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Mary Angeline Espiritu

DUI and DWI Attorney at Austin, TX

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also known as Mary Ann Espiritu

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Having moved to Texas at the age of seven, Mary Ann Espiritu has deep roots in the Lone Star State. She learned the value of hard work from her parents, who emigrated from the Philippines in 1967. As the oldest of three, she is a master at the art of negotiation and a strong leader—and she traces her drive to help others to her father, who practiced medicine for 30 years. Mary Ann was raised in a small town in southeast Texas; she earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas in Austin and went on to graduate from the University of Toledo College of Law. She has been licensed to practice in the state of Texas since 2001. After five years of working for the Government, she switched to defense work in 2006. Those five years working for the state have given her keen insight into the mind of a state’s attorney; that knowledge is essential to providing clients the best possible defense against government charges. Her desire to secure the best possible outcome for her clients also makes her a strong advocate for ongoing education. Mary Ann has been trained on the administration of Field Sobriety Tests and the Intoxilyzer. She has twice attended the American Chemical Society’s Gas Chromatography school. Gas chromatography is a common method used to test for alcohol in the blood; her familiarity with this technique has proven invaluable when defending clients against alcohol-related offenses. Like many good attorneys, Mary Ann is smart, driven and determined—but what makes her an outstanding attorney is her empathy. In her words, “I understand that there are situations where people make bad choices. That doesn’t make them bad people. I see the good in each person and will aggressively defend them.” When she is not working on behalf of her clients, she enjoys Austin’s diverse live music scene. She is also an accomplished musician herself, having played, at various times, the piano, flute, alto sax and violin.

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Licensed for 21 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2001
Updated 01/24/2023
State NV
Status Inactive
Acquired 2009
Updated 03/11/2023

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The Law Office of Mary Ann Espiritu
1307 Nueces Street
Austin, TX, 78701


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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The Best That You Can Get!
Mary Ann and her staff were absolutely INCREDIBLE! My situation took 2 1/2 years to resolve, but they were there for me the whole time. They were very encouraging through the trails. Mary Ann, and the staff, are extremely understanding, compassionate, courteous, knowledgable, professional, polite, supportive, and hard working. Mary Ann goes above and beyond, even struggling through a very long session while feeling ill, and she still maintained her composure, professionalism, and supportiveness. I could not recommend her more. I feel I got to know her personally as well. She is an absolutely beautiful person, and I consider her a friend. I am so very VERY grateful for all of her and her staffs help, and for everything they have done for me. If you need help, The Law Office of Mary Ann Espiritu is the best you can get in my humble opinion. Thank you Mary Ann, Daniel, and Joe for all the hard work and everything you have done for me!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Law Office of Mary Ann Espiritu
  • 2006 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Texas Department Of Public Safety
  • 2001 - 2006


  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1995
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • DWI Refusal Jury Trial
  • Not Guilty
  • DWI Blood Jury Trial
  • Not Guilty


  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • General Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • General Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • General Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2014 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best DWI Lawyer
  • Austin Chronicle
  • 2017
  • Best DWI Lawyer (tie)
  • Austin Chronicle
  • 2016


Speaking Engagements

  • Friday CLE
  • "DWI Jury Selection"
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (3)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Espiritu is hands down the best trial attorney when comes to DUI and DWI cases. She is the lawyer you want on your side when facing a criminal case against you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary Ann is one of the best DWI lawyers in the State of Texas. She fights. She wins. She gets not guilty verdicts at trial. Mary Ann teaches DWI law to other lawyers. She knows the science behind breath and blood testing so she is well-prepared to attack the validity of those results in court. Simply put, if you have been charged with DWI, or any crime for that matter, do yourself a favor and hire Mary Ann."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mary Ann is the lawyer I would hire if I got a DWI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Mary Ann Espiritu on several matters in Travis County. I have also consulted with her on other matters I handled throughout Texas. I found Ms. Espiritu to be highly intelligent, assertive and extremely resourceful. She is an extremely confident lawyer who will fight for her clients. I strongly recommend Ms. Espiritu for any criminal defense matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Espiritu maintains a high level of communication with her clients, and a work ethic that commands respect. She also understands that every client is important, no matter what they have been charged with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mary Ann Espiritu is a sharp as a tack, tenacious, and should not be under estimated. A sincere force to be reckoned with especially in Court. I have witnessed her in action and I have watched other attorneys try to slight her. If you play with fire, you will get burned. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Austin DUI and DWI Lawyer Mary Angeline Espiritu
Mary Angeline Espiritu
DUI and DWI Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 21 years
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