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Robert Keates

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Robert L. Keates

  • State Years
    Texas - TX 15 years
    New York - NY 16 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 17 years
    California - CA 18 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2009
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2007
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2006
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of a criminal defense attorney to present your defense or negotiate a penalty. As different rules and procedures exist for different offenses, you should seek a criminal defense attorney who has worked on your particular type of case to provide you with the best defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows what information the government will need to prove your guilt.

    19 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    If you are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be arrested for DUI (driving under the influence). Depending on the state, the specific crime is also called DWI (driving while intoxicated), OUI (operating under the influence), or OWI (operating while intoxicated). A DUI conviction has serious consequences (for example, losing your driving privileges); but an experienced DUI attorney can often get the charges dropped or reduced, or may be able to negotiate.

    19 years

  3. Expungement

    19 years

  4. Domestic violence

    19 years

  5. Violent crime

Fee Information & Payment Options
Fees for legal representation and services are set on a case by case basis, tailored to the specifics of the issue at hand. We do not have a set fee schedule that is wholly dependent on the charges. For a fee quote, contact us to talk about your case -- Initial consultations are free.

About Legal Fees 
Legal Fees are the payment to the Lawyer for their work on the case, including legal research, legal writing and court documents, court appearances, jail visits or phone conversations, and speaking with witnesses and the district attorney.

At the Law Office of Robert L Keates, most payments for legal services are Flat Fees, meaning one fee is paid for a certain legal service. Typically a case is broken into two areas for purposes of a flat fee. The first area contains all the legal work, research, court appearances, pre-trial work, office or phone consults, writing and arguing of legal motions, and if applicable, a plea. The second area contains the trial.

In most cases, a Flat Fee for the first area of representation described above is settled upon when a client signs the Fee Agreement for Legal Services, thereby hiring the lawyer for representation. If the case progresses to trial, a second fee is then charged, and often that fee amount is discussed and agreed upon ahead of time; it is not paid until the trial is not only approaching but decided upon by the client. Aside from a flat fee arrangement, in rare cases, a client and attorney may enter into a retainer agreement, where the attorney will work and charge at an hourly rate. As described below, we use a retainer type structure to provide for legal costs, rather than month to month billing.

About Legal Costs
Legal costs differ from legal fees in that the costs are for expenses the attorney must pay for in order to move forward with the defense of your case, such as discovery and materials from the district attorney, copies, case law printouts, video tapes, audio tapes, and parking. These expenses are not included in the legal fee, and the client is responsible for the payment of legal costs in addition to the legal fee. Legal costs are charged to the client "at cost" -- no surcharge is added for handling or other tasks. In other words, the client pays for the actual cost of the item, and no more.

In order to accomodate clients in the most cost effective manner, legal costs are typically are handled with a retainer type agreement where the client gives the lawyer a set amount of money to pay for legal costs as they are due. The legal cost retainer payment remains in a seperate account from the legal fee, and is deducted from each time a legal cost is paid, much like a debit card.

In most cases, a legal cost retainer of $500 is required. At the end of the case, the client is forwarded a list of all legal costs incurred during the case, and refunded any excess that was not used. If the legal costs accumulate to more than $500, another retainer agreement is entered into.

About Legal Costs for Investigation & Expert Witnesses
Seperate from legal fees and legal costs are the expenses for investigators and expert witnesses. These individuals, and their involvement in your case, are considered third parties, and are not employees of our Law Office. Therefore, their costs are due upfront, and are forwarded to the party. It is important to consider the cost, at least of an investigator, when budgeting for the defense of your case.

About Payment Options
Although we do not accept cash payments, we do accept the following types of payments:

  • Money Order or Cashier's Check ;
  • Electronic Bank Transfer or Wire;
  • Personal Check; *Check must clear before considered valid
  • Credit Card. *Service charge may apply

About Payment Plans.
We offer limited payment plans for some cases in situations of special need, however half of the fee must be paid, along with a valid credit card number on record, which will be charged on a specified date if the remaining balance is unpaid.

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Keates Law Firm
901 Mopac Expressway South
Building 1, Suite 300
Austin, TX, 78746

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  5 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Better call Keates...
I needed to obtain an occupational driver’s license and had no idea how to navigate the legal system. Mr. Keates was the first attorney I contacted, and I’m very glad I did. He explained the process to me thoroughly and patiently answered my questions. He followed up on everything in a timely and efficient manner, keeping me informed every step of the way. The whole process went very smoothly and much more quickly than I would have imagined – just about a week, in fact. As a plus, I didn’t have to take any time off from work or step foot in a courtroom. Mr. Keates is highly professional and flexible with payment options, with outstanding communication and reasonable fees. He has absolutely exceeded my expectations and I’d highly recommend him in need of legal services.
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Posted by Edward | October 15, 2013
Public Intoxication Dismissed
Robert Keates was conscientious to my legal needs. He was easily reachable. He got my case dismissed in a timely manner & charged a reasonable fee. I highly recommend Robert Keates.
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2013
21st birthday mishap
Mr. Keates helped me through a 21st birthday mishap. He called me answered all of my questions and was very professional. I strongly recommend him for your mishaps/lawyer needs.
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2010
Great attorney
Mr. Keates did a great job, he was always willing to help in anyway. he answered all questions was always very professional and made sure my best interest was always at stake
Posted by ashley | November 13, 2010
Great Work by Great Lawyer
Great Work by Great Lawyer: Very cool and reasonable; he was adaptive to my concerns and had a TON of insight as to hwo best to defend my case. We ended up going to trial and telling the DA to SHOVE IT, and what do you know??? The DA dismissed the major charges against me (which were bogus) just a few moments before trial. HIRE THIS MAN. If you don't end up ahead of the game, it's b/c you your own fault.
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 25-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Keates Law Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • 2009 - 2017
  • Lawyer
  • Orange County Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Attorney, Lawyer Extern
  • San Diego Federal Defenders, INC
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Clerk
  • 6th Circuit District Court, Honorable Judge Minaldi
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • California Western School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2006
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • West Chester U
  • B.A & B.S.
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Assault JURY TRIAL
  • Not Guilty Trial
  • Not Guilty
  • Two Theft cases and a Bail Jumping
  • Dismissed
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  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Legal Team - Attorney TX
  • 2015 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Austin-Criminal-Lawyers-Association (Web Based)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Texas Young Lawyer’s Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Public Defender’s Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • California Attorney’s for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Los Angeles Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Don Simms Attorney of the Year Award
  • Orange County Public Defenders Office
  • 2009
  • Litigator of the Month
  • Juvenile Public Defneder's Office, OCPD, CA
  • 2009
  • 602 Defender of the Month
  • OCPD Office
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert is one of the most hardworking attorneys in Central Texas. He is thorough in his client's defense and passionately involved in every case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to annyone needing legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He had provided an Outstanding analysis and answers on several issues. that I have taken note of."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to see Robert in court many times, and he always has a professional demeanor and positive disposition. He really has his head and heart in the game, and his clients are lucky to have someone who cares as he does."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Keates and I were assigned to the Fullerton North Justice Center together when he was still with the Orange County Public Defender in California. He is an excellent attorney. I have seen him litigate several matters, and he is superb at cross-examining hostile witnesses. He has an L.L.M. in trial advocacy, and it shows in the courtroom. I have no doubt he will be a shining star in the Austin defense bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. Keates back when we were both deputy public defenders in Orange County, California. I was able to watch him in trial on several occasions. He is, without a doubt, an excellent litigator, and the type of attorney who really cares deeply for his clients. We miss him here in California, but I'm sure his clients in Texas are grateful to have such an intelligent, compassionate advocate on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"California's loss was Texas' gain. At least now I've got a great lawyer to call and help me out of a jam if I'm ever stopped in Texas. Robert is an ACE!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Keates was an excellent Public Defender and continues to provide superior service for his clients. He has extensive legal knowledge and is brilliant in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. His knowledge of the law is superb and his dedication to his clients yields results that exceed expectations. Moreover, hIs commitment is matched by his skills in the courtroom. Having worked alongside Mr. Keates for several years as a public defender, he never ceased to impress; even on the most difficult cases. I can honestly say that if I needed legal representation on a criminal matter, he would be the first person I would ask for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Mr. Keates as a public defender handling criminal matters in CA. He has the experience and professionalism that transcends jurisdiction and I would gladly refer a Texas client to him. I endorse this lawyer's work."
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