A Battle-Tested Criminal Defense Lawyer
Former Felony Prosecutor & Chief Prosecutor
Nathaniel Pitoniak is a former Felony Prosecutor & Chief Prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Now he focuses his practice exclusively on the aggressive defense of people charged with crimes.
Nathaniel Pitoniak knows there are constant developments throughout each case and because of this, he makes himself available to his clients all the time. Pitoniak Law is on-call and available to you no matter the situation.
Quality not Quantity
Pitoniak Law Firm is not a volume practice. We don't strive to get a high volume of cases because we want to provide a high quality of work. With over ten years in practice, Nathaniel Pitoniak has extensive trial experience and talent. He received a not guilty verdict on a client charged with a serious felony facing 25 years to life in prison.
Relationship & Focus-based
Every case that Nathaniel Pitoniak takes on is treated with the same focus and sound legal representation necessary to effectively defend your case. Pitoniak Law strives to build relationships with every client and defend their case with the goal of winning.
Nathaniel Pitoniak is a former Felony Prosecutor and Chief Prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office who has practiced law for over a decade. He is a fierce advocate who has tried tough cases and achieved great results. Through hard work and preparation, combined with his experience of how the prosecutor’s office works, Nathaniel has obtained dismissals, favorable reductions to lesser offenses, or pre-trial diversions without the necessity of trial. He has represented people from many different backgrounds including working class people, veterans, and professionals such as doctors, business people, and pharmacists. He frequently represents non-citizens facing potential immigration consequence.Learn More
Grandson’s felony reduced to Traffic Ticket
Always available to answer questions. Our grandson backed into and off-duty police officer and we so wanted our grandson to not have a felony conviction. He was diligent in gathering evidence to make this happen. He was able to work to well with prosecutors for a good outcome. The judge said he had not seen a deal like this before.
Hiring Mr. Pitoniak was the best decision I made for myself
I hired Mr. Pitoniak fairly late into my case, because I was getting fed up with the lawyer I hired originally. Best thing I could have ever done for myself. My previous and original lawyer did not care about my well being or best interests. I am a licensed medical professional who developed a substance abuse problem, and suffered legal consequences as a result. Despite my addiction, I always upheld strong moral values in all other aspects of my life. Not only did Nathaniel literally help save my life by convincing me to seek the treatment I didn’t realize I needed to stay alive, but he also took time to study my case very thoroughly so that he could represent me so remarkably before the judge. He did such a fantastic job, and is viewed very respectably in the courtroom, that the judge decided to grant a deferred adjudication- something that was initially rejected by the prosecution. Had I stayed with my original lawyer that I hired before I hired Nathaniel, I would have never been so fortunate, nor would I have had a chance at staying sober to this day. Nathaniel was extremely on top of everything every step of the way, and never let anything slip through the cracks. He is an extremely passionate, sharp, and determined lawyer who genuinely cares about his work and his clients’ well-being.
Treated me like I was his only client
Needed an defense attorney due to a sting operation in Houston. I was from out of town and had many questions about if I would be going to jail, fined, etc. Nathaniel took my calls every time and assured me he would work to get me the best outcome. He was consistent in keeping me abreast of what is going on and what the next process would be. He was also at every court date and he told the judge every time that he was my representation. In the end he got me a pretrial diversion and this can be removed from my record. Better than I could of ever asked for.
Case dismissed & Deportation Averted
When my husband and father of our baby got arrested, I was really worried that he would get deported. I chose Nathaniel to represent him because he seemed to care and to have a lot of experience. He told us what to expect without promising anything and knew what evidence was needed to help our case. He presented our case and seemed to be friendly with the prosecutors and court people, who dismissed my husband’s case. Anybody looking for a lawyer should hire Nathaniel. My husband and I are truly grateful for all of his help.
Son’s Case Quickly Dismissed
My son made a bad decision in a moment of anger and was arrested over it. He admitted to doing it and I was worried what impact his case would have on his future. Nathaniel never promised any results to me, but it was clear that he knew exactly what the prosecutors would be looking for to justify a dismissal, and got to work quickly on the file before court, e-mailing the prosecutors with evidence and stopping by to chat with them to show what actually happened. He was able to show the whole story of the circumstances leading to my son’s arrest, and the prosecutor dismissed his case on the first setting. I recommend Nathaniel Pitoniak to anyone looking to hire a criminal defense lawyer.
One of the greatest lawyer out there.
I was on felony probation when I picked up a misdemeanor case. I was worried about the effect the misdemeanor might have on my probation–whether they would revoke my probation and send me to prison. Nathaniel gave me clear directions on how to collect evidence and what to expect, and was able to get my case dismissed after he discussed my case with the prosecutor. His fee was very reasonable. I recommend Nathaniel to anybody looking for a criminal defense lawyer
Pre-Trial Intervention on an Employee Theft
I had never been arrested before and was frightened about the prospect of going to jail. The prosecutor’s office’s policy was that I was not eligible for a deferred adjudication, so the case would have stayed on my record forever, preventing me from ever getting a good job. I was very worried during this process, but Nathaniel always made himself available to speak with me and put me at ease. Nathaniel worked hard to show the prosecutors what kind of person I was and worked with the people who knew me to prepare the necessary evidence. Nathaniel was able to get me a three-month pre-trial intervention, which is basically a three month reset after which my case is dismissed and I can get it expunged. Although I did not have to plead guilty, when we went before the judge he told me that this is a very rare and good deal and said my lawyer had done a good job. I recommend Nathaniel to anyone seeking a criminal defense lawyer.
I cannot thank Mr. Pitoniak enough for pretty much saving my young life from being labelled a criminal. It is because of him I will be able to put all of this behind me for the rest of my life. Not only a great attorney, but a great man.
Felony Assault Case Dismissed
I am fifty five years old, had a clear criminal history, and was charged with a Felony Assault case. I was scared–my job was on the line. I was also afraid of the possibility of going to prison. I hired Nathaniel and he started work quickly. During his investigation, he discovered evidence proving my innocence. He brought this to the attention of the prosecutors who happily dismissed my case. I think it was helpful that he talked to all the people who knew me to guide them through how to prepare an affidavit for my case. My case was dismissed on his first appearance because of all the work he did out of court.
Mr. Nathaniel Cary Pitoniak
I had no criminal record and I was facing serious immigration consequences if I plead guilty to the crime I was charged with. Nathaniel Pitoniak promised he would do his best for me and worked heard to gather evidence proving what kind of person I was.This case was very important to me because it had serious immigration consequences for me and my family. If I had plead guilty to the crime I was charge with. I would have faced deportation, even if I had taken a deferred adjudication.Nathaniel was able to persuade the prosecutors to grant me pre trial intervention,which was protected my immigration status. I recommend Nathaniel Pitoniak to anyone who wants a hard working and effective criminal defence attorney.
I was dealing with an evading arrest case have never been arrested before. I was treated unfairly by the police as well as profiled. Nathaniel worked tirelessly to fight for me and get my evidence from the arresting police department. Nathaniel convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case after repeated conversations and extensive review of the evidence. Resulting in my dismissal. I would recommend him to anyone in need of an excellent lawyer.
I employed Mr.Potoniak for my fraud defense case.Mr.Potoniak handled my case with timely fashion and great ethics.
Mr.Potoniak assured my confidence of the satisfactory verdict, and my case was in fact dismissed and concluded to my satisfaction.
His investigative skills were utilized to the best benefit of my case.
Furthermore,Mr potoniak continually kept me informed before during and after my hearing dates of all necessary procedures.
I strongly recommended Mr.Potoniak for any future legal matters for myself family and friends.
Nathaniel went above and beyond to represent my daughter. She is only 17 and thrown into an adult situation and lost. He really took the time to get her to understand the process, what to expect, and where to go after he was able to get the case dismissed. It was not easy because she had just received another case in another county. He set the right expectations of the outcome and made her feel very comfortable about what her options were. He was always willing to take her calls and address her concerns and even consulted her after it was resolved about where to go from here. He will be the first person I think of if I or anyone I know is ever in need of representation.
Reason I hired Nathaniel was due to the fact that out of 35 advertisements, he was the only one that didn’t guarantee a verdict which is great because it’s honest. Hired him Tuesday, received a call Thursday letting me know next month’s case was dismissed; it was awesome. Plus, communication was super effective unlike other lawyers with too many cases on their hands. Highly recommend.
Felony Case Dismissed
I was arrested on a felony tamper with evidence charge. Out of 30 years of my life, I never been arrested. This was a very stressful and scary situation. However, Nathaniel has made this process so relieved and less stressful. He definitely gave 100 percent in my case. From the 1st conversation to the last he has fought for my justice. I don’t think if I hired another attorney I would have gotten the same results. I would recommend anyone with any criminal charges to him.
Former Harris County prosecutor Nathaniel Pitoniak knows the court system, and understands your situation.
Criminal defense services:
- DWIAre you facing a DWI charge in the Houston area? If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance, an experienced DWI attorney can protect your rights, but it is essential to retain an attorney quickly.
Experienced Houston DWI lawyer Nathaniel Pitoniak can help you to minimize or avoid fines and jail time, or even avoid a conviction for DWI, and can help you retain the ability to drive legally by contesting a drivers license suspension or by helping you to get an occupational drivers license so that you can drive your vehicle.
- Felony CrimesHave you been charged with a felony in Texas? Houston felony lawyer Nathaniel Pitoniak has prosecuted felony cases on behalf of the state of Texas. He has also successfully defended clients charged with violent felonies, drug crimes, sexual assault and other serious felony charges that can carry heavy fines and long prison sentences.
He understands what motivates felony prosecutors and juries, and is familiar with local courts and law enforcement. He will skillfully negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf, and aggressively defend your rights and your freedom in a courtroom.
- Drug CrimesAre you facing drug charges? The state of Texas has legislated some of the harshest penalties for drug crimes in the United States.
If you find yourself faced with drug charges, including possession, sales, distribution, trafficking or manufacturing of narcotics, Houston drug defense attorney Nathaniel Pitoniak will protect your rights and help you protect your freedom, by structuring a defense strategy to help you get the lightest sentence possible, have your charges reduced, or even dismissed.
- Sex CrimesHave you been charged with a sex crime? Sex crime charges are very serious, as are the potential penalties, including long prison sentences (up to life) and heavy fines. The sex offender registry can also make it very difficult to get work or even find a place to live.
Houston sexual assault attorney Nathaniel Pitoniak knows that emotional testimony can sometimes lead to the conviction of an innocent person. It is important to choose an attorney who knows the court system, and knows how to demonstrate reasonable doubt in the face of serious accusations.
- Assault / Family ViolenceFacing assault charges? Assault charges can result in serious jail time, penalties, and long term loss of rights.
If you've been charged with an assault crime such as family violence, assault or aggravated assault, Houston assault lawyer Nathaniel Pitoniak will aggressively defend you in court, and negotiate with prosecutors to try to minimize your sentence and reduce or even dismiss your charges.
- ProstitutionFacing soliciting or prostitution charges? Criminal charges related to prostitution can be damaging to a person's reputation and livelihood, and can result in months of incarceration, along with hefty fines and restitution.
Houston prostitution attorney Nathaniel Pitoniak is very familiar with prostitution cases, and has successfully negotiated pre-trial deals on behalf of clients to protect their privacy and avoid a guilty plea.
- Fraud / White Collar CrimesHave you been charged with fraud or another white collar crime? Fraud and related charges, including embezzlement, identity theft, credit card abuse, mortgage and insurance fraud, can carry significant jail sentences for a convicted person. This kind of conviction can also be very damaging to a person's reputation and career.
A fraud conviction requires clear evidence and criminal intent. Houston fraud lawyer Nathaniel Pitoniak is a former Harris County prosecutor who will defend your rights, and pursue a strategy to vigorously challenge every aspect of the fraud charges that have been brought against you.
- Nondisclosure / Expunging recordsDo you need to clear your record, or have your records sealed? If your case was dismissed, you were found not guilty, or you were arrested but not charged, you may be able to have your record Expunged.
If your case was resolved via deferred adjudication and you have successfully completed the specified terms, you may be able to apply for Nondisclosure to seal your case records from the public.
Houston expungement attorney Nathaniel Pitoniak can file a petition for Expunction or Nondisclosure and litigate on your behalf.
- Burglary / TheftWorried about burglary or theft charges? Theft and burglary convictions carry serious penalties in the state of Texas, and long prison sentences are handed down by Houston courts in both burglary and theft cases.
Houston theft lawyer (and former Harris county prosecutor) Nathaniel Pitoniak will pursue an aggressive strategy to achieve the best outcome in your case, which may include demonstrating that your intent was not criminal, that you may have believed you had a legitimate claim to certain property, or that you were mistakenly identified.
- MisdemeanorsHave you been charged with a misdemeanor in Texas? Misdemeanors are classified as less serious crimes than felonies. Nevertheless, they can result in substantial fines and up to a year in jail.
You need a skilled and experienced Houston misdemeanor attorney to defend your rights and represent you in court. In some cases, former prosecutor Nathaniel Pitoniak may also negotiate on your behalf with prosecutors toward having your charges reduced or dismissed.