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Austin's Premier Criminal Defense Law Firm

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We’ll go over your case and help you understand your case, your rights, and your options.

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Practice Areas & Case Types

We have experience in a range of criminal defense case types. We’re prepared to handle your case.

Our Team

Gunter, Bennett and Anthes, Attorneys at Law – Austin, TX
Christopher M. Gunter
AV Peer Review Rated through Martindale Hubbell™ Board Certified – Criminal Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1985 150+ jury trials tried to verdict Frequent lecturer on trial tactics
Alan Bennett
Baylor University, J.D., 1987 Marshall University, B.A., 1983
Meril 'Gene' Anthes Jr.
Gene is a board member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He’s also a member of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Williamson County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Barbara Jordan Inn of Court.

Client Reviews

We’re proud of our glowing reviews on Google and Yelp. Here’s what some of our clients have to say.

“Chris Gunter is a fine family attorney. I had the pleasure of interacting recently with his partner Gene Anthes. Gene was extremely kind, helpful and quick to respond to my needs. Thanks to everyone associated with this firm.”

Lee G.

“Gene was referred to me by a friend and I must say, I couldn’t be happier. Gene was very professional, exceptionally responsive and made me feel at ease with everything. He took the time to explain my options and was communicative every step of the way. He was always available for any questions along the way. Highly recommend.”

Hannan S.

“Gene is the best!!! He was my attorney for a case I had in 2015. He got everything settled, and still to this day assists me with any questions or legal matters regarding that same case. He always responds to emails and phone calls quickly. It truly feels like once you hire Gene he will help you for life. Rough situation that has been much more bearable with Gene and the whole firm at GBA. Thanks!!!”

Zach A.

“I was lost with my case and was told not to worry about it. After speaking with Gene Anthes he explained in detail how everything was going to work. He fought hard for me and won my civil case. I gave full trust to Gene and he delivered. Gene Anthes is an amazing lawyer and highly recommended. He went above and beyond to fight for me and always kept me informed. I never felt lost during the process. His partners even helped and showed true professionalism. Thank you so much Gene.”

David S.

Frequently Asked Questions

We base our fee on the complexity of the case. Most of our fees are flat fees. The client is responsible for attorney fees and expenses. We do not take incur expenses without the client’s permission. For some types of cases (especially those that are just in the investigation phase) we charge an hourly rate. If you’ve posted a cash bond that may be applied towards your fee.
Yes. We’re happy to discuss your particular financial situation.

Our goal is to avoid a conviction all together. Our secondary goal is to keep you out of jail. This question usually keeps clients awake at night. Without knowing the facts of the case and the criminal history of a client it’s difficult to answer. Generally, for first-time misdemeanor offenders with no criminal history the odds are pretty small that you’ll go to jail. For first-time felony offenders charged with a non-violent offense with limited criminal history also have pretty small odds that they’ll go to jail. The answer varies slightly from county to county.

Our phones are answered 24-hours a day for emergencies. We realize that it’s tough to ask off from work so you can meet with your criminal attorney. That tends to just cause issues with your employment. We’re happy to work around your schedule and can meet virtually or in person.
It depends on the case and whether it’s a felony or misdemeanor but generally cases are resolved in a year to 18 months. Some counties in Texas have a much longer delay and some move quick. Usually, a delay works out to a client’s advantage. We understand that having a criminal matter pending for a long period of time can be stressful. If it gets dismissed in the end, the delay was worth it.

GBA Firm
600 West 9th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 886-9454