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Shawn Moody McDonald

Shawn Moody McDonald

Smith | McDonald | Bolin
  • Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, DUI & DWI ...
  • Texas
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McDonald began his legal career in 2001 as a felony trial prosecutor in Henderson County where he prosecuted thousands of felony cases ranging from capital murder to minor felony drug cases. 

In 2004, McDonald moved closer to home and began prosecuting felony cases in the Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office, which included being an instructor at the Fort Bend County Gus George Law Enforcement Academy as well as teaching at many local police departments.

In 2006, McDonald opened his own Criminal Trial Practice focusing solely on representing clients who have been charged with criminal offenses throughout the great State of Texas.  In 2010 McDonald became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He was the youngest attorney in the history of Fort Bend County to attain this level of expertise. Substantially less than 1% of attorneys in the State of Texas are Board Certified in Criminal Law.  McDonald currently holds that certification and has maintained it continuously since 2010. He has served on countless panels and symposiums as a criminal law expert throughout the State.

In addition to extensive criminal trial experience, McDonald also has substantial teaching experience.  He was a law school professor teaching criminal trial simulation and criminal law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he had the opportunity to mentor and teach hundreds of law students. 
McDonald also created the nationally recognized Innocence Project at Thurgood Marshall and was the director of that project for two (2) years.  McDonald is currently an adjunct professor of government at Houston Baptist University.

McDonald takes pride in being an honest and ethical attorney, all the while being one who will be extremely aggressive in representing you. He will return your calls promptly, provides his cell phone number to clients and makes himself available day or night to answer any and all of your questions.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Juvenile Law
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
White Collar Crime
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Spanish
Professional Experience
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Smith | McDonald | Bolin
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Board certified in criminal defense National Trial Lawyers top 100
Criminal Law and Trial Advocacy Professor
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Director of the Innocence Project
Felony Prosecutor
Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office
Felony Prosecutor
Henderson County District Attorney's Office
St. Mary's University
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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University of North Carolina - Charlotte
B.S. (1997) | Criminal Justice
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Top 100 in Criminal Defense
National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
Brazoria County Criminal Defense Bar
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Fort Bend Criminal Defense Bar
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Harris County Criminal Defense Bar
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Texas State Bar  # 24029715
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Texas District and County Attorney's Associatioin
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Speaking Engagements
Law Enforcement Witness Training, Fort Bend County
Criminal Law
Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
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77 Sugar Creek Center Blvd. Ste. 230
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Telephone: (713) 228-2523
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