Law Office of Robert Keates 700 Lavaca St #1400, Austin TX 78701 512-800-3741
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Law Office of Robert Keates

Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Law Office of Robert Keates handles a broad spectrum of criminal defense trials and cases, ranging from misdemeanors to felony charges. 100% of our practice is Austin criminal defense in nature, allowing us to focus only on defending you.

We are an Austin, Travis County Criminal Defense Law Firm defending criminal cases for DWI, Marijuana Possession, POCS, Drug Delivery, Thefts, Assaults, and Felony & Misdemeanor Arrests.

Serving Austin and surrounding areas, including Travis County, and San Marcos, Hays County.

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In Austin, Texas, the most common types of Drug Possession is typically are Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine (Meth), although there is a large increase in the number of Prescription Pills arrests being made when the person does not have a valid prescription for the medication. Aside from that short list, there are hundreds of other drugs on the controlled substances schedules under Texas Law, so call us if you have specific questions about a drug possession case.

We also handle Felony and Misdemeanor theft cases, assault arrests, and many other areas of criminal law and defense. We strive to achieve the best possible results for your case; whether that's avoiding a conviction on Possession of Marijuana or Theft case, or getting your Suspended Driver's License back so you can drive legally. If your focus is to stay out of jail for a DWI, or try to keep a conviction off your criminal record by seeking a Dismissal, as your lawyer we tailor our approach to your needs.


All initial phone or email consultations are free, confidential, and without obligation.

Serving Austin, Travis County, and San Marcos, Hays County.








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We believe that you, as the defendant, are an integral part of the criminal defense system. You're in charge, selecting not just a lawyer, but making well-informed goals and choices throughout the process. As your lawyer, we begin each case with an in-depth review of the police reports and discovery, supplemented by filing discovery motions and subpoenas for more detailed evidence. If there is an issue -- or several evidence issues -- that could potentially present a defense at trial (or suppression hearing), we review that with you. If the evidence and investigation leads to little evidence in your favor, or if the prosecution can prove the offense -- we don't stop. We begin negotiations to attempt for a reduction or dismissal. Especially for student, young adults, and first time offenders, our goal is to have the case dismissed. That way, you're eligible for an expunction (which is where your record is destroyed and cleared).

Call today for a free case evaluation and free legal consultation to protect your rights and determine whether your case has any legal issues.

All initial phone consultations are free, confidential, without obligation with a lawyer -- not a secretary.

Call with questions about your case in Austin or San Marcos.




We offer no interest payment plans on all of our legal fees. We understand that many people charged with a crime in Austin or San Marcos are students -- or have better things to spend money on than attorney legal fees. We offer low deposits on all cases, due by the first court date. After that first initial court date, we can spread out the remaining balance over several months.

We accept all major credit cards and offer no interest payment plans and affordable rates. We also offer student discounts with payment plans.

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Our Legal Representation
Austin Possession of Marijuana Lawyer
Austin Drug Lawyer Robert Keates
We will represent your interest and case by seeking to have the charges reduced or dismissed, interviewing law enforcement and witnesses to expose and bring to light any exaggerations, false statements, or lies. We will also ensure that all evidence uncovered during the investigation was obtained lawfully, without any violations of your constitutional rights, and will conduct a detailed analysis during pre-trial discussions to make certain defense evidence is gathered for use at trial.

We will seek and explore hiring expert witnesses to further the defense, and when appropriate, negotiate with prosecutors to allow for fair treatment under the law. We know the law and know how to apply it in the courtroom to get results. We provide Austin Texas with aggressive criminal defense representation on felony and misdemeanor cases and trials.

The Law Office of Robert Keates, practicing in Austin, Travis County, Texas represents the arrested and accused on Drug Possession and Marijuana cases, along with felony Possession of Controlled Substance cases. These POCS cases include controlled substances ranging from dangerous drugs not outlawed specifically in the Drug Schedules, to illicit drugs such as meth and cocaine. Likewise, POCS also includes otherwise legal drugs (Prescription Pills) that are possessed without a valid medical prescription.

Throughout the Country, Marijuana Reform, is on the ballot each year, with more States following popular public sentiment that marijuana should NOT be treated like other drugs. Texas, however, is behind on that trend. Depending on the County, Possession of Marijuana can result in Conviction, Probation, fines and court costs, and often even jail time.

Luckily, Austin and Travis County permits one of the more fair approaches to Possession of Marijuana (POM), falling in line with the majority of other enlightened areas of the Country -- but Marijuana is still illegal, and possessing it, even in Austin or Travis County, can be costly.

Possession of Marijuana, abbreviated often as POM, has several consequences aside from whether a case is dismissed, or results in a conviction and probation such as Deferred Adjudication. State laws, although technically geographically enacted in Austin, incorporate the needs and sentiment of Texas in general and therefore can be quite severe when dealing with Drug Possession arrests and cases.

Drug Defense and Possession of a Controlled Substance
If convicted of a Drug Possession – or any crime resulting in a conviction -- Texas DPS (Department of Public Safety, akin to other states' DMV Offices) will suspend that person's Driver's License, usually for 180 days. That suspension will last until the person takes and completed the Drug Offender Education Program; a 15 hour class concerning Drugs and Addiction.

Second -- and more importantly -- a Conviction for Drug Possession, even if it's just Marijuana, will remain on your record for the rest of your life. Contrary to popular belief, there is no 'drop-off' date at which convictions in Texas will cease showing up on a Criminal Background Check. A Conviction for a Class B Misdemeanor or higher, as the law stands now (2014), cannot be expunged, except through a Governor's Pardon.

Marijuana Possession Defenses
We use the same initial approach to every Possession of Marijuana case. First, we request full discovery, which includes demands for police reports, witness statements, videos, audio, in car patrol videos, and drug lab tests. Once we've compiled all the evidence and discovery, the Law Office of Robert Keates investigates whether the prosecution can meet their burden and prove their case. We don't merely look to see if the possession evidence is there; we review the evidence from several angles, including chances at a Jury Trial, potential Motions to Suppress Evidence due to Illegal Searches, Illegal Seizures, and Warrantless Stops. We also consider whether there was unlawful procedures by the police, unnamed confidential sources, and other potential defense witnesses. Lastly, we look at the lab results to see if they are accurate and if the controlled substance or marijuana is a useable amount. Bu this is not a complete list – every drug possession case is different, and often times each case contains very diverse pieces of discovery and possible defenses.

If there are legal issues in your favor that might amount to a defense, we talk about the options and lay out your chances of success to beat the possession of marijuana or POCS case. If there are no issues in your favor, or if it appears the prosecution can prove the case fairly easily, then we begin negotiations. As your lawyer, we cater our plea bargaining to your needs, whether that's no or little jail, no probation, or keeping a POM off of your record. Several options are available on POM cases, especially for first time offenders.

Most common, if the prosecutors can be convinced to offer it, is a Reduction to a Class C Drug Paraphernalia ticket. Often, the Law Office of Robert Keates can arrange to have the Drug Paraphernalia ticket (PDP) dismissed as well. We try to limit the fines and court costs, as well as any potential classes or community service that might be part of plea negotiations on a Marijuana case. Another option is Deferred Prosecution or Pretrial Diversion, although these are more difficult to obtain than a reduction from a Class B Possession to Marijuana to a Class C Drug Paraphernalia ticket.
Lastly, there are the options of probation or deferred adjudication probation, although in Travis County and Austin, it's been quite a while since a first time (or even second time) offender has been given probation for a POM. Concerning long-term consequences, a conviction would be a more severe sentence, which means the defendant enters a plea of No Contest or Guilty. A conviction bars a person from being able to Expunge the offense later on. Because of that law, Lawyer Robert Keates strives to argue and push for dismissals or reductions on all POM cases, so that you can later have the Possession of Marijuana arrest dismissed.

Drug Possession Defenses: POCS means Possession of a Controlled Substance, which references a large list of drugs in Texas, from Cocaine to Methamphetamine. Often there are two major methods of challenging a POCS arrest. First, the stop, detention, or search is challenged as being an unlawful search and seizure. Illegal Searches by Officers and Police may occur if the officer believes there is probable cause to search, when in fact there is no probable cause. Or, a POCS arrest can happen when a person is stopped illegally, which then leads to a lawful search -- negated by the initial illegal search. In such situations, attorneys can argue a Motion to Suppress the Evidence. Second, a lawyer can challenge that the drugs are an unusable amount. This means there is only small, trace amounts, of drugs, and not enough to warrant a POCS arrest.

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Serving Austin Travis County, and San Marcos, Hays County Texas

Law Office of Robert Keates

700 Lavaca St #1400 Austin, TX 512-800-3741
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