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Kiele Linroth Pace

Kiele Linroth Pace

The Pace Law Firm, P.C.
  • Domestic Violence, Criminal Law
  • Texas
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At The Pace Law Firm, we focus on defending people accused of domestic assault in and around Austin, Texas. Our mission is to provide the highest quality representation and the best possible result for each client.

To achieve these goals, we have a team of skilled professionals who understand that successful attorney-client relationships are built on communication, trust, and compassion. We care about our clients and take the time to listen to their concerns.
Our Clients Are Good People

We do not represent common criminals. Our clients are the type of people who plan for their futures and generally make good decisions in life. Being accused of a crime is one of the most stressful situations that many of them have ever faced.

Our clients also understand that a conviction on their criminal records will do permanent damage to their reputations, their careers, and their futures. They are good people that cannot afford to NOT to be represented by an exceptional defense team that focuses on defending people accused of domestic assault.

Practice Areas
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
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    We focus on defending people accused of domestic assault in and around Austin, Texas. Our mission is to provide the highest quality representation and the best possible result for each client. We do not represent common criminals. Our clients are the type of people who plan for their futures and generally make good decisions in life. They are good people that cannot afford to NOT to be represented by an exceptional defense team that focuses on defending people accused of domestic assault.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
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5th Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder and Director
The Pace Law Firm, P.C.
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I defend people accused of domestic assault in Austin, Texas. My mission is to provide the highest quality representation and the best possible result for each client.
Education
University of Texas - Austin
J.D. (2000) | Doctor of Jurisprudence
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Honors: Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic
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University of Texas - Austin
B.B.A. (1997) | Managment Information Systems
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Awards
Client's Choice - Domestic Violence
Avvo
Fellowship
Texas Bar Foundation
Professional Associations
American Inns of Court
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Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Texas State Bar  # 24032810
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Competency Questionnaire
Voice for the Defense
Speaking Engagements
The Ethics of Handling Client Funds, Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Travis County Women Lawyers Association
Certifications
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Austin 2016 - 2018
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Websites & Blogs
Website
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Austin Justice
Legal Answers
1645 Questions Answered
Q. What can I do about a bad lawyer?
A: It sounds like you have already taken the proper steps by documenting your communications and approaching the judge. Many court-appointed lawyers are overworked and underpaid. Client communications are time-consuming and are not always helpful to the attorney's preparation of a defense. For example, if the charged offense is Injury to a Child, but the alleged victim's birthday is such that they do not meet the statutory definition of a child, then discussions regarding the defendant's version of events are not particularly relevant to the defense strategy. It is possible that your attorney has a great defense planned but just hasn't been able to make time to discuss it with you. Although the courts do require criminal defense attorneys to develop a strategy, there is no requirement that it be the best strategy or, frankly, even a good strategy. Unfortunately, bad is good enough. Obviously, there are some cases where the attorney's understanding of the client's version of events is absolutely crucial to developing a defense strategy, but the courts typically give attorneys a lot of discretion to determine which cases are which. Appointed defense attorneys often don't make enough money from each case to invest much time in an activity that may not be necessary and often they don't even make enough money to hire enough office staff to serve as contact points for clients. The net result of all this is that client communication is one of the first things to suffer for court-appointed criminal defense attorneys. This question is marked "Georgia" but it is posted in the Texas forum. If the case was filed in Georgia, you should try reposting your question under that state because there may be state-specific procedures that are not available in Texas. If the case is actually in Texas, you can ask your attorney to review all of the evidence obtained in the Discovery process. Your attorney is prohibited by law from giving you copies, but you are allowed to review it after the attorney redacts certain required personal details of other people mentioned in the documents. Then you could provide your attorney with your own recorded recollections of the incident in as much detail as you can manage. You can send this via email and at least your attorney will have it when developing her strategy, even if there isn't much communication about it. If your financial circumstance change then you should consider hiring a better attorney. If you go this route, be aware that the cheapest attorneys are also overworked and underpaid, so you'll likely have the same problem with one of those. In fact, many of the cheap attorneys are the EXACT SAME ATTORNEYS who take court-appointed cases... so you can expect a similar dynamic to exist with them.
Q. Does getting a subpoena mean you will definitely have to testify?
A: A regular subpoena is a court order to appear and be prepared to give honest testimony. A subpoena duces tecum is a court order to provide evidence (typically documents) and it may specify a deadline that is before whatever trial or court setting where the evidence might be used to give the attorneys an opportunity to review it and perhaps make follow-up requests.
Q. Hello I filed a false report on someone and they had charges pressed. I recently was charged with filing a false report
A: The prosecutor is not REQUIRED to drop the charges against the other person but it would be foolish not to drop them unless your retraction did not cover all of the criminal behavior alleged against the other person. For example, if your retraction statement said "he threatened to chop me up with a sword but he didn't actually do it" then he could still be prosecuted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
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The Pace Law Firm
401 Congress Ave
Suite 1540
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 480-9020
Fax: (512) 682-9020
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
901 South Mopac Expressway Building 1, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78746
Telephone: (512) 480-9020
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Emergency calls for people arrested in Travis County, Texas are answered 24-7-365.