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Joseph Hoelscher

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Antonio, TX

Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC
3030 Nacogdoches Rd, Suite 222G
San Antonio, TX 78217
Phone: 210-222-9132
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 2007
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Family Law (40%), Criminal Defense (20%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

Joseph Hoelscher is a partner at the law firm of Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC. He provides legal assistance to clients in San Antonio, Texas. He handles a wide range of family law cases, including those involving family law, child custody and support, domestic violence, grandparents’ and foster parents’ rights, child protective services (CPS) and so on. He also helps clients who are accused of criminal charges such as DWI, assault, manslaughter, child sexual abuse, traffic charges, drug charges, white collar crimes and more.

An award-winning graduate, Mr. Hoelscher completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He then pursued his legal education and received his Juris Doctor with a specialization in criminal law from the Baylor Law School in 2006. Later in the year 2007, he was admitted to practice in Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Mr. Hoelscher has seen firsthand how a legal issue can jeopardize several areas of life, including finances, health and relationships. He offers his clients fresh hope and helps them return to normal life as quickly as possible. Proactive in helping the people of his community, he provides hundreds of hours of pro bono work outside his regular practice.

As a published scholar and author, Mr. Hoelscher writes articles and other content that provides comprehensive practical guidance on topics related to his field. His teaching experience includes working at Texas Military Institute as a Texas State Champion Debate Coach, at Our Lady of the Lake University as an adjunct professor and at St. Mary’s University as an Assistant Director of the Forensics Department. He also regularly speaks at many legal organizations.

A native of San Antonio, Mr. Hoelscher is nationally recognized for his success and is often featured in the media. He is a part of the San Antonio Bar Association, American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. 

For his professionalism and excellent client service, Mr. Hoelscher was listed multiple times among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers and the Top 30 Criminal Defense Lawyers by the Scene in San Antonio Magazine. Named a DWI Trial Warrior by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, he was also offered the Client Distinction Award and the Client Champion Award by Martindale-Hubbell in 2015 and 2020, respectively.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Family Law
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021

About Joseph Hoelscher

First Admitted: 2007, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.hgclaw.com/joe-hoelscher/

Educational Background

  • MacArthur High School in 1994
  • St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, M.A. in Communications Studies and International Relations with Concentration in Western Hemisphere Issues, 2002
  • St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, B.A. in Political Science, Communications Studies, International Relations, 1998

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, requires 75 hours of pro bono work annually, outside a lawyer's regular practice, 2014 - Present
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys(AIDUIA), Member, 2014 – Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2008 – Present
  • Christian Legal Society, Member, 2014 – Present
  • Established pro bono protective order program for victims of domestic violence during COVID lockdowns, 2020
  • Board Member for Starlight Autism Center (2018-2020), 2018
  • Assisted victims of domestic violence in seeking protective orders and divorces or SAPCRs (child custody). This is a regular part of our practice., 2016
  • Led the creation of a team of attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance to clients of Mark Benavides, a local lawyer indicted for raping his clients. I serve or have served several of his former clients directly and referred others to pro bono counsel within the team. I have also coordinated with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas and the lead prosecutor in the case to ensure that this lawyer who betrayed his clients is brought to justice and the public is protected. The District Attorney's Office has located dozens of confirmed victims and the investigation is still open., 2015

Honors/Awards

  • Best Family Lawyers in San Antonio, S.A. Scene Magazine, 2014
  • Best of the Best – Criminal Practice, Texas Lawyers’ Group, 2012
  • DWI Trial Warrior, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2021
  • 1st Child Protection lawyer to attain the top ranking in 14th annual survey of practicing lawyers in San Antonio, #1 Family Lawyer in San Antonio, San Antonio Scene Magazine, 2020
  • Highest ranking DWI lawyer in 14th annual poll of San Antonio lawyers, #1 DWI Lawyer in San Antonio, San Antonio Scene Magazine, 2020
  • Client Champion: Gold, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • One of top 3 attorneys in The Current, San Antonio's weekly newspaper, reader's choice poll, Best Attorney in San Antonio - Finalist, The Current, 2020
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014 - 2016, 2019
  • Poll of local attorneys asks who they would hire to represent themselves or someone close to them, if arrested. In 2013, the Magazine identified the Top 10 and runners up. Subsequent editions have identified the Top 30, Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers: Runner Up, San Antonio Scene Magazine, 2013
  • Based on client reviews and ratings. This award is given to approximately the top 1% of lawyers, according to client reviews, Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Based on a poll of local attorneys who are asked to name the top lawyers they would hire if they or a close family member were arrested. The list only separates the Top 30, Top 30 Criminal Defense Lawyers, San Antonio Scene Magazine, 2014 - 2016
  • This survey polls local attorneys to rate lawyers they have personally observed in practice. Lawyers are listed in various practice areas. I was listed in Criminal Law, Best Lawyers, San Antonio Scene Magazine, 2012 - 2016
  • Based on client satisfaction across a number of platforms. Received 3 years in a row, Top 10 DWI Lawyers in Texas, American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Texas, 2007
  • San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association(SACDLA), Member, 2007 – Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association(TCDLA), Member, 2007 – Present
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyer, 2014 – Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee, Member, 2007 – Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association (SABA) Mentorship Committee, Mentor, 2011 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers(NACDL), Member, 2009 – Present
  • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), Member, 2014 – Present
  • S. District Court Western District Of Texas, 2007
  • Board of Directors, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 4 year elected position, 2020
  • Media Relations Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Judicial Conduct Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Co-Chair, Retention Committee, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - advised incoming Bexar County District Attorney on retention and release of ADAs, 2019
  • State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • Advisory Panel, American Bar Association, 2011 - 2012
  • State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • I was a Texas State Champion Debate Coach while teaching at the Texas Military Institute, 2001

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certification by Education Forensics, LLC in Legal Aspects of Analytical Testing in Intoxication Cases. This training seminar is taught by nationally renowned DWI attorney, George Scharmen and the former head of the Mississippi State Crime Lab. It involves training and lab exercises on a Gas Chromatograph, 2015
  • Admitted to practice in the Federal Western District of Texas, 2007

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Restored client's parental rights in mediation of a case where he was alleged to have caused seriously bodily injury to an infant on multiple occasions, 2020
  • Not Guilty verdict in domestic violence case where multiple 3rd party witnesses testified that defendant pummeled complainant while sitting on her chest in a parking lot directly outside a crowded restaurant, 2020
  • Won civil appeal overturning trial court's finding that same sex foster parents lacked standing to intervene in a Child Protective Services parental termination case under a new foster parents' standing statute in Texas. Client foster parents were found to have standing on appeal and granted a new jury trial to seek Managing Conservatorship of the child, 2019
  • Won appeal of a State's interlocutory appeal of trial court's ruling to suppress blood evidence due to Brady violations and enforcement of exclusionary remedy for State's failure to comply with a discovery control order. Case involved a DWI charge for a wrong way driver of an 18-wheeler on a major interstate. It was one of the first cases in Texas to go up on review dealing with sanctions under a new discovery statute that does not provide for sanctions in it's text. First case to enforce exclusionary sanction, 2019
  • Not Guilty verdict on charges of child abuse against twins, both of whom testified, 2018
  • Litigated novel case involving informal assisted reproduction in the context of an alleged same sex common law marriage. Prevailed at trial on paternity/parentage, managing conservatorship, visitation, and child support, 2018
  • Managing Conservatorship - Child Custody Suit vs. Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services (DFPS/CPS). We successfully challenged CPS for managing conservatorship of a child on behalf of the foster parents, despite the existence of "suitable" biological family members seeking to adopt. In this case, we beat both parents, CPS, and intervening relatives, 2016
  • Not Guilty - Felony Evading Arrest with Vehicle. Multiple officers testified in regards to a several mile high-speed chase covering two major freeways, access roads, a crowded retail parking lot, and residential roads. Client was found carrying a firearm. Jury voted Not Guilty in approximately 8 minutes, 2016
  • Dismissed - Driving While Intoxicated. This DWI was dismissed after I proved that the county's breath test technical supervisor had improperly maintained her machines. Further, I proved the District Attorney's Office was aware of the error and concealed the evidence. As a result, Brady notices were placed in dozens of files and this error is now part of the standard cross examination used against this expert, 2013
  • Dismissed - Felony Criminal Mischief, Desecration of a Public Monument (The Alamo). Client urinated, a lot, on the front door of The Alamo, directly in front of a State Trooper, 2009
  • Dismissed Mid Trial - Felony Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger. My client was stopped leaving a wedding and given Field Sobriety Tests by a certified SFST practitioner who was also supervised by his Sergeant. The client tested above the legal limit but refused a misdemeanor reduction and Deferred Adjudication (which would allow him to avoid a conviction). After the Sergeant was cross examined, the arresting officer refused to return to court and take the stand himself, 2014
  • Not Guilty - Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. My client was accused of being a "Jack the Ripper" style serial rapist of prostitutes. In his first trial, despite video evidence, an interview with 3 different detectives, 2 prostitutes as witnesses, adverse media attention, and his capture returning to the crime scene, the jury returned a "Not Guilty" verdict. After being assigned new counsel, he was subsequently convicted of multiple counts, 2014
  • Not Guilty - Aggravated assault with Deadly Weapon. Client stabbed his ex-wife's boyfriend. We argued self-defense. The jury demanded the State arrest and charge their "victim", 2010
  • Dismissed Mid Trial - Deadly Conduct with a Firearm. My repeat-offender client was accused of threatening his pregnant girlfriend by, among other things, shooting into their bed next to where she was sitting on it. After cross examination of the forensic expert, State dismissed, 2015
  • Hung Jury - Possession of Marijuana 4 0z to 5lbs. My repeat-felon client's house was raided on the word of a "reliable" informant that he was dealing marijuana. He was alone, asleep, with substantial amounts of loose weed, grinders, baggies, rolled joints, grass bagged for sale, and a very large sack of marijuana weighing about two pounds. All in plain view. We picked a strong jury and they refused to convict, 2015
  • Misdemeanor DWI Probation - Felony DWI - 3rd or More. This case was reduced to a misdemeanor with favorable terms and conditions of probation, despite difficult evidence for my client, including a blood draw. After cross examining the lab tech, Elizabeth Feller, I established multiple violations of the forensic lab's SOP and committed the witness to perjury. As a result of the record I built, the forensics lab was busted in Bexar County and, eventually, in Dallas. Thousands of DWI cases were affected in South Texas. My client took the plea because the video was terrible, 2015

Videos

  • Informational video about handling a DWI arrest, Arrested for DWI? What to do next..., Law, Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, 2020
  • Interview discussing prevalence of divorce filing in January, Is January the month for divorces?, Family Law, Divorce Law, 2020
  • Interview discussing remote jury trials during COVID pandemic, Bexar County to Hold Civil Trials Remotely, Law, Trial Advocacy, 2020
  • Interview explaining new government mandated facial covering rules for businesses, 3 Steps for Businesses to Comply with new Mask Rule, Business, Restaurant, Small Business, Retail, Professional Services, 2020
  • Interview after an intoxication manslaughter client avoided a conviction in a case that MADD tried to make into a national profile case, Man sentenced in crash that killed 29 year old father, Law, Criminal Defense, DUI, DWI, Intoxication Offenses, CPS Defense, Substance Abuse, Intoxication Manslaughter, 2019
  • This is a brief summary of how my family was able to bury my mother after her disappearance more than 30 years, which is a huge part of my motivation for being a criminal defense attorney and family lawyer focused on child abuse cases, San Antonio Family Gets Closure in 30 Year Old Case, FOX 29 San Antonio, 2014
  • Announcement of creation of team of lawyers to assist clients of corrupt attorney by providing pro bono legal assistance because our local judges were refusing to appoint new counsel, Attorney Accused Of Sex With Clients Remains On Job, FOX 29 San Antonio, 2015
  • This is the story we used to have the Number 1 DWI cop in Bexar County removed from road duty. This affected many dozens of cases in which he was a witness. Although the media focused on the salacious aspects of the recording, legally significant evidence related to this officer's conduct and biases was shared with defense counsel throughout the region, Candid Conversation On Police Patrol, WOAI News 4 San Antonio, 2015
  • An example of a Public Service Announcement series prepared to educate parents about the risks facing their kids at various times when they might be vulnerable to legal problems. The presenter is a well-regarded local journalist, Spring Break, 2015
  • Participated in a panel of DWI lawyers who challenged the Bexar County District Attorney's mandatory blood draw policy at time when their forensic lab was shut down for misconduct, Bad Blood? Defense Attorneys Claim System Is Broken, ABC KSAT News, 2016
  • In a story covered heavily in the local media over time, I exposed that the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services was endangering a child in their care by seeking reunification of a child with a biological father who was a potential sex offender. This clip is from one of the stories run during the trial, which we won by unanimous verdict. It is the first case in Bexar County in which foster parents successfully sought termination of the biological parents' rights and took managing conservatorship from DFPS, Foster Parents Sue To Adopt Child, ABC KSAT News, 2016

Representative Clients

  • Family of victim, Anaqua Springs Murders, https://www.insideedition.com/what-happened-to-nichol-olsen-and-her-2-daughters-mystery-surrounds-texas-case-deemed-double-murder, 2020
  • State v. Hilda Valadez, 2012-CR-6852 (Texas 227th 2014)
  • State v. Marcus Cooper, 2013-CR-11661 (Texas 186th 2014)
  • State v. Jermaine Guerra, 2007-CR-5005 (Texas 175th 2008)
  • State v. Maurice Long, 2007-CR-1392 (Texas 187th 2008)
  • State v. Sergio Garza, 2009-CR-6912 (Texas 226th 2010)
  • State v. LuAnn Chase, CC267200 (Bexar County Court 5 2008)
  • State v. Randy Buentello, CC288068 (Bexar County Court 5 2009)
  • State v. Frank Dotson 2010-CR-0565, CM 04-10-00234-CR Mem. Op. (Tex. App.) -San Antonio 2011 (Texas 290th 2010)
  • State v. Lorraine Badillo, 2006-CR-9862 (Texas 144th 2010)
  • In Re Z.C.J., CM 04-12-00010-CV Mem. Op. (Tex. App.)-San Antonio 2012 (Texas 227th 2012)
  • Defendant, "Baby Armani" Case, https://people.com/crime/tx-baby-clinging-to-life-after-moms-boyfriend-allegedly-shot-him-plus-his-mother-sister/, 2020
  • Defendant, "Chucky the Police Dog" Case, https://youtu.be/HrBeKcipF6g, 2019
  • Husband, Bianca Carrasco Disappearance, https://truecrimedaily.com/2017/02/13/san-antonio-mother-of-3-remains-missing-a-year-after-dispute-with-husband/, 2017
  • Represented a FedEx manager accused of coordinating the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars in packages, 2016
  • Representing trucker who allegedly drove his rig about 10 miles through the heart of San Antonio on IH-10, the wrong way, while intoxicated, 2016
  • Represented in civil court a teacher accused of felony injury to a child, her son, 2015
  • Represented a former deputy sheriff in paternity and child custody case related to felony charges, 2016
  • Represented a young mother in a prominent family in a CPS case regarding a fallen baby and allegations of shaken baby injuries, 2015
  • Represented a prominent San Antonio criminal defense attorney who was accused of forging judge's signatures among other things in a 32 count indictment, 2014
  • Represented the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Windcrest against an effort to recall her, 2016
  • Represented son of Bexar County Pre-Trial Services supervisor in a DWI, 2011
  • Represented Luann Chase, a fugitive featured on America's Most Wanted, in her extradition from Texas to Indiana and a local charge, 2009
  • Represented a mother in CPS court who was accused of cause multiple serious bodily injuries to a two year old, 2016
  • Represented son of a named partner of a prominent civil litigation firm. One DWI was dismissed. One was negotiated to a reduction of the offense and deferred adjudication (allowing him to avoid a conviction). This was in a hostile jurisdiction, 2012
  • Represented an IT Manager for Clear Channel Communications who embezzled over $130,000.00, 2011
  • Represented a former Bexar County Adult Probation supervisor on four counts of Super Aggravated Sex Assault of a Child, 2016
  • Represented prominent local businessman in a DWI and Unlawful Carry of a Firearm case, 2014
  • Represented an attorney in a CPS case related to her baby's head injury, 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • CLE, including ethics, covering sanity, competency, investigations, and communication involving clients with mental health issues, Speaker, Mental Health Law, Battling the Resistance CLE - Fredericksburg, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Civil Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, Mental Health, Veteran's Law, 2021
  • Starting a Law Practice, Baylor Law School, 2008
  • Issues in Non-Profit Formation and Service, Community Legal Forum, 2009
  • Changing Lanes: New Directions in Vehicle Search Law CLE, SACDL Monthly, 2009
  • The Role of Non-Profit Organizations in Criminal Justice Show KRTU, Get Up! Radio, 2009
  • Contract Systems for Indigent Defense, Bexar County Task Force, 2011
  • Unsinking the Ship: Techniques for Saving Clients Who Confessed, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (“SACDLA”) CLE, 2015
  • Cops As Witnesses: Friend or Foe., CLE Plaintiff’s Litigation Insight Seminar, July 2015
  • Communicating with Clients With PTSD, PTSD: The Elephant In The Courtroom CLE, Nov. 6 2015
  • Contributor, “Foreign Corrupt Trade Practices Act”, Chester’s Practical Guide to International Trade Law, 2008
  • “Sealing Criminal Records”, The Defender Magazine, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association, Summer, 2012
  • Voice For The Defense Magazine, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, November, 2015
  • Speedy Trial: Punishing the System for Making Us Wait
  • Annually updated text for attorneys handling intoxication offenses in Texas. It provides comprehensive practical guidance on drivers license, DWI, intoxication assault, felony DWI, and intoxication manslaughter practice, as well as for dealing with civil litigation, Child Protective Services, and clients' substance abuse concerns. Contains over 100 forms and 100s of examination questions, Author, Texas Drunk Driving Law, LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, Law, Criminal Defense, DUI, DWI, Intoxication Offenses, CPS Defense, Substance Abuse, Intoxication Manslaughter, 2020
  • Article discussing changes to law practice in Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Contributor, Law in the Time of Coronavirus, Voice for the Defense Magazine/TCDLA, Law, Law Practice, Criminal Defense, 2020
  • CLE, including ethics, covering sanity, competency, investigations, and communication involving clients with mental health issues, Speaker, Mental Health Law, Battling the Resistance CLE - Brownsville, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law, Law Practice, Criminal Defense, Criminal Trials, Mental Health Law, 2020
  • Preservation of error in Texas criminal trials, Speaker, Playoffs: Appeals, We Make Champions CLE - San Angelo , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law, Law Practice, Criminal Defense, Appellate Law, 2019
  • Annually updated text for attorneys handling intoxication offenses in Texas. It provides comprehensive practical guidance on drivers license, DWI, intoxication assault, felony DWI, and intoxication manslaughter practice, as well as for dealing with civil litigation, Child Protective Services, and clients' substance abuse concerns. Contains over 100 forms and 100s of examination questions., Author, Texas Drunk Driving Law, LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, Law, Criminal Defense, DUI, DWI, Intoxication Offenses, CPS Defense, Substance Abuse, Intoxication Manslaughter, 2019
  • Preservation of error in Texas criminal trials, Speaker, Playoffs: Appeals, We Make Champions CLE - MacAllen, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law, Law Practice, Criminal Defense, Appellate Law, 2019
  • Annually updated text for attorneys handling intoxication offenses in Texas. It provides comprehensive practical guidance on drivers license, DWI, intoxication assault, felony DWI, and intoxication manslaughter practice, as well as for dealing with civil litigation, Child Protective Services, and clients' substance abuse concerns. Contains over 100 forms and 100s of examination questions, Author, Texas Drunk Driving Law, LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, Law, Criminal Defense, DUI, DWI, Intoxication Offenses, CPS Defense, Substance Abuse, Intoxication Manslaughter, 2018
  • Covered the unique rules of evidence applied in child abuse litigation and presented solutions for obtaining protected materials typically denied to defense counsel in cases involving child victims and CPS, Speaker, Discovery and Evidentiary Issues in Child Abuse Cases, Against All Odds CLE, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law, Law Practice, Criminal Defense, Trial Law, Child Protection Law, CPS Defense, 2018
  • Methods for pitting prosecutors and Texas state agencies against each other to compel disclosure of information useful to criminal defense counsel, such as internal communications, civil service records, disciplinary information for state's witnesses, etc., Speaker, Asymmetrical Discovery: Tactics to Make the state Fight Itself, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Monthly CLE, Law, Law Practice, Criminal Defense, 2017
  • Annually updated text for attorneys handling intoxication offenses in Texas. It provides comprehensive practical guidance on drivers license, DWI, intoxication assault, felony DWI, and intoxication manslaughter practice, as well as for dealing with civil litigation, Child Protective Services, and clients' substance abuse concerns. Contains over 100 forms and 100s of examination questions., Author, Texas Drunk Driving Law, LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, Law, Criminal Defense, DUI, DWI, Intoxication Offenses, CPS Defense, Substance Abuse, Intoxication Manslaughter, 2017
  • Explained how to identify key elements of storytelling in a case file and build a case for emotional impact by employing fundamental storytelling tactics, Speaker, Storytelling in Criminal Trial, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Monthly CLE, Criminal Law, Trial Law, 2016
  • Presentation discussing best practices when representing clients diagnosed with or presenting features of post-traumatic stress disorder ("PTSD"), Speaker, Communicating with Clients With PTSD, Elephant in the Courtroom: PTSD CLE, Civil Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, Mental Health, Veteran's Law, 2015
  • Reviewed communications techniques for addressing suggestive interrogation, the Reid Technique, and cross-examination of interrogators., CLE Presenter, Unsinking The Ship: What To Do When Your Client Has Confessed, SACDLA Monthly CLE, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2015
  • Law and strategy of asserting an accused person's right to speedy trial, Author, Speedy Trial: Punishing The System For Making Us Wait, Voice For The Defense, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2015
  • Update on proposed bills for legalization of hemp and marijuana in Texas during the legislative session., Speaker, Marijuana Law in Texas, Bexar County Republican Liberty Caucus, 2015
  • Presented tactics and strategies for preparing direct and cross examination of law enforcement officers, including methods of backgrounding LEOs, establishing their credentials, utilizing them as experts, and supporting or defusing their testimony, CLE Presenter, Cops a Witnesses: Friend or Foe, Plaintiff's Litigation Insight CLE, Cowen Mask Blanchard Trial Attorneys, 2015
  • Presented client handling tips for criminal and family lawyers who have clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including how to prepare clients to behave in court, woodshedding, and client counseling, CLE Presenter, Dealing With Clients With PTSD, PTSD: The Elephant In The Courtroom CLE, 2015
  • Law and practice tips regarding Petitions for Non-Disclosure of criminal history in Texas., Author, Sealing Criminal Records, San Antonio Defender Magazine, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2012
  • Presentation to a multi-jurisdictional, public/private task force created to assess the state of indigent criminal defense in Bexar County for the purpose of creating compliance with federal mandates. I was invited to present information and research on the use of private companies to handle court appointed indigent clients., Presenter, Private Contractor Systems For Indigent Defense, Bexar County Indigent Defense Task Force, 2011
  • Invited to SARCH monthly meeting to discuss legal issues affecting the Residential Care industry and specific judge's records prior to the November elections., Speaker, How Judges Affect The Residential Care Industry, San Antonio Residential Care Homes, 2012

Industry Groups

  • Child Protection
  • Child Welfare
  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI Law
  • Family Law
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Office Location for Joseph Hoelscher

3030 Nacogdoches Rd
Suite 222G
San Antonio, TX 78217

Phone: 210-222-9132

Last Updated: 9/20/2021

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