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Bennie E. Ray (Of Counsel – Austin)

    Gary Trichter is an Austin DWI Lawyer who has been defending people accused of DWI for more than 35 years. When he takes a case in Austin, he associates with his long-time colleague, Bennie E. Ray, who is of counsel for Trichter & LeGrand, PC, in Travis as well as surrounding counties. You can reach us by calling (830) 796-8878.

    Our office are located here:

    1201 Rio Grande, Suite 200-A
    Austin, Texas 78701

    Gary Trichter is a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense who knows how to fight for your rights after your drunk driving arrest

    Getting arrested for DWI in Austin is serious. Since Texas has one of the toughest set of DWI laws in the United States, it’s important that you have aggressive representation. If this is your first DWI offense, you’re facing stiff penalties including fines, losing your driver license and jail time. Subsequent DWI charges whether it’s a second, third or more offense, hold even harsher penalties, so it’s even more important that you aggressively fight your first offense.

    Austin DWI attorney J. Gary Trichter is a “DWI Specialist” — one of only four in Texas — which means the National College for DUI Defense, the only entity  recognized by the American Bar Association, has granted him this designation. Gary has received hundreds of hours of training and counsel, not to mention his years of experience, on the science behind mounting the most aggressive DWI defense.

    Gary’s colleague, Bennie Ray, has been in practice since 1973 and represents clients all across Texas and Georgia. He holds a B.S. degree from Sam Houston University and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston School of Law as well as an M.A. in Human Services from St. Edwards University.

    Bennie has lectured on comparative law at Cambridge University, on international criminal law at the East China Institute of Politics and Law, and at The Universidad National in Costa Rica. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of ethics and the law. He is board-certified in criminal law with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    Hiring an Austin DWI lawyer

    We understand that being arrested for DWI in Austin can have a tremendous impact on both your career, family and your finances. That’s why it’s important that you look at not just the least expensive attorney, but the best one that will give you peace of mind that your rights will be protected. With so much to lose and so much on your mind after your arrest, ask your attorney a few questions:

    1. How long has the attorney been in practice?
    2. How long has he/she been defending DWI cases?
    3. Is he/she a DWI Specialist?
    4. What would be his/her approach should your case go to trial?
    5. Would he/she be ready to fight or do they tend to look for the easy plea?
    6. What does he/she know about the flaws in the measuring devices used by police to test blood and breath evidence?
    7. Does he/she keep a dossier of local police officers where you were arrested?
    8. What awards and recognitions has he/she been given in his/her career?
    9. How many of those awards and recognitions are for DWI defense specifically?
    10. Does he/she offer a payment plan?

    These questions are only a start to help you find the right DWI attorney in Austin for you. Please call us for a free consultation. (830) 796-8878

    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 a 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 proceedings, i ...

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    The penalties for a DWI in Texas DWI are: 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 36 ...

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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.