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Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer

Mario Madrid is a dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorney who represents clients in Houston, Harris County and the surrounding areas of Galveston County, Waller County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, San Jacinto, and Fort Bend County. Mr. Madrid’s nearly two decades of litigation experience have endowed him with the skills necessary to aggressively confront the Texas criminal justice system on your behalf. His stellar reputation and strong client track record have been confirmed time and time again with numerous awards and qualifications.

Free Initial Consultation

You won’t even need to bring your wallet along for your first consultation with Mr. Madrid, because he offers an initial consultation completely free of charge. During the consultation, Mr. Madrid will listen carefully while you describe your circumstances. He will ask targeted questions, based on his extensive experience, that are designed to clarify your legal position and provide the basis for an aggressive defense. Mr. Madrid will provide you with frank and honest to any question you ask, and he will keep any communications between you absolutely confidential, even if you decide not to retain hum.

Most defendants experience a criminal charge as a frightening, even terrifying event that quite naturally compromises their ability to look at their own case from a dispassionate perspective. Mr. Madrid is well-trained in the art of looking at a case with strict objectivity, and he can use this objectivity to evaluate your case and provide you with realistic advice on your legal options, including loopholes that other lawyers miss as well as possible defenses.

Your choice of who to retain as your Houston criminal defense lawyer could turn out to be the most important decision you make in your entire case. Indeed, if your charge is serious, it could turn out to be the most important decision you make in your entire lifetime.


Board Certification in Criminal Law


Previous Experience Serving as a Judge


A perfect 10/10 (“superb”) rating by AVVO


Voted Houston Top Lawyer for 2011


Member of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


Member of the National College for DUI Defense

The Mario Madrid Story

Due to his experience as a former Associate District Attorney for the State of Texas, early in his career Mr. Madrid gained a perspective that few other criminal lawyers possess. His intimate knowledge of prosecution strategy has endowed him with an uncanny knack for finding weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and exploiting them skillfully. From 2008 to 2014 he supplemented his experience as a prosecutor with service as a Judge for the City of Houston, where he gained a bird’s eye view of how a judges looks at evidence and how a court is likely to rule on various motions. Combined with his experience as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Madrid has the ability to “put it all together” to prepare the best possible defense for his clients.

  • Federal and state drug charges (methamphetamine, marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, etc.)
  • Assault and battery
  • DWI
  • White collar crimes
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Theft
  • Robbery
  • Sex crimes, including “date rape”
  • Conspiracy
  • Resisting arrest
  • Juvenile offenses
  • Fraud
  • Violent crimes
  • Property crimes
  • Others
How a Top-Notch Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You Stay Out of Jail and Avoid a Criminal Record

Evidence: In criminal court, the outcome will be determined by what can be proven with admissible evidence. The defendant’s task of establishing “reasonable doubt” can be surprisingly tricky, and may require the testimony of expert witnesses such as accident reconstruction specialists as well as physical evidence such as CCTV recordings. More importantly, a skilled criminal defense attorney will know how to poke holes in the prosecution’s evidence and cast doubt upon the credibility of hostile witnesses.

Although a criminal defendant has the final say on major issues of his case such as whether or not to plead guilty and whether to accept a plea bargain, he may be in dire need of expert legal advice to allow him to make a rational decision. An effective criminal defense lawyer will be intimately familiar not only with criminal law in general, but also with the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the local justice system.

Negotiating: Many criminal prosecutions are resolved not by trial but by plea bargains. A good plea negotiator might save you from years in prison or a felony charge by introducing enough doubt about the strength of the prosecutor’s case to induce him to offer to allow you to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Negotiating a plea deal against a prosecutor who negotiates such deals every day is not a job for amateurs or for those who are easily intimidated.

Call Mario Madrid today for the legal muscle you will need to fight off an aggressive criminal prosecution that could ruin your life.