830.213.2879 830.423.5860 713.597.2086

Pilots, DWI and Driver License Suspensions

If you are a Texas pilot with a suspended driver license because you’ve been charged with DWI, you need a Texas criminal defense attorney who understands pilots and their special circumstances in these types of cases.

J. Gary Trichter: Pilot and a DWI Board-Certified Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense

J. Gary Trichter: Pilot and a DWI Board-Certified Specialist
DWI Attorney Gary Trichter’s 1984 L-39C Albatros N72BT aircraft.

J. Gary Trichter is both a Board-Certified DWI Specialist by the NCDD and a licensed pilot. He understands both the pleasure and the enormous responsibility of being an aircraft pilot and what’s at stake when a pilot is arrested for DWI. Whether you fly private or commercial, an airplane or helicopter, if you are arrested for DWI, the potential penalties are severe. The laws surrounding DWI can be complex. You need an experienced, aggressive DWI Specialist like Gary Trichter to guide you.

The Impact on a Pilot with a Suspended Driver License Because of a DWI Arrest

DWI Specialist and pilot J. Gary Trichter
DWI Specialist and pilot Attorney J. Gary Trichter Stands next to his T-28C, otherwise known as the “Poor Man’s P-51.”

A DWI Specialist knows that if you are convicted of DWI, you must file a pilot’s first-class medical application and report your status within 60 days of the conviction to the FAA as well as to the Civil Action Security Division in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition, if your driver license is suspended because you refused a breath or blood test, you must report the actions taken by the court as a result of your DUI conviction. You must also report to the FAA Civil Action Security Division within 60 days if your pilot’s license is suspended through DMV proceedings. As pilot with a suspended driver license, if you fail to report your DWI conviction or driver license suspension, you risk further, even sharper penalties.

DWI Expunctions Trichter & LeGrand

What do 20 stealth fighters, F117’s,
have in common with 20 DWI expunctions?

You Can’t See Either of them!

A DWI to a pilot could mean the end of an aviation career. As
per the Federal Aviation Regulations, under most circumstances,
pilots are required to report DWI arrests on their medical
applications. Even a not guilty win must be reported and often
requires some type of unnecessary remedial action. Fortunately,
Texas’s Expunction Law provides an exception to the FAA
reporting requirement if pilots can wrap themselves in it. Here,
the best way to see if you can avail yourself of the Texas
Expunction Law is to consult with a DWI Specialist with

Aviation experience, and, that would be Gary Trichter. Let
Trichter and LeGrand help make your DWI go Stealth.

Gary Trichter’s Aviation Biography

O2A aircraft
DWI Specialist and pilot, J. Gary Trichter stands next to his O2A aircraft.

Gary Trichter has been flying for almost two decades and has amassed thousands of hours of flight time. He has published several articles including:


DWI Specialist and Pilot J. Gary Trichter sponsors the Yellow Rose of Texas a B-52 aircraft similar to the one his father flew in World War II.

Gary’s certifications include CFI, CFII, and MEI. He is presently the proud owner of a Robinson helicopter, a R44 II. In the past he has owned a Beechcraft Bonanza 35, a Beechcraft Baron 55, a Pitts S1T, an Espano Aviation Casa Saeta Jet trainer (actually designed by Willie Messerschmitt), a North American T28C (the very first one the U.S. Navy owned), a Hughes 500 helicopter (the military version and actual Vietnam Veteran, an OH6), and a Cessna 337 (another actual military version and Vietnam Veteran, an O2A). He is a member of the Commemorative Air Force and formerly was the aircraft coordinator for the CAF B25 Devil Dog.

Experienced Pilot and DWI Attorney

Gary is also an aircraft sponsor on not only the B25 Devil Dog but also the B25 Yellow Rose. As an aside, notwithstanding that no pilot wants to jump out of a perfectly good airplane at 10,000 or 11,000 feet, Gary has four jumps to his credit. He is a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Commemorative Air Force (CAF) and he has extensive aviation experience as an instructor, an aerobatic performer and a participant in formation flying as well as a performer in numerous CAF military-based air shows.

Gary’s wealth of knowledge combined with his more than 35 years of lawyer experience makes him unique in knowing the pitfalls for pilots associated with having been arrested and/or suffering a driver’s license suspension, especially in DWI/DUI/BWI/FWI-related matters.

Legal Experience

pilot with a suspended driver license
DWI Specialist and pilot, Attorney J. Gary Trichter has owned sever aircraft including a V-tail Bonanza like this.

Gary Trichter has practiced in over 30 states, in Federal District Courts, and in Federal Courts of Appeals. He is licensed before the United States Supreme Court and in Alaska, Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming. He has published over 50 legal articles; co-authored a textbook, Texas Drunk Driving Law; and taught defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges in over 280 legal seminars. Most important, Gary is one of only four DWI Specialists in the state of Texas. He understands the impact on a pilot with a suspended driver license due to a DWI arrest.

Important Links for Pilots Arrested for DWI

Pilot’s Bill of Rights
Medical Form – Link to file electronically:  FAA-8500-8 ; Preview Copy 
AOPA Pilot Protection Services 
Commemorative Air Force

Let us start fighting

for you now!


Areas We Serve

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? (Before Sept 1, 2019)
  • What is DUI and its potential punishment?
  • What is DWI and its potential punishment?


713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT IS A DWI 3RD & PUNISHMENTS? https://youtu.be/pmjH6TQr5JM 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 ...

read more

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT IS A DWI FELONY? https://youtu.be/1WNopl5kEZM 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 fr ...

read more

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment? https://youtu.be/3mIC8GubQBI 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 co ...

read more

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION How long will a DWI conviction in Texas stay on my record? 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 ...

read more

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important The best reason to request an administrative license revocation hearing or ALR hearing, first and foremost, is to try to save your driver ...

read more

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR A DWI IN TEXAS Penalties For a DWI in Texas Changed on September 1, 2019 Prior To September 1, 2019: The First-Offense penalties for DWI conviction with less than a .15 BAC includes ...

read more

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION DUI Punishment in Texas https://youtu.be/jLtrDxaIgZ4 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 hav ...

read more

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION DWI Punishment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sghr4P5T7o 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 ...

read more

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.