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 Name Grantor Date
AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell 2013-2018
Best of the West- Criminal Defense Attorney KCBD 2017
Texas’ Top Lawyers Top Lawyers of Texas 2013-2016
Nation’s Top One Percent-2015 National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015
Fellow Award College of the State Bar of Texas 2010, 2013-2015
Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell 2013-2015
Superb Rated Attorney Avvo 2008-2015
Top Rated Lawyer Appellate Martindale-Hubbell 2015
Certificate of Membership Criminal Trial Lawyers Association 2014
Forensic Principles of DUID I Axion Training Institute 2014
Forensic Drug Analysis II Course Completion Axion Training Institute Certificate of Recognition 2013
15 Year Anniversary Service Award Martindale-Hubbell 2013
Certificate of completion of DNA analysis Dr. Hampikian DNA Class 2013
Course Director- Defending A DWI with Breath/Blood Evidence International Legal & Forensic Science Services Inc. 2013
IACP Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Class Platt & Associates 2013
Certificate of Excellence- Fundamentals of Gas Chromatography Shimadzue Lab Certificate of Excellence 2012
Intoxilyzer 5000 One Day Boot Camp Completion International Legal & Forensic Science Services, Inc. 2012
Certificate of Completion The Scientific Truth About HS-GC-FID & Pharmacology of Etoh, Marijuana, & Benzodiazepines 2011
Membership American Chemical Society 2011
Certificate of Completion Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases 2011
Board Certification in Criminal Law- 5 year recertification Texas Board of Legal Specialization 2010
Certificate of Completion Dr. Paul Homoly Communication 2010
Gas Chromatography: Fundamentals and Troubleshooting American Chemical Society 2009
Certificate of Completion Forensic Blood/Urine Seminar Headline Marketing Corporation 2008
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Behavioral Perspectives Steve Rubenzer, Ph.D., ABPP –Diplomate in Forensic Psychology 2007
Graduate of NCDD Summer School-Harvard National College for DUI Defense 2007
Board Certification in Criminal Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization 2005
Instructor Qualification for Intoxilyzer 5000 C.E.S. Consulting 2004
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Case NCDD 2003
Borkenstein Class on Alcohol and Highway Safety Indiana University Center for Studies of Law in Action 2003
Maintenance Course Intoxilyzer 5000 Breath Test Instrument C.E.S. Consulting, Inc. 2003
Operator Course Intoxilyzer 5000 Breath Test Instrument C.E.S. Consulting, Inc. 2003
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases NCDD 2002
Student Course Completion of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration via LaPier & Associates 2001
Certificate of Recognition Association of Trial Lawyers of America 2000

Work Experience

Title Firm Duration
Partner Texas Criminal Defense Group, Statewide Texas DWI and Criminal Defense practice 2013 – Present
Lead DWI Trial Attorney Stephen L. Hamilton, P.C. 2009 – Present
Partner and Trial Attorney Boatwright & Hamilton, P.C. 1999 – 2009
Attorney at Law King & Gregory, PLLC 1998 – 1999

Awards & Memberships