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Don Richardson

Don Richardson

Don F. Richardson, Lawyer
  • Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law...
  • Texas
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I began practicing law in Lufkin, Texas in 1994. I represent clients in Social Security Disability / SSI claims, family and probate matters, and criminal defense. I primarily practice in Angelina, Nacogdoches, Houston, Trinity, and Polk Counties, but will occasionally travel to other areas, depending upon the needs of the client.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Social Security Disability
  • Free Consultation
    I generally offer a free initial consultation of at least 20 minutes, sometimes longer, depending upon the case.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept credit cards through PayPal.
  • Contingent Fees
    In Social Security Disability and SSI cases, there is no fee unless you win.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer flat fees in some types of cases; other cases are handled on an hourly fee basis. My basic rate is $180.00 per hour, but may be higher in particular circumstances.
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney / Proprietor
Don F. Richardson, Lawyer
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I am an experienced attorney in solo practice. I represent clients in divorce and child custody proceedings, probate matters, criminal defense, Social Security Disability/SSI, and general civil matters.
Attorney / Project Administrator
Lone Star Legal Aid
Responsible for implementing and supervising a pilot program to assist low-income individuals to represent themselves in court. Directed and coordinated development of forms for self-service document assembly kiosks. Advised self-represented litigants on civil legal matters, including divorce, child custody, probate, real property matters, and landlord-tenant disputes. Assisted pro se parties with drafting pleadings and preparing to appear in court. Conducted community outreach for the Project and for Lone Star Legal Aid.
Williams & Byrd, Attorneys at Law
Attorney in small general practice law firm. Represented clients in diverse legal matters, including family law, probate, real estate, general civil litigation, criminal defense, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability.
Don F. Richardson, Attorney at Law
Solo attorney in general law practice. Represented clients in diverse legal matters, including real estate, probate, family law, criminal defense, and Social Security Disability.
University of Texas - Austin
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1993) | Law
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Baylor University
B.A. | English
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Professional Associations
Angelina County Bar Association
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Activities: The Angelina County Bar Association is a civic and social organization for lawyers who live and/or practice law in Angelina County, Texas. Through the Bar Association, local lawyers award college scholarships each year to deserving high school students, and support civic projects for the betterment of Angelina County.
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Texas State Bar # 00788866
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Activities: The State Bar of Texas was founded in 1939. It is the fifth largest bar association in America, with over 86,400 active members. The State Bar strives to uphold the integrity of the legal profession in Texas, and provides many services to members of the profession as well as the public.
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Legal Answers
10 Questions Answered

Q. How long do you have to file assault charges on someone ?
A: Assuming the assault is a misdemeanor, an indictment or information must be filed within 2 years from the date of the offense.
A: I concur with Mr. White's answer. I will add that expunction is available only in limited circumstances in Texas. If you were convicted of an offense, you will not be eligible for an expunction unless the conviction was overturned on appeal, or unless you were subsequently pardoned. If you entered a plea for deferred adjudication, you will not be eligible for expunction, even though you were not convicted. However, you might be eligible for a non-disclosure order if you received deferred adjudication and completed your probation successfully. You will need to discuss your specific case with an attorney.
Q. Do I need a lawyer for a probation violation
A: I concur with Mr. White's response. A lawyer can be helpful in any probation violation matter. If the State files a motion to revoke, you should definitely be represented by counsel.
Q. What is the statute of limitations on a civil conpiracy?
A: Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 16.03, the statute of limitations for civil conspiracy is two years. Civil conspiracy is actually a civil cause of action, not a criminal offense.
Q. Does the law explicitly say that first degree murderers are to be sentenced to death or LWOP?
A: Capital murder is punishable by death, or by life in prison, depending upon how the jury answers the special issue questions in a case where the State seeks the death penalty. Not all murder charges are capital, however, and a non-capital murder charge will be a first-degree felony, which means the range of punishment would be 5 to 99 years or life in prison. If the defendant is convicted of murder, and raises the issue during the punishment phase of the trial that he acted under "the immediate influence of a sudden passion arising from an adequate cause", and if the jury finds this issue to be true, then the offense is a second-degree felony, with a range of punishment of 2 to 20 years imprisonment.
Q. Where do I find a blank texas motion to dismiss temporary protective order
A: Many public libraries do provide some legal resources and forms, and reference librarians are happy to help (they cannot give legal advice, however). If you are fortunate enough to live in a place that has a public law library, that's even better. You might also look at
Q. If a defendant was unconscious and was still getting stabbed with a knife can they press charges againts them?
A: You have not given me enough information to answer your question. What is the defendant being charged with? Was it something the defendant allegedly did *before* he or she became unconscious? Tell me more about the situation, and I might be able to give you an answer.
Q. Once you are arrested, how long does the court have to indict you?
A: It depends on the offense. The indictment must be filed before the limitation period runs, but the statute of limitations is different for various offenses. Some offenses, most notably murder or manslaughter, have not statute of limitations, and an indictment can be brought at any time. An indictment for certain sexual offenses involving a child can be brought up to 10 years after the victim's 18th birthday. Other felonies (the complete list is in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Art. 12.01) must be indicted within 3, 5, 7, or 10 years from the date of the offense, depending on the specific offense. The statute of limitations for all misdemeanors is 2 years from the date of the offense.
Q. My boyfriend lived with me for over 10 years. Were we considered common law married?
A: It depends. Informal or "common law" marriage in Texas requires three things, assuming that there is no legal impediment to the couple being married: (1)the couple cohabited in Texas, (2) the couple agreed to be married, and (3) the couple represented themselves to others as being married. There is no minimum period for cohabitation. The representing or "holding forth" to others can involve introducing each other as spouses, one party using the last name of the other, signing legal documents as husband and wife, etc.
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303 E. Groesbeck Ave.
Lufkin, TX 75901
Telephone: (936) 635-6090