Criminal Law."
Expungement Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is talented, honest, hard-working and well-respected in the San Antonio legal community. He has my highest endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you're around the San Antonio area and need a criminal defense attorney, Gary Churak comes highly recommended. He reputation in the local community is outstanding and his results are impressive. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary Churak. He is a great lawyer as evidenced by his avvo profile."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is a fine attorney who is dedicated to his clients and works tirelessly for successful results. I have no hesitation when endorsing him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is a top notch criminal defense lawyer in San Antonio."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you need a knowledgable attorney in San Antonio, Gary is your man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary is a well rounded and aggressive member of the defense bar. Call him and see for yourself"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is an excellent attorney and provides great information and guidance to his clients. I am proud to endorse him for your legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly endorse this attorney as a knowledgable fellow attorney and a person who willingly donates his time on Avvo to answer questions and help others."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Gary Churak. Active member in the Avvo community posting outstanding legal answers for people seeking help. An asset to the legal industry."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Other
"This Attorney is a well respected member of the legal industry, they go above and beyond to fight for their clients and I highly recommend them for legal counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Antonio Criminal defense Lawyer Gary Churak
Gary Churak
Criminal defense Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 41 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2016. See details