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Phillip Wayne Goff

Phillip Wayne Goff

Zealously Protecting Criminal Defense Clients, Including Professional Drivers
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets
  • Texas
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Phillip W. Goff has been practicing criminal law in the Coastal Bend of Texas for over 20 years, working closely with clients to achieve the best results possible under their circumstances. He prides himself on over-performing and earning the respect and appreciation of his clients. Guilty or not guilty, you deserve respect and quality representation. This firm is dedicated to the vigorous defense of clients' rights. The government is trying to take away your liberty. It's time to get professional help. Phillip W. Goff realizes a criminal case is likely one of the most important events in your life, and it should be handled as such. Repercussions from a criminal case could harm you for years, even the remainder of your life.

His practice spans South Texas, including Kingsville, Sarita, Sinton, Rockport, Beeville,Refugio, George West, Hebbronville, Tilden, San Diego, Victoria, Laredo, Cuero,Goliad, Alice, Port Lavaca, Orange Grove, Robstown, Freer, Kleberg County,Kenedy County, Brooks County, Jim Wells County, San PatricioCounty, La Salle County, McMullen County, Goliad County, Refugio County, Aransas County, Duval County, Jim Hogg County, Live Oak County, Bee County,Dimmit County, Victoria County, Willacy County, Hidalgo County, Cameron County,Starr County, Webb County, Zapata County, Rio Grande City, Crystal City,Weslaco, Palmdale, Brownsville, Raymondville, La Joya, Falfurrias, Zapata, San Ygnacio, Point Comfort, South Padre Island, Port Isabel, Port Aransas, Ingleside, Benavides, Bruni, Sterling County, Val Verde County, Calhoun County, Maverick County, Uvalde County, Jackson County, Bastrop County, Bastrop, Smithville, Paige, McDade and more.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Tickets
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Office of Phillip W. Goff
- Current
Assistant County Attorney
Kleberg County Attorney's Office
Prosecuted crimes, juvenile cases, removal of children from dangerous conditions, mental health hearings, protective orders in domestic relationships
South Texas College Of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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Texas A&M University - Kingsville
B.A. (1990) | Communications/Political Science
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Activities: Texas A&I football team, Student Senate, The South Texan reporter and columnist, Presidential Ambassadors
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Professional Associations
Coastal Bend Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Officer - Director of Education and Technology
- Current
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Current
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National College for DUI Defense
General Member
- Current
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Corpus Christi Bar Association
Criminal Defense Bar Section
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Coastal Bend Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Current
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College of the State Bar of Texas
- Current
Activities: Organization for attorneys who voluntarily undergo several times the minimum required legal education.
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Texas State Bar # 00789316
- Current
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Kleberg-Kenedy County Bar Association
Member, former officer
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Speaking Engagements
Science Junk for Lawyers, Corpus Christi Bar Association, Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi Bar Association - Criminal Law Section
Discussed forensic science, legal requirements, laboratory standards, and testing.
Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist *NOT a lawyer designation
Institute of Consumer Financial Education
Legal Answers
33 Questions Answered

Q. If a person has an arrest record, but charges were never filed, how can they keep this record from showing up?
A: Expunction is the procedure to destroy or eliminate records relating to criminal charges. What you described may meet the requirements to qualify for expunction, but more information is necessary. If a person is arrested, but not formally charged in court, he/she may qualify for expunction. For example, if the arrest was 3 years ago, no charge was ever filed, and the charge is a misdemeanor, the person would be eligible for expunction. Expunction requires the filing of a civil lawsuit in the District Court of the county where the alleged offense occurred. The district judge has the authority to tell the jail to destroy or delete its records of the arrest.
Q. Is it against the law in tx for a 22 and 16 year old to date if there no sex involved in tx
A: Strictly speaking, the answer is yes. Good luck on convincing people you aren't having sex with her, though. If she claimed you had sex before she was 17, you could be in deep trouble. Most people I know likely wouldn't believe you, in my opinion. Nonetheless, in answering the question, "dating", whatever that means, is not, in and of itself, a crime.
Q. can the same felony enhancements that have been used in previous cases be used again on a new case?
A: Yes, assuming there are completely new cases. For instance, if you had a felony conviction in Dallas County, and it resulted in a prison sentence, it could be used to enhance a later felony in Tarrant County to a repeat felony offender status. If you were sentenced to prison in that case, then were released, then committed a new felony in Harris County, you would face habitual felony offender status because both the Tarrant County and the Dallas County convictions would be used to enhance the charge. The fact the Dallas County conviction was used against you in both of the later cases is contemplated by statute. There is no limitation how many times that Dallas conviction could be used to enhance you in later cases.
Q. if i live where marijuana is legal and get arrested while passing through where it is illegal for possesion?
A: Technically, there is little you have to use, in general. The jurisdiction (i.e. Colorado or a neighboring state) defines what it legal or illegal within its boundaries. The fact it is legal in one is no legal defense in another. It might have some social sway or other effect on negotiations with a prosecutor, but you are tough out of luck saying it's legal where you live.
Q. Received a citation for a photo light citation from august 28 2010 is there a statue of limitation
A: There is most definitely a statute of limitations, and it is 2 years. However, if you have already paid it, you are out of luck. If you can contact the court, you may attempt to withdraw your plea, but payment applied to the ticket pretty much puts an end to the case and makes it a conviction. You mentioned you "sent" payment. The only hope I would have is they didn't receive it. Contact the court and find out what happened. If it isn't paid already, hire a traffic attorney in your area.
Q. What circumstances would allow the DA to file Intoxication Manslaughter when the accused blew under the legal limit in T
A: Intoxication manslaughter could definitely be charged. The state must prove he was intoxicated during that time, and the intoxication caused the death. I'm surprised the police would offer him a breath test, rather than blood. Nonetheless, even a test under .08 does not necessarily mean the state will not charge him because .08 is only one way of proving intoxication, and it is known as "per se" intoxication. Another definition of intoxication is not having the normal use of his mental or physical faculties, which most people consider "impaired". Therefore, the circumstances and other evidence the state may have collected could substantiate a charge. A seasoned DWI attorney would best be able to use the <.08 result to your brother's advantage. I recommend you find and hire the absolute best DWI defense lawyer you can find. A good place to start looking is the National College for DUI Defense. He will very likely need an attorney for his parole matters, as he is especially vulnerable now.
Q. I have a cdl in texas got a dwi can I get a cdl in the state of oklahoma
A: I presume you have suffered a suspension, which is why you want to apply for a CDL in another state. As a rule, suspensions and other entries onto your driver license in one state are respected by other states through what is known as the "interstate compact". The compact effectively makes sure your driving record follows you from one state to another. Therefore, if you have a suspension in Texas, applying for a license in Oklahoma will mean they will honor the Texas suspension.
Q. Got DUI in CA moved to TX month later. Told not to show in CA court and would be guilty. Penalty would move 2 TX though.
A: You should consult with a CA attorney, whether one-on-one or on a forum like this. Texas attorneys are not usually in a position to advise you well on whether one choice is better than another for a CA case. There are many fine attorneys in CA for this kind of case.
Q. Someone intentionally hit my vehicle on my property with their business owned and insured truck. What lawyer?
A: You need to look for a general civil lawyer, not a criminal defense lawyer.
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