William Rucker
(Board Cert. Criminal Law)

William Rucker (“Wes”) is a DWI defense lawyer based in Houston, Texas, board certified in criminal law and a former felony chief prosecutor. He comes to Trichter & Murphy with a proven track record of success and a very high conviction rate.

As a prosecutor, Wes helped establish the Intoxication Manslaughter/Vehicular Crimes Section, where he conducted scene investigations and prosecuted intoxication-related offenses. This background has been vital to assisting and protecting his clients while defending their cases.

William Rucker has an extensive criminal trial background that ranges from white-collar crimes to capital murder cases. While at the District Attorney’s Office, he was promoted to the Major Offenders Division and worked with local homicide groups and federal agencies such as the Secret Service, the FBI, and the ATF.

He has conducted trainings for the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division, the Houston Police Department Police Academy, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and the Houston Rockets.

Wes Rucker earned his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York City.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Assistant District Attorney (2004-2014)

Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas

Prosecuted over 65 first-chair jury trials, including 12 first-chair homicide cases

Chief Prosecutor – Major Offenders Division

Invited to join the most sought-after division. Investigated and vertically prosecuted major offenses and major offenders in coordination with local, state, and federal law enforcement. Chief Prosecutor – White-Collar Crime Division

Investigated, prepared, and tried all types of complex financial crimes in Harris County, including organized crime and money laundering, multimillion-dollar theft, insurance fraud, bank fraud, commercial bribes, and misapplication of fiduciary property.

Chief Prosecutor – 209th Criminal District Court of Harris County, Texas

Handled all aspects of the most serious cases in the court, including capital murder.

Prosecutor/Chief Prosecutor

Promoted to Felony Court Chief for the 209th Criminal District Court.

Appointed to Vehicular Crimes team, Identity Theft Division, and Police Integrity Division, where he wrote memos and guidelines for Internal Affairs investigations.

Promoted to Misdemeanor Court Chief for County Court at Law No. 3.

SEMINARS WHERE LECTURED/PAPER PRESENTED

September 23, 2014: Boerne, Texas; Texas DWI Defense Lawyers Association, Case Law Update.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Capital trial prosecution, prosecuting homicide cases, career prosecutor course, intoxication manslaughter school, accident reconstruction for prosecutors, prosecuting the drug- impaired driver.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Guest Speaker on Texas Criminal Law, Houston Rockets/NBA (2012, 2013)

Instructor, Houston Police Department Cadet Class #213 (2012)

Instructor, Houston Police Department Cadet Class #211 (2011)

Teaching Star Award for Dedication and Devotion to Law Enforcement Training (2011) Faculty Advisor, Prosecutor

Trial Skills Seminar – Austin, Texas (2010)

Instructor, Harris County Sheriff’s Office – DWI Investigation (2008)

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award for Exceptional Dedication and Service (2008) Victim Witness Award for

Dedication and Devotion to Crime Victims (2007)

BAR LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

State Bar of Texas (November 2004)

Houston Bar Association – Criminal Law Section, Treasurer American Bar Association

Texas District and County Attorneys Association

National District Attorneys Association

National College for DUI Defense

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Licensed to Practice United States Court Southern District of Texas Texas DWI Defense Lawyers Association

EDUCATION

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, Juris Doctorate (2004) Dean’s Merit Scholarship

Dean’s List Award

Mock Trial and Moot Court Participation

Phi Delta Phi Award for highest grade in Western Legal Tradition

Columbia University, New York, New York, Bachelor of Arts in History (2001)

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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?

Answer

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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