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19901 SOUTHWEST FWY STE 217
SUGAR LAND TX 77479
(281) 207-5492

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Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., PLLC


Fort Bend County Criminal Law Attorney

Brazoria County and Harris County Criminal Defense Representation

When charged with a crime, you need an attorney who will relentlessly fight for you and who knows how the government operates. I am a criminal defense attorney, and I was a prosecutor for the State of Texas for five years before going on to become a criminal defense attorney. I know what the government is trying to do to you and how it is trying to do it. By placing me on your side, you get an experienced fighter who, as a former Assistant District Attorney, knows how to beat the government at its own game.

Consequences of a Crime

Criminal charges have short-term and long-term effects. Whether the potential consequence is losing your license because of a DWI charge or your freedom if charged with a violent felony crime, you need legal representation to ensure that your rights are defended. I spent five years negotiating pleas for hundreds of cases and argued dozens of felony and misdemeanor trials before Texas juries. I tried everything from speeding tickets to domestic assault and murder. My trial approach was then and is now aggressive, hard-hitting, and relentless. After achieving the position of Senior Prosecutor in a felony District Court, I left the DA's office to open my own criminal law practice.

Know Your Enemy

In establishing the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., I resolved to take the skills that made me a successful prosecutor and turn them against the government to vindicate your rights. The dogged determination and focus that characterized my five years of prosecuting cases can be turned loose on the government and its accusations against you. I will conduct onsite investigations and interviews with witnesses. I will comb through the State's file, thoroughly examine the alleged "evidence" against you, and expose the errors made by police and investigators for the State. As your criminal defense lawyer, I will combine my passion for criminal law with meticulous attention to detail. I will effectively negotiate with the prosecution if possible.

Protecting Your Rights

Nothing beats preventing the government from exercising its raw power against its citizenry. Your freedom is at stake. Your rights are in jeopardy. Your reputation hangs in the balance. A charge of DUI/drunk driving, drug offense, theft, or assault does not automatically mean a conviction. I will provide a relentless criminal defense. I look forward to hammering away at the government lawyers and their case. I know all aspects of the Texas legal system, and I will bring my intelligence, knowledge and experience to the table when I take on your case.

I recognize that clients may require legal services at other times than during standard business hours. That is why I make myself available on evenings and weekends. For more information or to schedule a free consultation at my office conveniently located off of Highway 59, please contact me.

Please Call: (281) 207-5492

John L. Venza Jr.

Sugar Land, Texas
Sole Practitioner

Phone: (281) 971-5660
Fax: (281) 207-5492
Email: john@venzalaw.com

RELENTLESS CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Do you need a relentless criminal defense? If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you deserve the aggressive, detail-oriented, cutting edge defense that attorney John L. Venza Jr. will provide. Based in Sugar Land, Texas, John L. Venza Jr. defends citizens accused of crimes throughout Southeast Texas, including the following counties: Fort Bend County, Harris County, Brazoria County, Wharton County, Matagorda County, Galveston County and Montgomery County.

A LIFETIME OF PREPARATION

From the time he was old enough to really think about it, John L. Venza Jr. aspired to be a criminal defense lawyer, and he began laying the groundwork for this goal early. When other children were reading the comics, John L. Venza Jr. was sitting at his parents' breakfast table, scouring the newspaper for stories about big trials and the lawyers who argued them. Later on, while other high school students busied themselves with typical teenage pursuits, John L. Venza Jr. took on a demanding schedule that involved honors classes, writing for the school newspaper, playing football, serving on the student council, and working at a pizza restaurant. Ultimately, John L. Venza Jr.'s dedication and hard work enabled him to graduate cum laude from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas.

Staying focused on his goal, John L. Venza Jr. enrolled in college at the University of Texas in Austin, where he majored in Government and minored in English. He concentrated on the system of government, the motivations behind it, and - most importantly - how the government could direct its power at its citizens through the court system. During those studies, John L. Venza Jr. developed an insider's understanding of the challenges people face when they are criminally accused by the government.

After obtaining his undergraduate degree, John L. Venza Jr. enrolled at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. In law school, John L. Venza Jr. excelled academically. He graduated in the top fifteen percent of his class and, based on his high grades, was honored with a position on the prestigious South Texas Law Review. While on Law Review, John L. Venza Jr. wrote two lengthy research papers on criminal law topics, one on capital punishment, and the other on Texas constitutional search and seizure law. A brilliant writer, John L. Venza Jr. volunteered for and was granted the honor of serving as an Assistant Articles Editor on the Law Review.

While Law Review and his studies enabled John L. Venza Jr. to assimilate an incisive understanding of the law, it was his tireless work in mock trial that John L. Venza Jr. believes best prepared him for the things to come. Like his other extracurricular pursuits, John L. Venza Jr.'s enlistment in mock trial was purely voluntary. He could have been at home at night watching television. Instead, he concentrated on evidence law, rehearsed opening statements, and crafted the first of what would later become his calling card: excruciating cross examinations. John L. Venza Jr. competed in a series of rigorous mock trial tournaments, which often went on late into the night. During these simulated trials, John L. Venza Jr. began to develop a keen understanding of the law of evidence, an awareness of how judges evaluate cases, and an appreciation of what juries want. For his total commitment to mock trial work, John L. Venza Jr. was recognized with several individual awards and a school-wide team championship.

In addition to classes, homework, Law Review, and mock trial, John L. Venza Jr. also worked during law school as an intern for the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office. In this capacity, John L. Venza Jr. was awarded a temporary bar card, which enabled him to prosecute actual criminal cases while still only a law student. Also during law school, John L. Venza Jr. worked as a law clerk for a Houston law firm, which specialized in white collar criminal defense. His work at that firm included researching federal criminal issues and coauthoring articles, which were published statewide, on federal white collar crime. Both of these jobs, which John L. Venza Jr. held at the outset of his legal career, helped John L. Venza Jr. hone his understanding of the government, its powers and its ways.

After graduating law school, John L. Venza Jr. went to work as a prosecutor for the State of Texas. In his five years of work as a prosecutor, John L. Venza Jr. prosecuted a vast spectrum of cases, ranging from simple traffic tickets all the way up to first degree felonies, including murder. He quickly rose through the ranks, beginning as a Justice Court prosecutor, who handled Class C misdemeanors, and ending as a District Court prosecutor, who handled only felony cases. His trial approach was characterized by many hours of late night and weekend work on his cases. When other prosecutors relied on investigators to do much of the "hit the streets work," John L. Venza Jr. was putting miles on his truck, going out to the scene himself, interviewing witnesses personally, learning his case inside and out, constantly turning it over in his mind. John's style as a prosecutor could be described as dogged, immersed, thorough, relentless.

Please Call: (281) 207-5492

EAGER TO DEFEND YOU

It was this tenacious approach that allowed John L. Venza Jr., when he felt the time was right, to go out on top. At the time he resigned his position as a prosecutor, he was the senior prosecutor in a felony court and had recently obtained a long-shot conviction on a complex murder case. Now, after decades of work in anticipation of his goal, John L. Venza Jr. is ready to take that relentless, hands on approach and put it to work for you.

Please know that if you have been charged with a crime, the government has prosecutors working on your case already. They are lining up their witnesses, marshalling their evidence, and thinking about what they will say about you to the jury. Why not get the relentless approach of John L. Venza Jr. working for you now?

DWI/Intoxication Offenses
Drug Offenses 
Drug Possession Offenses 
Major Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance Offenses
Theft and Property Offenses 
Family Violence 
Assault Offenses 
Sex Crimes 
Probation Violations 
Bail Bond Services

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI
  • Drug Offenses

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 2001
    J.D.
    Honors: Dean's List : Fall 1998, Spring 2000
    Law Review: South Texas College of Law, 1999 - 2001

  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1998
    B.A.
    Honors: Dean's List : Spring 1994, Spring 1998
    Major: Government

Published Works

  • Federal Criminal White Collar Update, (Co-Author), App. Advoc.:St. B. Tex. App. Sec. Rep., Winter 2001, at 37.
  • Federal Criminal White Collar Update, (Co-Author), App. Advoc.:St. B. Tex. App. Sec. Rep., Spring 2001, at 47.
  • The Deserving Dead: Dealing with the Deceased's Bad Character in Murder Cases Involving Self-Defense, VOICE FOR THE DEFENSE, May 2007, at 16

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brazoria County Bar Association, 2006 - Present
    Member

  • Fort Bend County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
    Member

  • Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007 - Present
    Member

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007 - Present
    Member

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 - Present
    Member

  • American Bar Association, 2007 - Present
    Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Brazoria County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2003 - 2006
  • Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2002 - 2003
  • Berg and Androphy, Law Clerk, 2001
  • Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, Intern, 2000

Languages

  • English

Birth Information

  • 1975, Dallas, Texas

Please Call: (281) 207-5492

Attorney Profile

John L. Venza Jr.

Sugar Land, Texas
Sole Practitioner

Phone: (281) 971-5660
Fax: (281) 207-5492
Email: john@venzalaw.com

RELENTLESS CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Do you need a relentless criminal defense? If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you deserve the aggressive, detail-oriented, cutting edge defense that attorney John L. Venza Jr. will provide. Based in Sugar Land, Texas, John L. Venza Jr. defends citizens accused of crimes throughout Southeast Texas, including the following counties: Fort Bend County, Harris County, Brazoria County, Wharton County, Matagorda County, Galveston County and Montgomery County.

A LIFETIME OF PREPARATION

From the time he was old enough to really think about it, John L. Venza Jr. aspired to be a criminal defense lawyer, and he began laying the groundwork for this goal early. When other children were reading the comics, John L. Venza Jr. was sitting at his parents' breakfast table, scouring the newspaper for stories about big trials and the lawyers who argued them. Later on, while other high school students busied themselves with typical teenage pursuits, John L. Venza Jr. took on a demanding schedule that involved honors classes, writing for the school newspaper, playing football, serving on the student council, and working at a pizza restaurant. Ultimately, John L. Venza Jr.'s dedication and hard work enabled him to graduate cum laude from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas.

Staying focused on his goal, John L. Venza Jr. enrolled in college at the University of Texas in Austin, where he majored in Government and minored in English. He concentrated on the system of government, the motivations behind it, and - most importantly - how the government could direct its power at its citizens through the court system. During those studies, John L. Venza Jr. developed an insider's understanding of the challenges people face when they are criminally accused by the government.

After obtaining his undergraduate degree, John L. Venza Jr. enrolled at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. In law school, John L. Venza Jr. excelled academically. He graduated in the top fifteen percent of his class and, based on his high grades, was honored with a position on the prestigious South Texas Law Review. While on Law Review, John L. Venza Jr. wrote two lengthy research papers on criminal law topics, one on capital punishment, and the other on Texas constitutional search and seizure law. A brilliant writer, John L. Venza Jr. volunteered for and was granted the honor of serving as an Assistant Articles Editor on the Law Review.

While Law Review and his studies enabled John L. Venza Jr. to assimilate an incisive understanding of the law, it was his tireless work in mock trial that John L. Venza Jr. believes best prepared him for the things to come. Like his other extracurricular pursuits, John L. Venza Jr.'s enlistment in mock trial was purely voluntary. He could have been at home at night watching television. Instead, he concentrated on evidence law, rehearsed opening statements, and crafted the first of what would later become his calling card: excruciating cross examinations. John L. Venza Jr. competed in a series of rigorous mock trial tournaments, which often went on late into the night. During these simulated trials, John L. Venza Jr. began to develop a keen understanding of the law of evidence, an awareness of how judges evaluate cases, and an appreciation of what juries want. For his total commitment to mock trial work, John L. Venza Jr. was recognized with several individual awards and a school-wide team championship.

In addition to classes, homework, Law Review, and mock trial, John L. Venza Jr. also worked during law school as an intern for the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office. In this capacity, John L. Venza Jr. was awarded a temporary bar card, which enabled him to prosecute actual criminal cases while still only a law student. Also during law school, John L. Venza Jr. worked as a law clerk for a Houston law firm, which specialized in white collar criminal defense. His work at that firm included researching federal criminal issues and coauthoring articles, which were published statewide, on federal white collar crime. Both of these jobs, which John L. Venza Jr. held at the outset of his legal career, helped John L. Venza Jr. hone his understanding of the government, its powers and its ways.

After graduating law school, John L. Venza Jr. went to work as a prosecutor for the State of Texas. In his five years of work as a prosecutor, John L. Venza Jr. prosecuted a vast spectrum of cases, ranging from simple traffic tickets all the way up to first degree felonies, including murder. He quickly rose through the ranks, beginning as a Justice Court prosecutor, who handled Class C misdemeanors, and ending as a District Court prosecutor, who handled only felony cases. His trial approach was characterized by many hours of late night and weekend work on his cases. When other prosecutors relied on investigators to do much of the "hit the streets work," John L. Venza Jr. was putting miles on his truck, going out to the scene himself, interviewing witnesses personally, learning his case inside and out, constantly turning it over in his mind. John's style as a prosecutor could be described as dogged, immersed, thorough, relentless.

EAGER TO DEFEND YOU

It was this tenacious approach that allowed John L. Venza Jr., when he felt the time was right, to go out on top. At the time he resigned his position as a prosecutor, he was the senior prosecutor in a felony court and had recently obtained a long-shot conviction on a complex murder case. Now, after decades of work in anticipation of his goal, John L. Venza Jr. is ready to take that relentless, hands on approach and put it to work for you.

Please know that if you have been charged with a crime, the government has prosecutors working on your case already. They are lining up their witnesses, marshalling their evidence, and thinking about what they will say about you to the jury. Why not get the relentless approach of John L. Venza Jr. working for you now?

DWI/Intoxication Offenses
Drug Offenses 
Drug Possession Offenses 
Major Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance Offenses
Theft and Property Offenses 
Family Violence 
Assault Offenses 
Sex Crimes 
Probation Violations 
Bail Bond Services

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI
  • Drug Offenses

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 2001
    J.D.
    Honors: Dean's List : Fall 1998, Spring 2000
    Law Review: South Texas College of Law, 1999 - 2001

  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1998
    B.A.
    Honors: Dean's List : Spring 1994, Spring 1998
    Major: Government

Published Works

  • Federal Criminal White Collar Update, (Co-Author), App. Advoc.:St. B. Tex. App. Sec. Rep., Winter 2001, at 37.
  • Federal Criminal White Collar Update, (Co-Author), App. Advoc.:St. B. Tex. App. Sec. Rep., Spring 2001, at 47.
  • The Deserving Dead: Dealing with the Deceased's Bad Character in Murder Cases Involving Self-Defense, VOICE FOR THE DEFENSE, May 2007, at 16

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brazoria County Bar Association, 2006 - Present
    Member

  • Fort Bend County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
    Member

  • Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007 - Present
    Member

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2007 - Present
    Member

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 - Present
    Member

  • American Bar Association, 2007 - Present
    Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Brazoria County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2003 - 2006
  • Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2002 - 2003
  • Berg and Androphy, Law Clerk, 2001
  • Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, Intern, 2000

Languages

  • English

Birth Information

  • 1975, Dallas, Texas

Criminal Law Overview

Sugar Land, Texas, Criminal Defense Lawyer

Fort Bend County - Brazoria County - Harris County

Whether you have been charged with drunk driving, drug crimes, assault, or another criminal charge, you have the right to fair representation under the law. My criminal defense firm stands ready to make sure you receive the protections you are entitled to under the law.

As a former prosecutor for the State of Texas, I offer a unique perspective on how the other side will approach the charges against you. I use that experience and in-depth knowledge to benefit you. If you have been charged with a crime, you need aggressive representation from a criminal defense lawyer who knows both sides of the courtroom.

Experience with Many Crimes under Texas Law

My criminal defense practice handles a variety of criminal charges, including:

DWI/Intoxication Offenses

Many people charged with an alcohol-related offense fail to take the legal steps necessary to prevent the automatic suspension of their licenses. Call me at the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. at 281-971-5660, and I will contest the license revocation and fight to keep you driving. I can visit the arrest site, examine all testing done, and scrutinize the arresting officer's reports. I have a winning trial record in all DWI-related offenses that I have handled, not only as a criminal defense lawyer, but also from my days as an Assistant District Attorney.  Take action now and contact me.

Drug Offenses

Charged with a drug crime? I combine my experience prosecuting these cases with specialized training and a mastery of the law regarding arrest, search, and seizure. My goal is to defend you and your civil rights, ensuring that arresting officers did their jobs properly, and punishing them on cross examination when they did not. From cases involving illegal substances to prescription drugs, I will relentlessly stand up for you and fight the government's accusations. I handle charges of:

Theft and Property Offenses

If you have been charged with a crime involving theft or misuse of property, you need a lawyer who will thoroughly investigate the State's case against you. An attorney who has a background in prosecuting theft, fraud and embezzlement cases provides a perspective that most defense lawyers cannot offer. Let me defend you. My knowledge of the topic of theft has been widely recognized. To see my articles published statewide click here.

Family Violence

If you are arrested for family violence, lives and reputations are ruined and civil rights are threatened-including the right to bear arms in Texas. As your criminal defense attorney with experience prosecuting and defending domestic abuse crimes, I will provide immediate, legal representation that can help keep a bad situation from becoming worse.

Assault Offenses

Assault cases occupied a significant percentage of my caseload as a prosecutor. Today, I combine my five-years of experience as a prosecutor with my work ethic and passion for criminal defense. If you have been charged with simple or aggravated assault, or even murder, I will thoroughly prepare your case and aggressively defend you and your rights. I am well-versed in the defenses that are available to you if you are charged with assault. In fact, I am a published author on the issue of self-defense.

Sexual Assault

A criminal conviction for a sex crime can damage your life well beyond time served. Your reputation may suffer, and lifetime registration as a sex offender could be required. I will aggressively defend your rights and best interests.

Find Criminal Defense Help Now: 281-971-5660

Because I believe people deserve a second chance, my Texas criminal defense law firm also handles probation violations and early terminations to help you stay out of jail, or find freedom sooner.

For more information or to schedule a free consultation at my office-conveniently located off of Highway 59-please contact me today. I recognize that clients require criminal defense services at other times than during standard business hours. That is why I make myself available evenings and weekends.

Criminal Law FAQ's

When Do the Police Have to Read Me My Rights?

Your "rights," otherwise known as the Miranda warnings, are a list of statements that law enforcement must recite to you before they can conduct a custodial interrogation. The Miranda warnings exist to protect your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. If you understand these rights before you talk to the police, the legal theory goes, anything you say after that will be voluntary. While the exact wording differs between jurisdictions, the warnings are essentially as follows: You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to have an attorney present. If you can’t afford an attorney, you will be provided one by the government. Anything you say can be used against you in court.

Every state requires police to give the warnings in some form after taking a suspect into custody. The goal behind the requirement is to protect the truthfulness of the evidence that will be later used in court. If a person feels pressured or intimidated into talking, it is assumed that they are less likely to tell the truth and more likely to tell the police what they want to hear. Verdicts based on coerced confessions erode the efficacy of the criminal justice system, and the Miranda warnings are intended to protect suspects from their own tendency to succumb to intimidation.

So, do the police have to read you your rights? The question hinges on whether you are in custody or not. The rule of thumb in determining the custody question is whether or not you feel free to leave. In most cases, the answer is pretty easy — if you’ve been arrested, then you are in custody and law enforcement must give you the Miranda warnings. There are some situations, however, that aren’t so simple. For example, what if the police have stopped you on the street but haven’t officially arrested you yet? Or, what if you have consented to the police entering your home for a chat? You may not be in handcuffs or at the police station, but you still may be in custody.

Of course, most people don’t feel free to leave when they’re talking to the police, but in the event that you did say something incriminating before the police gave you the Miranda warnings, a good attorney can help you determine whether you were in custody and whether a judge should disallow your statement to be entered as evidence against you.

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