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Attorney George A. Scharmen has been practicing law since 1973, giving him 40 years of legal experience in the criminal field. Up until 1990, he assisted with all kinds of cases, but since then he has dedicated his firm solely to helping those who are facing drunk driving charges. Having prepared numerous cases, appeals, and appeared in many U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit situations, he has gathered invaluable work skills. In 1992, he attained Board Certification as a Criminal Law Specialist and in 1993 he went on to become a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate for the National Board of Trail Advocacy. Joining forces with other lawyers that were as passionate as he was about defending client rights and pursuing justice, he helped to found the National College for DUI Defense, which was the reason why he began to focus his firm on purely DWI/DUI cases.

In addition to all of this, he also was the founding president for the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has since then served as both a member and director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for the past 25 years. His work has been instrumental in shaping the way that DWI cases are prosecuted and he is working to pass a motion that suppresses blood searches in local San Antonio bars. It is his drive and determination, as seen in these outstanding achievements that reveal why he is able to obtain such positive case results.

Attorney Scharmen has been ranked as a 10.0 Superb rated lawyer on Avvo, which is the very highest ranking possible. Additionally, he has had the honor of being included in the list of Texas Super Lawyers® Rising StarsSM from 2003-2012, which is a full 10 consecutive years. No other DWI lawyer in all of San Antonio can make this claim. The National Trial Lawyers Association has named him in their list of the Top 100 Lawyers and he has been called one of The Best Lawyers in America® for the category of DWI/DUI from 2007-2013. Contact him for reliable and aggressive legal representation at a time when you need it most!


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    43 years, 4 thousand cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Phillip Wayne Goff

    I endorse this lawyer. George is a leading attorney in the field. His ability and knowledge are beyond question.


    Phillip Goff Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Zaki Muhammad Ali

    I can highly recommend George Scharmen as an amazing attorney and just all around great guy. He's been practicing law for over three decades. Just saying that a man like George "practices" law brings a chuckle. He knows the law. He fights hard for his clients and they have a true advocate in him. He's always learning and constantly eager to know the next thing coming his way in the state of Texas as it relates to DUI law. I highly recommend George Scharmen.


    Zaki Ali Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

The Law Offices Of George A. Scharmen

16 park mountain
Leon Springs, TX


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197307/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best DWI LawyerBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyer for DWI DefenseScene in SA Magazine2015
Best Lawyer for DWI practiceBest Lawyers in America2015
Best DWI Lawyer South Texas RegionSuper Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers in America-DUI/DWI DefenseGeorge Scharmen2014
Best Lawyer in America-DUI/DWI DefenseGeorge Scharmen2013
100 Best Trial LawyersGeorge Scharmen2013
Best Lawyers in America-DUI/ DWI DefenseGeorge Scharmen2012
Texas Super Lawyer for DWI DefenseGeorge Scharmen2012
Best Lawyer in America-DWI DefenseGeorge Scharmen2011
Texas Super Lawyer- DWI DefenseGeorges Scharmen2011
Top DWI/Dui Lawyer in TexasTexas SuperLawyer2010
Best DWI/DUI Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Texas Superlawyer 2008Texas Monthly Magazine2009
Best Lawyers in America DWIBest Lawyers in America2009
Texas Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in America-DWIBest Lawyers in America2008
Best Layers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
SuperLawyer N/A2007
Super LawyerN/A2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Defender of the Yearthe San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2004
Defender of the YearSan Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
DWI SUPER LAWYERGeorge Scharmen2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of George Scharmen1973 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationVice President2015 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseFounding Member1990 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding PresidentN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Texas Courtroom PublicationsPost-Mata DWI PracticeN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawN/AN/A1973
Texas State University-San MarcosEnglish Language and Literature/LettersBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Top Gun DWI SeminarEmerging Trends in DWI2010