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Samuel E. Bassett

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

4.9   18 reviews
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  • Licensed for 35 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Samuel

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I HAVE PRACTICED IN AUSTIN AND THROUGHOUT TEXAS SINCE 1988.

I have 2 wonderful children.  I enjoy going to my ranch(ette), playing golf and traveling when I have time.  I am a long-time U.T. Sports Fan, Dallas Cowboys Fan and San Antonio Spurs Fan. 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

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Location

Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins, A Professional Corporation
1100 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX, 78701

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2013
Best lawyer around town
Sam is by far the best attorney I could have asked for. I was accused of aggravated assault w/ bodily injury and got a deferred prosecution deal for a year only with ending in a dismissal. He fights for the truth and protects your rights. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a lawyer that knows what they are doing.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2009
Highly recommended!
Sam is not only a first rate attorney, he is also very attentive to the needs of his clients. Sam was aware we needed superior representation, but we concerned about the cost of legal action. Sam was very efficient and tried to keep costs down as much as possible while providing the vigorous representation we required. I've dealt with other attorneys before that, while also effective, didn't mind running up the billable hours as much as possible. I highly recommend Sam to anyone seeking efficient, ethical and top notch representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Astounding Result
I hired Mr. Bassett in April 2021 after I was indicted with three federal charges. I was facing a lengthy sentence and on an emotional roller coaster with what I had gotten myself in to. Fortunately for my family and I he was able to produce more than favorable results. Two of the three charges were dropped, and my sentence was greatly reduced. This unrealistic outcome that was made possible because of Sam, a brilliant man with a heart of gold that strategized to our benefit. We as defendants first need to accept our own actions and responsibility in whatever we are dealing with and secondly, we need stellar representation. The best was only made possible due to Sam’s navigation throughout my case. I only have positive things to say about my outcome and work experience with Mr. Bassett, I hope you find this review helpful in making your decision. God Bless.
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Posted by Curtis | July 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased!
Needed something done that was unsure if could be done. I was given the option to either move forward or save my pennies by Mr. Bassett's team. From the paralegal to Mr. Bassett, I am SUPER pleased of the outcome. It was simple, to the point and very quick. I've been waiting almost a decade to get some help and I feel like I got the best. I was let down by a previous attorney I originally hired, where he initially responded but then just ignored me. Then I had an attorney who asked me if I was "ready to ride the tidal wave of the Justice system." No, I was not. Where some attorneys are unsure and some even will say "it can't be done" I was given the option and I appreciate that. Despite there possibly being an issue, Mr. Bassett and his paralegal were very communicative and tolerant. While I do prefer a more gentle approach, it was not necessary in the long run. Rest assured that if you need someone to get the job done, you can be assured that Mr. Bassett is going to do his best. I'm very glad I went with him based on a peer (his peer) recommendation. I can now continue on the rest of life thankful that I took the chance and thankful that I went with Mr. Bassett. If you want to go with someone who is well known, has a positive impression and has the backing of an amazing staff, look no further. This has been my best experience with a lawyer! Unfortunately, I have to say that. But fortunate to count my blessings and to be clear of something that was a mistake from the get go.
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Posted by Mark | December 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tops In His Field
When a person seeks the assistance of an attorney they are at a crossroads in life that only a legal professional can help with. Whether the issue is criminal or civil in nature, a sign of a good attorney is someone who can separate the facts from the emotions that are often tied to the issues at hand that brought you into his or her office to begin with. Sam Bassett guided me through a dire time where the outcome initially looked bleak; with a separation from my family and life that I have worked so hard to build being a strong possibility. For more than 30 years Sam has gained the skills and knowledge that makes him one of the best in his field, and for anyone who finds themselves at a difficult crossroads, I recommend that you consult with Sam first. The entire team at Minton, Bassett, Flores and Collins work together to ensure that their clients get the best representation. I will forever be indebted with Sam for his hard work in getting me a fair and favorable outcome to my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
DWI Dismissed. No conditions
Mr. Bassett is the lawyer that you need when everything is on the line. Due to one stupid decision, I watched my career that I worked towards the last 9 years of my life flash in front of my eyes. After meeting with many other lawyers, I knew immediately Mr. Bassett was going to be the right lawyer for me. Not only did Mr. Bassett represent me well, he stood by my side throughout the entire 11 month process answering all of my questions and meeting with me in person. Sam Bassett’s attentive attitude and superior representation helped me get my case DISMISSED. Not only can I enjoy my normal life again, I can continue to focus on my career that I love and worked so hard for. Thank you Mr. Bassett I am forever grateful for what you have done for me.
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Posted by Chris | September 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, ethical, good humored, compassionate---a winner
This lawyer is your best bet when the stakes are high. He is on top of his game. He has stuck with us over years of repeated legal attacks by a vindictive, abusive and controling ex spouse and has gotten the best results possible. I and my family have always benefited when I have carefully considered and taken his advice. He works hard. His hard won reputation for integrity in the legal community is invaluable when defending you in that arena. He is honest and compassionate. Good luck. I don't know where I or my daughter would be without his indefatigable skill, good judgement, and faith, and that of the members of his firm, Minton, Burton, Foster, and Collins, as well. God bless Sam Bassett and his partners and associates.
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Posted by Amer Habash | July 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Genuine and absolutely the BEST!!
Mr. Bassett is one of the nicest and most down to earth gentleman you can ever meet. As busy as his practice is, he has always returned my phone calls and emails asap. He treated me as important as all of his other clients. I have the privilege of knowing some of the sharpest attorneys. Mr. Bassett is by far the sharpest I have ever met and took excellent care of me and my case with an awesome result. If anyone ever needs an attorney, Mr. Bassett is my top choice!!!
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Posted by ET | March 18, 2013
Sam handled a felony case for me. He did a very good job.
Today, I was enjoying my son and realized how much I appreciated Sam's work on a criminal case a few months ago. He gave me my life back and I will be forever grateful.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2012
Good work
Sam helped my son through a difficult time over an 18 month period and achieved an excellent result. His kindness will always be remembered.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2011
Good Lawyer
Sam and his staff helped me through a difficult time. He always had my best interests at heart and didn't have to pretend to care. He took good care of me.
Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2010
Good Work
Sam did a very good job on a DWI case for me. I recommend him highly.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2009
anonymous
Sam helped get a felony DWI charge reduced for me even though it was a tough case in many respects. His diligence and persistence is probably the main reason it happened.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2008
Robert M
Sam got a very good result for me in a felony case. I was very pleased.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2008
Jacque S
Sam did a good job on my divorce case. He maintains a busy practice while at the same time gets good results.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2008
tom l
Great job. Sam is efficient and works hard. He has good relationships at the courthouse. He obtained a great result for me!
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2008
W. Smith
Sam is top notch. Busy but efficient and effective.
Posted by Jean | August 24, 2010
Forgot key piece of information in making decision about deal.
Sam represented me about 10 years ago. I lost the stupid Disorderly Conduct trial and he did NOT tell me a "final conviction" could NOT be expunged. Only when I talked to a differently lawyer yesterday did I find this out.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Allison, Yeager & Bassett
  • 1992 - 2000

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. K.C.
  • Not Guilty Verdict from Jury
  • State of Texas v. Cedric Benson
  • Cases Dismissed Prior To Trial
  • State of Texas v. JW; In The Interest of W Children
  • Two Trials - 2 verdicts of not guilty

Associations

  • National College of DUI Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Director
  • 2002 - Present
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Charter Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Forensic Science Commission
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • President - Crim. Law Section
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Ambassador Award
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Finalist - Texan of the Year
  • Dallas Morning News
  • 2009
  • Presidential Award
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2008

Publications

  • Voice for the Defense
  • Civil & Criminal Aspects of Family Violence Cases
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • National Defense Investigators Association
  • Junk Science and An Execution in Texas
  • 2010
  • 6th Annual National Forensics Seminar
  • Obstacles to Forensic Science Reform
  • 2010
  • Defending Allegations of Sexual Assault
  • Ethics
  • 2009
  • 2009 Advanced Criminal Law Course
  • Texas Forensic Science Commission
  • 2009
  • 2008 Advanced Criminal Law Course
  • Civil and Criminal Aspects of Family Violence Cases
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (11)
Endorse Samuel
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best trial lawyers in the State of Texas. You can't go wrong having Sam and his team in your corner. He will fight for your freedom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam is a great lawyer. He is hard working and cares about his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Samuel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam Bassett is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. He keeps his calm under pressure, thinks clearly on his feet and makes good choices. With 25 years of experience under his belt, he brings all the right stuff to get his clients out of ugly situations. You can't go wrong with Sam. I wholeheartedly endorse his work."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Sam for a number of years on a number of cases. He is top notch and is active in both criminal and family law matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam is on the short list of great criminal defense lawyers in the state. I learn something form him each time I see him. He provides the highest level of representation to his clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is a very well regarded attorney. I would confidently refer clients to him for either criminal or family law matters. I know he will do a great job for them."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is a fantastic attorney and has a great reputation at the courthouse and among his peers. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam Bassett is one of the best criminal defense attorneys I know. He has more than two decades experience as a defense attorney and is a leader in the defense community. He is ethical, aggressive, and very effective. I recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Since I love Sam like a brother, I guess my vote shouldn't count, but I will vote nonetheless. Sam Bassett is among the top five criminal defense lawyers in the state of Texas. Smart as hell, crazy experience, works like a mule and loves to go to trial. He can take an expert from the other side - cold - with no notes - and make that expert forget who's paying him. He fights like hell for this clients and yet maintains civility with opposing counsel in order not to preclude the possibility of a favorable settlement. Everyone likes and respects Sam (everyone - bar none). Sam is a good man, fair man, great dad, great partner and first rate advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bassett understands the law and understands how the facts apply to the law. When hiring someone to defend you, you want someone who can put your case in perspective for you and help you make the best decision for your case. Mr. Bassett can do that with you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have referred a number of clients to him for criminal defense matters, and all have been pleased with his representation. It's a pleasure to know that I can trust he will respond promptly, professionally, and compassionately."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is hard-working, smart, conscientious, and effective. He is a leader in the Bar, and deservedly so. Anyone looking for an excellent lawyer should consider Mr. Bassett."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Sam many times. He is always prepared, hard working and attentive to the needs of his clients. He drives a hard bargain and knows the law."
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Austin Criminal defense Lawyer Samuel E. Bassett
Samuel E. Bassett
Criminal defense Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 35 years
Free Consultation