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Joseph A. Turner

White collar crime Attorney at Austin, TX

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As the only former federal prosecutor in Austin to specialize in federal criminal defense cases, Joe Turner has earned the nickname "Mad Dog" because of his passionate defense of his clients. Mr. Turner's federal practice includes the defense of federal drug conspiracies, mortgage and bank fraud, computer-related crimes, weapon offenses, and an extensive list of other crimes. He is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he is licensed to practice in every federal and state court in the State of Texas. With over 30 years experience, Mr. Turner has successfully represented citizens wrongfully accused of everything from DWI to murder and has tried more than 100 jury trials.


"He is the best...," said Willie Nelson after Joe Turner had his case dismissed. Willie had been charged with possession of marijuana while passing through the small town of Hewitt, Texas. After a pretrial hearing, Joe Turner successfully moved to have the case dismissed because of an illegal search.


After his successful representation of Ruth Riddle, a Branch Davidian charged with federal conspiracy and murder, he gained national recognition appearing on Nightline, CNN, and other nationally and internationally recognized media services.


According to Kelly Fero's The Zani Murders, "Today he (Joseph Turner) is one of the most successful defense attorneys in Central Texas." The Zani case is one of the most famous cases in Austin history, and set a national precedent for the admission of hypnotically-induced testimony in the courtroom.


Joe Turner successfully defended "A Time to Kill" star Matthew McConaughey during his famous bongo playing incident. McConaughey's charges were dropped after Mr. Turner argued police did not have probable cause to enter the home without a warrant.

Licensed for 45 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1977
Updated 02/07/2023

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Joseph A. Turner, P.C.
1504 West Avenue
Austin, TX, 78701


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Posted by Mark | November 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
My Best Attorney Experience By Far
Mr. Turner in addition to being knowledgeable and skilled, he is above all else, personable. His colleague Joan Marron is equally accomplished at her craft. My son got into an unfortunate mess by being at a college Frat party that was raided. He received a Minor in Consumption. Being lazy, he didn't take his required class and a non-compassionate Judge suspended his driving license for 6 months. Being naive, my son was caught driving with a suspended license. Mr. Turner and Ms. Marron were able to get the charges dropped. This was the exact re-set button my son needed. Much of my son's trouble can be attributed to him being very depressed. He is a great kid that needed a fresh start. Mr. Turner and Ms. Marron gave that to him. Our family is very grateful.
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Posted by Dana | June 20, 2013
He's The Best!!!
Joe has a true gift one they don't teach in law school or any other school for that matter; and that is his ability to read people. His high energy and positive attitude lets him move freely with client and prosector. Should you find yourself in legal trouble and you want a straight shooting attorney that will provide you with excellent representation then Joe's your man. Thank you Joe for all that you have done for me and my family....
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  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Sam Houston State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
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  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You cannot get a better criminal defense lawyer than Joe. He's highly effective at what he does because he knows the law and he knows people."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Other
"I have known Joe personally and professionally for over 30 years. I know him to be a superb criminal defense lawyer, and have referred people to him on major cases several times over the years."
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Austin White collar crime Lawyer Joseph A. Turner
Joseph A. Turner
White collar crime Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 45 years