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J. Craig Jett

Of Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • State and Federal
  • Appellate
  • Remedies
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Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • State and Federal
  • Appellate
  • Remedies

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981

Professional Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 2007 to 2008
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Officer and Board Member, 1997 to 2007
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Officer and Board Member, 1994 to 1996
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, Chair, 2002 to 2004
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President, 1994 to 1995
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section Council, Chair, 2009 to 2010
  • Criminal Law Advisory Commission to TBLS, 2013 to Present
  • Dallas County Criminal Bar Association, 1989
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 1984 to 1985
  • State Bar of Texas, 1977 to Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1978 to Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, 1978 to Present
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1978 to Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1987 to Present
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2000 to Present
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association, 1995 to Present


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1977
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Major: Government


  • Texas Monthly Super Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
  • AVVO Rating of 10
  • Outstanding Young Men of America - 1984
  • Who's Who In American Law 1985-1986

Classes / Seminars

  • Author/Speaker for State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2003 (eye-witness identification), 2006-2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 (Texas child abuse case law, discovery and procedure), 2019 (Expert Witnesses And Challenging Expert Testimony).
  • Author/Speaker/Course Director for Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, various years and topics, 1992-2016, including evidence, extraneous offenses, impeachment, discovery in criminal cases, discovery and evidence in child abuse cases, voir dire, pre-trial motions, recorded evidence, eye-witness identification and ethics.
  • Author/Speaker for Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Law and All That Jazz, “Effective Voir Dire In Child Abuse Cases,” 2007.
  • Speaker for Center For American and International Law, Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation, “Attacking Expert Testimony In Child Abuse Cases,” 2010 and 2011; “Discovery in Texas Criminal Cases,” 2014; Investigation Discovery & Development of Evidence In Defense of Child Abuse Cases, 2016; Child Injury & Death – A Program For the Defense, “Pre-Trial Motions & Discovery,” 2018; Jury Selection And Communicating With Juries, “Voir Dire In A Child Sexual Assault Case”, April 5, 2019; Program On Chapter 38 of Texas Code of Crim. Pro.-A Program For the Defense, “Extraneous Crimes, Wrongs and Acts”, May 14, 2019.
  • Speaker for Local Bar Associations: Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, New Legal Issues: Discovery and Evidence In Criminal Cases In 2014; San Antonio Bar Assn. And San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn., Preparation & Trial In Defense of Child Abuse Prosecutions, 2015; Hidalgo County Bar Association, Investigation, Discovery & Trial defending Child Abuse Cases, 2016.
  • Speaker for Joint Meeting of North Texas Society For Psychiatric Physicians and Dallas Psychoanalytic Center, “Privileges, Duties and Subpoenas,” October 2014.
  • Speaker for Forensic Group of Dallas, legal panelist, “Neuroscience/ Neuroimaging: What It Is, Using It In Court,” 2017; Use and Admissibility of the Psychological Autopsy, Sept 2018.
  • Faculty Member, Texas Criminal Trial College, various years to 2016.
  • Legal Panelist, Texas Voices Conference, 2018

Published Works

  • Co-Author, TCDLA State Criminal Forms Disc., 2000.
  • Co-Author, AdmittingScientific Evidence Relating to Identification, Voice For the Defense, 2002.
  • Co-Author, Texas Criminal Trial Rules, for TCDLA M.P. “Rusty” Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2016.
  • Author, “Hot Legal Issues In Child Abuse Cases,” Voice For The Defense, July/August, September and October, 2010.
  • Author, “DWI Enhancements and the Unjudgment,” Voice For the Defense, December 2000.
  • Author, “Prosecutorial Misconduct and Double Jeopardy,” Voice For the Defense, November 1998.
  • Author, “Beyond A Reasonable Doubt: the Undefinition,” Voice For the Defense, March 2015.
  • “Crime and Punishment” (video-tape) (co-writer, co-director, actor), for Dallas Bar Association, 1983.

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Upsilon

Representative Cases

  • Argued Dixon v. United States, United States Supreme Court, 2006

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1986