Paul J. Goeke, Attorney at Law, is a board-certified criminal defense lawyer, a specialist with over 30 years of experience providing aggressive representation for people in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding parts of Texas.

Mr. Goeke is a former criminal prosecutor with a background in the sciences. He has been named regularly to Super Lawyers as published by Texas Monthly and has been chosen by local judges and lawyers as one of San Antonio Scene magazine’s Top Lawyers. He was also selected by his peers as one of San Antonio’s Top 30 Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2013. He is licensed in Texas State and Federal Court.

Mr. Goeke's record of success ranges from capital murder to DWI/DUI cases, and includes winning all but one of the capital murder cases he has handled. His aggressive approach to criminal defense involves preparing every case vigorously and thoroughly for trial: this allows him both to present your best defense before a jury or, when appropriate, to avoid trial altogether by convincing the prosecutor that the strength of the defense merits a plea bargain benefitting the defendant.

Certified as a Criminal Defense Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Certification

In order to become board-certified, a lawyer must devote the majority of his practice to criminal law and must have done so for at least five years. That lawyer must pass an additional legal examination and meet stringent requirements in order to demonstrate knowledge and skill in criminal law. A lawyer can practice criminal defense law without board certification, without additional education, and without devoting his practice to criminal law. Mr. Goeke strongly recommends, however, that you trust your defense to a board certified criminal defense specialist.

Mr. Goeke is committed entirely to criminal defense and to the rights of people accused of crime in Texas.

DNA, Accident Reconstruction, and Expert Testimony: Bringing the Sciences to Criminal Defense

Mr. Goeke's background in the sciences plays a critical role in his ability to succeed against the intense odds of a capital murder case and all other criminal defense cases. He has hands-on experience in labs and training in forensic science, among other scientific fields. This background and training is useful in questioning expert witnesses in the courtroom and presenting technical information to juries in a manner that they can understand.

With the role that DNA evidence and other scientific evidence plays in modern criminal defense cases - even in DWI/DUI cases in the form of blood and breath test results - a lawyer must be able to understand and communicate this information effectively. In some cases, Mr. Goeke has relied on forensic accident and event reconstructionists for an aggressive defense. In many cases, the science can be the defendant’s salvation.

Consult with Mr. Goeke

Mr. Goeke offers a free consultation to discuss your rights and legal options. You may contact him by calling 210-222-2999, emailing, or using our online contact form.