Stephen Lyle Hamilton Partner

Licensed since 1998


READY FOR TRIAL! Board Certified in Criminal Law, AV-rated. My firm has tried over 650 jury trials!

Board Certified in Criminal Law, AV Rated, tried over 100 jury trials and a published author, I wrote the book on DWI and Criminal law defense. Before you talk to ANY lawyer get a copy of my DWI Survival Guide, A Citizen’s Protection Manual for a DWI Arrest. While other lawyers “advertise” experience I will show you how my trial experience of over 100 trials can help in your case.

Because my practice focuses on DWI defense and criminal law, I often speak and lecture to other lawyers about how to try a DWI case. Local media in cases and issues involving DWI or other intoxication issues has interviewed me.

My goal is to focus on each case that I take and provide personal client attention. I try more cases in a year than most criminal lawyers try in ten years and I believe that is for several reasons. First, I like my clients. If I can help them in their time of stress I want to do whatever I can. Second, I like trials. I enjoy the stress that comes with being in trial. I believe that when I walk in that courtroom, as arrogant as this might sound, I am in charge and the goal is to help my client.


Award NameGrantorDate
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2013-2018
Best of the West- Criminal Defense AttorneyKCBD2017
Texas’ Top LawyersTop Lawyers of Texas2013-2016
Nation’s Top One Percent-2015National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Fellow AwardCollege of the State Bar of Texas2010, 2013-2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013-2015
Superb Rated AttorneyAvvo2008-2015
Top Rated Lawyer AppellateMartindale-Hubbell2015
Certificate of MembershipCriminal Trial Lawyers Association2014
Forensic Principles of DUID IAxion Training Institute2014
Forensic Drug Analysis II Course CompletionAxion Training Institute Certificate of Recognition2013
15 Year Anniversary Service AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Certificate of completion of DNA analysisDr. Hampikian DNA Class2013
Course Director- Defending A DWI with Breath/Blood EvidenceInternational Legal & Forensic Science Services Inc.2013
IACP Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner ClassPlatt & Associates2013
Certificate of Excellence- Fundamentals of Gas ChromatographyShimadzue Lab Certificate of Excellence2012
Intoxilyzer 5000 One Day Boot Camp CompletionInternational Legal & Forensic Science Services, Inc.2012
Certificate of CompletionThe Scientific Truth About HS-GC-FID & Pharmacology of Etoh, Marijuana, & Benzodiazepines2011
MembershipAmerican Chemical Society2011
Certificate of CompletionMastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases2011
Board Certification in Criminal Law- 5 year recertificationTexas Board of Legal Specialization2010
Certificate of CompletionDr. Paul Homoly Communication2010
Gas Chromatography: Fundamentals and TroubleshootingAmerican Chemical Society2009
Certificate of Completion Forensic Blood/Urine SeminarHeadline Marketing Corporation2008
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Behavioral PerspectivesSteve Rubenzer, Ph.D., ABPP –Diplomate in Forensic Psychology2007
Graduate of NCDD Summer School-HarvardNational College for DUI Defense2007
Board Certification in Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2005
Instructor Qualification for Intoxilyzer 5000C.E.S. Consulting2004
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI CaseNCDD2003
Borkenstein Class on Alcohol and Highway SafetyIndiana University Center for Studies of Law in Action2003
Maintenance Course Intoxilyzer 5000 Breath Test InstrumentC.E.S. Consulting, Inc.2003
Operator Course Intoxilyzer 5000 Breath Test InstrumentC.E.S. Consulting, Inc.2003
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI CasesNCDD2002
Student Course Completion of Standardized Field Sobriety TestingNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration via LaPier & Associates2001
Certificate of RecognitionAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America2000

Work Experience

PartnerHamiltonGrant Attorneys at Law, Statewide Texas DWI and Criminal Defense practice2013 – Present
Lead DWI Trial AttorneyStephen L. Hamilton, P.C.2009 – Present
Partner and Trial AttorneyBoatwright & Hamilton, P.C.1999 – 2009
Attorney at LawKing & Gregory, PLLC1998 – 1999

Awards & Memberships