Charged with a crime? You need a top rated Houston criminal lawyer | 30 years of experience

Our legal team has outstanding qualifications rarely found in one Firm. Our lead counsel, Ed Chernoff, is a former Chief Prosecutor with 30 years of experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney and is Board-Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

1,500+ cases

30+ years of experience

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Ed Chernoff’s team of leading lawyers can help create a legal solution tailored to deal with your legal matter. We can offer legal representation in all areas of criminal law – state or federal


Ed Chernoff is a renowned Criminal Defense Lawyer in Houston, representing thousands of clients in the last 28 years. He began his private practice in 1991 and has achieved acquittals and sentence reductions in the majority of cases he has tried.

He has won acquittals, no-bills and dismissals for his clients in all types of criminal cases including Capital Murders, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Sexual Assault, Assault, Aggravated Assault, Theft, Possession of Controlled Substance and DWI.

Ed Chernoff is a former prosecutor, so he has deep insight into how to address the most serious of criminal charges and can act before charges are filed. His practice is dedicated to standing before the State and Government and protecting his clients from unjust and overbearing prosecution.  

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Chernoff Law 4.7 average on Google Reviews

DISMISSED! Lawyer Ed Chernoff is truly an amazing lawyer and person. He was able to get my Felony charge DISMISSED by the Grand Jury in only 2 weeks of working on my case….

Reggie Kerr

Ed saved my life and career. Incredible lawyer if you’re in trouble.

Jay Bui

Mr. Chernoff was adamant about not having me plea guilty to my case and was able to completely wipe my record of the incident. Ed was very prompt, professional, and excellent at explaining where we were in the process and what to expect. I am very appreciative of having had Ed on my side during the proceedings, and I highly recommend him as an excellent lawyer.

Jeff Stautner

Ed Chernoff is a dedicated lawyer that has many years of experience and will help do whatever it takes to help you or your family. He does not beat around the bush and will describe the process of law efficiently. My case was dismissed thanks to Ed Chernoff, I highly recommend him.

Gevin Dray

I’d like to thank Ed Chernoff and his office for helping me with my case,getting it dismissed and also taking care of the expunction for a reasonable/ affordable fee. Hopefully i don’t have to hire Him and His office again but if i run into some trouble again, i am for sure coming back here. -Thanks For Your Help

Angel Cisneros

I don’t have the words to express how grateful we are for Mr. Chernoff and his team . They always kept us updated and were available for any questions we had. They were able to obtain the best possible outcome. I would definitely use him again and highly recommend him.

Susan Purdy

We have hired Ed Chernoff to defend my son in 4 different cases in the last 3 years. We were referred to Ed by my in-laws as they too had a wonderful outcome with their youngest son years prior. … Couldn’t have ever asked for a better person to represent my son who is my world. I would never hesitate to refer Ed to ANYONE!!

Tanya Marek

Ed was great! Having never been in trouble before, I was unsure of what to do or who to contact. I could not have made a better decision in hiring Ed. He was great in explaining my options and letting me know what to expect each step of the way. He put my fears at ease and helped me get my case dismissed and my life back on track. I would highly recommend hiring Ed and letting him do the same for you.

Jordan Charles

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An educated, experienced and talented criminal defense lawyer is always necessary when the police and government have accused you of a crime. The difference between an unjust conviction and a dismissal is often the result of the dedication and effort your criminal lawyer has provided to your defense.  

Any lawyer can claim to represent those accused of a crime. However, few have the experience and reputation of Ed Chernoff. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, ABC News, Houston Chronicle and Texas Lawyer for cases he has handled.

If you are charged with a crime in Harris County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County or Montgomery County, Ed Chernoff stands ready to protect you and your family!


Federal Detention Hearing | Ed Chernoff’s Blog

June 30, 2019

Federal Detention Hearing Nuts and Bolts of Federal Detention Hearing The Bail Reform Act of 1984(18 U.S.C. §3142) is the best place to start. This law was enacted during “Just Say No” and the TV show Miami Vice, where the country was coming to terms with the proliferation of cocaine. The act allows a Federal […]

Тhe War on Doctors | Ed Chernoff’s Blog

March 15, 2019

Doctors prescribing repeated doses of opioids will start being prosecuted, irrespective of their motivation and whether there is a profit motive.

All About Pretrial Diversion | Ed Chernoff’s Blog

March 26, 2018

There are at least three reasons why a pretrial diversion in Texas is not a good idea. The fact that feels like probation is not even one of them.

Your Questions ANSWERED

  • What is the process for hiring Defense Attorney Ed Chernoff?

    My Criminal Defense Law Practice is located in downtown Houston, three blocks from the Harris County Criminal Justice Center. I am always available by phone or email. Most emergency phone calls are answered or returned immediately.After speaking with me on the phone, an appointment can be set within two days. I always reserve at least one day on the weekend to allow for these appointments. During our meeting,  a discussion is had to determine the best course of action to take in your criminal case. A fee is set for the exact type of defense you are most interested in pursuing.

    At the conclusion of the meeting a contract may be prepared which details your exact fee and method of payment, including any payment plan arrangements. The contract will set out the goals of your defense, and what activities will take place during the course of your representation.

    Any preliminary matters will be discussed, and then I will personally accompany you to court on your court date. If it is your first court date, you may meet me at my office prior to going to court that morning. In other cases, you will meet me in the assigned courtroom. At all times, the responsibility for your case will be mine.

  • What type of Criminal Lawyer am I looking for to help me with my criminal case?

    I have always suggested that you research criminal lawyers carefully prior to hiring. It is substantially difficult to clean up another lawyer’s mess, after he or she has already had conversations with prosecutors on your case. So its best to hire right the first time.You should hire a criminal attorney who has extensive experience both in the type of case with which you are charged and in the court you have been assigned.  You want a lawyer that knows the proclivities of your Judge, and if possible, the prosecutors who will be making decisions in your case. Bottom line: Hire the most experienced possible.

    I would strongly suggest you hire a lawyer who is Board Certified in Criminal Law. This means he or she has gone through a rigorous vetting process. You might also strongly consider an attorney who has some experience as a prosecutor. It is amazing how helpful this is during negotiations.

    Some lawyers claim to limit their practice to certain types of criminal cases. For instance, some lawyers advertise their services as DWI specialists. Some of these lawyers are quite good at representing individuals in one type of case.  Some others have simply decided on a business model that works best for them, and they are no better(and sometimes worse) than the lawyer who has an expansive practice.

    Ask the lawyer you are interviewing about the number of jury trials he has litigated. The greater his reputation at fighting, the better chance you have of resolving your case in the way you want. Don’t let him weasel out of an answer by giving you some general answer like, “I have a whole file cabinet filled with them!” One of the benefits of hiring a Board Certified Specialist is that he is required to have tried a certain number of cases. The more experience he has in front of a jury, the better.

    Make sure you meet your lawyer personally, and determine whether he has the type of personality you can work with for an extended period of time. Many cases take several months to resolve. Finally, verify that the lawyer you are interviewing is the same lawyer who will defend you in court. Some law firms sell an experienced lawyer to you, and saddle you with an inexperienced associate.

    Good Luck!

  • A friend told me that Ed Chernoff is the best criminal lawyer in Houston. What sets him apart?

    I have tried numerous famous criminal trials, and although I appreciate the trust these clients put in me, I don’t believe that this alone demonstrates my value as a criminal lawyer.I have spent 25 years defending those accused of crimes, and in that time I have been re-certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization four times. I have tried over 100 jury trials, and have achieved favorable results in nearly all of them. I speak at seminars and teach other lawyers how to handle their criminal cases. However, I don’t consider any of these things to be the main factor in making me the best at what I do.

    It is the philosophy of my practice that puts me ahead of the pack. Dedication to results is what sets me apart from most other criminal defense attorneys. I don’t consider any person unredeemable, nor any case unwinnable. I am honest with my clients about their options, but I don’t push any particular resolution onto my client. It is his case, and his life. However, I do whatever is necessary to make sure that the best possible outcome is provided to my client.

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