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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
  • English: Spoken, Written
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
576 Questions Answered

Q. Is it against the law in Texas to board a school bus with the intent to threaten the driver?
A: Under some circumstances a threat to physically hurt someone can be a crime. Read this page for details: Under other circumstances the parent might be legally justified in using force against a driver attempting to take a child over the parent's objection. There is no one-size-fits-all rule here because small changes in the fact scenario can lead to big changes in the result.
Q. There's no rent agreement and we pay no rent, I'm dealing with a jealous mother in law. That's trying to evict me
A: Yes, the owner can evict you if she follows the proper legal procedure. There are also legal steps you can take that will delay the actual eviction date... but this type of litigation will not be good for family relationships. Consult an attorney who focuses on "Landlord-Tenant" law.
Q. my son been arrested over a year ago for child molestation of his step daughter. Mother wish to drop all charges.
A: Relying on a court-appointed attorney is like playing Russian Roulette with your future... except with more than one bullet. That said, a cheap attorney won't be much better, and could even be worse. Expect a proper defense to cost at least as much as a new car.
Q. i need help I was arrested for posession state jail time and they have seized my truck
A: You need to hire a local criminal defense attorney. Choose someone that takes drug cases.
Q. Will I get charged if I want to change my statement in a DV case if I was the aggressor?
A: The two most obvious charges you could face in this type of situation are "Assault" and "False Report to a Peace Officer." However, just because they could charge you doesn't mean they will. They might not even believe your new statement. It will, however, increase the defendant's chances to win with a self defense justification.
Q. I was arrested on a warrant that was refused by the DA and was to be recalled by the issuing JP. Do I have any recourse?
A: Talk to a civil rights attorney that handles "Section 1983" lawsuits against the police. It sounds like Cedar Park just arrested on a warrant they found in the system, which is what the are supposed to do. The responsibility of recalling the warrant should have fallen to someone in the Grimes County. The cops generally have "sovereign immunity" in situations where they simply make mistakes, which means you can't sue them for money. However, they can be liable if they intentionally targeted you for mistreatment. My hunch is that they'll claim immunity based on a mistake, something like an assistant DA asked an investigator with the DA's office to work it out with the Sheriff's department and the magistrate that signed the warrant, but that something fell through the administrative cracks.
Q. Question about the report made on an arrest about 1 week
A: In many situations is it NOT in the defendant's best interest to rush a case to trial. For example, if the officer is poorly trained or otherwise prone to mistakes, then your defense attorney may need time to investigate the quality of the officer's work. There may be valid reasons to question the officer's reliability and credibility as a witness that won't be discovered if you rush. Talk to your criminal defense attorney about the pros and cons of invoking your right to a Speedy Trial.
Q. Can a lawyer I fired file a motion in my criminal case 2 mths after fired? I told the judge by ltr 1 mth prior to motion
A: Anyone could file anything into the public case file but they can't file on the defendant's behalf unless they actually represent the defendant in the case. There should be a court order releasing your fired attorney. Simply telling the judge isn't enough. Many judges won't release an attorney until there is a different attorney ready to officially become your attorney of record. If the case is still pending and progressing, the judge may REQUIRE your fired attorney to do certain work until the replacement attorney is accepted. If you told the judge you wanted to represent yourself (Pro Se) then the judge would have to issue a ruling withdrawing your original attorney before he or she is fully off the hook.
Q. While getting a ride from a friend he had gotten pulled and i end up getting arrested for possession of a controlled sub
A: I almost wonder if the word "citation" as used here does not refer to a traffic ticket but instead should be understood as "statutory citation" when means specifying the chapter and paragraph number of a law. In that context, the phrase "invalid statutory citation" sounds like an error message on a computer system. Imagine a situation where the alleged offense was "Criminal Mischief" but the clerk accidentally typed Penal Code 27.03 instead of 28.03 as the specific chapter and paragraph of the law that was supposedly violated. The Texas Penal Code does not contain a chapter 27. It goes straight from Chapter 25 to Chapter 28 without anything for 26 or 27. That means a statutory citation of Penal Code 27.XX is invalid for any value of XX. Now think about the computer that looks up your case and displays the results as a web page. If that computer displays the name of the offense based on the specific chapter and paragraph, but those values were typed incorrectly, then the web page might display "Improper Statutory Citation" instead of the name of the offense. You could contact the clerk's office and find out the actual offense on your case but it is probably a better idea to hire a local criminal defense attorney, especially since the driver was charged with POCS.
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The Pace Law Firm
401 Congress Ave
Suite 1540
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 480-9020
Fax: (512) 682-9020