Criminal, Family, Personal Injury, & DWI Lawyer in Laredo, TX
Javier Guzman is an experienced trial attorney who offers quality representation in Laredo, TX and around Webb County for DWI Defense, State and Federal Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury cases.
Since the beginning of his legal career to officially opening Guzman Law Firm in January of 2018, Javier Guzman has earned many accomplishments that have gained him the recognition of his peers and his clients.
2021 ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist
Javier Guzman has earned the ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of the ACS in 2021 — the highest form of scientific recognition available for lawyers.
Javier is the only attorney in Laredo, TX with this distinction. The training he received to obtain this designation allows him to spot difficult issues in DWI cases and Drug cases.
2021 TCDLA DWI Trial Scholar Award
The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) awarded Javier Guzman the DWI Trial Scholar Award in 2021. This award is given to attorneys who showcase a level of commitment by completing five of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association DWI seminars within a two-year period.
2017 Professional of the Year Award
Every year, the Webb County District Attorney’s office awards one attorney with the Professional of the Year Award. This award is given to an attorney who carries themselves in a professional manner in and out of the courtroom. Javier Guzman was given this award in 2017 for his level of professionalism and excellence.
Javier Guzman’s Experience as a Webb County Prosecutor
After passing the Texas Bar Exam on the first try, Javier Guzman was immediately hired by the Webb County District Attorney’s Office and was assigned to County Court at Law No. 1 where he processed thousands of misdemeanor cases including:
- DWI cases: Driving While Intoxicated
- Evading arrests
- Reckless driving
- And more!
Javier Guzman also approved hundreds of probable cause statements from law enforcement agencies used in arrest warrants. He then went on to represent the State of Texas on hundreds of expungements and petitions for non-disclosures.
As a prosecutor, Javier Guzman understood the adversarial nature of the criminal justice system. He was reasonable and fair, keeping the community’s safety and best interest in mind while understanding the consequences of final convictions on each individual defendant. As a prosecutor, Javier Guzman did NOT try to convict people at all costs, rather he sought justice in every case. This allowed him to transition into a criminal defense attorney that truly cared about his client’s cases. Because of his courtroom skills and ability to handle jury trials, Javier Guzman quickly became an accomplished trial attorney. More importantly, he gained the respect of his fellow attorneys and developed the reputation as an attorney who does not back down from a fight –– hence the tagline “relentless representation.”
Prosecuting Domestic Violence
Soon after joining the Webb County District Attorney’s office, Javier Guzman was promoted to the Domestic Violence Unit, where he handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor domestic violence cases. He also served as lead counsel in multiple family violence jury trials, contested protective order hearings, motions to revoke, and sentencing bench trials.
After a successful period in the Domestic Violence Unit, Javier Guzman was promoted to the 111th District Court General Felony Division. While assigned to this division, Javier Guzman successfully handled jury trials, ranging from Burglary of a Habitation to Murder. He also processed hundreds of cases including:
- Intoxication manslaughter
- Aggravated Assault
- Intoxication assault
- Aggravated Robbery
- Evading in a Motor Vehicle
- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
“I Will Fight For You”
Background & Education
High school and University
Before becoming the relentless DWI lawyer he is today, Javier Guzman attended United High School in Laredo, TX and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class in 2005. As a three-year varsity football letterman, his love and dedication for sports including powerlifting and running track provided the foundation for his discipline and competitive nature. After graduating high school, Javier Guzman attended The University of Texas at Austin where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Minor in Spanish, graduating in 2009.
Although Javier’s four years living in Austin provided him with invaluable experiences, he eagerly returned to Laredo and his family. To further expand his knowledge and education, Javier enrolled at Texas A&M International University, graduating in 2011 with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.
Javier Guzman was accepted into the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas after deciding to pursue a career in the legal profession. While attending law school, Javier obtained the highest grade in both Criminal and Torts Law in his section.
Throughout law school, Javier participated in intense trial advocacy training under the direction of well-renowned trial experts such as Jerry Galow. In his third year of law school, he applied to participate in Thurgood Marshall’s Criminal Defense Legal Clinic and was one of only two selected from a large pool of applicants.
As part of the clinic, Javier Guzman represented clients accused of committing misdemeanor offenses in Harris County. He also had the distinct opportunity to handle an actual jury trial in Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 2. Despite the added workload, Javier’s relentless competitiveness and discipline allowed him to graduate in the top five percent of his class (summa cum laude) in 2014 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
What We Do Best
Legal Practice Areas
Guzman Law Firm offers legal services in Laredo for cases including criminal defense, DWI, divorce, child custody, federal criminal defense & personal injury.