San Antonio criminal defense attorney Paul Goeke approaches cases with a mind toward trial, usually treating plea bargaining as a last resort. He begins every case, from DWI to capital murder, for presentation in front of a jury. His goal is to make it clear that the prosecution’s evidence is not sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of the crime.
Mr. Goeke is a board-certified* criminal defense specialist. He devotes all of his practice to criminal defense. Please see Mr. Goeke’s Attorney Profile to read more about his background and qualifications.
Success at Plea Bargaining, Trial and Sentencing
There are three distinct areas that a criminal defense lawyer must be skilled in to achieve success: plea bargaining, trial and sentencing. Mr. Goeke has over 30 years of experience in each area. We welcome you to read more about his record of results. Mr. Goeke handles all misdemeanor and felony cases with the same commitment to his clients that he brings to capital murder cases.
Mr. Goeke’s commitment to preparing for trial also leads to success in plea bargaining. Simply put, prosecutors do not want to carefully build their case and go to trial only to have the jury find the defendant not guilty. Prosecutors want to avoid this waste of time and resources. They do this through plea bargaining. A well-prepared defense case can often lead to a favorable plea bargain. But a plea bargain is not always the right answer. If a plea bargain doesn’t meet the needs of his client, Mr. Goeke goes to trial.
Sentencing is also a very important part of a criminal defense attorney’s work. Mr. Goeke takes the time to explain how sentencing works and whether a sentencing bargain is likely to benefit you. After a conviction, he aggressively advocates for the best possible sentence and sentencing conditions.
Aggressive Criminal Defense in San Antonio
Mr. Goeke works with clients in San Antonio and the surrounding communities of Texas including Austin, Bexar County, Medina County, and Comal County. He defends people accused of all serious misdemeanors and felonies, including:
- Murder, including capital murder and manslaughter
- Intoxication-Related Offenses, including DWI, intoxication assault, and intoxication manslaughter
- Child Molestation, including indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault
- Domestic Violence, including assault and murder
- Robbery, Burglary, and Theft
- Drug Charges, including possession and delivery
See all of Mr. Goeke's practice areas here.
To put Mr. Goeke's years of criminal defense experience to work for you, call 210-222-2999, email email@example.com, or use our online contact form.
*Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Certification