The Leading Criminal Defense Attorney in San Marcos, Texas

The Law Office of Lance Turnbow is devoted to aggressively defending criminal charges in San Marcos and all over South Central Texas. I don’t do divorces, wills, or real estate transactions. I spend all day, every day defending people accused of crimes. As the best Texas criminal defense attorney, I handle all criminal matters, everything from misdemeanors like drug possession and DWI charges all the way up to first-degree felonies.

I have offices in San Marcos and New Braunfels and I work in courts throughout Texas. I offer anyone charged with a crime in Texas a free initial consultation to discuss the facts and circumstances of their case either in person or over the phone.

I Handle All Aspects of Criminal Law

As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I can answer your questions and explain your options from the start of our free consultation all the way through the trial.

I use all of my abilities to thoroughly investigate cases and to develop the best possible defense prior to discussing plea negotiations or going to trial.

  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • DWIs
  • Drug Offenses
  • Assault
  • Criminal Theft Cases
  • Public Intoxication
  • Traffic Violations
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Expunctions
  • Essential Needs
  • Licenses
  • Minor in Possession/Consumption
I have built a very successful criminal defense practice based on three basic principles: Experience, Protecting Your Record, and Accessibility.

Winning Criminal Defense Experience

If you’ve been charged with a crime you owe it to yourself to discuss your case with someone that can answer your questions and guide you through your case. I’ve defended over a thousand cases from start to finish. This has given me the ability to know what to expect from judges and prosecutors. When you speak with me about your case I can tell you which prosecutor will have it, which judge will preside over it, and their tendencies.

Each county in South Central Texas handles criminal cases differently and can tell you what to expect in each one.

I have spent my entire career working as a defense attorney, it is all I have ever wanted to do. I have never wanted to be a prosecutor. I believe defending criminal charges requires a particular mindset, and you either have it or you don’t. I have fought for and won hundreds of dismissals for my clients, making them eligible for expunctions or petitions for non-disclosure and restoring their reputations.

Protecting Your Record

Protecting your record is my top priority. As a skilled criminal defense attorney I can see not just months, but years down the road regarding potential problems an arrest or conviction can have on your record, driver’s license, and many other things. Many people, especially students, can’t even rent an apartment if they have a simple misdemeanor arrest on their record.

I aggressively attack every case with the mindset that you need a resolution that makes you eligible to file an expunction or petition for non-disclosure.

Many of my clients are college students from Texas State, UT San Antonio, or the University of Texas and they are trying to completely erase an arrest that would derail their career path before it ever gets started.

An accounting major charged with criminal theft, a nursing student with a controlled substance charge, or a truck driver charged with DWI are all examples of people who must have their cases dismissed to continue on their career path.

Lance Turnbow criminal lawyer

Many of my clients are amazed that even though they consider themselves “guilty” of the charged offense I can still make them eligible to wipe out their arrest record with an expunction. A skilled defense attorney knows what to do before your case is ever even filed to ensure the best possible outcome.

A Criminal Attorney in San Marcos With Accessibility

I pride myself on being available to my clients. Unlike many attorneys:

  • I will call you back.
  • I will respond to your emails.
  • I give my clients my cell phone number

I want my clients to know I am available when they need me. An attorney you can’t communicate with will not be very helpful. I also try to keep my practice small enough that I can give everyone the time they need.

Unlike many criminal attorneys, I’m not on court-appointment lists. All of my clients are people who have retained me. I have an excellent office manager but I am the only attorney practicing law at my office. Many people make the mistake of hiring a huge law firm to handle their case only to discover when they go to court the case is actually being handled by someone they have never met, and someone with little or no experience.

When you hire me I will be the person handling your case, investigating your case, and going to court to fight for your rights.