Practice Areas

With offices in Houston and The Texas Hill Country, the Houston trial lawyers at Trichter & Murphy, PC, represent clients charged with many crimes in counties across Texas. Our firm is experienced with:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving under the influence (DUI-for minors under age 21)
  • Boating while intoxicated (BWI)
  • Flying while intoxicated (FWI)
  • Drug-related charges.
  • ALR Hearings
  • Probation violations

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.

Houston Trial Lawyers Who Fight DWI Charges

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 DWI Specialists at Trichter & Murphy can help you get a favorable outcome from this unfortunate event.

Gary Trichter is a DWI Specialist 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.

His partner, Doug Murphy, is also a DWI Specialist and is recognized as one of the leading DWI attorneys in Houston.

Gary and Doug represent two of only four board-certified DWI Specialist attorneys in Texas. Their 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 and Doug have 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.

Boating While Intoxicated

Boating while intoxicated (BWI) in Texas is a serious charge. According to the State of Texas, BWI or Boating While Intoxicated in Texas is when (a) A person commits an offense if the person is intoxicated while operating a watercraft. (b) Except as provided by Section 49.09, an offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor, with a minimum term of confinement of 72 hours.

It’s always best to be a responsible captain as an owner and operator of  watercraft in Texas. Don’t over indulge on alcohol while enjoying yourself on Texas waters. Always wear a life vest and keep plenty on board for every passenger. And, if you’re going to treat guests on your boat, don’t drink.

The Houston trial lawyers at Trichter and Murphy have years of experience with Texas boating laws on alcohol in Houston, Conroe and Livingston. A BWI arrest can damage your valuable reputation the same way that a DWI or DUI arrest can.

Houston Trial Lawyers Defending Drug Possession

Under Texas law, possession of a “Controlled substance” means a substance, including a drug, an adulterant, and a dilutant which also includes the aggregate weight of any mixture, solution, or other substance containing a controlled substance. This includes both legal and illegal drugs from prescription drugs to cannabis or cocaine. If you are pulled over or arrested for any substance that impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle, call the houston trial lawyers at Trichter & Murphy to begin the process of getting your life back to normal.

We all make mistakes whether its being with the wrong people at the wrong time or a momentary lapse in judgment. Whether it’s a minor child in possession or an adult, we can help with drug-related charge from possession or driving under the influence. Both minors and adults need an aggressive criminal defense attorney to understand their options and fight for the best outcome possible.

We leverage our years of experience in drug possession in Houston and in Texas to make sure the rights of our clients are protected.

Houston Criminal Defense

Whether you need a Houston trial lawyer or criminal defense attorney, the attorneys at Trichter and Murphy know how to put clients in the best light possible. We have been practicing criminal law in Houston since 1983 where we have built relationships that allow us to best serve clients from Conroe to Galveston and from West Texas to Beaumont. We know how to assess a prosecutor’s case for strengths and weaknesses and poke holes in their arguments.

We have experience in every aspect of criminal law in Houston, Texas either as a defender or prosecutor. Intimate knowledge of judges and prosecutors is crucial to your defense and a strength of Trichter & Murphy. From traffic violations, sexual assault, white collar crimes, domestic violence, teenager offenses and murder. We make sure your rights are guarded and you are seen in the best possible light.

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At Trichter & Murphy PC, the Houston trial lawyers care about our clients and the well-being of them and their families. As DWI and criminal defense lawyers in Houston, we understand sometimes bad things happen to good people. We all either make mistakes or are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever the case, they need someone to represent them in court as they face this life-altering event and try to ease the pain and penalty. We fight hard to protect our client’s Constitutional Rights and present them as good people and try to gain leniency and get them the second chance they deserve.

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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?

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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...

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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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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 a driver’s...

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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. A felony conviction can disqualify you from voting, obtaining certain jobs, renting certain apartments, and owning a firearm. There are...

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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.

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

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

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

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