John M. Gioffredi



The above  photo was professionally taken in connection with the “You Need to Know” section of the December, 2008 issue of D CEO Magazine, where I was featured as the lawyer “you need to know” for DWI defense in Dallas county.  The photo was taken at 10:30 am.  The photographer thought that having a beer in the photo would be nice, so there it is.  Unfortunately, I had to get back to court that morning, so I didn’t even get the chance to drink the beer!
As far as my practice style, I try to find a way to win every single case that I handle.  It’s not always possible, of course, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try.  The “standard” plea bargain offer for a routine DWI case results in the DWI going onto the client’s criminal record forever.  I can’t for the life of me see that as any sort of “bargain” that would be worth accepting.  Instead, the defendant may as well take the case to trial and take his chances.  Nobody ever won a guilty plea – not even me.  And regardless of the facts, every case is potentially winnable.   I find that juries are generally quite sympathetic to misdemeanor offenders, and especially so with first time DWI defendants.  I try to use that to my client’s advantage whenever I can.

I’m proud to have spoken at various legal seminars when asked, and I often stop to share ideas with other lawyers at the courthouse when I have the time.  I admire lawyers who are always trying to refine their trial skills.  In the criminal defense business, as soon as you quit trying to learn, you may as well quit the business, because you are finished.

When I’m asked to evaluate the skills of other trial lawyers, I start with two broad measuring standards:  1) do they know what they are doing, and 2) do they care enough to fight.  Too many lawyers either don’t know what they are doing, or don’t care enough to fight for their clients.  I try to excel in both areas.
I am known for trying difficult cases, and finding creative ways to win them.  I’m aggressive, but I try to avoid being obnoxious, unless the situation calls for it.  Offending judges and prosecutors just for sport isn’t a good long term strategy, in my opinion.  If it was, however, I would do exactly that, because I’m in the courtroom to win cases, not to make friends.

I would be very proud to represent you, or your loved one, to the fullest extent of my ability, should the need ever arise.  Defending people isn’t just my job, it’s my passion.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Payment
Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info
Gioffredi and Associates

4131 North Central Expressway Suite 680
Dallas, TX, 75204

Office (214) 739-4515

License
TX Eligible To Practice In Texas 1982 07/16/2016
IA Administrative Suspension 1981 07/16/2016

Awards
2014 Best Lawyers in Dallas D Magazine 2014
Top Personal Lawyers In Dallas May 2009 D Magazine 2009

Work experience
Owner John Gioffredi and Associates 1985 – Present

Education
Creighton University School of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 1981
Iowa State University N/A BS – Bachelor of Science 1978

Speaking engagements
Monthly CLE Meeting Speedy Trial Litigation 2011
DCDLA Monthly Meeting Speedy Trial Motions and Strategy 2011
DCDLA Monthly CLE Jury Punishment 2011
Responsible Choices for Students Students making responsible decisions 2010
DCDLA Monthly CLE Understanding Breath Alcohol Concentrations (BACs) 2010
Understanding DWI Sobriety Tests Understanding and Attacking DWI Sobriety Tests 2008
Prairie Dog Seminar Attacking DWI Sobriety Tests 2008
Voir DIre (Jury Selection) Seminar Jury Selection in a DWI Case 2007
Defending DWI Breath Tests Defending DWI Breath Test Cases 2007

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