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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.


  • 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

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Recent Reviews & Testimonials

  • Mr. Hesse never faltered

    “We lost our case but that's alright. The DAs office had 10 lawyers and the judge on their side, Mr. Hesse never faltered. He went toe to toe against all that. Most impressive part about Mr. Hesse was, he cared, win or loose. We have a bit more to go and if Mr Hesse will have us, we will use him again.”


  • I Felt He Was With Me Every Step Of The Way

    “Overall, I was impressed with this attorney's attention to detail and eagerness to return calls in a timely manner. He kept me appraised of my case and I felt as if he was with me every step of the way.”

    Recent Client

  • Excellent Guy to have on Your Side!

    “I hired attorney Chris Hesse and his investigators to help me prove my innocence in a case against me. Chris had a sound strategy for our progress with the goal of gathering enough evidence to avoid trial. He doesn't waste time and gets things going from day one, gathering evidence and getting statements or videos as needed. Chris always kept me informed of any developments and made me feel that he honestly cared about my case and we were a team. I was ready to go trial to prove my innocence, but with the help of Chris and his investigative team, my charges were dropped. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants an attorney that will fight for them and keeps the lines of communication open.”


  • He will go above and beyond to get the results that you are seeking.

    “Chris is an outstanding lawyer. He fought hard for my husband to get his charge for a DWI dropped and of course, he was successful in doing so. He cares about his clients and will go above and beyond to get the results that you are seeking.”


  • 1st Degree Felony Case, Dismissed

    “My then 21-year old son was facing a possible 5 to 99-year sentence in state prison. Mr. Hesse was his court-appointed attorney in Fort Bend County, but you would not have known it, given the passion he provided to this case. This case lasted 3 1/2 years, thru 1 mistrial in 2015 before Mr. Hesse succeeded in having the case dismissed, a week ago today. I believe he was truly driven to accomplish the best possible outcome for my son. Given the obstacles he encountered with this case, many other attorney's might have given up and passed this case to someone else, but he did not. Chris Hesse is the type of attorney you want on your side when you're fighting to prove your innocence. My son and family will never forget what he did for us. As an attorney he is knowledgeable, caring, respectful and committed.”