Demetrio Duarte, Jr.

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in San Antonio, Texas

Duarte & Molina, PC
Demetrio Duarte, Jr.
Duarte & Molina, PC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1984

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2016 - 2023

Duarte & Molina, PC

2200 Warner Ave
San Antonio, TX 78201 Visit website


A criminal defense and personal injury attorney at Duarte Molina, Demetrio Duarte Jr. represents clients in San Antonio, Texas. With over three decades of experience, he was included in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 for seven consecutive years, and he is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Duarte is admitted to practice in the state of Texas and before the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois and all federal courts in Texas. Other federal courts he is admitted to practice before include the following: the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas and the United States Tax Court.

At St. Mary’s University, Mr. Duarte graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History before attending law school at the University of Texas School of Law. In 1983, he earned his Juris Doctor and was a member of the Editorial Staff for the American Journal of Criminal Law. For 10 years, he was a Licensed Escrow Office for the Texas Department of Insurance and earned his Texas Estates Code Guardianship Certification in 2016.

A member of the San Antonio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Mr. Duarte is also involved with the National Chapter and the San Antonio Chapter of the Mexican American Bar Association and is fluent in both Spanish and English. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas DWI Lawyers, the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, General Litigation

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% General Litigation

First Admitted: 1984, Texas

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Texas Estates Code Guardianship Certification, February 12, 2016
  • Texas State Board of Insurance: Licensed Escrow Officer, 2002 – 2012
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1991
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • United States Tax Court
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Courts: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild, San Antonio Chapter
  • Bill of Rights Program – 1993
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, San Antonio Chapter General Counsel 2003-2012 Terms
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Speakers Bureau – 1992, County Courts at Law Committee – 1993, Citizenship and Program Committee – 1994, Criminal Law & Procedure Committee – 1997-1998, 2012, County Courts Committee – 1999-2000, 2009 – 2013, District Courts Committee – 2009 – 2013
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, Sustaining Member since 1995
  • State Bar of Texas, Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Committee – 1994, International Relations Committee – 1996, College of the State Bar of Texas – sustaining member
  • Mexican American Bar Association – San Antonio and National Chapters
  • Federal Bar Association – San Antonio Chapter
  • Texas DWI Lawyers
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Listed by the National Trial Lawyers as one of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • , Listed as one of “SAN ANTONIO’S BEST ATTORNEYS” in Scene in SA Magazine, August 2005, August 2006, July 2009, June 2010, July 2011 June/July 2012, July 2013, July 2014, July 2015, July 2016 (Criminal Defense, DWI and White Collar Crime), July 2017 and 20
  • , San Antonio Police Department Certificate of Appreciation for Work with Vice and Narcotics Units
  • , Listed in San Antonio Scene Magazine as one of San Antonio’s Top 30 DWI Attorneys in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 issues
  • , Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Currently Rated BV Distinguished (Very High Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards)
  • , Listed in Jury Verdict Review Publications, Inc.’s March 2011 Texas Jury Verdict ( for $6,104,418.00 verdict in fraudulent conveyance case. (Net to Client - - Return of fraudulently transferred real property and $680,000.00 in damages.)
  • , Listed by Thomson Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly Magazine in September 2011, June 2016, and August 2018 issues as a Texas “Super Lawyer.”
  • , Listed by’s TopVerdict for having one of the top 100 Verdicts in Texas in 2016 for $217,564.00 in Wright v. Dwyer, M.D. medical malpractice case. ($92,000.00 Net to Client in improper orthopedic implant case for fractured humerus.)
  • Listed as one of San Antonio's best Criminal Defense Attorneys., San Antonio's Best Lawyers, Scene in SA Magazine
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • State Bar of Texas Webcast, “The Civil, Criminal and Ethical Consequences of a Barratry Allegation”, 2016
  • Conference of National Association of Credit Managers Creditor Rights in Bankruptcy, 1989
  • SACDLA Meeting – “The Ten Commandments to The Ethical Practice of Criminal Law”, 2002
  • Training Session presented to Escrow officers for Fidelity Title Insurance Company in San Antonio, Texas, “Closing Basics for Escrow Officers”, 2004
  • Children’s Court Advocacy Conference, Las Vegas, NV, “Effective Trial Preparation”, 2012
  • Mexican American Bar Association, SA Chapter, “Preparing for Trial in a Criminal Case”, 2012
  • Contributing Author: The San Antonio Defender, January/February, 2011 Issue, “Ten Tips for Voir Dire”
  • San Antonio Bar Association, County Courts Committee, “Civil and Criminal Barratry Consequences”, 2016
  • Mexican American Bar Association, SA Chapter – “How the New Open Carry Law Can Affect You and Your Clients”, 2016
  • San Antonio Bar Association - “Civil and Criminal Implication of Barratry”, 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Founding member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.
Educational Background:
  • St. Mary's University, B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude, Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society, Music Scholarship, Dean’s List 1978, 1979, 1980
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Listed in Top Verdict for achieving one of the Top 50 Verdicts in Texas for a commercial truck collision verdict in Hidalgo County, Texas, 2018

Office location for Demetrio Duarte, Jr.

2200 Warner Ave
San Antonio, TX 78201

Phone: 210-761-7022


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011, 2016 - 2023

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