Law Office of Kimberly N. Shanklin, PLLC.
Serving Denton County Since 2002


Frequently Asked Questions

The term “legal-ese” is often used to describe the seemingly complicated jargon that lawyers use. Our goal at the Law Office of Kimberly N. Shanklin, PLLC. is not only to ensure that our clients are taken care of, but that they understand the process. The terms DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) are use interchangeably by most people, but in the legal realm they are two distinct charges with severely different consequences. This page is intended provide you with resources and information regarding your criminal law or family law matter, as well as to answer general questions you may have.

General Questions

What COunties does Kimberly Shanklin practice in?

Mrs. Shanklin only practices law in Denton County. Any inquiries made about a case outside of Denton County will be referred to an attorney who practices law in the relevant county. In order to most effectively serve her clients as a solo practitioner, Mrs. Shanklin works within one jurisdictional framework to ensure that all clients receive the best possible representation.

What Sort of Law does Kimberly Shanklin Practice?

Mrs. Shanklin practices criminal defense and family law, and has done so for over 13 years. She has defended clients for criminal offenses in over 4,680 cases (Via Additionally, Mrs. Shanklin does attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem work in CPS custody cases. Mrs. Shanklin offers representation on almost all family law issues, ranging from adoption to divorce. Mrs. Shanklin, however, does not deal with common law marriage issues.

I was arrested and bonded out, how do I find out about my court date?

Gaining access to court records is different in every county. Denton County is fortunate to have an easy to use, online index of court records, jail records, and bond records. The Denton County Records Inquiry can be found here. The information available on the Public Access form of the site does not include full access to document archives, as it does with the Attorney Portal. If you are a Denton County attorney and do not have access to the attorney portal, please visit the Denton County Website and follow the instructions.

MRs. Shanklin Was Appointed as my Attorney, what now?

With each client appointment, our office sends an initial contact letter with informational forms to be filled out and returned. If you wish to receive these forms online and fill them out electronically, please e-mail, or call our office phone line at (940)-382-8216 (Mon-Thurs 9-5 PM/Friday 9-12PM/Sat & Sun Closed).

Mrs. SHanklin was Appointed as the attorney for Someone I know, can I talk about his/her case?

Attorney client privilege is of the utmost important at the Law Office of Kimberly N. Shanklin, PLLC., and we will not discuss the details of a client’s case with any individual who is not authorized to receive that information. If you are the family member or friend of client who has retained Kimberly, or has had Kimberly appointed to them, the client must explicitly state that we have authorization to speak about their case with you. Otherwise, we will be unable to relay any information aside from that which is publically available.

I need representation, how do I go about retaining Kimberly?

Before taking on a client, Kimberly requires a consultation to ensure that she will be able to effectively meet their needs. The easiest way to schedule a consultation is to fill out the form on the right of this page, or visit our contact page. Additionally, you can schedule a consultation over the phone during normal business hours. In the event that we are representing a party with opposing interests to your own, we may have a duty to disclose any information you provide to our client, so please do not include confidential or sensitive information.

Do I have to show up for every court date?

In some circumstances, only the attorney for a client is required to attend court appearances. These circumstances only occur in misdemeanor cases; All felony charges require the defendant attend every court appearance. If you are a client of Kimberly Shanklin, and are unsure about whether or not you have to attend a court appearance, please e-mail or call over the phone during normal business hours.

I missed my court appearance, what happens now?

In the event that you miss a court appearance for a valid reason (i.e., sick in the hospital, car crash, acts of god, etc.) you MUST provide the court with proof of the event as soon as humanly possible. If you miss a court appearance and do not have a valid reason, or you fail to provide documentation of that valid reason, you will be held in contempt of court and a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

Criminal Law

pretrial diversion


deferred adjudication

DUI vs. DWI in Texas

First time offenders

Probation in Denton County


Denton County criminal records online

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