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Dean Watts

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Nacogdoches, TX

Dean Watts, Attorney at Law
120 E Pilar St
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone: 936-559-9288
Email: Dean Watts
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
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Attorney Profile

Mr. Watts has practiced criminal law in Nacogdoches, Texas for over 20 years. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is an active member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for over 20 years. Mr. Watts is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, DC and Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. 

White Papers

  • The State of Texas vs. Lee Christopher Barrs (2019) - Brief in the 12th Court of Appeals of Texas, Tyler Division which clarified the deference to the trial court’s resolution of mixed questions of law and fact that rely on the credibility of the witnesses.

About Dean Watts

First Admitted: 1997, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://deanwattslaw.com/

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Educational Background

  • Graduate of the National Criminal Defense College- Macon Georgia, 1999
  • Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in Washington, DC., 1992

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Re-certified from Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law., 2019
  • Re-Certified in Criminal Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2014
  • Re-Certified in Criminal Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2009
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004

Honors/Awards

  • Recieved Kudos for winning appeal affirming trial court's granting of motion to suppress in  Texas 12th District Court of Appeals., Voice for the Defense Kudos, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association publication, 2019
  • Earned Perfect 10.00 Rating, Superb Attorney Rating, Avvo, 2020
  • "Kudos to Dean Watts of Nacogdoches, who recently had an Assault Family Violence case dismissed by the state halfway through trial. D was forced to trial in the Class C case because a plea would lead to immigration problems. The prosecutor would not change or reduce the charge despite the fact that an affidavit of non-prosecution had been signed by D and the victim asked several times that the charges be dropped. As Dean notes: “At trial, the victim did not show up. Undeterred, the prosecutor tried to use only the police officer to convict the defendant. After I objected to the State trying to offer inadmissible hearsay statements and a videotape without the proper predicate being laid, the State finally dismissed the case mid trial.” Congrats, Dean, for a righteous win.", Voice for the Defense Kudos, http://www.voiceforthedefenseonline.com/story/shout-outs-30, 2019
  • Received Kudos for winning an appeal overturning 40 year imprisonment conviction of Defendant for the offense of Retaliation in Texas 12th District Court of Appeals., Voice for the Defense Kudos, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association publication Voice for the Defense, 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Authored TCDLA Rural Practitioner Covid-19  Suggested Court Guidelines https://connect.tcdla.com/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread?GroupId=151&MessageKey=a87cb56a-fe5a-4b45-9ac9-267cb7426f86&CommunityKey=6e025609-3ba5-4c4a-9f31-6b1fc94f7613&tab=digestviewer&ReturnUrl=%2fcommunities%2fcommunity-home%2fdigestviewer%3ftab%3ddigestviewer%26CommunityKey%3d6e025609-3ba5-4c4a-9f31-6b1fc94f7613, 2020

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Dismissal-Felony Harassment of a Public Servant due to Insufficient Evidence- Shelby County, Texas, 2021
  • Dismissal-Felony Criminal Mischief-Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2021
  • Dismissal - Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance- Angelina County, Texas, 2021
  • Dismissal in the Interest of Justice- Misdemeanor Assault-Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2021
  • Nolle Prosequi Dismissal- Possession of a Controlled Substance (Insufficient Evidence)- Nacogdoches County, Texas., 2021
  • Dismissal- Felony Motion to Revoke Probation, 2021
  • Nolle Prosequi for theft and engaging in organized criminal activity based on insufficient evidence., 2021
  • Felony Dismissal for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Angelina County, Texas, 2021
  • Dismissal-Possession of a Controlled Substance , 2021
  • Authored brief for Appellee in which 12th Court of Appeals upheld the suppression of evidence, leading to the dismissal of driving while intoxicated case., 2019
  • Dismissal of Felony Motion to Revoke Probation., 2020
  • Dismissal of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance., 2020
  • Dismissal- State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. The Dismissal saved the Defendant from Deportation to Yemen. , 2020
  • Authored successful appellate brief in response to State's appeal of trial court granting motion to suppress in 12th Court of Appeals.  http://www.search.txcourts.gov/SearchMedia.aspx?MediaVersionID=dba9104f-b7ba-4fb3-a053-43b3a91e55e2&coa=coa12&DT=Opinion&MediaID=76069464-e392-4f5f-82ce-d13f8befee15, 2019
  • Jury Trial- Habitual Felony Offense Facing 25-99 years, Charge Reduced, Jury Returned Verdict of 13 years: Cause No.F1823421: 145th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2019
  • Jury Trial- Case Dismissed Mid-Trial Due to Insufficient Evidence: Assault Family Violence; Lufkin Municipal Court Cause No. M00448-19-06, 2019
  • Dismissal Before Indictment (Nolle Prosequi)- Aggravated Assault Deadly Weapon: Cause Number F18988, JP#2 Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2019
  • Authorized successful appellate brief overturning 40 year sentence for offense of Retaliation in 12th District Court of Appeals. http://www.search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=12-16-00266-CR&coa=coa12  , 2018
  • Lead counsel for the Appellant. The 12th Court of Appeals in Texas reversed 40 year sentence. , 2018
  • Dismissal- Theft: Cause No. F1622590, 145th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2018
  • Dismissal- Continuous Family Violence and Injury to a Child: F1722959; 420th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2018
  • Dismissal-Theft; Cause No. F1521517: 145th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2018
  • Dismissal- Aggravated Assault: Cause No. F0916790 145th District Court Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2018
  • Dismissal- Possession of a Controlled Substance: Cause No. 1723218: 420th District Court Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2018
  • Dismissal: Application to Revoke Probation: Cause No. 1622570 420th District Court Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2018
  • Dismissal- Felony Theft: Cause No. F1521462, 145th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2017
  • Dismissal-Criminal Mischief: Cause No. F14211371; 420th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2016
  • Dismissal-Burglary of a Buliding: F1420682; 420th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2016
  • Dismissal- Burglary of a Habitation: Cause No. 1017998, 145th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2016
  • Dismissal-Burglary of a Habitation (x2): Cause No. F1522025, 420th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2016
  • Dismissal- Hindering Apprehension: Cause No. 1521877 420th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas , 2016
  • Dismissal- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle: Cause No. 1521813, 145th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2016
  • Dismissal- Felony Assault Family Violence: Cause No. F1421205; 420th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2015
  • Dismissal-Assault Family Violence by Impeding Breath/Circulation; F1118772; 420th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2015
  • Dismissal-Forgery: Cause No. F0816272; 420th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2015
  • Dismissal- Felony Assault-FV: Cause No. F1421174, 14th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2014
  • Dismissal- DWI with Child Passenger: F1421063; 145th District Court, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Nacogdoches High School Tennis Boosters Tennis League Coordinator, 2021
  • Nacogdoches Community Free Tennis Program Stephen F. Austin University Volunteer, 2020
  • Co-Founder, Nacogdoches Community Free Tennis Program at Stephen F. Austin State University, 2019
  • Lufkin High School Tennis Booster Club Member/Supporter, 2018
  • Lufkin High School Tennis Booster Club Member/Supporter, 2017
  • Lufkin High School Tennis Booster Club Member/Supporter, 2016
  • Lufkin High School Tennis Booster Club Member/Supporter, 2015
  • Lufkin High School Tennis Booster Club Member/Supporter, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Rural Practice Committee Member, 2021
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Member, 2021
  • Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1999
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association: Committee Member- (Rural Practice), 2020
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Member (1998-2020), 2020
  • American Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division, Solo Practitioner Division, Small Firm Division, 2020
  • Admitted to the College of the State Bar of Texas, 2005
  • Admitted to The United States District Court Southern District of Texas, 2000
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas, 1999
  • Admitted to The United States District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1999
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1999
  • Admitted to the American Bar Association, 1998
  • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, 1997

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Justice
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Office Location for Dean Watts

120 E Pilar St
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Last Updated: 9/7/2021

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