Chris McKinney

Board Certified Houston Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a crime is a matter of life and liberty.  And in a criminal justice system that seems like a tangled web of laws, constitutional rights, and potential punishments, the complexity of what you're up against only multiplies your mental and emotional distress.  Good news, it doesn't have to.

Christopher M. McKinney is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Chris is a former felony Special Crimes Prosecutor in Houston, Harris County, Texas, the third largest county in America.  During his 5 1/2 year tenure as a special crimes prosecutor, Chris prosecuted the most serious criminal accusations.  Chris understands the seriousness of your situation.  His promise to you is this:  He will help you understand what you're up against, he will fight for you in your time of need, and he will obtain the best possible results.

Chris approaches every case with the relentless mentality that our clients always come first, that every problem has a solution, and that he will never be out-worked by the government's lawyers. 

Personalized Aggressive DWI & Board Certified Criminal Defense

Chris has handled thousands of cases from DWI and drug possession to intoxication manslaughter and murder as well as most everything in between. Chris understands that being charged with any crime has the potential to affect your life in a big way.  That's why he is committed to providing you the most aggressive and honest criminal defense.

When your life is on the line, you deserve the best. 

In 2017, Christopher M. McKinney was chosen as the only prosecutor in Harris and Montgomery Counties to receive the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Prosecutor Service Award for his excellence in and out of the courtroom out of hundreds of other prosecutors.  Chris takes this same relentless worth ethic, experience and expertise as a prosecutor to criminal defense, to his client's advantage.

Aggressive defense starts with exceptional experience

Chris spent years in the Harris County District Attorney's Office Vehicular Crimes Division, an elite group of prosecutors whose sole responsibility is the investigation and prosecution of DWI offenses resulting in serious bodily injury or death, i.e. intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter. 

Chris was entrusted to train DWI and crash investigators as well as other prosecutors handling these serious cases because of his expertise and experience. 

Chris also has extensive experience in all types of criminal cases, including but not limited to:

  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI and DUI)
  • DWI with a Child Passenger under 15 years old
  • Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Hit and Run (Failure to Stop and Render Aid (FSRA))
  • Hit and Run (Failure to Stop and Give Information (FSGI))
  • Racing Causing Death or Serious Bodily Injury (SBI)
  • Manslaughter
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide
  • Murder
  • Evading Arrest or Detention
  • Drug Possession
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grand Jury Investigations

As a former serious felony crimes prosecutor, his experience protects your freedom and allows him to be one step ahead of the government in your defense.  

Proven success in the courtroom 

Sometimes cases cannot be resolved favorably, but that doesn't mean it's time to throw in the towel. Chris McKinney has successfully tried dozens of cases to juries and is not afraid of a fight.

Chris' success comes from being prepared for everything and surprised by nothing.

Protect Your Rights Today

If you or someone you love is facing a criminal charge there isn't any time to waste.  An aggressive criminal defense is the most important protection for your life and your liberty. 

Past Employment

Harris County District Attorney's Office, Houston, Texas

Assistant District Attorney, August 2012 – April 2018

Vehicular Crimes Division

Felony Prosecutor


South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas

Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D).

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, May 2009

Honors & Advocacy

Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law, 2018

National College for DUI Defense

  • Faculty Member, April 2021

South Texas College of Law Mock Trial and Moot Court

  • National Order of the Scribes – American Society of Legal Writers, April 2012
  • South Texas Top 2L Advocate – Hagan, Noll & Boyle Advocacy Award, May 2011
  • Finalist, Best Brief Runner Up – Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, February 2011
  • Semi-Finalist, Eighth Best Speaker – T. Gerald Treece Summer Mock Trial Academy, Summer 2010
  • Quarterfinalist, Best Brief Runner Up – Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, February 2012
  • Quarterfinalist – Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Tournament, November 2010
  • Octofinalist, Eleventh Best Brief – Garland-Walker Moot Court Tournament, October 2010
  • Octofinalist – Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, March 2012
  • Fifth Best Brief – National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, November 2011


2016 MADD Prosecutor Service Award for Harris and Montgomery Counties, Presented April 27, 2017

Teaching and Speaking

Handling a DWI Case in Texas (2021 Edition) -- Court Processes and the DWI Trial, MyLawCLE, December 21, 2021

Everything Civil Lawyers Need to Know About DWI, Houston Bar Association, September 17, 2021

Attacking the Hospital Blood Test 2021 Winter Session--From Interview to Verdict: Trying Serious Bodily Injury and DUI Death Cases, National College for DUI Defense, January 16, 2021

DWI Trial Tactics, 26th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence, National College for DUI Defense / Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 5, 2019

Roll-Call Refreshers – Crash Line and Hit and Run, Houston Police Department Vehicular Crimes Division

Blood Basics and Backing it Up in Court, Harris County Sheriff's Office Drug Recognition Expert Recertification

South Texas College of Law Mock Trial Coach:

  • Stetson University College of Law, National Pretrial Competition, Fall 2012
  • George Mason University, John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition, Spring 2012

Bar Admissions

 Texas - Board Certified--Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2018

Contact Us Today

If you are facing DWI or other criminal charges in Texas, contact our office today to discuss your case, so we can begin working on your defense. Please provide only your personal email and cell phone number so that we can immediately and confidentially communicate with you.