Tom Abbate
Attorney Profile

In today’s criminal defense advertising practices, much is made of the assertiveness by which the case is defended. Many advertisements are rife with claims of “aggressive criminal defense,” and images of suited attorneys with their fists on the table. By hiring these firms, potential clients are assured that their attorney will fight for them tooth and nail, neither surrendering nor giving ground.

But one must ask, “is belligerence, without more, the way cases are won?” The honest answer is a resounding “no.” Undoubtedly, impassioned arguments and forceful objections may sway the occasional jury in a close case. However, they are by no means a substitute for a deep understanding of the law and its procedures. Often, it is more important to utilize the procedural rules and case law strategically to either limit the State’s presentation of evidence, or, force the hand of the court to act in a particular manner.

In my practice, I have personally authored over one hundred briefs to the various appellate courts in Texas. These briefs have covered crimes ranging from misdemeanor DWI to capital murder.
None of them has ever been less than thorough in its summation, explanation, and argumentation of the facts and the law. All of them demonstrate my understanding of the law and willingness to fight for my clients.

I have further used this knowledge to force favorable outcomes for my clients at the trial court level as well. I have authored briefs and memorandums, directed to district courts, arguing points of law or asserting defenses such as self-defense, incompetency, and insanity, and
thereby forced favorable outcomes for my clients such as a reduction in the charges, favorable probation terms, and outright dismissal of all charges.

So while I too am committed to aggressively defending my clients, I also possess the necessary tools to make that standpoint meaningful and beneficial to the resolution of my clients’ cases.

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440 Louisiana St. Suite 200 (The Lyric Centre), Houston, Texas 77002

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