The Law Office of Joseph Moreno

Federal and State Criminal Defense


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A calling

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 7:45 PM

I love the practice of criminal defense. I consider it my calling. The question for you is: Do you want to be represented by someone doing a job of criminal defense, simply making ends meet until his or her next big case? Or Do you want to know that your attorney is answering a call every time he steps into the courtroom on your behalf?


Posted on October 18, 2018 at 3:25 PM
Many criminal defense trial lawyers do not handle appellate work. I believe that appellate work goes hand-in-hand with trial work for many reasons. Without any particular order to the importance of these factors I will say that when attorneys are in trial, they are speaking to multiple audiences. The jury needs to hear your case and understand why your client should be found Not Guilty. The judge needs to hear your arguments and understand why any objections made should be resolved in your f... Read Full Post »

An impartial Jury

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 1:20 PM

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides "the accused" with "the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed..." In today's political climate, that may not be so easy to do. Juries and jury pools are composed of a person's "peers." People who live in the community, for the most part, where the trial is had; where the defendant/accused resides; where the alleged crime took place. People...

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SA Scene Magazine

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 6:15 PM
I am happy to announce that my peers have voted me among San Antonio's top DUI/DWI lawyers. The list will be in the March issue of SA Scene Magazine.

1 Attorney for Multiple Defendants

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 11:25 AM
One aspect of representing the best interests of a client involves the negotiation process. Whether you're in Webb County, Bexar County, Hidalgo County, Cameron County, or anywhere else in Texas, one of the things to take into consideration when preparing a person's case is whether that person has a criminal history and how that would affect the current pending case. Some of the things that matter with regards to criminal history are the recency of the criminal history (whether the previ... Read Full Post »

Be Careful What You Wish For. . . You Just Might Get It

Posted on October 19, 2017 at 1:00 AM

     Are you a court appointed lawyer? That's a question I've been asked a number of times as I walked the halls of the Cameron and Bexar County Courthouses. It seems like a simple question but the answer is not so simple. In short, yes, I do court appointed work. But no, I cannot "appoint" myself to represent any individuals. Every county has a system for appointing attorneys to cases depending on the attorney's experience, the level of offense (misdemeanor, State Jail Fe...

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Modification of the Judgment

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 11:50 PM
Francisco Duran was convicted by a jury of 1 count of Burglary of a Habitation and 1 count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. After the jury's decision but before sentencing, the State of Texas abandoned the Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon count and proceeded to sentencing only on the conviction for Burglary of a Habitation. Mr. Duran was sentenced to 25 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Facilty. After his sentence was pronounced, the State moved to amend t... Read Full Post »

Affirmative Links

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 1:35 AM

     Sometimes arrests are made of multiple people for a single case. For instance, in a situation where a vehicle is pulled over and searched the officer may discover the presence of marijuana or some other contraband in the vehicle. Typically, in such a case, if no one "accepts responsibility" at the scene (Which I do not recommend anyone ever do) everyone will get arrested.

Often, individuals are advised by their friends, family, or loved ones that they might as we...

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Sometimes It's the Little Things

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 4:55 PM

     One of the things I learned about the practice of criminal defense while working as a student attorney in the Center for Legal and Social Justice in San Antonio is that you have to know your case better than anyone else in the courtroom. I learned that it's not enough just to read a police report and talk to your client about what happened. You have to visit the scene of the offense. Sometimes it seems like this step is unnecessary or a waste of time. It's easy to doub...

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