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Stephen David Handy

Criminal defense Attorney at Hurst, TX

4.7   14 reviews

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I am devoted to giving personal contact with clients when they are facing an allegation of any criminal nature that I am well aware can adversely effect the rest of their life. When you are charged or being investigated I realize being able to get ahold of your attorney is very important to you. All clients have my cell phone handy. I only handle criminal cases so that I may properly and effectively serve my clients. My practice is devoted primarily to dwi, theft, drug, and assault charges.

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    I have made it a priority in my practice to become as effective an attorney as I possible can when it comes to the area of DUI/DWI defense. I am one of only a few attorney's in Tarrant County, Texas that is a member of the National College of DWI Defense. I fully understand the stress and anxiety a client feels when charged with a DWI, and I know that having an attorney that truly cares in the outcome of your case, but has the knowledge and desire to obtain the best result is so important.

    23 years

  3. Expungement
    An Expunction is a valuable tool which enables a person with a criminal history to have his or her reputation restored by having the arrest or charge removed from their record. It is as though it never even happened. Please call and let me investigate if you are eligible for an expunction of criminal records.

    23 years

I focus on vigorously defending people accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses.  I served as a Tarrant County Prosecutor prior to opening my own criminal defense practice in 2000.  I understand the stress and anxiety my clients are feeling and believe it is my purpose as a criminal attorney to work hard and diligently to protect my clients rights and future.  


As a Christian and a Criminal Defense Attorney it is not uncommon for people to ask, "how are those compatible? Don't you just get people off?" I don't condone sin or bad behavior, but I'm also not free from it. There are several reasons I have such an incredible passion for my work. First, we live in a country that requires the government to prove you are guilty beyond all reasonable doubt before you are convicted of a crime. Until you are put in a position to defend your name and your future those words won’t have much meaning. But to me, and the people who trust me to protect them, it means that a good defense with the protections and rights of the Constitution is the only thing standing between government and the result the government wants. We don't live in a country where someone says you committed a crime, and now you have to prove your innocence.

Life is hard enough without having a criminal record follow you around. I cannot promise a dismissal, but I can promise I will work as hard as possible to put you in a position to protect your future. Seeing a young person get a second chance after a mistake and capitalize on that second chance is well worth fighting for.

Now, forty five years old, I have spent the majority of my life in the Metroplex. I grew up in North Richland Hills and graduated from Richland High School in 1986. I attended Abilene Christian University for two years and then transferred to Baylor University were I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991. Growing up I attended North Richland Hills Baptist Church in North Richland Hills. Now my family and I attend Christ Chapel in Arlington. I am happily married and have two children. All three are incredible gifts from God. We spend our time as a family between our home in Arlington and a small ranch in Graham, Texas. We enjoy golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling. 

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Licensed for 26 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1996
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Stephen

Stephen D. Handy Attorney at Law
1409 Precinct Line Rd, Suite 100
Hurst, TX, 76053
Law Office of Stephen Handy
6519 E Lancaster Avenue, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX, 76112
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4.7 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2022
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5 Stars
Excellent communication with me regarding my type of case, what he needed me to do, the timeline of everything, and how he’d do the job to clear my record of the particular incident so I could have peace of mind. He delivered by exceeding expectations, after laying out the possibilities. That’s all I could ask for. His paralegal Kim was also great to work with regarding scheduling and very detail oriented. I’m glad I hired Stephen to help me work through and be cleared of a mistake I made and potentially embarrassing moment in my life.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2022
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Hire him!!
This was my first time ever needing a lawyer. Stephen and Kim were there for me every step of the way. He went above and beyond and got me even better then the best possible outcome! Do yourself a favor and hire him.
Posted by Lorrie | May 17, 2021
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Professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value
I highly recommend Stephen Handy for any of your legal needs. His integrity, transparency & great communication with us throughout the process was perfect! We will forever be thankful to Stephen & his staff for their hard work as our outcome was successful. Thank you Mr. Handy.
Posted by Mitchell | January 25, 2020
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Excellent Choice....look no farther
This was the first time I've ever needed a criminal lawyer so after doing my research I hired Stephen. After our first consultation I felt that he was honest, knew what he was going after, and made me aware of the best and worst scenarios. He gave me his personal cell & email so I could speak to him directly when I needed to. He worked hard on my case and got my felony reduced to a misdemeanor with no probation, community service etc. My family and I are thankful we found him. Also his paralegal was very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Stephen Handy and would use him again in a heartbeat. I thank God for Stephen
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Posted by Damon | April 9, 2018
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Top Notch...Hire Him!
We have hired Mr. Stephen Handy to represent us with some pretty serious charges 3 separate times and Mr. Handy has either got charges dropped or very positive results in our favor. He is a Top Notch Attorney! He's honest and very professional. His office always responds promptly to any and all questions as well. This is a solid man and attorney. Hire him! You won't be sorry... Thank you Mr. Handy!!
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Posted by Samantha Rios | April 15, 2017
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5 star
I was a client of Mr.Handys he got one charge dropped and a offer i couldnt refuse on the other. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2016
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Class B theft + multiple serious traffic citations.
I finally made a good legal decision! Mr Handy delivers. He sets realistic expectations and follows through. His office is quick to respond to questions and is very accommodating. Prior to hiring him, I did my due diligence and consulted with a few other firms. I didn't feel I needed to, as he is very personable and doesn't waste your time with irrelevant commentary, but I felt it would be irresponsible not to. I chose him because he made it clear that he would be the one handling my case. The others I consulted made me feel like just a paycheck. I had experienced other firms where you never meet your lawyer until your court date. (If ever) Or everything is farmed out to paralegals or associates your never hear from. His recommendations were accurate, and court went smoothly with no complaints. I give him 5 stars! One for each charge he got DISMISSED. I highly recommend Mr Handy, and look forward to referring anyone in need to him in the future. Mr. Handy is NOT a stereotypical attorney....Thankfully!
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Posted by terry | June 18, 2016
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i was charged with theft, was guilty of the charged, he fought for me even knowing my extensive back ground. He continue reassuring me. found a program that he thought could help me help myself without losing my life and starting all over again. I was accepted into the program. I truly thank him for his persistent attitude and his outgoing personality.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2016
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Best criminal lawyer
Steve is the best of all the lawyers I interviewed for my case. He treated me as a normal person who was in a bad situation. In the end he got my case dismissed. Best ever!
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2015
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Highly Recommend
Stephen was great! He is knowledgeable and knows what moves to make and when to make them. I was charged with a felony, dropped to a misdemeanor and finally my case got dismissed. He was confident yet honest and always knew what he was doing. He took care of me and I cannot articulate how grateful I am for him.
Posted by Jeff | February 5, 2015
Stellar person, pillar of the legal community, genuine, well informed
First meeting with any attorney is difficult under just about any circumstances. Steve on the other hand put me at ease from the moment we met. He did not make empty promises as many attorneys tend to do in the criminal defense system, but he was very encouraging and transparent regarding every aspect of our defense strategy. Happily in my case the outcome was better than I could have expected and I do owe immense gratitude to God for putting Steve in my path. Bad things do happen to good people and God willing it never happens to you, but if it ever does and you are looking for the very best defense possible, I would not hesitate to STRONGLY recommend Stephen Handy!
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Posted by Danielle | December 3, 2014
I would definitely reccomend Stephen Handy to anyone with a criminal case
Stephen Handy is a great attorney. He genuinely cared about my case and kept me informed. He got my case dismissed and I would recommend him to everyone!
Posted by Sherry | October 16, 2014
Excellent Attorney
I never thought I would need a criminal lawyer but about 2 months ago I did need one. I was referred by Stephen Handy by an attorney I know. Wow he was great. He not only got the bogus charges dropped he did it in less than 24 hours. I will tell everyone I know who needs a criminal attorney to call Stephen.
Posted by Donnita Smart | March 10, 2022
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If I could give 0 stars I would!
This attorney mainly took personal vacations than work my boyfriends case. He takes no initiation! If you’re in a situation needing to hire an attorney please continue to looking elsewhere. I’m not sure if the positive reviews are paid advertisements but surely wasn’t the case. Run the other way fast!!!! Complete waste of time and money spent!!
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Stephen D Handy PLLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Tarrant County District Attorney
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Midemeanor Intern
  • Tarrant County District Attorney
  • 1993 - 1996


  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Baylor University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Case Results
  • Cases dismissed or no-billed by the Grand Jury


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • A+
  • BBB of Fort Worth
  • 2016
  • A+
  • BBB of Dallas
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
  • Assault Bodily Injury Family Member cases and their consequences in family law and child custody matters
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
Endorse Stephen
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable, he cares about his clients, and is great to work with. I highly recommend Stephen!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a among the best lawyers in Tarrant County. If youre in trouble with the law, he should be on the top of your list always."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Steve for many years. He is an outstanding attorney with a wealth of knowledge and experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Stephen since his days in the District Attorney's Office. He is an excellent lawyer and a true advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many people to Stephen. Everyone has been very pleased with his representation. I would highly recommend Stephen if you need a criminal defense attorney"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stephen is a hard working lawyer who fights very hard for his clients. he and I discussed a DUI case where a blood draw was done in the hospital. Stephen wanted to learn all about the testing process so that he could vigorously fight for his client. Stephen was not satisfied with just a BAC reading on a piece of paper. This differentiates him from 99% of lawyers who handle DUI cases. Stephen does not "handle" DUI cases. He fights them and that is a big difference. I recommend Stephen highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Handy is a savvy, honest attorney who knows the Tarrant County criminal courts inside and out. He is a zealous advocate and will fight for the very best outcome for his clients that have been accused of crimes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Handy is an excellent criminal defense attorney. I am a family law lawyer who, from time to time, needs to refer clients (and others) to a criminal attorney for various reasons. The feedback I get from those who hire him is nothing but positive. Mr. Handy always takes care of his clients. He is respectful, straightforward and honest. If I ever needed an attorney for a criminal matter of my own, he is the only person I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve and I have been friends and colleagues for more than 20 years. He is an excellent attorney and a good man. He has a passion for criminal law and providing high quality representation for each and every client. His compassion for people benefits his clients because he really cares about them and works hard to achieve results that an average lawyer might not. If you need an attorney in the Tarrant county area, call Steve today."
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Hurst Criminal defense Lawyer Stephen David Handy
Stephen David Handy
Criminal defense Attorney
Hurst, TX
Licensed for 26 years
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