Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Harris and Surrounding Counties

David A. Nachtigall is a Houston criminal defense lawyer who represents individuals facing criminal charges in state courts in Houston, Harris County, and surrounding areas including Galveston, Montgomery, Brazoria, Brazos, Liberty, and Chambers counties. David also represents individuals charged with federal offenses statewide.

Experienced Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer

As a former prosecutor, David handled thousands of criminal cases. There is simply no substitute for the type of experience in criminal law that is had be working as a prosecutor. As a criminal defense lawyer, David has helped hundreds of individuals in state and federal courts.

David represents individuals charged with crimes including:

  • Domestic Violence and Violation of a Protective Order
  • Computer and Online Crimes (breach of computer security, possession of child pornography)
  • Drug Crimes (possession and delivery of marijuana, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances)
  • Deferred Adjudication and Probation Violations
  • DWI
  • Assaultive Offenses
  • Shoplifting and Theft
  • Felony Violent Crimes (Aggravated Assault, Robbery / Aggravated Robbery, Murder)
  • Prostitution and Sexually Oriented Business Violations
  • Gun and Other Weapon Offenses
  • Gambling
  • Sex Offenses (Indecent Exposure, Sexual Assault and Aggravated Sexual Assault, Public Lewdness)

Board Certified Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer

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David is Board Certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the only distinction established by the State Bar of Texas that recognizes an attorney as a specialist in criminal law.  Unlike the many “awards” lawyers earn, board certification is certification awarded by the body that governs all lawyers (the State Bar) that a lawyer is an expert in a particular area of law.

David prides himself on availability and accessibility to clients, providing personal and detailed attention to each case, and working tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for the client under any set of circumstances.

Criminal Investigations

As a Houston criminal defense lawyer, David also represents businesses and individuals who have not yet been charged, but are under investigation or may soon be under investigation by a law enforcement agency. Having a qualified and experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer during the investigative phase of a criminal case may be the difference between whether or not charges are filed.

White Collar Crime

As a former white collar prosecutor, David has considerable experience with complex financial crimes including embezzlement, employee theft, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, and securities fraud. David has a deep understanding how these cases are investigated and prosecuted, and the knowledge and experience needed to deconstruct and root-out gaps in the government’s evidence.

Record Clearing and Sealing

For individuals seeking to clear their records, David understands the law and procedure related to petitions for nondisclosure and expunctions. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, David is able to provide counsel regarding eligibility and procedures for obtaining a nondisclosure or expunction.
For an excellent criminal defense lawyer in Houston, Texas, contact David Nachtigall to schedule a no-cost consultation to discuss your matter.


“David went above and beyond to help me in defense of a DWI charge. With his background as a prosecutor, he already knew the ins and outs of navigating through the process and was able to get me a better deal than I otherwise would have received. His hard work, open communication, dedication and intelligence are all very valuable for anyone in an unfortunate situation like I was. I couldn’t be more pleased with his representation and would definitely recommend him to anyone considering hiring an attorney.”
charged with Misdemeanor
“David was the first and only person I considered calling for legal advice for a friend in an unusual and complicated situation. His advice was spot-on accurate and the best solution. David is not only one of the smartest lawyers I know but he also has a unique grasp of the nuances involved in working with different personalities and negotiating on behalf of them. He can quickly synthesize various outcomes and options into a well-defined solution. He does it all with integrity, clarity and confidence that I’d want representing myself or a loved one.”
B.S., client under Felony Investigation
“Mr. Nachtigall is an exemplary attorney. Overall, he was always responsive to the various amount of questions I had, also he kept me informed on how things were looking during my case. I have spoken to plenty of attorneys, but Mr. Nachtigall seemed to stand out for his sincerity, his willing to make your case his responsibility and maintaining a positive attitude that seem to be hard to find nowadays.”
A.R., client charged with Felony
“Within my industry I consult with many lawyers and whilst on a business trip to Houston I required legal counsel and David was recommended to me. Initially David’s age surprised me; as it did not reflect his wealth of experience, local contacts and immediate control that he took of my case and me. David promptly providing sound, logical and concise legal counsel which demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the local system and the law. David has great integrity and a supreme confidence born from experience. A quiet man but with a firm, resolute character that enabled a professional court demeanour that when coupled with his succinct legal strategy provided for a most successful conclusion in court – Thank you David. I vouch for and strongly recommend David services, he is great lawyer.”
J.G., client charged with Misdemeanor
“David Nachtigall was my attorney for a DWI that I received in December of 2013. He really did a great job on my case. He was always very polite, prompt, and diligent when dealing with any questions that I had and he always took the correct steps to accomplish our desired outcome. Even though my case was stacked against me, he still was able to negotiate a DWI Pre-trial Intervention plea (which was the best and most realistic outcome considering the circumstances). Just to make things clear, the deal I received is not one that is easily ascertained. In fact, it took two tries to receive it. However, thanks to Mr. Nachtigall’s hard work and persistence, the deal went through. He never kept me in the dark about anything in reference to my case, he was not difficult to contact, and he always returned my phone calls as soon as possible or as soon as he had an answer to any question I asked (all of which are increasingly rare qualities in a busy lawyer). I can’t thank him enough for his help, and I would recommend David Nachtigall to anyone in need of a great, hard-working lawyer who knows how to get things done efficiently and effectively.”
J.C., client charged with Misdemeanor
“I was recently charged with assault on a peace officer which is a felon charge. I have never been in trouble with the law in my life. I was raised in a strict catholic house I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I hired David after dealing with a bad lawyer. He picked up the slack with no problem. David did everything in his power to get the charges dropped. I left with a misdemeanor charge and 6 months probation. David answered ALL of my phone calls & emails. He showed up to every court setting and didn’t send anyone for him. I would highly recommend David to anyone.”
J.U., client charged with Felony
“David Nachtigall is a true professional. He handled my case (a second degree felony) with such expertise that the charges were dropped. His experience as a former prosecutor proved to be a tremendous asset. He kept me well informed and provided much needed personal support. I highly recommend David for any legal need you may have.”
P.S., client charged with Felony
“I highly recommend criminal defense attorney David Nachtigall. While he represented my son, David consistently displayed a calm and professional demeanor, careful attention to detail, and thoroughly researched every aspect of a very complex and challenging criminal case. His ability to deduct the truth was commendable despite the complainants who kept changing their story. I am thankful we had David on our side. His previous experience working in the DA’s office was an advantage in understanding how the courts worked. I especially appreciated his compassion to stay in touch with us and that he was easily reachable when we had questions. If you need an attorney that will truly listen and fight for you, I recommend David Nachtigall.”
P.T., parent of child charged with Felony
“David is a consummate professional. Through a normal background check I found out I had a very old warrant, I attempted to call the county and they would’t even talk to me. It could have cost me my job. I contacted David (one of the challenges is I live 500 miles away); and he secured a dismissal the next day, saving my career. He cut right through the red tape. I’d highly recommend David to anyone!”
R.B., charged with Misdemeanor
David is one of the most polished, even tempered attorneys I’ve ever met. I was the defendant on a spurious criminal case and he carefully dissected each unsubstantiated allegation and was able to refute the basis for the charge itself (which was the intent to commit a crime). I have to say that he really made the prosecuting attorney look foolish by carefully researching and laying out the facts combined with his patient, even tempered demeanor. I also appreciated the fact that he knew the behind the scenes political motivations for why the prosecution in the D.A.’s office acted so illogically-he knows these people and their work environment, so he was able to use this to craft a winning strategy to get my case dropped.
J.B., charged with Felony
“I was recently traveling on business in Houston and was caught with a tiny amount marijuana. All it takes in Texas is half a joint and you are in a world of hurt. Dumb mistake on my part. Let me be the first to advise everyone in a similar situation, you will need strong representation. The Houston court system is beyond challenging and unbelievably confusing. What I thought was no big deal could’ve meant losing my license, probation, and possibly more jail time. Typically people hate attorneys, David saved me in a huge way. He treated me like a friend and always kept me posted on the status of my case. He was willing to work with me due to my work schedule and he came to his office, before it even opened, to meet me. Because of his experience and persistence my case was dropped. I am so thankful I found him and would highly recommend his service. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.”
J.W., client charged with Misdemeanor

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