Richard Hinds, P.I., Attorney at Law

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney & Licensed P.I.



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212 N. Esplanade St., #6

Cuero, DeWitt County, TX 77954


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Are You Charged with a Crime in DeWitt, Victoria, Gonzales, Goliad, Lavaca, Refugio, Jackson, Bee, Caldwell, Jackson, or Calhoun Counties?

I am not your ordinary criminal defense attorney. I am also a trained and licensed private investigator (P.I.) and the owner of a licensed and insured investigation company: Texas Financial Investigators #A12677101.

I have two investigators on staff, one who is an ex-law enforcement officer (LEO) with nearly a decade of LEO experience, and the other who is a computer, digital, and internet expert with over two decades of experience.

My investigation skills and those of my staff, combined with our access to proprietary data and information available only to licensed investigators, often can make the difference between a good and a bad outcome in a criminal case.

Criminal prosecutions succeed or fail based on their underlying investigations, which are often biased, incomplete, or otherwise defective. The prosecutor has one or more investigators helping them convict you. Shouldn’t you have one or more on your side?

If you hire me, I do not charge extra for my investigation services or those of my staff. If you decide to hire another attorney, make sure they either have a licensed investigator on staff or will retain one to assist them in your case.

For the past 25 years, I have been in private legal practice focusing on criminal and civil litigation. I have handled a wide variety of complex cases ranging from severe personal injury cases (e.g., a multimillion-dollar hypoxic brain damage case) to class-action lawsuits involving hundreds of clients and millions of dollars in settlements (Fen-Phen class action). In addition, I have represented adults and juveniles in countless criminal defense cases ranging from low-level misdemeanors to high-level felonies.

Unlike most attorneys, I became a lawyer in my mid-30s. Before law school, I was an executive and financial regulator with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and an executive with two regional banks. Compared to most attorneys, I came to the legal profession with a different perspective, maturity, and attitude. As a former Golden Gloves Boxer, the practice of law is a full-body contact sport to me.

I attended Baylor School of Law because it is one of the best law schools in the nation in terms of training trial lawyers; plus, it almost always has the highest pass rate on the state bar exam. I was on the Dean’s List at Baylor and earned my Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) in 27 months and graduated in 1997.

I graduated with honors (cum laude) from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 1985 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA) majoring in Real Estate Investments and Analysis. While at UNT, I was also on the Dean’s List and was selected as the Outstanding Student in Real Estate.

If you have been accused of a crime, call me for a free consultation. I will gladly consult with you on the phone or in person as quickly as possible because the sooner you learn the dos and don’ts of what to do and not do while your case is pending, the better off you will be.

Once you are charged with a crime, you are walking through a legal minefield the criminal “justice system” has set for you, so it is imperative that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

I will be happy to answer your questions, and I will not sugarcoat anything or pressure you to hire me. I do not do hard sells, and there is no shortage of clients.

I am not the cheapest attorney, and for a good reason. Therefore, if you want to retain my services and need payment options, I will work with you.

I will be happy to meet with you in the evening or on the weekend. Until you meet with me or another attorney, it is best not talk to anyone about your situation. My golden rule is that, “No one ever got into trouble for what they did not say.”

If you want to know more or schedule a free consultation, please contact me at 361.648.1759 or

Counties and Geographic Areas Served

My office is located in Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas. I generally represent clients in the following counties:


    • DeWitt County  (County Seat Cuero, TX)
    • Victoria County  (County Seat Victoria, TX)
    • Goliad County  (County Seat Goliad, TX)
    • Bee County  (County Seat Beeville, TX)
    • Lavaca County  (County Seat Hallettsville, TX)
    • Gonzales County  (County Seat Gonzales, TX)
    • Karnes County  (County Seat Karnes City, TX)
    • Refugio County  (County Seat Refugio, TX)
    • Jackson County  (County Seat Edna, TX)
    • Calhoun County  (County Seat Port Lavaca, TX)

Types of Criminal Offenses and Areas of Legal Representation

Following are 75 criminal offenses and charges that I have or will defend clients against.

As noted herein, there are over 1,000 crimes listed in the current Texas Penal Code (TPC). If you have been charged with or accused of any of them contact me, I can help.

    • Assault and Battery
    • Aggravated Assault
    • Domestic Violence
    • Drug Offenses (possession, distribution, trafficking)
    • DUI/DWI (Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Intoxicated)
    • Theft and Burglary
    • Robbery
    • Fraud and White-Collar Crimes
    • Embezzlement
    • Identity Theft
    • Money Laundering
    • Homicide/Murder
    • Manslaughter
    • Kidnapping
    • Sexual Assault
    • Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Internet Crimes (cybercrime)
    • Child Pornography
    • Human Trafficking
    • Stalking and Harassment
    • Arson
    • Vehicular Manslaughter
    • Public Intoxication
    • Prostitution and Solicitation
    • Disorderly Conduct
    • Forgery
    • Drug Trafficking
    • Possession of Controlled Substances
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Driving with a Suspended License
    • Hit and Run
    • Racketeering/RICO Offenses
    • Cyberbullying
    • Bribery
    • Organized Crime
    • Hate Crimes
    • Terrorism and Terroristic Threats
    • Extortion
    • Assault on a Public Servant
    • Escape from Custody
    • Perjury
    • Resisting Arrest
    • Criminal Trespass
    • Credit Card Fraud
    • Medicare/Medicaid Fraud
    • Environmental Crimes
    • Carjacking
    • Smuggling
    • Harassment
    • Animal Cruelty
    • Shoplifting
    • Drug Manufacturing
    • Tax Evasion
    • Possession of Stolen Property
    • Public Corruption
    • Cyber Espionage
    • Insider Trading
    • Obstruction of Justice
    • Child Abduction
    • Wire Fraud
    • Counterfeiting
    • Intellectual Property Theft
    • Harassment of a Public Servant
    • Stolen Vehicle Offenses
    • Gaming and Gambling Offenses
    • Dog Fighting
    • Child Endangerment
    • Child Abandonment
    • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
    • Election Fraud
    • Copyright Infringement
    • Internet Scams and Phishing
    • Computer Hacking
    • Environmental Pollution Violations
    • Animal Fighting

How Many Different Types of Criminal Offenses are in the Texas Penal Code?

As of 2023, there are over 1,000 criminal offenses in Texas. This includes felonies, misdemeanors, and special offenses. The Texas Penal Code is a complex and ever-changing document, so the exact number of criminal offenses can vary..

    • Felonies: There are 5 classifications of felonies in Texas: capital felonies, first-degree felonies, second-degree felonies, third-degree felonies, and state jail felonies.
    • Misdemeanors: There are 3 classifications of misdemeanors in Texas: Class A misdemeanors, Class B misdemeanors, and Class C misdemeanors.
    • Special offenses: These offenses are not classified as either felonies or misdemeanors, and they have their own unique set of penalties. Some examples of special offenses include juvenile offenses, sex offenses, and drug offenses.

If you have been accused of or charged with a crime in Texas the first thing you do is to keep quite and not talk to anybody. The second thing you do is call me or another criminal defense attorney to find out what you are facing and need to do to ensure you do not inadvertantly make the situaiton worse.

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Richard Hinds, P.I.,

Attorney at Law


Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

& Licensed Private Investigator*


212 N. Esplanade St., #6, POB 749

Cuero, Texas 77954


p: 361.648.1759


TX State Bar #24004077

*TX DPS #A12677101

Texas Financial Investigators