Houston Criminal-Defense Lawyers

We—Mark and Jennifer Bennett—are a husband-and-wife team of criminal defense lawyers representing people charged with serious crimes—misdemeanors (including DUI/DWI) and felonies—in state and federal courts in Texas

What a lawyer believes can be as important as what he knows. The Houston Chronicle describes Mark as a "philosopher/criminal defense attorney."

We believe:

  • That there is no higher calling for a lawyer than to defend people accused of crimes.
  • That everybody deserves an aggressive defense.
  • That the government should be forced to work if it wants to put a person in jail.
  • That the right to a trial by jury is a valuable thing that should not be given up lightly.
  • That there is no such thing as a hopeless case.
  • That a defendant is best served by a lawyer who is prepared, and willing, to try his case.

This is not to say that what a lawyer knows is unimportant. Mark has been practicing criminal-defense law since 1995; Jennifer joined him in 1997 (if you think that "combined years in criminal-defense practice" is a meaningful number—it is not, since each lawyer's experience is her own—you'll have to figure it out yourself).

Mark is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. (And he makes fun of that board certification here.) He is rated 10.0/10 by Avvo.com and peer reviewed AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Mark is also a past president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, and has been invited by criminal-defense lawyers' groups to teach topics from jury selection to opening statements to ethics to closing argument. In 2015 Mark received a "Lawyer of the Year" award from the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, and a "Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year" award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Mark is, however, most proud of the many great reviews (sixty-three and counting) he gets from clients who he has helped with their criminal cases.

Please check out the videos of Mark arguing Appeals.

Jennifer is lights and makeup, making sure that the office runs smoothly and that Mark gets to the right court at the right time.

Our principal office is in downtown Houston, three blocks west of the criminal courthouse.

We have represented people successfully on cases from shoplifting to murder, including many driving while intoxicated (DWI, known elsewhere as DUI) and drug conspiracy cases, and white-collar cases in Texas state courts and federal courts nationwide. This site includes a listing of Some Exceptional Results.

On these pages, you will find information about criminal law generally and about specific types of crimes (Cases in the navigation bar above).

A well-educated consumer is more likely to hire us, so we've tried to make this site as informative as possible. If you'd like to contact us about anything on the site, if you have any questions that we haven't answered here, or if you want to discuss the possibility of retaining us to defend a criminal case, our contact information -- email, fax, telephone, and physical address -- is a click away ("Contact" in the navigation bar).

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Case Types


Penalties for driving while intoxicated in Texas become more severe, it seems, every year.


A large part of our practice involves the defense of people charged with narcotics offenses.


We represent people charged with federal crimes anywhere in the U.S.


The bulk of our practice is representing people in felony cases.


The Texas Juvenile Justice system is an embarrassment for three related reasons.


We treat misdemeanor cases as seriously as we treat felonies.