DWI – Driving While Intoxicated

Hire a Houston DWI attorney who will fight for you.

When you are pulled over on suspicion of DWI, the likelihood of being arrested is 95% as soon as you step out of the car. With a Houston DWI attorney from Trichter & Murphy in your corner, we’ll aggressively defend your rights. Being arrested in Texas for DWI, or DUI (for minors under 21 years) can be devastating both personally and professionally. It can cost you thousands of dollars in fines and fees and could cost you your job.

At Trichter & Murphy, we aggressively fight for your rights. Unlike other law firms, we intentionally DON’T publish case outcomes on our website because we respect our clients’ privacy. One of our goals is to help them move past this most difficult event in their lives.

Expert Houston DWI Attorney who has defended thousands of clients

Recognized as leading DWI lawyers, we practice all over Texas. We’ve taught judges, other attorneys, and police officers across the country about Texas DUI law and the rights of those arrested. Use our experience to defend your case. Do not leave your reputation in the hands of a less experienced Houston DWI attorney.

We wrote the book on DWI

Our founder, Gary Trichter, 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, Doug Murphy, is 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.

Two of Only Four DWI Specialists in Texas

Gary and Doug are two of only four attorneys in Texas who have been board certified as DUI Defense Attorneys by the National College for DUI Defense. This is the only entity approved by the American Bar Association to issue this qualification. Since the Texas Bar Association has no board certification in DWI Defense, it recognizes only the ABA DWI board certification. We also have vast experience with boating while intoxicated, drug possession charges.

Defense all over Texas

Trichter & Murphy defends clients all over Texas from our offices in Houston and Bandera. We practice in all counties including Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County and Webster County. You’ll find us in courtrooms defending clients from Houston, Conroe, Katy, Clear Lake, Galveston, Sugar Land and the Woodlands. We also serve the Hill Country area including Bandera, Kerrville, Fredricksberg, San Antonio and Austin.

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Let us answer your Texas DWI Questions

Texas DWI Questions

  • What is DWI and its potential punishment?
  • What is DUI and its potential punishment?
  • What are the penalties for DWI in Texas?
  • What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment?
  • What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important to have an ALR hearing?
  • What is a felony DWI?
  • What is a DWI 3rd or more 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?


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...

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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...

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Generally speaking the penalties for DWI in Texas DWI are: A First-Offense conviction will 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...

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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...

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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, in which...

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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. Felonies can disqualify you from voting, obtaining certain jobs, renting certain apartments, and owning a firearm. There are four intoxication-related...

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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...

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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,...

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Past Results from actual DWI clients

President of brokerage firm was arrested driving home after a meeting with colleagues. Registered a .19 blood test. - DWI Case Dismissed.


Business owner was arrested for DWI while driving home after company birthday party. - DWI Case Dismissed.


College student was arrested for DWI on beach over spring break. Failed blood test. - DWI Case Dismissed.


Retired dentist was arrested for DWI after meeting up with friends at local bar. Failed breath test. - DWI Case Dismissed.