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J. Scott Peterson

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J. Scott Peterson is a native Texan who grew up in Dallas, attended college in Austin, and obtained his law degree in Houston.  He moved to Waco in 1986 to take a job with the McLennan County District Attorneys. He rose to the level of chief felony prosecutor during this time and has been in the private practice of law since leaving the DA’s Office.

Prior to law school, Scott worked for 3 years with the Austin State Hospital, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center, followed by 5 years of cancer research at the University of Texas. He obtained a Master’s degree in molecular genetics during this time. With this knowledge as a background, and guidance from his father, who was a criminal defense lawyer, Scott obtained his law degree in 1984.
Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

My client was indicted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, which is a life-altering charge. Through repeated efforts at gaining minute details about the case, and preparing a presentation for the prosecutors, we were able to show that the mom had made up the charges and that my client was innocent. The indictment was dismissed.

How did you build a successful practice?

I believe that honesty with clients is the most important thing. Some lawyers tell clients what the want to hear. I tell them what they need to hear. After making an objective analysis of the case, investigating the law and facts, and meeting with witnesses and the client, I make a complete, straight-forward recommendation. I do not sugar coat it. If my client follows my recommendation, they always come out better. On those occasions where my client rejects my recommendations, there is no judgment. I do my sworn duty to defend them on the path they choose, whether they want to pled guilty to something I recommend fighting or whether they want to fight a charge in which the evidence if very strong. By doing this my clients always know, no matter the outcome, that I gave proper advise, did not judge them, and gave it my all in their defense.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

Honest answers to honest questions, not hearing what you want to hear.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

Having spent 36 years in Waco, McLennan County, Texas courtrooms, and having practiced in about 30 counties in Texas, I can say that local knowledge is important for many cases but it depends on the charge and the type of proceeding. For revocation cases, I would definitely stay local. For big cases, such as murder or robbery charge that is going to trial, it more a matter of convenience to the lawyer and, if distance is a factor, there will be some additional travel expenses for the client. If someone is looking at life in prison this cost would not be of much importance.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

The potential punishment range for a charge, a person's rights, the steps one must go through in the process, including how long it usually takes, and a general idea of what it would cost.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

Pending Charge(s), County of the Charge, Prior Criminal History, if any, of the client, and some contact and basic background information about the client .

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

25 years ago, I was one of three lawyers in this county to convert my law practice from a general practice to a criminal law only practice . I have much more practice and experience in criminal law, especially in my county, than the average criminal defense lawyer.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Once I can gain the trust of my client, which is always a process, I feel good about our open and honest discussions that lead to the best course of action and the best outcome. I smile at night when I think about how my efforts changed someone's path for the better.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

I own a small ranch and constantly work with my hands. This keeps me out of trouble on the weekends. I have always been involved in organizations that help the community, like Lion's Club, Civic Theater, Youth Sports. My wife and I like to take one or two trips a year to see new things. During a normal work week, we often read or play card games in the evenings. On weekends, as a break from the ranch duties, we often take the dog for walk or visit a local park, activities that keeps our minds, bodies and souls healthy.

Are you involved in your community?

Yes, I have been active in organizations and in politics.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyScott Peterson, Attorney at LawWaco, TXPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Texas School of LawJ.D. Law School1983  
University of TexasMasters1981
University of TexasBachelors1978
State / Court Date
Texas1984
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers Association | President | 1999 - 2002
  • Scott Peterson met the requirements and passed the test to become a criminal law specialist in 1991. He has been recertified as a specialist every 5 years since.
  • Scott Peterson has participated in numerous jury trials – from DWIs to all types of felonies – and has handled over 5,000 criminal cases in his career.

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(1984) Licensed as Attorney in Texas. Verified with State Bar of Texas.January 11, 2021

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Criminal Law Specialist since 1991. Criminal defense representation since 1989. Prosecutorial experience 1986-88. Prior Professor of Criminal Law at U. Texas, Arlington. Prior President of McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn.

Fee: Offering free consultation. Call today to learn more about my fee structure.

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Language: English

Update Date: 2017-03-28

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J. Scott Peterson
100 N 6th St
Suite 600
Waco, TX 76701
31.556112,-97.133013

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Waco, TX 76701


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