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Career & Services of Mike Trent

About Mike

Mike Trent has been licensed to practice law since 1994. He began his career as a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and rose to the rank of felony chief before leaving in 2008. Mike practices criminal law almost exclusively and has handled tens of thousands of criminal cases, ranging from class C misdemeanors to capital offenses.

Mike went to the University of Texas at Austin for both his undergraduate degree and law school.

Michael Trent

He graduated with a B.A. in English with honors and liberal arts honors in 1991, then graduated from law school in 1994, after receiving the Order of Barristers, the highest honor one can receive for advocacy in law school. Mike was a member of both the Criminal Law Mock Trial Team and the National Mock Trial Team and also served as an officer on the Board of Advocates.

As an attorney, Mike is a published author and has received numerous awards and honors. He has spoken at many different seminars and conventions and is frequently asked to speak on various topics of interest to attorneys and other professionals. He is board-certified in criminal law, which means he is an expert in this specialized area.

Mike is well known at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center and elsewhere and has a reputation for getting excellent results for his clients. Mike has tried hundreds of jury trials, and prosecutors and judges alike know that Mike can back up what he says in the courtroom, if necessary. Mike is widely regarded as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the Houston area.

Results

A Sampling of Recent Results

 

Case                                                                                       Result

 

Assault – Bodily Injury                                                   Not Guilty

Prostitution                                                                   Dismissed

Disorderly Conduct – Displaying Firearm                     Dismissed

Aggravated Sexual Assault                                           Mistrial (Hung Jury)

Aggravated Assault                                                      Dismissed

Possession of a Controlled Substance with

Intent to Deliver, 4-200 grams                                     Dismissed

Terroristic Threat                                                          Dismissed

Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1-4 grams       Dismissed

Assault on a Family Member                                        No-billed by Grand Jury

Resisting Arrest                                                             Dismissed

DWI                                                                               Not Guilty

Failure to Stop and Give Information                            Dismissed

Assault on a Family Member                                         Dismissed

DWI                                                                                Dismissed

Injury to a Child                                                             Dismissed

Murder                                                                           Dismissed

Delivery of a Controlled Substance                               Dismissed

Assault on a Family Member                                         Not Guilty

DWI                                                                                Dismissed

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon                  No-billed by Grand Jury

Possession of a Weapon – School Zone                        Dismissed

Criminal Trespass                                                           Not Guilty

Aggravated Robbery                                                     Dismissed (after hung jury)

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon                  Dismissed

Credit Card Abuse                                                         Dismissed

Evading Arrest (Motion to adjudicate)                          Dismissed

Tampering with Witness                                                Dismissed

Indecency with a Child                                                  Charges Declined

Possession of a Controlled Substance,                 

less than 1 gram                                                            Dismissed

Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle                           Dismissed

Injury to a Child                                                             Dismissed

DWI                                                                                Dismissed

Assault on a Family Member                                         No-billed by Grand Jury

Criminal Mischief                                                           Dismissed

Robbery                                                                         Dismissed

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon                  No-billed by Grand Jury

Criminally Negligent Homicide                                     Charges Declined

Murder                                                                          Dismissed

Tampering with Evidence                                              Dismissed

Prostitution                                                                   Dismissed

Failure to Stop and Give Information                           Dismissed

Intoxication Manslaughter                                           Hung Jury

Philosophy

The fundamental job of a trial lawyer is to persuade: Persuade prosecutors, persuade judges, persuade juries and grand juries if necessary. This is what an accused citizen hires a lawyer to do - persuade someone not to prosecute them, either by way of dismissal, no-bill, or acquittal. Or, in some cases, persuade someone to treat them with leniency.

Mike Trent is familiar with the Art of Persuasion. He knows what arguments and approaches are most effective with prosecutors, judges, petit juries, and grand juries. He believes in using the Art of Persuasion to secure good outcomes for his clients.

Many less-experienced lawyers like to brag noisily about how aggressive they are going to be, and how they are going to intimidate the prosecutors and push the government around. They promise to fight for your rights aggressively. Mike believes in speaking softly but carrying a big stick. There are times when being assertive and aggressive is the right approach, but even then Mike doesn’t need to boast or bluster because his reputation precedes him. Prosecutors know that Mike knows what he is doing, and the fact that he can back up what he says in the courtroom – where it counts – is more persuasive than a thousand shouted TV commercials. Mike is an experienced tactician. He knows not only the Art of Persuasion but also the Art of War. Lawyers who like to talk a big ballgame and show off for their clients in court are more often than not giving the prosecutors valuable information and advanced warning. Mike believes in the element of surprise. Mike prefers to listen and learn and keep his adversary guessing. Mike thinks that a good attorney shouldn’t dig his heels into the ground until he has surveyed the battlefield and has found a position he likes.

Mike is honest. Some lawyers only tell their clients what the clients want to hear. Then, when things go horribly wrong later, they just shrug as the client is led away in handcuffs. Mike tells it like it is. He does not sugarcoat anything. If the situation is bad, the client needs to know it so they can make an intelligent decision, and it is their decision to make. When you are his client, Mike believes in working for YOU. He will give you the benefit of his wisdom, experience, advice, and expertise, but he is not the high-and-mighty lawyer who is going to tell you what to do. In the end, if you are his client, the most important decision before you, whether to plead “Guilty” or “Not Guilty,” will be yours. Mike will follow your orders and support your decision 100%.

Mike genuinely cares about his clients. Unlike some lawyers who give the profession a bad name, Mike is not there to take the money and run. He goes the extra mile to ensure your satisfaction. He is rated as “Superb” and a Top Attorney for Criminal Defense on Avvo.com, with all, 5-star ratings from his clients.

Awards, Honors, Publications

Avvo Rated “Superb” – Top Attorney, Criminal Defense 2011- present
Houstonia Magazine “Top Lawyers in Houston” 2013
Anti-Defamation League “No Place for Hate” Award 2007
Harris County Child Abuse Task Force Distinguished Speaker 2006
M.A.D.D. Distinguished Service Award 2001
ORDER OF BARRISTERS 1994
Dean’s List 1989 - 1991
College Scholar 1989 - 1990
National Merit Scholar 1988
Presidential Scholar 1988
Co-Author Investigation and Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse Austin - TDCAA (4nd Edition) 2007
"A Horrific Case of Medical Child Abuse" The Texas Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 4. Austin - TDCAA 2008
"Heart of Darkness" The Texas Prosecutor, Vol. 37, No. 1. Austin - TDCAA 2007
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