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Joe Vinas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston, TX

Vinas & Graham, PLLC
1210 West Clay Street, Suite 12
Houston, TX 77019
Phone: 713-229-9992
Fax: 713-229-9996
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

A co-founder of Vinas & Graham, PLLC, Joe Vinas focuses his practice on criminal defense matters. From the firm’s office in Houston, Texas, he provides effective advocacy on behalf of clients throughout the greater metropolitan area. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Vinas spent several years as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and he draws on this experience in order to anticipate the tactics that he now faces when defending his clients. He has been admitted to practice in Texas since 2002, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. In addition, Mr. Vinas has been certified as a specialist in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Vinas represents people who have been accused by the state or federal government with having committed felony or misdemeanor offenses. The types of cases that he has handled have included homicide, drug possession and distribution, domestic violence, robbery, weapons violations, money laundering and other white collar crimes, RICO allegations, arson, sexual assault, and conspiracy. Mr. Vinas has obtained positive results for his clients through dismissals, acquittals, reversals on appeal and the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution, and this has led to a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including a “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, he has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

Mr. Vinas majored in biology at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in 1998. He then attended the University of Houston Law Center, and he participated in mock trial competitions and was the president of the Student Bar Association before obtaining his Juris Doctor in 2002.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About Joe Vinas

First Admitted: 2002, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://houstoncriminalfirm.com/about/houston-attorney-joe-v...

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Tomball Police Department, 2012
  • Houston Police Academy

Honors/Awards

  • University of Houston Law Center, Regional Champion of the Texas Young Lawyers’ Association National Trial Competition
  • University of Houston Law Center, Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Award, Distinguished Service Award
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association, President's Award, 2020
  • University of Houston Law Center, Mock Trial team, President of the Student Bar Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Superb - 10 / 10, Avvo, 2013
  • Superb - 10 / 10, Avvo, 2015
  • Top Lawyer, Houstonia Magazine, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Superb - 10 / 10, Avvo, 2014
  • Superb - 10 / 10, Avvo, 2016
  • Top Lawyer, Houstonia Magazine, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Superb - 10 / 10, Avvo, 2017

Educational Background

  • University of Texas at Austin, BA - Biology, 1998

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Back 2 Basics Ministry Board of Directors - Board Member, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Second Administrative Judicial Region - Qualified Counsel for First Chair Death Penalty Cases, 2017
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization - Board Certified, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board Member - Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association, 2018
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • President-Elect - Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association, 2020
  • Vice President - Harris County Criminal Lawyer's Association, 2019
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association - Member, 2013
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association - Member, 2016
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association - Member, 2015
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association - Member, 2017
  • Texas Bar College, 2017
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association Board of Directors - Board Member, 2017
  • Texas Bar College, 2016
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association - Member, 2015
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association - Member, 2014
  • Texas District And County Attorneys' Association - Member, 2012
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association - Member, 2013
  • Texas Bar College, 2015
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association - Member, 2014
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers' Association - Member, 2017
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association - Member, 2016
  • Texas Bar College, 2013
  • Texas Bar College, 2014

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense
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Office Location for Joe Vinas

1210 West Clay Street
Suite 12
Houston, TX 77019

Phone: 713-229-9992

Fax: 713-229-9996

Last Updated: 8/19/2021

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