Joseph Ruiz

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Joseph Ruiz was born in Spain and raised in Houston, Texas. He and his wife of 6 years are expecting their first child in November 2019. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2001 before obtaining his JD from the St. Maris University School of Law in 2004. He began his career working in civil litigation before transitioning towards his true calling—criminal defense. He is a member of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. He has published articles on trial tactics in HCCLA’s The Defender magazine. Joseph tried 300 jury trials in traffic, municipal, and JP courts before moving into the state court arena, where he's tried over 40 cases to verdict. He has secured numerous acquittals and has obtained over 500 dismissals for his clients. Most recently, he secured a not guilty verdict in Harris County for a young man in a .16 blood draw/accident, which led to a .266 blood draw dismissal on the eve of trial the following week. Before that, he won a contentious trial in Brazoria County for a client charged with deadly conduct after accidentally shooting someone with an AR-15. When he’s not competing in the courtroom, he enjoys competing on the basketball court.

Stories from Joseph Ruiz

Persuading Jurors to Accept a Disconnect Defense
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Overview of the Defense and Ground Zero

The DWI practitioner is familiar with the concept of the disconnect defense—the idea that if most, or all, of the evidence in a DWI case fails to match up with a really high alleged BAC (.16 or higher), there must be a problem with the reliability of