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Doug Murphy

Doug Murphy (DWI / Crim. Law Board Certified)

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Doug Murphy, a partner with Trichter & Murphy, PC, is recognized as one of the foremost DWI lawyers in the country specializing in representing persons accused of DWI and other criminal offenses. Doug is a nationally recognized and sought-after continuing legal education seminar lecturer, and an author of numerous published legal articles relating to trial techniques, legal challenges of scientific evidence, legal updates, and other criminal and DWI defense-related issues.
Doug Murphy is one of only four DWI/DUI Defense Attorneys in Texas who are board-certified by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD); his partner at Trichter & Murphy, PC, Gary Trichter, is another. In 2009, Doug was appointed Regent of the National College for DUI Defense. He was also appointed co-chair of the DWI Committee with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association that same year, and he served two consecutive terms on its board of directors from 2006 to 2012. Doug is board certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to his DUI/DWI certification recognized by the American Bar Association.
Doug Murphy currently serves on the board of directors for the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association.Doug was selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America, by U.S. News & World Report magazine, recognizing his success in the practice area of DUI/DWI Defense. Doug was also recognized by Texas Monthly magazine as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2009. In 2013, Doug was selected by his peers in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He is AV Preeminent-Rated® 5.0 out of 5.0, Peer Review Rated by Martindale- Hubbell, and AVVO Superb 10.0 Rated for 2010-2015. He has also been recognized as one of the Professionals on the Fast Track and a Top Lawyer for the People by H-Texas magazine.In 2012, Doug was awarded the Sharon Levine Unsung Hero Lawyer of the Year Award by the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association for his efforts in exposing the flaws in the Houston Police Departments BAT (breath alcohol testing) vans, leading to their decommissioning.
Doug is the “go-to DWI lawyer,” having saved the careers and reputations of many professional athletes, police officers, judges, prosecutors, doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and scores of other good people. The Houston Press cited Doug as the “Drinking Driver’s Best Friend.”Above all, Doug Murphy is a tireless and consummate professional about his work and the manner in which he cares for his clients. This explains why the majority of his clients are referred to him by judges, prosecutors, police officers, other lawyers, and past clients. Doug’s efforts and results have saved countless careers and reputations; but, Doug is not one to boast about his success privately or in public media out of respect for his clients’ desires to keep private their most humiliating experiences.

 

LEAD ARTICLES

Murphy, Doug; Oberman, Steven; Defending Boating While Intoxicated Cases; The Champion (Journal of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), July 2015.

Murphy, Doug; Defending Boating While Intoxicated Cases, The Defender, July 2015.

Murphy, Doug; Defending Boating While Intoxicated Cases, Voice for the Defense (Journal of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association), June 2014.

Murphy, Doug; Trichter, Gary; What Every Sober Driver in Texas Need to Know: The Truth about DWI, The Houston Lawyer, January/February 2014.

Murphy, Doug; Presenting a Persuasive Opening Statement 60 Minutes Style, Voice for the Defense (Journal of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association), March 2011.

Murphy, Doug; Blood Tests & Confrontation: A Bull Is Coming; Voice for the Defense (Journal of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association), January/February 2011.

Murphy, Doug; Challenging Drug Recognition “Experts,” Voice for the Defense (Journal of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association), June 2009.

Murphy, Doug; Catch of the Day: Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus, Voice for the Defense (Journal of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association), June 2009.

Murphy, Doug; Trichter, J. Gary; Motion of the Month: Preclusion of Prejudicial Post-Verdict Statements, Voice for the Defense (Journal of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association), March 2003.

Murphy, Doug; Trichter, J. Gary; Administrative License Revocation Hearings: A DWI Specialist’s Primer for the General Practitioner, Texas Bar Journal, July 2002.

SEMINARS WHERE LECTURED/PAPER PRESENTED

September 15-16, 2016: Boerne, Texas; Texas DWI Lawyers, DWI Drugs: Exposing the Truth & Debunking Drug Recognition “Experts” (DRE)

July 28-31, 2016: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School, Voir Dire.

April 15, 2016: Denver, Colorado; Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Defeating and Debunking Drug Recognition “Evidence.”

March 31-April 2, 2016: New Orleans, Louisiana; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence, Co–Course Director.

October 23, 2015: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; State of Oklahoma Public Defenders/National College for DUI Defense, DWI for Public Defenders, Persuasive Techniques in Breath Test Cases.

July 23-25, 2015: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, 20th Anniversary Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School, curriculum chairman.

July 17, 2015: Austin, Texas; Lone Star DWI Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Challenging Drug Recognition “Experts.”

March 26-28, 2015: New Orleans, Louisiana; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence, Co-Course Director.

February 19, 2015: Dallas, Texas; Texas DWI Defense Lawyers Association, David Burrows Presents: The Art of DWI Defense, Cross Exam of the State’s Blood Expert.

February 6, 2015: Casper, Wyoming; State of Wyoming Public Defenders Office/National College for DUI Defense, DWI for Public Defenders: Breath Test Trial Tactics.

February 6, 2015: Casper, Wyoming; State of Wyoming Public Defenders Office/National College for DUI Defense, DWI for Public Defenders, Combating Drug Recognition Evidence.

December 4, 2014: Livingston, Texas; Polk County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Defending Boating While Intoxicated and DWI Case Law Update.

October 16-17, 2014: Chattanooga, Tennessee; Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Annual DUI Seminar and Training, Challenging Drug Recognition Evidence.

August 22, 2014: Houston, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Top Gun DWI Defense, Boating While Intoxicated Cases.

August 8, 2014: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Excluding and Neutralizing Experts.

July 24-26, 2014: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School.

May 28, 2014: Houston, Texas; Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Trial Tactics on Defending DWI Cases.

April 24-25, 2014: New Orleans, Louisiana; Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Law and All That Jazz Seminar, Attacking Drug Recognition “Expert” Evidence.

March 20-22, 2014: New Orleans, Louisiana; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence, Co-Course Director.

February 13, 2014: Dallas, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders: How to Exclude or Neutralize Experts.

January 23-24, 2014: San Diego, California; National College for DUI Defense, 2014 Winter Session, Defending Boating While Intoxicated Cases.

January 16, 2014: El Paso, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders: How to Exclude or Neutralize Experts.

January 9, 2014: Lubbock, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders: Breath Test Trial Tactics.

November 15, 2013: Edinburg, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders: How to Exclude or Neutralize Experts.

November 7-8, 2013: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar, Co-Course Director.

October 17-18, 2013: Houston, Texas; Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Training Day: Criminal Law 101: How to Exclude and Neutralize Experts.

October 3-5, 2013: Las Vegas, Nevada; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National College for DUI Defense; DWI Means Defending With Ingenuity: Breath Test Trial Tactics.

August 23, 2013: Houston, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Top Gun DWI Defense, Voir Dire.

July 25-27, 2013: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School, Breakout Sessions.

June 13-15, 2013: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 26th Annual Rusty Duncan Criminal Law Advanced Course, Blood Draw Issues.

May 30-31, 2013: Houston, Texas; Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, How to Exclude and Neutralize Experts.

March 21-23, 2013: New Orleans, Louisiana; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence, Co-Course Director.

March 7-8, 2013: Denver, Colorado; Denver Public Defender’s Office and National College for DUI Defense; Challenging Drug Recognition “Evidence.”

February 27, 2013: El Paso, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders, Voir Dire.

February 14, 2013: Dallas, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders, Voir Dire.

January 24-25, 2013: Scottsdale, Arizona; National College for DUI Defense, 2013 Winter Session, Voir Dire Demonstration.

November 30, 2012: Edinburg, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders, Voir Dire.

November 15-16, 2012: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar, Co-Course Director.

November 9, 2012: Austin, Texas; Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; The Constitutional Right to a Fair Trial Contemplates an Unfair Trial.

October 18-20, 2012: Las Vegas, Nevada; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National College for DUI Defense; DWI Means Defending With Ingenuity.

July 26-28, 2012: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School, Opening Statements and Voir Dire Breakout Sessions.

June 22, 2012: Omaha, Nebraska; Nebraska Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Successful DWI Defense: Challenging Drug Recognition Evaluations.

June 7-9, 2012: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 25th Annual Rusty Duncan Criminal Law Advanced Course, Co-Course Director.

May 4-5, 2012: Tucson, Arizona; State Bar of Arizona Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Voir Dire. May 3-4, 2012: Arlington, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, DWI Defense Project, Voir Dire.

March 22-24, 2012: New Orleans, Louisiana; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence: Challenging Drug Recognition Evidence.

February 9, 2012: Dallas, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders: Rules of Evidence and Cross-Examination.

January 27, 2012: El Paso, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders: Rules of Evidence and Cross-Examination.

November 16, 2011: Edinburg, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, DWI for Public Defenders: Rules of Evidence and Cross- Examination.

November 13-14, 2011: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar, Co-Course Director.

September 9, 2011: Galveston, Texas; Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, Winning Trial Tactics; Attacking Drug Recognition Evaluations.

July 28-30, 2011: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School, Voir Dire.

July 18-22, 2011: Houston Texas; State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar; Challenging Breath Tests.

May 5, 2011: New York, New York; New York State Bar Association, DWI on Trial – The Big Apple XI Seminar, Voir Dire.

April 14-16, 2011: New Orleans, Louisiana; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence: Lead Defense Counsel in a Blood Test Case Trial.

April 8, 2011: Waco, Texas; Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, Trial Tactics – Art of War: Challenging Breath Tests.

March 3-4, 2011: Houston, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Cross- Examination Seminar, Co-Course Director.

January 20-21, 2011: Mazatlan, Mexico; National College for DUI Defense, Winter Session, 10 Silver Bullets for DWI Defense.

December 13, 2010; Seattle, Washington; Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Voir Dire.

November 18-19, 2010: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar, Persuasive Breath Testing Bullets.

November 4, 2010: Amarillo, Texas: Amarillo Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, DWI Law.

October 15-16, 2010: Las Vegas, Nevada; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National College for DUI Defense; DWI Means Defending With Ingenuity: Opening Statement and Cross-Examination of Blood Experts.

September 17, 2010: El Paso, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, El Paso Public Defenders: DWI Defense Practice Tips. September 10, 2010: Beaumont, Texas; Jefferson County Bar Association – Criminal Section, DWI Defense CLE: Reasonable Suspicion.

July 29-31, 2010: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School, Closing Arguments.

July 22, 2010: Richmond, Texas; Fort Bend County Criminal Lawyers Association, Controlling the Courtroom With the Rules of Evidence.

May 7, 2010: Dallas, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, DWI Defense Project – Obtaining Not Guilty Verdicts by Enforcing the Law, Co-Course Director – Encounters, Reasonable Suspicion and Terry Stops.

April 8-10, 2010: New Orleans, Louisiana; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence.

January 5, 2010: Dallas, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dallas Public Defenders: DWI Defense Practice Tips.

November 12-13, 2009: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar, Blood Search Warrants.

July 16-19, 2009: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School.

April 16-18, 2009: New Orleans, Louisiana; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence.

March 5-6, 2009: Columbus, Ohio; Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Trying a Breath Test Case Like the Pros Do.

December 11-12, 2008: Atlanta, Georgia; Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute, Shooting Down the Drug Recognition Program.

October 24, 2008: Rutland, Vermont; Vermont Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, DWI Seminar, Challenging Drug Recognition “Experts.”

August 15, 2008: Houston, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 6th Annual Top Gun DWI Seminar: An Accident/No Test Trial – From Start to Finish, Effective Use of Experts.

October 2-4, 2008: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar, Challenging Drug Recognition “Expert” Evidence.

June 26-28, 2008: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 21st Annual Rusty Duncan Criminal Law Advanced Course, Challenging Drug Recognition “Experts.”

March 27-30, 2008: Dallas, Texas; National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mastering Scientific Evidence, Challenging Drug Recognition “Experts.”

November 2-3, 2007: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar, Challenging Drug Recognition “Expert” Evidence.

September 13-14, 2007: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, DWI Seminar, Attacking Drug Recognition “Expert” Evidence.

November 2, 2006: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Advanced DWI Seminar, Administrative License Revocation Hearings.

August 25, 2006: Sherman, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, DWI Seminar, Co-Course Director.

March 30-April 1, 2006: Dallas, Texas; Mastering Scientific Evidence, National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

November 3-4, 2005: San Antonio, Texas; Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Advanced DWI Seminar, Evidence in a DWI Case: Objections and Proffers.

July, 2005: Houston, Texas; Top Gun DWI Seminar, Rules of Evidence in a DWI Case.

November, 2004: DWI Defense, State Bar of Texas, TYLA Ten Minute Mentor video program.

July 2, 2004: Tyler, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, DWI Seminar, 10 Silver Bullets for a DWI Case.

April 30, 2004: Sugar Land, Texas; Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, A Day in the Life of a Criminal Defense Lawyer, Texas Rules of Evidence.

March 19, 2004: San Antonio, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, DWI Defense, Rules of Evidence in a DWI Case.

January 23, 2004: Port Aransas, Texas; Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, A Day in the Life of a Criminal Defense Lawyer, DWI Evidence.

October 17, 2003: Beaumont, Texas; Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, A Day in the Life of a Criminal Defense Lawyer, DWI Evidence.

July 23-26, 2003: Cambridge, Massachusetts; National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law School, Evidence in a DWI Case: Objections and Proffers.

May 9, 2003: Dallas, Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association DWI Seminar, Administrative License Revocations.

January 31, 2003: Amarillo, Texas; Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, A Day in the Life of a Criminal Defense Lawyer, Administrative License Revocations.

June 30-July 7, 2001: Tambor, Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Driver’s License Administrative Revocations in Drunk Driving Cases.

BAR LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

College of the State Bar of Texas
National College for DUI Defense
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association

EDUCATION

Legal:
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas, Juris Doctorate (1999)

Law School Honors and Activities:
American Jurisprudence Award, Federal Jurisdiction (1998)
CALI Academic Excellence Award (1998-1999)
American Jurisprudence Award Bankruptcy Practice (1998)
National Mock Trial Team (1998-1999)
Intern, Hon. Manuel D. Leal, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (1998)
Board of Advocates (1998-1999)
1st Place, ATLA Annual Mock Trial Competition (1999)
ATLA Regional Mock Trial Championship, Austin, Texas (1999)
1st Place, Intramural Mock Trial Tournament (1999)
Semifinalist, Board of Advocates Mock Trial (1998)
2nd Place, ATLA First Annual 2L Mock Trial Championship (1998)

Prelegal:
West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, Bachelor of Science, Political Science (1994)
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona