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In 2000, the Department of Justice found that State and Federal courts convicted almost 984,000 adults of felonies. The penalties for a felony conviction can significantly change your life, and the sooner you contact an attorney upon being threatened with a felony sex offense charge, the better chance you have of mounting a successful defense.

Attorney Profiles

Stanley G. Schneider

Mr. Stanley G. Schneider is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He graduated from St. Mary's University Law School in 1974; He attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in 2000; He was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in October 1974; He is licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, United States Supreme Court; He was a member of the Staff Counsel for Inmates Texas Department of Corrections from August 1974 to October 31, 1977; His private practice was established in Houston in 1977. He is now a named partner in the law firm of Schneider & McKinney, P.C., and specializes in State and Federal criminal trials and appeals.

Mr. Schneider is the recipient of several awards, including:

Argentine Presidential Orden de Mayo al Merito (Order of the Merit) - a honor requiring the approval of Argentina's president. The award is the most prestigious recognition granted by Argentina's government to foreigners who are not heads of state. Mr. Schneider was honored for his efforts to help Texas death row inmate Victor Saldano, an Argentine national whose case drew international attention after a local psychologist testified Saldano would be a future danger because he is Hispanic.

Awards: State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section, Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer - 1997, President's Award, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2003, recognized in Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers in America. Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, 2004, 2006, 2008; Texas Lawyer's Super Lawyer, 2004-2007; Texas Lawyer's Go to Criminal Defense Lawyer 2007; "Order of Merit" presented by Republic of Argentina, 2007; Texas Lawyer, 2010, named Stanley Schneider one of "The 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century".

Organization and Positions held: President , Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association 2004-2005; Treasurer, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2005-2006, Second Vice President, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2006 -2007, First Vice President, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007 - 2008; President-Elect, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2008 -2009, President, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2009 -2010,State Bar of Texas 4E Grievance Committee, - six years; Provisional member, American Academy of Forensic Science.

Frequent speaker on such topics as "Preserving Error in the Criminal Trial", "Mandamus and Extraordinary Remedies in Texas", "Extraneous Offenses", "Homicide Investigations and Reconstructions," "Cross examination of Child Witnesses," and "Expert Witnesses"

Representative clients:

Claude Wilkerson, a man who spent seven years on death row convicted of three murders and is now a free man after the suppression of all evidence in the case;
Vernon McManus a death row inmate who is now free after reversal of conviction;
Johnny Binder, first man in Texas since the 1930's to receive a pardon for innocence after receiving an 18 year sentence for aggravated robbery;
Pamela Fielder, first case to recognize Battered Woman Syndrome in Texas as a defense in a murder case;
Walter Pink, a lawyer's contempt conviction was reversed by the appellate court;
Wanda Holloway, charged with the solicitation of capital murder who has become known as the "Cheerleader Mom";
Patricia and C.W.Smith, United States District Court in Atlanta defense of a "Rico" law suit based upon the action of their son who took custody of his children in violation of a court order and successfully defended Patricia Smith on criminal charges in Texas for interference of child custody, and Chuck Smith, charged with interference with child custody;
Larry William Whitsey,the first reversal of a conviction in Texas based upon the improper use of preemptory challenges by a prosecutor;
Jack Davis, a man convicted of capital murder in New Braunfels, Texas, whose conviction was reversed because of prosecutorial misconduct and whose trial was impacted by Fred Zain, a serologist, who has been indicted for aggravated perjury in two states;
Richard Minns charged with federal passport fraud violations;
Ricardo Aldape Guerra,working with Scott Atlas, was convicted of capital murder and after fifteen years on death row the charges were dismissed because of the suppression of the in-court identification of a number of witnesses that were tainted by police and prosecutorial misconduct;
Victor Saldano, working with Scott Atlas, convicted of capital murder. Reversed opinion by the Court of Criminal Appeals in the Supreme Court of United States. Sentenced to death based on testimony stating that his race could be considered in answering the question regarding future dangerousness. A new punishment hearing was ordered by Federal District Court.
Mark Stennett,prosecution prohibited for possession of marijuana based upon the assessment of drug tax after his arrest;
Robert Angleton was acquitted by a jury of capital murder charges after being accused of hiring his brother to kill his wife;
Jose Deluna was acquitted of capital murder after presentation of expert testimony regarding eyewitness identification;
Vincent Rodriguez, along with Robert Fickman, was acquitted of aggravated sexual assault of his five year old niece;
Fitzroy Webb, a Jamaican charge with possessing marijuana in Federal court in McAllen was acquitted by a jury upon an argument that the venue was improper;
Charles Forshee, a former foster parent accused of smothering a two year old boy in his care by the two year old s four year old brother was acquitted of murder charges;
Reginald Morris, convicted on three counts of intoxicated manslaughter, reversed and remanded to the trial court for a new trial.
Quannell X acquitted of felony evading detention charges and convicted of misdemeanor fleeing charges. On appeal, the conviction was dismissed because fleeing was not a lessor included offense evading detention with an automobile. Charges dismissed on appeal.
Jerry Cook acquitted of manslaughter by a jury after being accused of recklessly running over a 9 year old child with a school bus.

Stan Schneider, Ned Barnett and Troy McKinney are Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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