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Texas DWI Defense Specialist

Chris Hoover has been an attorney since 1986. He has always operated his own law office defending criminal cases. He began by accepting court appointments until he built his practice. For the past 15 years, Mr. Hoover has specialized exclusively in DWI defense, making him one of the most experienced and respected DWI trial lawyers in the country.

The son of a well respected physician in Dallas, Chris Hoover studied biology and chemistry during his first years of college. In 1992 he became interested in the science behind breath testing and took advanced DWI courses across the United States to learn more about breath testing and defending DWI cases.

Science Knowledge Aids DWI Defense

His advanced knowledge of science has proven very helpful in defending breath test and blood test cases as he understands the science the State experts discuss during trials and can make it understandable for a jury.

He is a Founding Member of the National College of DUI Defense. This college is dedicated to providing the most advanced teachings on the subject of defending DWI cases and is attended by attorneys from across the United States.

Teaches DWI Defense Nationwide

Chris Hoover has also been featured in many seminars across the United States that discuss the defense of DWI cases. He has gained a National Reputation as one of the best DWI attorneys in the State of Texas.

Most of his clients are referred by attorneys from across the United States and Texas as well as satisfied clients. He has a reputation as a thorough, educated and caring attorney. In dealing with cases involving addiction and dependency issues, he is also quite well known throughout the rehabilitation industry and often receives referrals from these agencies.



Advanced Professional Educational Achievements

National College of DUI Defense, Advanced DWI Training & Education; 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999; Harvard Law School, Boston, Massachusetts

This is the most advanced DWI practice course offered to attorneys. It consists of a given factual scenario and each attorney is required to prepare the case for trial. Upon arrival, lectures are given on each area of trial preparation and presentation by the nation=s leading DWI defense attorneys. The class is then broken into smaller groups in which each student demonstrates his ability and understanding of the lecture topic. After each demonstration, the student is critiqued by a three member panel again composed of the best DWI defense attorneys in the United States. In addition to the legal training, extensive training is given in the areas of science involved with professional DWI defense. Attendees work closely in groups with scientists who explain the most advanced developments in chemical breath testing using the same scientific instruments employed in their home jurisdictions.

Certified Field Sobriety Instructor, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

This course is based upon the scientific study conducted by the Southern California Research Institute for DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Exercises. It includes instruction on administration, procedure and evaluation of data collected for the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, One Leg Stand and Walk & Turn tests used by police officers across the United States in identifying potentially intoxicated drivers during traffic detentions. Mr. Hoover is a certified instructor in this course of study.

Certified Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator, American Legal Education

The Intoxilyzer 5000 is the breath test machine used throughout Texas to test possibly intoxicated persons who have been arrested for DWI and DUI under the current implied consent law. This machine is manufactured by CMI, Incorporated and is the predominant machine in the United States for breath testing by law enforcement personnel. This certification exceeds standards set by the Texas Alcohol Breath Testing Program for Breath Test Operators. In addition to learning how to conduct a valid breath test, this course also teaches the scientific aspects of breath alcohol testing, infrared photo-spectroscopy, the internal workings of the Intoxilyzer 5000, and calibration of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test machine.

Certified Blood & Urine Alcohol Testing, American Legal Education

This course is specifically tailored to study and understand the chemical testing of blood and urine used in intoxication offenses (DWI, Intoxication Assault & Intoxication Manslaughter, etc.). It includes extensive study of gas chromatography testing procedure and protocol. This type of testing is widely used in most hospitals and criminal laboratories for blood and urine analysis for the presence and concentration of alcohol and other substances in these body fluids. In addition to gas chromatography, testing kits used by police and paramedics in the field were also explained. Enzymatic blood analysis is another type of blood analysis that is encountered in laboratory testing and covered with this instructional certification. All potential problems in the collection, storage and testing procedures for blood and urine are covered for a proper and thorough defense of these issues at trial.



Practice areas


  1. Driving While Intoxicated: 100%
    28 years, 3.5 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul Nicholas Saputo Jr.

    I recently second-chaired a DWI case with Chris, and I can say from personal experience that he is a beast in the courtroom. His tactics are superb.


    Paul Saputo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Allison Elizabeth McCarthy

    Chris Hoover is amazing. I met him years ago thru several seminars and associations. His enthusiasm for justice is astounding. He never backs down and is always willing to push the State against the wall. I endorse this attorney.


    Allison McCarthy DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Law Offices of Christopher N. Hoover, P.C.

3300 Oak Lawn
Suite 403
Dallas, TX, 75219


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198610/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyChristopher N. Hoover1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Collin County Criminal Defense LawyersFounding Member, Past President1991 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember, Past Board of Directors1990 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1986 - Present
Dallas Criminal Defense LawyersMember, Past Board of Directors1986 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Cross Examination of the Technical Supervisor1999
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Handling the Intoxilyzer Supervisor in a DWI Case1999
North Texas Relocation Journal, Tarrant CountySpotlight on Chris Hoover1999
North Texas Relocation JournalSpotlight on Chris Hoover1998
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Constitutional Implications of DWI1998
Texas LawyerA Scapegoat in Wolf's Clothing, Root out Jurors' Attitudes on DWI Laws1997
National Law JournalConstitutional Implications of DWI1997
Texas Commercial RecorderAttorney Christopher N. Hoover's top ten list on how to avoid DWI and have a safe holiday1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of MississippiN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, San Antonio, TexasRelevant Issues in 2004 DWI Law, Enhancements & Surcharges,2004
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law SeminarDWI Statutes You Should Know2003
Continuing Defense Lawyers ProjectDWI Trial Evidence2003
American Legal EducationMastering Scientific Evidence; Presentation of a Trial Before the Court2002
Winter President's RetreatTop Ten ALR Defenses & the Effect of Prior Alcohol Related Arrests on Occupational Drivers Licenses2001
DWI 2001Cross Examination of the Technical Witness at ALR & Trial2001
What Civil Attorneys Should Know about DWIWhat Civil Attorneys Should Know about DWI2000
Criminal Trial Advocacy InstituteADWI 20002000
Annual Advanced Criminal Law SeminarCross Examination of the Intoxilyzer Supervisor in a DWI Case2000
ADWI 2000Lectures: Effective Client Interviews & The Importance of Effective DWI Representation2000
Quarterly EventDWI1999
Cross Examination of the Technical Supervisor of the Intoxilyzer 5000Cross Examination of the Technical Supervisor of the Intoxilyzer 50001999
Annual Advanced Criminal Law SeminarHandling the Intoxilyzer Supervisor1999
Winter DWI Specialty ProgramDWI1998
First Annual DWI SeminarDWI1998