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Kiele Linroth Pace

Kiele Linroth Pace

The Pace Law Firm, P.C.
  • Domestic Violence, Criminal Law
  • Texas
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As an experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, I know how the criminal justice system works and what it takes to get good results.

My goal in every case is to obtain not only a great result but also the best possible outcome for my client under the facts and circumstances of the case. Consequently, my clients have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they can trust their lawyer to protect their legal rights and handle their cases in a way that ensures the best outcome for them.

I have deep roots in Austin and practice exclusively in Travis County. Every one of my clients is important to me so rather than delegate my cases to an assistant or junior associate, I keep my caseload small so that I can provide personal attention to each client and put a lot of work into every case, whether it's a felony or misdemeanor, state or federal charge.

Practice Areas
  • Domestic Violence
  • Criminal Law
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    We focus on defending people accused of domestic assault in and around Austin, Texas. Our mission is to provide the highest quality representation and the best possible result for each client. We do not represent common criminals. Our clients are the type of people who plan for their futures and generally make good decisions in life. They are good people that cannot afford to NOT to be represented by an exceptional defense team that focuses on defending people accused of domestic assault.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
5th Circuit
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Professional Experience
Founder and Director
The Pace Law Firm, P.C.
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I defend people accused of domestic assault in Austin, Texas. My mission is to provide the highest quality representation and the best possible result for each client.
University of Texas - Austin
J.D. (2000) | Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic
University of Texas - Austin
B.B.A. (1997) | Managment Information Systems
Client's Choice - Domestic Violence
Texas Bar Foundation
Professional Associations
American Inns of Court
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Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Texas State Bar # 24032810
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Articles & Publications
Competency Questionnaire
Voice for the Defense
Speaking Engagements
The Ethics of Handling Client Funds, Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Travis County Women Lawyers Association
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Austin 2016 - 2018
Legal Answers
670 Questions Answered

Q. Use of Deadly Force: Is the use of deadly force justified on the basis of stopping the commission Agg Robbery?
A: Potentially, depending on the exact facts. The rule for defense of a 3rd person is based, in part, on the rule for self defense. Furthermore, the rule for self defense creates a presumption that the deadly force was reasonable in a situation involving aggravated robbery... the presumption is rebuttable by the prosecution, but the fact that the defendant starts with a presumption of reasonableness is huge. Finally, don't forget deadly force in defense of a third person's property. This is not as good as the defense for protecting a third party, but is still decent and worthy of consideration because the defendant can win on it. All of these defenses appear in chapter 9 of the penal code, which you can read here:
Q. In the state of Texas how much time can someone get for domestic violence on first charge
A: The amount of time possible for a conviction depends on the offense level. Domestic violence could be anywhere from a class C misdemeanor "Assault by Contact" or "Assault by Threat" [no jail, max fine = $500] all the way up to a first degree felony [punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in the state penitentiary, $10,000 fine.] There are a half dozen versions of first degree assault, but the most relevant in terms of domestic violence is named "Aggravated Assault on Family Member with Deadly Weapon and Serious Bodily Injury" ... that name is self-explanatory. The most COMMON domestic violence charge is a Class A misdemeanor named "Assault Causing Bodily Injury / Family Violence" which is punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and a fine up to $4000. I have a full list of maximum punishments for all levels of Assault posted online here: The minimum punishment for all levels of Assault are posted here:
Q. Can a lawyer get a bond reduction for someone not in jail with a warrant on a bond that has been placed as insufficient?
A: Filing motions is one thing... getting a judge's RULING on the motion is another. Either the judge or the prosecutor could demand that the issue be handled in a formal hearing where your physical presence is required. Every courtroom has a bailiff. The bailiff is a peace officer with a duty to arrest anyone he or she knows has an outstanding arrest warrant. So if the judge rules against the motion, you might be taken into custody right there in the courtroom. I agree 100% that you will need an attorney either way so you might as well get moving on that. You should probably also have a back-up plan to post bond in case the judge won't agree to reduce the bond.
Q. Can I sue my neighbors with proff of them using a jamming device on my home security system camera?
A: Not in Criminal Law. I'm able to provide an answer with regard to the other listed areas of law because my focus is Criminal Law.
Q. What are some examples of prosecutorial misconduct?
A: Destroying or withholding evidence, selective or vindictive prosecution... wait a minute... is this a homework question?
Q. Can someone openly carry an assault weapon in Vermont?
A: This question was accidentally posted under "Texas" instead of "Vermont." You'll need an attorney from Vermont to answer this one!
Q. If you’re a victim of domestic assault can you correct your statement?
A: Yes, but if you are trying to help the defendant it is probably a good idea to talk to the defense attorney first. Be aware that it is a crime to tell lies to a cop when you know they are investigating a crime. Also be aware that whether or not to dismiss a case is the prosecutor's decision. A prosecutor is required to "consider" the alleged victim's opinion but they are not required to get rid of a case just because the alleged victim wants to "drop the charges."
Q. If someone was arrested for domestic violence and charged with a felony, can they still obtain a CHL?
A: Arrested or Convicted? Federal law prohibits anyone convicted of even a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from EVER being in possession of a firearm or ammunition. Straight probation counts as a conviction. If the person was arrested for domestic violence and the case is still pending then federal law says they can't if they are either under indictment or a protective order. Also, if the case was resolved with Deferred Adjudication then they are considered under indictment until the successful completion of community supervision... but for the purposes of a License to Carry the state counts a Deferred Adjudication the same as a conviction for 10 years. "License to Carry" is the new name for the CHL.
Q. State of Texas hold your security investigation license due to a felony over 26 years ago not in the state of Texas
A: This question is filed under criminal defense but you really need to consult with an attorney that practices in an area like Administrative Law and/or Professional Licensing.
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The Pace Law Firm
401 Congress Ave
Suite 1540
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 480-9020
Fax: (512) 682-9020