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