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Shane Peter Phelps

Criminal defense Attorney at Bryan, TX

5.0   72 reviews

also known as Shane Phelps Law

  • Licensed for 36 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Shane

Learn Shane’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    I practice criminal defense law almost exclusively. I do accept selected family law, civil litigation, and personal injury cases on a case by case basis. I am board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    14 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    Designated by the American Chemical Society, as a Forensic Lawyer Scientist in recognition of my extensive coursework completions. This training is critical in my extensive DWI practice along with being a former prosecutor.

    14 years

  3. Family
    3%

  4. Personal injury
    2%

    12 years

IF YOU NEED AGGRESSIVE, EFFECTIVE CRIMINAL REPRESENTATION, GIVE SHANE PHELPS A CALL AT 979-212-8192

I am a former Marine, having served on active duty from 1977-80.  I graduated from Rice University in Houston in 1983 and the University of Texas School of Law in Austin in 1987.  I was licensed to practice law in Texas in 1987.  I served as an assistant district attorney in Houston from 1987 to 1990, when I left to accept a position as a special prosecutor for the Texas Attorney General's Office in Austin.  After two years there, I was promoted to head a division of special prosecutors, investigators, and staff at the Attorney General's Office.  In that role, I traveled all over Texas handling complicated and high-profile criminal cases and grand jury investigations at the request of District Attorneys, County Attorneys, and Judges.  In 1995, I left the Attorney General's Office and went into private practice with a private insurance defense firm in Austin where I practiced insurance defense and criminal defense work.  In 1999, after John Cornyn was elected Texas Attorney General, he appointed me his Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice.  In that position, I managed 100 attorney, numerous investigators and paralegals, and staff.  I also served as the Attorney General's advisor on criminal justice matters.  In 2001, I left the Attorney General's Office and accepted a position in Brazos County as First Assistant District Attorney for the Brazos County District Attorney's Office, where I served until leaving for that office to start my own law firm.

Since leaving the DA's office in Brazos County, my practice has exploded.  I practice criminal defense almost exclusively, but accept other family law and civil cases on a case-by-case basis.  I am a board-certified criminal law specialist (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization) and have been designated by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific organization, as a Forensic Lawyer Scientist in recognition of my completion of extensive coursework in gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and the chemistry and pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic effects of alcohol and controlled substances on the human body.  This training is critical in my extensive DWI practice.

I currently am the owner, founder, and lead attorney at Shane Phelps Law.  I have three associate attorneys working for me.

I am married to Jean Ricciardello Phelps.  Jean is an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant and serves as the chief financial officer (CFO) of my law firm  She is also a trained and certified mediator.  Jean's expertise in financial matters is a huge help to me in handling white collar criminal cases.  

We have a very smart and strong-willed daughter, Mary Claire, who is the most important thing in our lives.  We live in College Station, Texas with two rescue dogs and three rescue cats.

Photos and videos

I have been asked a number of times to lecture to students at Texas A&M.  Here, I am teaching an upper-level business school class on White Collar Crime.
This is my 10-year-old daughter, Mary Claire, who often comes in with me on weekends to help out.
The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C. after renovation.  We moved in April 1, 2012 after five months of renovation on this 100-year-old building located just three blocks from the Brazos County Courthouse.
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  72 customer reviews
Posted by Terry, Houston TX | November 4, 2012
Great Lawyer
Mr. Phelps was referred to me by another attorney for a family law case, from the start this was a difficult case due to the other party evolved. Shane was great in the court room he is very calculating and was great on cross exam. I have had several attorneys over the years Mr. Phelps and his staff where professional, timely and extremely client friendly. I highly recommend him; he is also handling my estate planning and any other legal matters going forward.
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Posted by Elaine | November 5, 2012
Knowledgeable, Professional, Experienced
Not only would I recommend Shane, I will use him again if needed. He is extremely knowledgeable and yet somehow does not come across as arrogant. Shane makes you feel as though you are his only client. He returns your call promptly and keeps you informed along the way. If you are in need of an experienced attorney, Shane should be your first call.
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Posted by Amanda | May 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My sons case was dismissed!
Shane was the best ! He was very active and helping my son with his case. He suggested several extra things to do such as lie detector test , monthly drug tests, expert tox report…it all cost us additional money but well worth it since it meant getting a case dismissed. I highly recommend him !
Posted by Hoda | May 7, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer ever
Shane Phelps deserves immense praise and gratitude for his exceptional dedication and expertise in legal matters. His unwavering commitment to his clients and relentless pursuit of justice make him an invaluable asset to the legal community. With his sharp analytical skills and profound knowledge of the law, Shane Phelps consistently delivers outstanding results, providing his clients with the highest level of representation. Beyond his legal acumen, Shane is known for his compassionate approach, always putting the needs and concerns of his clients first. His integrity, professionalism, and genuine care for those he serves set him apart as a truly remarkable attorney. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Shane Phelps for his exceptional service and unwavering support. I owe him a lot for all his knowledge, kindness and support.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expertise, firmness, compassion
I was referred to Shane Phelps Law in Bryan, Texas, by a long term friend and acquaintance for questions that I had about a matter that had been referred to our county DA office for review. I was upset that our DA had been involved and I was therefore anxious about any unknown potential for criminal charges. Shane Phelps was compassionate, understanding and respectful of my concerns. He clearly explained the laws involved and was able to answer all of my questions as well as allay all of my concerns. His expertise and professional demeanor were appreciated beyond words. My heartfelt thanks go out to Shane, his associates and staff.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgable and Kind
I met with Shane Phelps several times. Everytime we met he not only took the time to meet with me, but also to ensure that I understood what was taking place, and that he cared about the results of my case.
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shane Phelps - The best criminal defense lawyer in Texas
Shane Phelps and his team did an INCREDIBLE job on a complicated and lengthy case. Shane's results were outstanding. I could not have asked for a better outcome. Shane's persistence defending me was remarkable. As the scope of the case evolved over time, Shane was flexible, fair, and easy to work with. Shane is extremely experienced, he has relationships that matter, and a presence in the courtroom that is magical. Shane is undoubtedly the best attorney I have ever worked with and I believe he’s the best criminal defense lawyer in the State of Texas. If you need a superb criminal defense lawyer, no need to look anywhere else – Shane Phelps is the simply the very best.
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Posted by Scott | November 18, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
He's The Best There Is
There aren’t enough stars or words to express our appreciation to the Shane Phelps Law Firm. It felt like they became part of our family. We were blessed to have Shane represent us. Thanks to Shane and his staff, our daughter can now go on with her life plans.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shane Phelps is the attorney you want.
Shane Phelps and his team did an absolute OUTSTANDING job on my case. I found Shane to be an exceptional lawyer with a deep understanding of the law, unmatched experience, and a strong commitment to his clients. Throughout the entire process, Shane and his team (Samantha, Bryan, and others) kept me up to date, were concise in what was needed from me, enabling Shane to knock it out of the park in trial. I was offered a fair rate which was a huge benefit for me in my situation. I cannot say enough good things about Shane Phelps Law. If you need a superb criminal defense lawyer, no need to look anywhere else – Shane Phelps is the simply the very best.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2023
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College Station DUI
Shane handled my college age son's DUI case which started in 2018. Shane ultimately took the case to trial and won. It's impossible to overstate how dedicated, thorough and professional Shane and his entire team are. Many thanks.
Posted by Vickie | April 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Juvenile sexual assault
Our son was falsely accused three years later of sexual assault. The alleged assault took place in his high school years. We hired Mr Phelps after we reached out to him; as a result of his free consultation. He told us how serious this charge can be. Our son is 20 now and is in college. He knew the law and pursued the truth (our son took a polygraph and passed). Shane fought for our son and as a result all charges were dropped. Thank you Shane.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Shane Phelps.
Shane went beyond the call of duty in his representation of my son. He was instrumental in getting him into a specific dual diagnosis rehab facility when my attempts were unsuccessful. Shane was relentless when fighting to ensure my son had a future and because of that, a suitable plea agreement was reached. While it was a very difficult time for our family, I am grateful that, with Shane's help, my son is in a wonderful place and has a bright future in front of him. Shane, Samantha and the entire office were a pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend Shane Phelps.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Easily the best option in Bryan/College Station
Following my DUI arrest, I consulted with several attorneys in Bryan/College Station to find the lawyer that would best represent me and provide the best possible outcome, and I am very glad that I chose Shane Phelps. Throughout the process, Shane's office answered all of my questions and walked me through the entire process. My particular case had some specific extenuating circumstances, and Shane's team worked diligently to understand my needs and provide the best possible outcome. Shane's paralegal Samantha and his wife Jean, along with his entire staff, were fantastic and overall his office was compassionate and understanding. Ultimately, Shane's ability to navigate the complicated and unpredictable nature of the Brazos County court system and his expertise prevailed and provided me with more than what I could have imagined getting in terms of an outcome. If you, like me, have found yourself in a situation where you need someone on your side, Shane and his office are the best in Brazos County.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Treated me very kindly and represented me well
Shane took plenty of time to explain the exact process of my hearing and genuinely took time to get to know me and understand my goals. He and his staff treated me very kindly throughout the whole process. Shane has represented me twice and gotten amazing outcomes each time.
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
Shane Phelps was a Godsend to us. He personally consulted with me on the phone and in person about our case for hours before contracts were even mentioned and gave us so much crucial information to help us navigate a very difficult time for our family. His knowledge, experience, and connections in the county were matched with a sympathetic attitude and genuine desire to help.
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Posted by Robert | October 7, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
friend of a friend in need
Shane came highly recommended by a lawyer friend and he was fantastic! Within 48 hours of an initial interview, he’d researched the matter and found a serious flaw in the charges we were facing. Without even contracting with me, he reached out to the DA and got it resolved. He would not accept payment, and when asked why, he said the just wanted to help. He’s that kind of lawyer, talented, aggressive and will care for you like family. Most important though, he gets the job done. I am so grateful Shane Phelps was referred to me, and I highly recommend him to you.
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Posted by Michael | September 6, 2022
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Thank you for your professional help!
Highly recommended! Shane Phelps made the process as painless as possible. God bless him! Staff was very efficient and professional. Thank you!
Posted by Roberto | August 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
He explained everything, act fast, very professional and great service from him and all his team
Posted by Daniela | June 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Review
I could not be happier with my decision to have Mr. Shane Phelps represent our son! He was extremely flexible as he agreed to meet us for the first time on a Saturday morning, within minutes after we called him. He and his paralegal staff (specifically Ms. Samantha Jones) did an exceptional job with our son’s case. They both took the time to hear all of our concerns and clearly, concisely outlined all the different courses of action including the positives and negatives with each choice. Without hesitation, I give Mr. Phelps my highest recommendation! Thank you, Shane, for all your hard work and for handling our son’s case with such expertise, professionalism and most importantly, for making the entire process easy!
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely friendly and helpful
Got my case dismissed quickly. Did exactly what he said he would do and the whole office staff was very friendly.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Shane Phelps Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • First Assistant District Attorney
  • Brazos County District Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice
  • Office of the Texas Attorney General
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • De Leon, Boggins, & Icenogle
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Chief, Prosecutor Assistance and Special Investigations Division
  • Office of the Texas Attorney General
  • 1990 - 1996
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Sergeant
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1977 - 1980
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Education

  • New York Institute of Photography
  • 2010
  • University of Texas
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 1987
  • Rice University
  • B.A.
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Special Prosecution - Gilmer, Texas
  • All charges dismissed.

Associations

  • Brazos County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Former President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board of Directors
  • 2019 - Present
  • DUI-Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
  • Founding Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Director
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Atticus Finch Award
  • Brazos County Bar Association
  • 2019
  • Forensic Lawyer-Scientist
  • American Chemical Society/Chemistry and Law Division
  • 2017
  • Outstanding Dedication to Texas Children
  • Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • 2000
  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1992
  • Best Team, Oral Advocacy and Brief Writing
  • UT School of Law
  • 1984
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Publications

  • The Voice for the Defense
  • The Interstate Agreement on Detainers Act
  • 2022
  • The Prosecutor (TDCAA)
  • The Decision to Seek Death
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • TCDLA Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
  • Online Solicitation of a Minor
  • 2022
  • Annual County Judges and Commissioners Conference
  • The Role of the District Attorney
  • 2012
  • Law Enforcement Conference
  • Search and Seizure, Confessions, and Report Writing
  • 2011
  • White Collar Crime Conference
  • Presenting the White Collar Case
  • 2010
  • TDCAA Advanced Trial Advocacy Course
  • Advanced Voir Dire
  • 2007
  • Elected Prosecutors Conference
  • Grand Jury
  • 2006
  • Capital Murder Conference
  • The Decision to Seek Death
  • 2006
  • TDCAA Annual Criminal Law Conference
  • Creative Sentencing
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (17)
Endorse Shane
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shane is an excellent litigator and his knowledge of the law is top notch. I would recommend him to anyone looking for representation in the Brazos Valley."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shane Phelps is an excellent attorney. I have known him as both the First Assistant in the Brazos County District Attorney's Office and as an attorney in private practice. He is an effective, results oriented and ethical advocate who is seldom rivaled."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you need an attorney in Houston, Shane is your man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shane is a very experienced and competent attorney. We have tried cases together as a prosecutor and defense attorney and Shane is always well prepared and understands the most complex legal issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Shane when he was the first assistant DA. He is an excellent attorney and one of the very few attorneys whom I routinely turn to for advice. I would recommend Shane without reservation on any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shane Phelps is a first rate lawyer. He is highly intelligent, a skilled advocate, and extremely knowledgeable in criminal law matters. I recommend Shane without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Shane for my entire legal career and he is knowledgeable, hard working and passionate about what he does. He is my "go to" guy in the Bryan/College Station area of Texas and I would also endorse him for work throughout the State."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I consider working with Shane to be a privilege. He has a wealth of legal knowledge and he uses it to his clients benefit. I see first hand the time and hard work he puts into each and every one of his clients cases. I certainly recommend Shane for your legal needs."
General practice Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Shane for the entire time he has practiced here in the Brazos County. He was a prosecutor with the district attorney and has now seen the light and gone out to hang his own shingle in the criminal defense area as well as other general areas of practice. As a prosecutor, Shane had a passion for the law and victims and I have seen him carry that passion over to his private practice. I would have no problems referring anyone to Shane on whatever legal matters they may have."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Shane Phelps professionaly as a practicing attorney in the Brazos County area for over 10 years. He is a consumate professional who approaches each case with an eye toward what is best for his client. Shane is aggressive, well prepared, and thorough. He is also highly respected for his skills as a criminal attorney. I recommend Shane without reservation."
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