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Stephen Lyle Hamilton

Stephen Lyle Hamilton

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, Federal Crime, Expungement

About Me

Board Certified in Criminal Law, AV Rated, tried over 100 jury trials and a published author, I wrote the book on DWI 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" expereince I will show you how my trial experience of over 100 trials can help in your case.  


My name is Stephen Hamilton; I am a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney who focuses on DWI cases.  I have spent my sixteen years of practice on the defense side.  I began to focus on DWI cases in early 2000 after becoming a member of the National College for DUI Defense.  I have hundreds of hours of continuing legal education on criminal law issues and specifically on DWI/DUI defense. 


I am married to an amazing woman, Ressa Hamilton.  Ressa was born and raised here in Lubbock.  We have two wonderful children, Jaxon and Raygen Hamilton who have been a true blessing in my life.  My family and I are blessed to live in Lubbock and have many close family members and friends who we enjoy spending time with often. 


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.




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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    17 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    17 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 5%
    17 years, 300 cases
  4. Federal Crime: 3%
    17 years
  5. Expungement: 2%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

45 total 

  • Glen W. Neeley

    Without a doubt, Stephen Hamilton is the best DWI lawyer in West Texas, Lubbock area. I have known Steve for over 15 years. There is no one with more work ethic. Steve fights to win and cares about his clients. He is a dying bread of lawyers. He is a Trial Lawyer. He is not afraid to go to trial and defend the rights of citizens. He has state and federal experience. He has defended the worst of the worst, and the best of the best. He puts his heart into every case. I consult with Steve at least weekly about issues. He has lectured on all aspects of DWI defense and is well respected by other lawyers around him. It is without hesitation that I endorse Stephen Hamilton.


    Glen Neeley DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Bobby D. Mims

    Steve Hamilton is one of the best DWI lawyers in Texas. If I get into trouble anywhere Lubbock, Texas, Steve is on my very short call list. He is an expert in the Intoxilyzer 5000 and in all issues related to Driving While Intoxicated cases. Moreover, he is active in his professional organizations, his church and community. Steve Hamilton is a first class individual and a top-notch lawyer.


    Bobby Mims Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Hamilton, Hull & Rogers

802 Main Street
Lubbock, TX, 79401

Hamilton, Hull & Rogers

4213 SW 21st Street
Suite C
Amarillo, TX, 79106

Hamilton, Hull & Rogers

112 S. Loraine
Suite 505
Midland, TX, 79701

Hamilton, Hull & Rogers

500 Chestnut Street
Suite 1700
Abilene, TX, 79602

Hamilton, Hull & Rogers

855 Central Drive #20
Odessa, TX, 79761



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199805/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Avvo- Superb Rated Attorney 2015Avvo2015
Fellow AwardCollege of the State Bar of Texas2015
Top Lawyers of Texas 2015Texas' Top Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 2015Martindale-Hubbell2015
Client Distinction Awardlawyers.com2015
Nation’s Top One Percent-2015National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top Rated Lawyer AppellateMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client Distinction Awardmartindale.com2014
Avvo--Superb Rated Attorney-2014Avvo2014
Certificate of MembershipCriminal Trial Lawyers Associaton2014
AV Preeminent 2014Martindale-Hubbell2014
Forensic Principles of DUID IAxion Training Institute2014
Fellow AwardCollege of the State Bar of Texas2014
Top Lawyers of Texas 2014Texas' Top Lawyers2014
Top Lawyers of Texas 2013Texas' Top Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent 2013Martindale-Hubbell2013
IACP Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner ClassPlatt & Associates2013
Avvo--Superb Rated Attorney-2013AVVO2013
15 Year Anniversary Service AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Course Director- Defending A DWI with Breath/Blood EvidenceInternational Legal & Forensic Science Services Inc.2013
Certificate of completion of DNA analysisDr. Hampikian DNA Class2013
Fellow AwardCollege of the State Bar of Texas2013
Forensic Drug Analysis II Course CompletionAxion Training Institute Certificate of Recognition2013
Avvo--Superb Rated Attorney-2012AVVO2012
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
Certificate of CompletionMastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases2011
MembershipAmerican Chemical Society2011
Avvo--Superb Rated Attorney-2011AVVO2011
Certificate of CompletionDr. Paul Homoly Communication2010
Avvo--Superb Rated Attorney-2010AVVO2010
Fellow 2010State Bar of Texas2010
Board Certification in Criminal law- 5 year recertificationTexas Board of Legal Specialization2010
Avvo--Superb Rated Attorney-2008AVVO2009
Gas Chromatography: Fundamentals and TroubleshootingAmerican Chemical Society2009
Avvo--Superb Rated Attorney-2008AVVO2008
Certificate of Completion Forensic Blood/Urine SeminarHeadline Marketing Corporation2008
Graduate of NCDD Summer School-HarvardNational College for DUI Defense2007
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Behavioral PerspectivesSteve Rubenzer, Ph.D., ABPP --Diplomate in Forensic Psychology2007
Board Certification in Criminal lawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2005
Instructor Qualification for Intoxilyzer 5000C.E.S. Consulting2004
Operator Course Intoxilyzer 5000 Breath Test InstrumentC.E.S. Consulting, Inc.2003
Maintenance Course Intoxilyzer 5000 Breath Test InstrumentC.E.S. Consulting, Inc.2003
Borkenstein Class on Alcohol and Highway SafetyIndiana University Center for Studies of Law in Action2003
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI CasesNCDD2003
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
TitleCompany NameDuration
Lead Trial Attorney and CEOHamilton, Hull & Rogers Attorneys at Law2013 - 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

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Association of Forensic ScientistsMember2013 - Present
Fifth Circuit Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2000 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPast President1999 - Present
American Chemical SocietyMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Texas v. C.B.DWI Arrest, Not Guilty finding by a jury.
State of Texas v. J.MFelony DWI reduced
State of Texas v. W.SDWI Not Guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
A Citizen's Guide to a Theft Arrest In TexasProtect your Future, Know your Rights- A Citizen's Guide to a Theft Arrest In Texas2015
A Citizen's Guide to a Domestic Assault Arrest In TexasProtect your Future, Know your Rights- A Citizen's Guide to a Domestic Assault Arrest In Texas2015
A Citizen's Guide to a Marijuana Arrest In TexasProtect your Future, Know your Rights- A Citizen's Guide to a Marijuana Arrest In Texas2015
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in Texas2013
A Citizens Guide to understanding their DWI ChargeTexas DWI Survival Guide2012
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in Texas2012
Lubbock Law NotesMandatory Blood Draws by the Police, Coming to Your Local 7-11 Parking Lot?2009

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oklahoma City University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWICollateral Consequences of DWI Convictions2014
Nuts n Bolts Criminal Defense Lawyers Project (CDLP)DWI Defense2014
DWI Defense ProjectDWI Blood Testing2014
Adv. Criminal LawDiscovery in DWI Blood Cases2014
Trial Skills: Defending a DWI Case with Breath/Blood EvidenceVarious Topics2013
Lubbock Criminal Defense " Prairie Dog Lite"Attacking DWI Blood Test Warrants2009
DWI 101How to try a DWI Breath Test Case2006
LCDLA SeminarHow to try a DWI Breath Test and Win2004
2nd Annual Texas Forensics SeminarBreath Testing in DWI2004
TCDLA DWIIdeas on DWI trials2003