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Meet Attorney Chris Hesse

Amarillo Criminal Defense Lawyer

Meet Attorney Chris Hesse
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.

ACS-CHALMr. 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.

D. Chris Hesse: The Only Lawyer-Scientist in West Texas

To be successful in criminal defense cases, an attorney needs to have a grasp of scientific evidence and how it is processed. Mr. Hesse is currently the only lawyer in West Texas that the formidable American Chemical Society (ACS) has designated as one of their Lawyer-Scientists. This is one of the highest scientific certifications available to attorneys.

In order to qualify as an ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, an attorney must take over 140 hours of forensic chromatography training and pass a rigorous final exam. From understanding the nuances blood alcohol levels to challenging erroneous lab results, Mr. Hesse can take a much deeper look at the evidence than your average criminal defense lawyer.

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  • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law 2006
    • Criminal Justice Clinic Qualified Law Student 2006
    • Texas Tech Lawyer Staff Writer 2004 — 2006
    • Tech Law Military Association Member 2004 — 2006
  • B.A., The University of Oklahoma 1999


  • Law Office of D. Chris Hesse - Amarillo, Owner 2007 – Current
    • Criminal Defense & Civil Rights Attorney
    • United States Concealed Carry Association Self-Defense & Critical Response Team Attorney
  • Hedwig Village & Hunters Creek Village Municipal Courts - Houston City, Prosecutor 2012
  • Bailey & Galyen, P.C. - Houston, Associate 2010 – 2011
    • Managing Attorney, Houston Criminal Defense
  • Potter County Attorney’s Office - Amarillo, County Prosecutor 2006 – 2007
  • Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office - Richmond, Internship 2006
  • Comal County District Attorney’s Office - New Braunfels, Internship 2005
  • United States Attorney’s Office - Lubbock, Internship 2004
  • United States Marine Corps - Captain, 1994 – 2003
    • Lead logistic missions in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom for 3rd AAV Bn, 1st Marine Division.


  • Member, American Chemical Society; Chemistry and Law Division
  • Member, Texas Bar Pro Bono College
  • Member, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member, DUI Defense Lawyer's Association
  • Member, Texas Bar Care Campaign
  • Member, Amarillo Area Bar Association


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Colorado District Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • New Mexico District Court
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Oklahoma Northern District Court
  • Oklahoma Western District Court
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Northern District Court
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Southern District Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Eastern District Court
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Western District Court
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Burks v. State, Cause # 14-14-00166-CR (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2015)
  • In Re Carter, Cause # 01-15-00216-CR (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015)
  • In Re Carter, Cause # 01-15-00217-CR (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015)
  • In Re Carter, Cause # WR-83,286-01 (Tex. Crim. App. 2015)
  • In Re Carter, Cause # WR-83,286-02 (Tex. Crim. App. 2015)
  • In Re D. Chris Hesse, Cause # 105008-1 (Potter County Court at Law # 1, Texas 2016)
  • Burks v. State, Cause # PD-0992-15 (Tex. Crim. App. 2016)
  • Perez v. State, Cause # 07-16-00320-CR (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2016)
  • State v. Phommivong, Cause # 64888-C (251st District Court, Potter County, Texas 2016)
  • In Re Phomminvong, Cause # 07-16-00169-CR (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2016)
  • In Re Perkins, Cause # WR-85,009-01 (Tex. Crim. App. 2016)
  • In Re Phommivong, Cause # 07-16-00298-CV (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2016)
  • In Re Phommivong, Cause # WR-85,675-01 (Tex. Crim. App. 2016)
  • In Re Phommivong, Cause # WR-85,675-02 (Tex. Crim. App. 2016)
  • Tirrez v. Commission for Lawyer Discipline, Cause # 03-16-00318-CV (Tex. App.—Austin 2017)
  • Adam Cody Alvarez v. The State of Texas, Cause # 11-16-00321-CR (Tex. App.—Eastland 2017)
  • Samuel Dewon Walker v. The State of Texas, Cause # 02-16-00327-CR (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2017)
  • Ramiro Aguilar v. The State of Texas, Cause # 07-17-00126-CR (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2017)
  • John McRee v. The State of Texas, Cause # 03-17-00021-CR (Tex. App.— Austin 2017)
  • In Re Jose Jaime Rodriguez-Godoy, Cause # 7041A (223rd District Court, Gray County, Texas 2018)
  • Tirrez v. Commission for Lawyer Discipline, Cause # 18-0244 (Tex. 2018)
  • Moore v. State, Cause # 07-00222-CR (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2019)


  • “The Risks of a Colorado Cannabis Vacation,” The Defender, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Vol. 2, at pp. 21-25 (Summer 2018)
  • "Gun Law: Commit Even A Misdemeanor and You Could Lose Your Gun Rights.", Texas Fish and Game Magazine, at pp. 42-45 (March 2017)
  • “A Texan’s Risk of a Colorado Cannabis Vacation,” The Emerald Magazine, (February 2017)
  • "The Warrior's Discovery Toolbox," 45 Voice for the Defense, No. 7, at pp. 23-28 (September 2016)
  • "Statutory Defenses: New Tricks for Old Dogs," TCDLA Winter Seminar, December 10th, 2005, Dallas, Texas


  • Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation, American Chemical Society 2018
  • Certificate in Forensic Chromatography: Principles of DUID, American Chemical Society 2018
  • Certificate in Forensic Drug Analysis, American Chemical Society 2018
  • Certificate in Forensic Chromatography: Theory & Practice, American Chemical Society, 2018
  • 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

Recent Reviews & Testimonials

  • Diligent and Professional

    “Level-headed, dependable and mature. He possesses strong work ethics. His performance throughout our trial was stellar. I and those in the courtroom immediately recognized that Attorney Chris Hesse put considerable effort in mastering his craft. He constantly displayed sound judgment throughout our hearings. He inspires confidence and I strongly recommend this attorney to anyone who wants a fair trial. He is a must have. He performs his duties with diligence and professionalism.”


  • He is an amazing and humbling man that will do anything for his clients

    “I was charged with a 3rd Degree Felony for possession of a controlled substance a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana. I had no defense and it would have been a miracle for me to walk away from this unscathed. With his drive and dedication to his clients, Mr. Hesse was able to get me on a 1 year pre-trial diversion program. The day that I met him he gave me the biggest feeling of relief. He was able to formulate a plan for the best possible outcome. On my first visit to court he was able to make a miracle happen! Im young and have a lot ahead of me and without his help I would have no future. I am so grateful for everything Chris has done for me and I would recommend him to everyone who is looking for an attorney to defend them. He is an amazing and humbling man that will do anything for his clients there's no need to look any further!”


  • He cares deeply for his clients

    “I am a Police Officer and after being dishonorably discharged from my agency on 10-13-16 Mr. Hesse was hired by me through the TMPA. Even though he is a criminal defense attorney he works hard for his clients, regardless who they are. Mr. Hesse went right to work and found 2 discrepancies committed by my agency. Mr. Hesse followed the agency's policy to appeal the termination to the letter, writing the city council, even when I was out of town. I decided I did not want work for that agency anymore and Mr. Hesse worked out a settlement that I could live with. A hearing was scheduled and nobody from my old agency showed. Instead they sent their attorney. As of 01-30-17 a SOAH Judge has ordered my dishonorable discharge to reflect an honorable discharge. Mr. Hesse was very professional and is a professional. He cares deeply for his clients and even talked to several Police Chiefs on my behalf attempting to find me jobs. I respect Mr. Hesse and would recommend Mr. Hesse to anyone who needs a good attorney. Thank you Mr. Hesse for all of your hard work in my case.”


  • 2 Enhanced felony's dismissed!

    “Chris Hesse was a very confident and smart attorney.He used all his resources and knowledge to determine the best outcome of my case. He didn't lie to me and always called me back the same day I would leave a voicemail. He was always working on someone's case Everytime I showed up to his office,but was able to turn his attention to me and give me his best input about my case.i was facing 5 to 99 on an enhanced 1st degree felony,he worked hard and was able to get it dismissed before trial. I highly recommend anyone to hire Chris Hesse if you want an attorney that's going to fight for your freedom.”


  • cares about his clients

    “Helped with a stack of motor vehicle charges. He worked out a plan that got them all cleared out. He cares about his clients and their outcomes and knows how to get results. Hopefully won't need his help again, but definitely would recommend it.”