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Beaumont DWI Attorney – James Makin (Of Counsel)

Gary Trichter, a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense, has been defending citizens accused of DWI throughout Texas since 1980 and when people need a Jefferson County DWI lawyer, he associates with Beaumont DWI attorney, James Makin, who is Trichter & LeGrand’s local lawyer in that area.

Form more than 20 years, Gary and James have worked together helping clients get favorable outcomes in their cases across both Jefferson County and Orange County. James is a capable litigator who handles all preliminary and non-contested court appearances, whereas Gary handles all the contested court proceedings. Both understand the traumatic impact a DWI arrest can have on a person’s life and career. When you appoint both Gary and James, you get both a board-certified DWI Specialist attorney by the NCDD (in Gary Trichter) and an experienced Beaumont DWI attorney.

A Beaumont DWI Attorney who knows DWI and the area courts

Gary is always the lead lawyer in trials and evidentiary hearings, and Beaumont DWI attorney James Makin assists him in cases tried in Jefferson County and Orange County, Texas. This representation gives you a reduced fee with the benefit of two superlative lawyers who know the courts and prosecution’s tendencies and know the science of DWI defense.

When you need a Beaumont DWI attorney, call the team that gives you the best chance to get your life back to normal and get your driver license back. Since the 1980s, we have tried hundreds of cases in both Jefferson and Orange Counties and achieved positive outcomes. Call us at 24/7 to get your aggressive DWI defense started.

Beaumont ALR Lawyer

You may have lost your driver license if you refused or failed the police breath or blood test. While you may have a temporary driving permit, you’ll soon be served notice that your license will be suspended unless you request an Administrative License Revocation or ALR hearing within 15 days of your arrest date. You’ll need a Jefferson County ALR attorney like James Makin and Gary Trichter (the same as your DWI lawyer) to request a hearing for you. Without a hearing, your license will be suspended soon after you’ve been served.

At the hearing,  your attorney will be able to preview evidence presented by the arresting officer  that will be used in your DWI case. Here, DPS must prove that the arresting officer had either reasonable suspicion or probable cause. If they can’t prove either, you win by default and you’ll avoid your license from being suspended. Be sure to hire your attorney prior to your ALR hearing so that you can be assured of building a stronger defense in your case.

Jefferson County DWI Resources:

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office   
1001 Pearl St # 103, Beaumont, TX 77701

(409) 835-8411

Jefferson County Downtown Jail   
1001 Pearl St, Beaumont, TX 77701

(409) 434-4653

Beaumont Police Department
255 College St., Beaumont, TX

(409) 832-1234

Larry Gist State Jail
3295 Farm to Market 3514, Beaumont, TX 77705

(409) 727-8400

Nederland Police Department  
1400 Boston Ave, Nederland, TX 77627

(409) 722-4965

Port Arthur Police Department   
645 4th St, Port Arthur, TX 77640

(409) 983-8600

Cities We Serve in Jefferson County

Working with James Makin, Trichter & LeGrand serves DWI clients all over Jefferson County including Beaumont, Bevil Oaks, China, Groves, Nederland, Nome, Port Arthur, Port Neches and Taylor Landing.

What does ”of counsel” mean?

“Of counsel” in the legal profession is the title of a lawyer who has a close, personal, continuous and regular relationship with a law firm but who is not an associate or partner.  In regard to the “of counsel” lawyers to Trichter & LeGrand, PC, all of our “of counsels” are employed by our firm in every case they work on with us, and as such, share responsibility for representing our designated clients.


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Let us answer your Texas DWI Questions

Texas DWI Questions

  • What is a DWI 3rd or more and the potential punishment?
  • What is a felony DWI?
  • What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment?
  • How long will a DWI arrest or a DWI conviction in Texas stay on my record? How will it affect my automobile insurance rates?
  • What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important to have an ALR hearing?
  • What are the penalties for DWI in Texas?
  • What is DUI and its potential punishment?
  • What is DWI and its potential punishment?


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 Betwe ...

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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. T ...

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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 orde ...

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A DWI conviction produces a permanent record. It is also important to note that a DWI probation, which is also a final conviction, will remain permanently on your criminal record. If, however, your DWI conviction case results in a dismissal, then the ...

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  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 proceed ...

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The penalties for DWI in Texas DWI are: A 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 da ...

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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 re ...

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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 breat ...

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Past Results from actual DWI clients

Television reporter with spouse was in a one-car accident after hitting a tree. .20 BAC — Case Dismissed


President of brokerage firm was arrested driving home after a meeting with colleagues. Registered a .19 blood test. - Not Guilty.


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


College student was arrested for DWI on beach over spring break. Failed blood test. - Not Guilty.