Viki H. Martino

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Viki Hesseltine Martino joined the firm as its second criminal defense attorney in 2015. Viki’s extensive felony trial experience covers many areas of criminal law such as driving while intoxicated, aggravated assault, burglary of a habitation and drug possession. She accepts cases across Central Texas and many counties in South Texas. In addition to her private practice, Viki serves as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Sinton where she hears Class C misdemeanor cases as well as truancy cases for the Sinton Independent School District.

Viki Martino Austin LawyerViki is a native of South Texas, having grown up in Refugio and Sinton. After graduating from Sinton High School, she attended Rice University and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. Viki taught English and American History at the middle school and high school level for six years. Her experience in the teaching profession offered her valuable insight into the legal issues that come up for parents and students in our schools—both the internal discipline system in our public school districts and the rights of juveniles and their parents when accused of crimes.

Viki left the teaching profession in 2002 to attend the University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, Viki worked in both the Criminal Defense and the Actual Innocence Clinics and served as a Manuscript Editor on the American Journal of Criminal Law. In addition, Viki worked in the office of State Representative Lon Burnam on juvenile death penalty legislation.

After graduating from law school, Viki returned to her native South Texas where she worked as the staff attorney for the adult probation department. While in that position, Viki mastered the legal statutes and issues concerning probation and developed a passion for helping people on probation succeed. During her career, she has fought prosecutors in court in hundreds of cases in their attempts to revoke probation and has successfully helped many continue to build good records and stable, productive lives.

Most recently, Viki was the Chief Public Defender in Bee, Live Oak and McMullen Counties. She started in that office as a staff attorney and quickly rose through the ranks to run the program because of her trial skills and record of not-guilty verdicts in some of the most difficult of cases.

Viki’s son suffers from schizoaffective disorder. Because of the chronic nature of this illness and the inability of the system to cope with its symptoms, he has been regularly part of the criminal justice system. As a mother and an attorney Viki learned to navigate the criminal justice system where it intersects with mental health on both a personal and professional level. She has been able to use the knowledge gained while dealing with her son’s illness to help clients with similar circumstances.

Viki’s proudest accomplishments are her children, Travis and Chelsea.