Hamilton, Hull & Byrd is now Of Counsel for Deandra M. Grant & Associates and will be assisting our firm in giving the best defense for our clients. Stephen Hamilton’s firm is one of the leading criminal defense firms in West and South Texas. He has extensive training in forensic gas chromatography and is able to analyze lab documents to identify potential issues with an alleged blood alcohol concentration.
Attorney Stephen Hamilton is the Lead Trial Attorney at Hamilton, Hull & Byrd. Stephen is AV rated, the highest rating one can receive through that rating system. Stephen is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Overall in Texas less one percent of all lawyers who practice criminal law are board certified in criminal law. Stephen is trained under the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) and has completed training as an instructor of the SFSTs. He has completed the training as a breath test operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test machine (the same machine used in Texas for court room breath tests). He has also completed training as a breath test instructor and maintenance technician of the unit.
Stephen owns two (2) Intoxilyzer units (the same units that Texas uses for evidentiary breath tests). He owns a portable breath test machine and the same field sobriety testing manuals used by law enforcement officers. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, and several regional associations.
Stephen has attended the Robert F. Borkenstien course on Alcohol and Highway Safety, Testing, Research and Legislation taught at Indiana University. This is the same course the prosecutor’s Intoxilyzer expert attended. In addition, Stephen has completed the Blood Testing Gas Chromatograph training in Chicago. This school covers the operation and use of the machine that Texas uses to test a person’s blood for alcohol and or drugs. Stephen has also completed the solid state drug testing class in Chicago. This is the same type of training that lab techs in Texas receive to test drugs, both illegal and legal.
Stephen has trained other lawyers in Texas and throughout the United States on how to be a better DWI attorney. He has tried cases from parking tickets to felony murder and has successfully resolved DWIs from a first offense to a habitual DWI (that type of case that the punishment range could result in life in prison). He wins cases through motions, negotiations, trials and appeals.
At Deandra M. Grant & Associates we have always been determined to use education and knowledge to build a strong defense. Humans are not perfect, and neither are the machines that humans use to test your blood or the breathalyzers to determine if you were intoxicated. If your lawyer doesn't know how these machines work or the different factors that could go wrong during blood testing, how will they be able to properly defend you against your charges?
Here at Deandra M. Grant & Associates we are knowledgeable about the machines and methods that law enforcement use every day to arrest people for DWI or Drug charges. Hamilton, Hamilton, Hull & Byrd are here to help assist us in finding that these machines are not always credible, which will ultimately help us build a strong defense for your case.