Attorney Profile

Mr. Hesse was raised in Houston, Texas. He Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1994 and became an Officer of Marines in 1999. In 2003 he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his tour of duty, he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and attended Texas Tech Law School in the fall of 2003.

Mr. Hesse has an extensive background in criminal law matters. He has interned with the U.S. Attorney's Office, two District Attorney's Offices and was a Prosecutor for the Potter County Attorney's Office in Amarillo, Texas. He has engaged in numerous jury trials and obtained victories for criminal defense clients ranging from the granting of motions to suppress the evidence to hung juries, dismissals and not guilty verdicts.

Mr. Hesse took an oath while in the United States Marine Corps to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, against all enemies, both foreign and domestic." Likewise, he took an oath as a Texas attorney to support the Constitution of the United States and of Texas. He believes that defending a client against a criminal charge is supporting and defending the client's Constitutional rights, against all who may want to violate those rights. He vigorously defends his clients and never shies away from a trial.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

The Law Offices of D. Chris Hesse Houston & Amarillo Owner 2007 – Current

  • Criminal Defense & Civil Rights

Bailey & Galyen, P.C. Houston Associate 2010 – 2011

  • Managing Attorney, Houston Area Criminal Defense

Potter County Attorney’s Office Amarillo Prosecutor 2006 – 2007

  • Prosecuted Misdemeanors, Drafted Pre-Trial & Trial Motions, and Appeals

Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office Richmond Intern 2006

  • Assisted with Trial Docket and Trial Preparation

Comal County District Attorney’s Office New Braunfels Intern 2005

  • Drafted Letter Briefs, Memorandums & Assisted in Intake and Trial Preparation

United States Attorney’s Office Lubbock Intern 2004

  • Drafted Trial Briefs, Objections, Plea Agreements, and Factual Resumes

United States Marine Corps Captain 1994 – 2003

  • Prepared, marshalled, and deployed 200 Marines to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  • Conducted logistic missions in Iraq and Kuwait during OIF for 3 rd AAV Bn, 1 st Marine Division.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

U.S. Supreme Court

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals

U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

Colorado District Court

New Mexico District Court

Oklahoma Western District Court

Texas Northern District Court

Texas Western District Court

Texas Southern District Court

Texas Eastern District Court

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Certified by the State Bar of Texas as a Guardian Ad Litem

Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)

Member, Texas State Bar Criminal Justice Section

Member, Panhandle Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

AWARDS

Jurisprudence Award Texas Tech University School of Law 2006

Certificate of Appreciation Texas Tech University School of Law 2006

Certificate of Appreciation City of Lubbock 2003

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

"Statutory Defenses: New Tricks for Old Dogs," TCDLA Winter Seminar, December 10 th, 2005, Dallas, Texas

EDUCATION

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law 2006

  • Criminal Justice Clinic Qualified Law Student 2005 — 2006
  • Texas Tech Lawyer Staff Writer 2004 — 2006
  • Tech Law Military Association Member 2004 — 2006

B.A., The University of Oklahoma 1999

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