Attorney Chris Hesse Meet Attorney Chris Hesse

Amarillo Criminal Defense Lawyer

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.


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
  • Texas Municipal Police Officer’s Association 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, Texas Bar College
  • Member, Texas Bar Criminal Justice Section
  • Member, Texas Bar Pro Bono College
  • Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, Texas Bar Care Campaign
  • Member, Texas Bar Champion of Justice Society
  • 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 Western District Court
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Northern District Court
  • Eigth 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)


“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


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



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