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Vonnie Clay Dones III

Vonnie Clay Dones III

Former Harris County Prosecutor-Experienced, Highly Skilled. Free Consultation!
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Entertainment & Sports Law ...
  • District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Texas
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Biography

Principal Attorney Vonnie Dones is the founder of Legalcleanup.com. The Law Firm of Vonnie C. Dones, III ESQ. at LegalCleanup.com is a general practice law firm. We offer legal services in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington D.C.

Dones worked as a Criminal Prosecutor for the Harris County District Attorney's Office prosecuting and managing thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases. Dones' caseload was approximately 2,600 cases.

Dones also worked as a Staff Attorney for the Earl Carl Institute at Thurgood Marshall College of Law supervising law students and representing juveniles in juvenile court adjudication matters throughout Harris County and surrounding counties.

Prior to forming Legalcleanup.com, Dones, as a legal assistant, assisted the Director of the City of Cleveland's Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs (FHCA) in representing and protecting Clevelanders from consumer scams, fraudulent business practices, and unfair and unequal treatment in housing.

Before receiving his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Dones was signed as a recording artist with Violator / Def Jam Recordings / Polygram Records. He worked with Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, and the late Chris Lighty, which he now draws upon to help his clients in entertainment law. Dones has worked in marketing, advertising, legal, and promotion with entertainment artists such as Soulja Boy, Teirra Mari, Roscoe Dash, Trina, and more. He is the founder of a marketing and entertainment promotions and booking agency, which has been endorsed by Rick Ross, T.I., Meagan Good, Kevin Hart, Tom Arnold, Jay Mohr, Henry Cho, Whitney Cummings, Chris Delia, Bun B, Young Young Jeezy, John Witherspoon, Lupe Fiasco, Vince Young, T-Pain, Paul Rodriguez, Keri Hilson, Trey Songz, Mario, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Mos Def, and more. Dones has over 20 years of experience in the music industry.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Entertainment & Sports Law
    Consumer Law
    Lemon Law
    Intellectual Property
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    25-33%
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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New Jersey
New Jersey Courts
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
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Texas
State Bar of Texas
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
The Law Firm of Vonnie C. Dones III, Esq.
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Assistant District Attorney
Harris County District Attorney's Office
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Staff Attorney
Earl Carl Institute at Thurgood Marshall College of Law
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Owner
Dones Management
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Legal Assistant
City of Cleveland - Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs (FHCA)
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Recording Artist / Producer / CEO / Manager
Violator / Def Jam / Polygram Records
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Education
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
J.D. | Law
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University of Houston - Main Campus
B.A. | English
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University of Houston - Main Campus
B.A. | Psychology
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Awards
20+ Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in New York City
Eastcoastlaws.com
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
2014-2016
Top Contributor Award
Avvo
2014, 2015
Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas  # 24105813
Member
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District of Columbia Bar
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New York State Bar Association
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New York City Bar Association
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New Jersey Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements
Impeachment / Character Evidence, Trial Evidence
Racial Justice & Equity, Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
Expunction, Post Conviction Relief
Juvenile Legal Representation, Representing Juveniles in Court
Criminal Defense: Police, Arrests, and Interrogation, Secondary DAEP
Juvenile Legal Representation, TRIAD JP Court Program
Juvenile Law, Overview of the Juvenile Justice System Process
Websites & Blogs
Website
LegalCleanup.com Website
Website
Criminal Defense in Texas
Website
Vonnie Clay Dones III Website Profile
Blog
LegalCleanup.com Blog
Legal Answers
37 Questions Answered
Q. Can I seal a DWI if I plead guilty to a misdemeanor B DWI but the original charge was a class A misdemeanor?
A: In Texas, if a person received a deferred adjudication for a misdemeanor offense that person may be eligible for a sealing (non-disclosure), but NOT an expungement, if it has been two years since their case was dismissed and have no other DADJs. For DWI misdemeanor convictions, the waiting period would be 2 or 5 years depending on the circumstances of their case. However, in your case, you are likely not eligible for a nondisclosure order because your blood alcohol level for your DWI was above .15.
Q. Can illegal search and arrest give the arrested possible legal or tort rights against cop or county?
A: The 4th and 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects citizens unreasonable searches and seizures without due process. A wrongful or false arrest is a violation of civil rights. Generally, cases are pursued under 42 U.S.C. 1983 in which you can sue the police officer (person arresting you) or the police agency. However, keep in mind, there is sovereign immunity and qualified immunity that can make it a challenge. You should consult with a civil rights attorney.
Q. Can I get my records sile if I was convicted
A: In Texas, whether you can have your record sealed (non-disclosure) will depend on whether you received a deferred adjudication, straight conviction, dismissal, etc. and type of charge. If you were convicted of a charge which included family violence that charge will not be eligible for a record sealing. If you were convicted of a felony that charge will not be eligible for a record sealing. Also, the length of time between your disposition and now and criminal history will also determine your eligibility.
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Contact & Map
The Law Firm of Vonnie C. Dones III, Esq.
43 W 43rd St #47
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (646) 758-0023
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The Law Firm of Vonnie C. Dones III, Esq.
10777 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77042
Toll-Free: (832) 699-5805
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours