Sarah E. Roland

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Denton, TX

Law Office of Sarah E. Roland
 | 903 N Elm St, Denton, TX 76201
Phone: 940-222-2006
Fax: 940-312-6830
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
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    Passionate about protecting the freedoms of those facing criminal charges, Sarah E. Roland provides individual advice and aggressive representation. As the founding attorney at the law office of Sarah Roland, she serves people living in Denton, Dallas and Collin, Texas, as well as throughout Tarrant, Cooke and Wise counties. Believing that everyone is entitled to the protections afforded to them under the law, Ms. Roland zealously advocates on their behalf.

    In 2003, Ms. Roland graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She went on to attend the Texas Tech University School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 2006.  There she was also awarded the Criminal Defense Clinic Clifford W. Brown Award for demonstrating excellent in the art and science of criminal defense advocacy.

    Looking up to her late father, who was also a criminal defense lawyer, Ms. Roland knew from a young age that she wanted to defend the rights of those charged with criminal offenses. Acting as an unwavering protector and a compassionate advocate for her clients, she strives to help those she represents to achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. Working with the Texas Tech Innocence Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic during law school, Ms. Roland gained valuable knowledge and experience, which she draws on to help craft strategies aimed at obtaining dismissals, reduced charges or limited penalties on her clients’ behalf. Generally handling cases involving charges such as DWI, drug offenses, assault, murder, theft and sexual offenses, Ms. Roland has an Avvo “Superb” rating. She has been named in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

    Ms. Roland is actively involved in the legal community. She regularly speaks and writes about criminal law issues throughout the State.  She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association where she is Editor of The Voice, she serves on the board of directors for the Innocence Project of Texas and has previously served in varying capacities for the Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Criminal Domestic Violence

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

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    About Sarah Roland

    Admitted: 2006, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.sarahroland.com/about.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • Clifford W. Brown Award for Excellent as a Student Attorney; Texas Tech School of Law Criminal Clinic (2006)
    • Hal Jackson Award, Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Outstanding Clinic Student Award; Texas Tech School of Law (2006)
    • Rising Star Award 2012, Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly May Issue
    • Excellence for the Future for Achievement in Advanced Criminal Law; Center for Computer- Assisted Legal Instruction (2006)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, Chairperson, 2012-2013
    • Eastern District of Texas, 2011 
    • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 2011
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2012
    • Innocence Project of Texas, Board of Directors, 2018
    • Texas, November 2006
    • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 2010, 2011
    • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Treasurer/Secretary, 2008
    • Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2011
    • Editor, Voice for the Defense, 2018
    • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), Member since 2001, 2018
    • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2010, 2011, 2012
    • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Vice-President, 2009
    • State Bar of Texas, Member, 2011

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Technology in the Courtroom,” presented to the Denton County Bar Association (October 1, 2010)
    • "Seeing is Believing: A Discussion About Demonstrative Evidence," presented at the TCDLA Trial College (Huntsville, March 22, 2012)
    • "Top 10 Tips for Being a Better Trial Lawyer," presented at Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course (San Antonio, June 7, 2012)
    • 3rd Annual Jolly Roger Criminal Law Seminar, Course Director (Denton, 2010)
    • 4th Annual Jolly Roger Criminal Law Seminar, Course Director (Denton, 2011)
    • TCDLA Trial College, Faculty (Huntsville, March 2012)
    • Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, Associate Course Director (San Antonio, June 6-9, 2012)
    • “Present Before Piercing: Analyzing the Presentation Requirement of Article 18.06(b) as Applied to Searches for Blood in Light of Wilson v. Arkansas,” 36 Voice for the Defense 1 (January/February 2007)  
    • “Coerced to Blow: Evaluating the Coercive Language of the DIC-24 and Ineffective Consent with Specific Regard to Persons Younger than 21 Years of Age,” 37 Voice for the Defense 4 (May 2008)
    • “2009 Legislative Changes, Additions, Etcetera,” presented to Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (September 2009)
    • “Silence is not Effective: Our Constitutional Duty in the Wake of Padilla v. Kentucky,” presented to Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (April 14, 2010)
    • “Defendant’s Motion for Recall of Capias Pro Fine Warrant Issued for Non-Payment of Indigent Court Costs,” 40 Voice for the Defense 6 (July/August 2011)
    • “Confessing a Lie,” written by Sarah Roland and presented at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course and Criminal Law 101 in San Antonio, Texas, by H.F. Rick Hagen (July 26-29, 2010)

    Educational Background:

    • Baylor University, B.A., Major: English Literature, Minor:Business, Honors: Baylor's Phi Alpha Delta chapter, President, 2003
    • Texas Tech University School of Law

      , 2006

    Industry Groups

    • Criminal Defense
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    Office Location for Sarah E. Roland

    903 N Elm St
    Denton, TX 76201

    Phone: 940-222-2006

    Fax: 940-312-6830

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