With Offices in Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland/ Odessa, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. Attorney Stephen Hamilton is a partner and Trial Attorney at Texas Criminal Defense Group Stephen is AV rated, the highest rating one can receive through that rating system. Stephen is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Overall in Texas less one percent of all lawyers who practice criminal law are board-certified in criminal law.
Stephen has written and published the Citizen's Guide to a Marijuana Arrest in Texas book. This book is designed for folks who have been or who know someone who has been charged with Possession of Marijuana in Texas. It is a straight-forward book with lots of real advice.
In addition to defending folks on Possession of Marijuana, Stephen also fights DWI charges involving alcohol and marijuana. He has spoken throughout Texas and several other states regarding how to defend DWI cases. He has taught hundreds of other lawyers how to try DWI marijuana cases and has taught DWI and Marijuana blood testing through the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Stephen is trained under the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) and has completed training as an instructor of the SFSTs. He has completed the training as a breath test operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test machine (the same machine used in Texas for courtroom breath tests). He has also completed training as a breath test instructor and maintenance technician of the unit.
Stephen owns two (2) Intoxilyzer units (the same units that Texas uses for evidentiary breath tests). He owns a portable breath test machine and the same field sobriety testing manuals used by law enforcement officers. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyerâ€™s Association, and several regional associations.
Stephen has attended the Robert F. Borkenstien course on Alcohol and Highway Safety, Testing, Research, and Legislation taught at Indiana University. This is the same course the prosecutorâ€™s Intoxilyzer expert attended. In addition, Stephen has completed the Blood Testing Gas Chromatograph training in Chicago. This school covers the operation and use of the machine that Texas uses to test a personâ€™s blood for alcohol and or drugs. Stephen has also completed the solid-state drug testing class in Chicago. This is the same type of training that lab techs in Texas receive to test drugs, both illegal and legal.
Admitted to Practice in State Courts in Texas Admitted to Practice in the Northern District of Texas (Federal Court) Admitted to Practice in the Western District of Texas (Federal Court) Admitted to Practice 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal Court) Member and in good standing of the State Bar of Texas Member of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association Member of State Bar College of Texas Trained to administer standardized field sobriety tests and evidentiary breath tests
Board Certified in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization