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Thomas Lane Hooton

DUI and DWI Attorney at Rockwall, TX

4.9   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 51 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1972
    Eligible to Practice in Texas Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2012

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    As a Former Judge - Tom Hooton knows how they convict you and how to fight them.

    53 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Don't plead guilty to a dwi. Many juries disagree with cops. iI am accepting clients. I have probably won more jury trials than 95 % of the lawyers in Dallas county. I try most of my cases whereas many attorneys do not. It is hard work trying a dwi case. That's all I handle.

    53 years, 1,000 cases

I am a former Judge and Assistant District Attorney/Prosecutor. I have over 40 years experience. I have been a candidate for the State Senate. I do not plead clients guilty to have spoken at many seminars teaching other attorneys about dwi. I have won more dwi cases than I can remember and most of them were to a jury. Don't let a plea lawyer plead you guilty. I have been a candidate for Dallas County Commisoner.  Many judges have told me that in their opinion I am the best attorney in front of a jury they have ever seen. In 1984 I tried a civil injury case and the jury awarded me a verdict of a quarter million dollars. Prior to trial I was offered $. After forty years practice I have more experience than ninety five percent of the attorneys I see every day. I have spoken at many seminars where attorneys are taught how to try Dwi cases. If you want an attorney that will fight for you yhen you should hire me.

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Hooton Law Office
1008 Ridge Road
Rockwall, TX, 75087

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4.9 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reduced to Obstruction of Highway
Mr. Hooton is a great lawyer! This was my first DWI case and even my first time going to jail so I have no experience with the system. After receiving his letter in the mail, I saw he only worked on DWI/DUI cases so I knew he would be the most knowledgeable. When I called him on the phone, he asked me questions about what happened the night I was arrested and gave me some peace of mind about my case. He understood I lived out of town and worked with me on that. After pushing my court date back so the DA may evaluate the evidence, the DWI is off my record!
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Posted by Westin | April 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job
Tom Hooton is a great lawyer, he worked long and hard on my case. Always kept me well informed on what was going on and never left me hanging. He got my DWI charge in Rockwall Country dismissed. I would highly recommend Tom Hooton.
Posted by Ricardo | May 19, 2015
Exceptional Knowlegable Attorney in Court
I was so impressed with the abundance of knowledge that Mr. Hooton has and puts on display when needed. From the very beginning Mr. Hooton, was clear on the experience he has. Experience just comes as a bonus. His knowledge of DWI laws is remarkable. He utilized his knowledge of the law to help me go from a DWI charge with State of Texas to a Not Guilty Dismissed verdict. I am very grateful that he was not afraid to go guns a blazing in the courtroom on my behalf.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2015
Tom Hooton is an Amazing Attorney
Being charged with a DWI was the worst experience of my life. Dealing with the entire legal system and the many "crook" attorneys trying to get my "business" was probably the second worst. Judging by many different reviews of other attorneys on on this website, I'm not the only one who has maybe had a very bad experience with a defense attorney...but TOM HOOTON IS A GREAT ATTORNEY. Tom was responsive from day one, and never stopped being responsive. He took the time to answer my many questions, all the while being respectful, and helping me to ultimately make the best decisions for me and my family. But don't let his wonderful "bedside manner" fool you. When it came time to deal with the DA and courts, he flat got down to business. Jail time and HUGE fines are not uncommon for DWI offenses. As a citizen and father of two, Tom understood what is at stake for me and family and truly took it upon himself to go to bat for us. Not only did I get a better deal than I could have dreamed of in my situation (probation, NO JAIL time), but he got another related charge completely DISMISSED and the DWI reduced to a Class B Misdemeanor. I now even have a chance to fight for non-disclosure of my offense, and I have no doubts that his tenacity and expertise will help us find success there as well. In short, I can honestly say that he takes a personal interest in clients and will FIGHT when needed in order to ensure the best possible outcome for his client. Because of his expertise, experience, customer service, and sheer will to fight for his client, I would recommend Tom Hooton to ANYONE in need of DWI representation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2014
Mr. Hooton represented myself during the long 16 months of my life that I will never forget. Due to his Dedication and knowledge, we obtained NOT GUILTY. It was a pleasure working with you Tom, thank you again for everything you did.
Response from Thomas Hooton December 19, 2014
This was a blood test case. The results were two times over the legal limit. The defendant was accused of bumping the complaints car. I cross examined the state's expert on the science involved and proved that their testing was flawed. The jury found my client not guilty.
Posted by Chad H | August 20, 2014
great lawyer
Great lawyer with no .bs i thought. He had two DWI cases completely dismissed. One of the cases they drew blood and i had a wreck. The other case i fired my first lawyer and hired Tom to get it dismissed. I thought his pricing was fair. All in all a great guy to have on ur side.
Posted by Jeromy | July 11, 2014
Outstanding DWI lawyer
Tom represented me in a DWI case in Rockwall County and I was found Not Guilty. If you need DWI representation in the Dallas area Tom is one of the best in the business. He knows the law and just flat out gets results.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2014
I am satisfied!
I was new in there and I felt myself extremely uncomfortable with all this procedure. Mr. Hooton leaded me through all this procedure with extreme attention and politeness. I always could obtain from him so necessary support and strength. I felt myself very safe over all procedure and now I feel myself excellent. Thank you Mr. Hooton!
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Posted by Roy | May 1, 2014
Got my DWI case dismissed!
Tom Hooton represented me on my DWI case. He got my DWI case dismissed. My breath test result was over .08 I recommend him highly!
Posted by Daniel | November 20, 2013
Awesome DUI Attorney
Tom Hooton was able to keep me out of jail, my brother out of jail, and my son out of jail. Need I even say more? The man is fantastic when it comes to being a DUI lawyer. It’s his hard work and dedication to his practice that kept the three of us out of jail on separate occasions. Obviously my family’s track record is not great when it comes to drinking and driving, but if you’re in search of a great DWI attorney, then I suggest Tom Hooton without a doubt! It was evident that his reputation preceded him upon his arrival to the courthouse.
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Posted by Aaron | October 24, 2013
Another Win For Tom Hooton
For starterFor starters, drinking and driving is is one of the most unintelligent decisions someone in this day and age can make. One, because you'll never get away with it, and two because you are putting everyone around you in danger. I am truly very sorry for what I have done, and thank the lord no one was hurt. Thomas Hooton is a great DWI attorney! If it wasn't for him, my family would be in a very sticky situation right now. His knowledge of the field was quite apparent which just continued to boost my confidence in him throughout the trial. Needless to say, I'm not behind bars, my kids still have their Dad, and I'm here typing this review to show my appreciation as opposed to what the other outcome may have been. Thanks a lot Mr. Hooton, my family and I really owe you one!
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Posted by Will Nevola | September 17, 2013
Dating back a few months ago my son Jarrod received his second DUI. My wife and I were very unhappy with this as we thought we raised him to be better than that. With that being said, a friend referred us to use Thomas Hooton for our lawyer since our first time around didn't turn out so pleasant. We took their advice and thank God we did!! Jarrod did not have to go to jail! Without Mr. Hooton's demeanor and reputation, I don't think our outcome would have been so nice. He was so professional in the courtroom, refused to plea Jarrod guilty, and kept us well informed throughout the whole trial! I give him an A++ ranking and strongly recommend his services to anyone in need of a DUI/DWI defense attorney!
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Posted by Bill | September 5, 2013
Need a DUI Lawyer in Dallas, TX? Thomas Hooton Is The Man For The Job!!!
Mr. Hooton was the best lawyer experience I have ever had. Hands down, plain and simple. He makes sure he understands you as a client. He is very easy to talk to, and puts you in a position where you can feel at ease given the situation you are in. My favorite part about having him as my lawyer was the fact that he always showed up EARLY for court and kept me filled in with everything! Also, the fact that he always returned my phone calls in a very timely manner was a plus as well. Other lawyers I have had in the past are never on time, and that is not something that you want to be worrying about when going to face the judge. Mr. Hooten's promptness, as well as his skill-set kept me out of jail. And for that I thank you, my company thanks you, and my family thanks you! If you are an individual like myself who has a great deal to lose from this one poor decision you have regrettably made (drinking and driving), then Mr. Thomas Hooton is the man you need to speak with! He's down to earth, respectful and genuine. Not to mention, HE GETS THE JOB DONE. I had very high expectations, and Mr. Hooton exceeded every last one of them. I give him a Five-Star rating without question, and I certainly recommend his services to anyone in need. Hope this review helps!
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Posted by Anna B. | August 21, 2013
Well, that was not the worst thing thats ever happened to me
My family is so pissed at me for getting a DWI but they bailed me out by paying for my lawyer. They are still pissed at me but since Tom took care of all the work and helped get me out of jail time they are a lot happier with me now. I'm still going to be able to graduate and so then hopefully we'll never talk about this again but if you're looking for a good lawyer then Tom will help you out and your life won't be ruined. Probably best if you don't tell your family though they don't even need to know.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2013
I got a DUI thankfully I found Hooton for my lawyer
I couldn't believe I got a DUI usually I am not like that and I really felt fine but they said at the checkpoint that I was over the legal limit and then I thought I was going to lose my job. Thankfully Hooton put so much hard work into my case and I am so grateful that I didn't get charged with what I was going to at first. I didn't even get my license suspended... so it all turned out ok after all. What a relief.
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Posted by John | March 20, 2013
A great, well seasoned attorney with repeat, satisfied clients.
I have tried several cases with Mr. Hooton and he is a very professional and seasoned attorney with a plethora of experience. We have repeat, satisfied clients and I think that speaks for itself. DWIs are a long, tedious, and expensive process. I'm proud to stand next to Mr. Hooton.
Posted by Phillip | February 28, 2013
Excellent DWI attorney
I have know this lawyer for over 20 years. He is very intelligent and hard working. He does an outstanding job representing his clients. He is aggressive in trial and gets great results. I have referred many clients to him and they have all been extremely happy.
Posted by Jenny | February 7, 2013
Vast Knowledge and Very Supportive
Mr. Hooton has supported me and helped me through several legal concerns and issues. He has been very professional, honest, reliable, and helpful. I apprecaited his focus on my needs and realistic approach. I completely trust him to represent and guide me.
Posted by Ginger | December 20, 2012
Very experienced and helpful!
Tom Hooton has been a valuable resource for me to have in my back pocket any time I need legal help. I have known Tom since 1995 and have learned through the years that he is the most reliable and knowledgeable lawyer I've ever met. His patience, vast knowledge, quick whit, and warm personality help me feel comfortable and tust his advice.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2012
Awesome Lawyer!
I made a stupid mistake after drinking a little too much one night and got behind the wheel. Got pulled over & arrested for DUI. I heard about him from one of my friends that Mr. Hooton had represented. He (& his office) were really nice and helpful right from the start and they kept me informed of what was going on, when I had to go to court, etc. First time offense, so he was able to get me probation & driving classes and I kept my license. I could have really screwed things up for myself, but he walked me through the whole thing. Would definately recommend him.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012.

Public Reprimand issued in TX, 2012
updated on 01/26/2015

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Thomas's comment: “This was issued solely based on a technicality, not my abilities as a lawyer. In fact the higher court affirmed me. This should not be on my record, but after 44 years I guess it's expected when you count the number of cases i've handled. This was not filed by a client, but by the bar.”

Public Reprimand issued in TX, 1991
updated on 03/15/2019

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Attorney teacher candidate
  • Asst. District Attorney , State Senate candidate, Dallas County Commissioner candidate
  • 1972 - Present
  • Dallas County Commisioner
  • Candidate for
  • 1981 - 2015
  • Judge
  • Municipal Court of Seagoville
  • 1978 - 1981
  • Judge
  • Dallas County Municipal Courts
  • 1973 - 1976
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney Offices
  • 1972 - 1973
  • Teacher
  • Liberty Junior High
  • 1967 - 1968
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  • South Texas College Of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • Texas A&M University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1967

Sample of Legal Cases

  • dwi
  • dwi
  • dwi
  • Dismissed
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  • Texas DWI Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Chemical Society
  • Advocate
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Texas State Senate, candidate
  • State of Texas
  • 1980 - 1980
  • Dallas Bar Association,former member
  • Member
  • 1972 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Superior Trial Achievement Award
  • Texas DWI Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Superior Trial Achievement Award
  • Texas DWI Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Superior Trial Achievement Award
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2000
  • Former President
  • White Rock Rotary Club
  • 1990
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  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Traffic Laws
  • 1974

Speaking Engagements

  • Burrows Dwi Conference
  • Driving While Intoxicated. I was a conference Director
  • 2014
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • How to Win a Blood Test Case
  • 2010
  • strategies in defending dwi and dui cases
  • dwi
  • 2008
  • Winning a dwi case
  • DWI
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (6)
Endorse Thomas
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hooton has proven himself in the courtroom as one of the very best DWI trial lawyers in the state of Texas. I have seen him win cases where the odds were tremendously against his client. His superior ability to select the best jury and to cross examine police officers gives him the edge in any trial."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a well-respected attorney in the criminal defense bar and has the skins on the wall to prove it. He genuinely cares about his client and seeking justice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Toms's a great lawyer sure to get you great results!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a lawyer's lawyer! He exudes confidence no matter what the circumstance he is facing. Tom is a very respected advocate who has earned both the respect and admiration of the prosecutors and judges he practices with. He has done so through his natural skill and hard learned past lessons that continually demonstrate tenacity, courage, caring, and most of all, his passion to protect the rights of every single client he represents. In sum, Tom Hooten is the model lawyer other attorneys want to become."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is one of the few DWI specialists. He never backs down from even the most challenging trials. Anyone charged with a DWI in Texas should have Tom on their side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He would be part of my DWI dream team of lawyers any day. He has expertise and familiarity with all the courts throughout the DFW metroplex."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Tom Hooton if you have a DWI. I have known Tom for 25 years. Tom is a fighter and the DA's know that and many times work out solutions for difficult cases. He is one of the few Dallas lawyers that actually go to trial in DWI cases. Tom is not much for pleading his clients guilty. He will fight ALL cases with good or bad facts. You can't go wrong if Tom is your lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a well-known DWI attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Rockwall DUI and DWI Lawyer Thomas Lane Hooton
Thomas Lane Hooton
DUI and DWI Attorney
Rockwall, TX
Licensed for 51 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012. See details