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Business owner was arrested for DWI while driving home after company birthday party. - Not Guilty.

Board-Certified Houston DWI Attorney

Gary Trichter is Board Certified and classified as a “DWI Specialist” by NCDD. He is recognized as one of the most successful DWI trial and appellate lawyers in the United States.

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ARRESTED FOR
A DWI?

DWI DEFENSE IS WHAT WE DO BEST, ATTORNEYS ON-CALL 24/7

If you’ve been arrested for DWI, you may think your life is over, but it isn’t. The aggressive DWI attorneys at Trichter & LeGrand have the experience to help you fight for your rights. Gary Trichter is a board certified DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and Leslie LeGrand is board certified criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS).

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YOUR LICENSE

TRY TO SAVE YOUR DRIVER LICENSE! HIRE A HOUSTON DWI LAWYER WHO WILL FIGHT FOR YOU

You have only 15 days from the time of your DWI Arrest. Try To Save Your Drivers License! Hire A Houston DWI Lawyer Who Will Fight For You. Within 15 days of your DWI arrest, you must request an administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing to keep your driver license from being suspended. The ALR hearing prevents your license from being suspended. Call us today for your FREE consultation to request your ALR hearing.

 

Can I Keep My License After A DWI?

PENALTIES FOR
DWI IN TEXAS

UP TO 6 MONTHS JAIL, $2,000 FINE & LOSE YOUR LICENSE 1 YEAR

The penalties for a DWI greatly depends on the type of DWI we are talking about. If it’s your first DWI and there was no test or the test result is less than .15 your looking at a Class B misdemeanor  with punishment up to 6 months in jail and up to $2,000 fine. You could also lose your driver license up to 1 year. Watch this short video to learn more….

 

What Are The Penalties For A DWI?

FIRST DWI SPECIALIST IN TEXAS

Lawyers who use search terms like “Best DWI attorney” and “Top DWI attorney,” are unethically using them. Gary Trichter is a true DWI Specialist certified by the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) which is recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify DWI Specialists, and, importantly, this certification is recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS).

 

"There's No Better Way To Say This. Gary Trichter Is a Genius. For Me, The Stakes Couldn't Have Been Higher. My Family, My Career, And My Future Were All On The Line."

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Gary Trichter Awards & Memberships

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE
PRACTICE AREAS

AREAS OF LAW WE PRACTICE

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATE:

We Specialize In DWI Defense And Will Aggressively Defend You In Your Case . Our Founder Gary Trichter Was The 1st DWI Specialist In Texas.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (MINORS):

A person under 21 operating a motor vehicle in a public place with any detectable amount of alcohol. We Will Aggressively Defend You In Your DUI Case.

BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED:

Texas law prohibits operating a watercraft while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. We Will Aggressively Defend You In Your BWI Case.

FLYING WHILE INTOXICATED:

Any Crew member of an aircraft who has consumed alcohol within 8 hours of a flight. We Will Aggressively Defend You In Your FWI Case.

DRUG CRIMES LIKE POSSESSION, MANUFACTURING & DISTRIBUTING:

When police have arrested you on suspicion of possessing or selling narcotics. We Will Aggressively Defend You In Your Drug Case. 

ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION:

Administrative License Revocation hearing or ALR hearing, first and foremost, is to try to save your driver’s license. You Only Have 15 Days To Act & Save Your License.

PRIOR DWI CONVICTION?

HOW LONG CAN THE STATE USE A PRIOR DWI CONVICTION?

How Long Can The State Use A Prior DWI Conviction? Texas previously allowed convictions to be used within 10 years but the law has changed and now these convictions can basically be used forever. If you have a deferred adjudication probation on a DWI/DUI from other States that might not be usable. If you have a final conviction from another State it is usable in Texas, the same as it would be if you got the conviction here is Texas. Watch the video to learn more…

Prior DWI Conviction?

MEET OUR
LEGAL TEAM

ONE OF HOUSTON'S MOST DISTINGUISED CRIMINAL DEFENSE FIRMS

As one of Houston’s most distinguished criminal defense law firms, Trichter & LeGrand Specializes In DWI/DUI Cases. Our Founder Gary Trichter is a trial tested criminal defense super lawyer and a legend in the legal community.

He was the 1st DWI Specialist in Texas by the National College for DUI Defense and has been aggressively defending Texas clients who need to preserve their valuable reputations since 1980. He co-authored the textbook, Texas Drunk Driving Law, and has authored or co-authored more than 46 legal and aviation articles.

His partner, Leslie LeGrand, is board-certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and recognized as a leading Houston DWI attorney. Together, they have spoken at more than 300 seminars on criminal defense and driving while intoxicated, and they have taught lawyers, judges, and prosecutors about various aspects of the law.

 

Gary Trichter

Founder/DWI Specialist

Houston DWI attorney J. Gary Trichter was the 1st DWI Specialist In The State of Texas and one of only four defense lawyers in Texas who has earned the designation of “DWI Specialist” by National College for DUI Defense. This means he is Board Certified DWI/DUI by the NCDD–the sole entity approved by the American Bar Association to grant such a qualification (the Texas Bar Association does not have a board certification in DWI Defense but it does recognize the ABA DWI Board Certification).

Leslie LeGrand

Partner/DWI Attorney

Leslie LeGrand, a partner, is a Houston DWI lawyer and native Houstonian who was born into the legal profession. In 1937, his grandfather began the LeGrand family tradition of practicing law in Texas courts, which he continued until he received a calling to trade in his bar card for the cloth. In addition to Leslie’s father, Leslie and his two sisters along with four cousins are members of the State Bar of Texas. Leslie defended his first accused citizen at the age of 15 as part of Harris County’s teen court.

Aaron White

DWI Attorney

Aaron White is a DWI defense lawyer based in Houston, Texas, and a former Harris County felony and misdemeanor court prosecutor. As a prosecutor, he screened misdemeanors and felonies of all levels, evaluated and prosecuted cases including more than 20 felony trials. He also played an integral part in reconfiguring the Harris County post-conviction review division. 

Greg Houlton

DWI Attorney

Gregory J. Houlton is a former lead prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s office where he had served as District Court Chief responsible for supervising a team that handles more than 1,000 criminal cases at any given time. During his tenure as an Assistant District Attorney, he tried more than 50 jury trials including capital murders, murders, adult and child sexual assaults, aggravated robberies, large quantity drug possession cases, and DWIs.

DWI QUESTIONS

ANSWERS TO COMMON
DWI QUESTIONS

Before 1983, DUI meant driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics, but now it only pertains to minors. In Texas, it is never permissible for minors to have any alcohol in their body and drive. DUI punishment as a result of a charge does not require proof of impairment; rather, it requires only a showing that there was a detectable amount of alcohol in the minor’s body.

 

DWI is a criminal offense which prohibits you from operating a motor vehicle in a public place while “intoxicated” is defined as having lost the normal use of either mental or physical faculties, or having a .08 alcohol level in either your breath, your blood, or your urine. The DWI statute does not require you to be “drunk,” rather, it only requires that you to be “intoxicated” to be charged with DWI. When considering DWI punishment, we have to discuss the loss of normal mental/physical faculties must be caused by alcohol, drugs, a controlled substance, some other impairing substance, or a combination thereof in order to violate the DWI statute. 

 

DWI 2nd is a serious charge. According to the State of Texas, a DWI 2nd charge is when you are arrested for DWI and have previously been convicted once of driving while intoxicated. There is no limit to how old your previous conviction may be in order to enhance a DWI to a DWI 2nd. The consequences for DWI Second Offense are much more serious than a first offense DWI conviction.

Defending a DWI 2nd is problematic because the jury is told from the beginning that the driver had a prior DWI. This information suggests that the defendant has a habit or propensity to drive while intoxicated. Juries are given the same unfair information in felony DWI thirds–but it’s worse in that case because they are told there have been TWO prior DWI convictions. Because subsequent DWI charges are treated so unfairly, it’s even more important to always aggressively fight a DWI First charge.

 

According to the State of Texas, a DWI third offense is when an individual is arrested for DWI and has previously been convicted two times of DWI.

If you are convicted of a third DWI, this third-degree felony can result in

  • A fine up to $10,000
  • Between two and 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Driver license suspension from 180 days to two years.
  • A mandated annual $1,500-$2,000 surcharge fee every year for 3 years in order to retain your driver’s license.
  • Disqualification from voting and possessing a firearm

 

The First-Offense conviction with less than a .15 BAC includes the possibility of a fine not to exceed $2,000.00 and/or a jail sentence from 3 days to 180 days, and a driver’s license suspension of 90 to 365 days. (Class B Misdemeanor). Where, however, there is a BAC .15 or more, the possibility of a fine increases to $4,000 and jail increases to one year (Class A misdemeanor).

First-time offenders who had a BAC of .08 to .14 may apply for a “non-disclosure” two years after your probation ends. But you must install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and keep it for 6 months. A non-disclosure restricts who can see your criminal record. Ask your attorney for more information about this program.

 

Absolutely! You should have legal representation in your Administrative License Revocation or ALR hearing. According to the State of Texas, the ALR Program is

“a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings, in which individuals arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or boating while intoxicated (BWI) who refuse to take or who fail a blood or breath test attempt to save their driver’s license.”

 

Felony DWI in Texas charges are very serious and can have a major impact on your life beyond just the punishment stated. A felony conviction can disqualify you from voting, obtaining certain jobs, renting certain apartments, and owning a firearm. There are four intoxication-related offenses that are classified as felony DWI.

 

Under Texas law, a “DWI SPECIALIST” is a lawyer who has been granted the privilege to publicly state that they have special competence in the areas of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), and Flying While Intoxicated (FWI). 

This privilege is an earned one and is recognized and regulated by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Once granted, and maintained, it allows the lawyer to advertise that they are a DWI Expert or DWI Specialist; DUI Expert or DUI Specialist; BWI Expert or BWI Specialist; and, FWI Expert or FWI Specialist.

Gary Trichter Was The 1st DWI Specialist in Texas and there are only four (4) total.

 

Most people do not realize how a drug conviction like marijuana possession and a DWI affects gun ownership, your driver’s license and your professional licenses. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will suspend your driver’s license for 180 days if you are convicted of possessing marijuana.

 

Intoxication manslaughter is when you cause the death of another person by accident or mistake, either while committing the act of BWI or FWI or while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in a public place (DWI), and by reason of your intoxication. It is the highest-degree intoxication-related offense and occasionally may escalate to a felony murder charge.

 

If you own a commercial drivers license or CDL, it may be suspended for 1 year (or 3 years if transporting hazardous material at the time) if you are convicted of:

  • operating a commercial or noncommercial motor vehicle while intoxicated in a public place
  • leaving the scene of an accident involving a motor vehicle driven by you;
  • using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony ;
  • causing the death of another person through negligent or criminal operation of a motor vehicle; or
  • operating a commercial motor vehicle with a suspended commercial drivers license.

 

DWI with child passenger is a very serious charge. According to the State of Texas, DWI with a child passenger is when:

a person commits a offense if the person operates a motor vehicle in a public place; and, the vehicle being operated by the person is occupied by a passenger who is younger than 15 years of age.

 

Under our federal and state constitutions, you have an absolute right to an attorney at your trial if you are arrested for DWI. However, such is not the case in every pretrial stage which precedes the trial. Indeed, in some pretrial stages, a person in custody has a right to assistance of an attorney for one purpose but not for another purpose, i.e., for assistance in answering police interrogation questions, but not for deciding whether or not to take a breath or blood test.

 

You need not be drunk to be “intoxicated,” but if you are drunk, you must be intoxicated. 

“Intoxicated” is defined by the DWI statute in three ways:

  • First, you are “intoxicated” when you have lost the normal use of your mental or, second, physical faculties by ingesting an alcoholic beverage, a drug, a controlled substance, or any combination thereof. The law makes no distinction between the use of prescribed medication and illegal narcotics for the purposes of DWI intoxication.
  • Additionally, there is no requirement that you actually intended to become intoxicated.
  • Third, you are “intoxicated” when you have a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more in your body at the time of the vehicle operation. There is no per se level of intoxication as it relates to ingesting a drug or a controlled substance.

 

The best reason to request an administrative license revocation hearing or ALR hearing, first and foremost, is to try to save your driver’s license. The ALR Program is

“a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings, in which individuals arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or boating while intoxicated (BWI) who refuse to take or who fail a blood or breath test attempt to save their driver’s license.”

By requesting an ALR hearing, you force the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to prove its case against you. DPS must prove the police officer who stopped and arrested you did so with either reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Otherwise, you win by default.

 

DEFENDING TEXANS
SINCE 1980

HOUSTON TRIAL LAWYERS WHO FIGHT DWI CHARGES

Being arrested for criminal charges can be devastating to your family. It can cost you thousands of dollars in fines and fees, damage you and your family’s reputation and could cost you your job. That’s why it’s vital that you mount the strongest defense possible with a Houston trial lawyer who knows how to fight.

When you are pulled over on suspicion of DWI, you have a 95% chance of being arrested when you step out of the car. However, the Houston trial lawyers and Gary Trichter, the DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense, at Trichter & LeGrand can try to get you a favorable outcome from this unfortunate event.

Gary Trichter is a DWI Specialist by the NCDD who has been defending Texans concerned with preserving their valuable reputations since 1980. He co-authored the textbook Texas Drunk Driving Law, and has authored or co-authored 46 legal and aviation articles. Leslie LeGrand is a former Assistant District Attorney, Felony Prosecutor, Harris County and Assistant District Attorney, Juvenile Prosecutor, 315th District Court as well as Chief Misdemeanor Prosecutor in County Criminal Court.

Gary is one of only four board-certified DWI Specialist attorneys in Texas which means his certifications come from the National College for DUI Defense, the sole entity approved by the American Bar Association to issue this designation. The Texas Bar Association has no board certification in DWI Defense, but recognizes the ABA’s  DWI board certification. In addition, Gary has spoken at more than 300 seminars on criminal defense and DWI and they have taught lawyers, judges and prosecutors about various aspects of DWI defense law.

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