In Texas, DWI or Driving While Intoxicated can range from a Class B misdemeanor up to the most serious of felonies, depending on criminal history and the nature of the offense. Our team of DWI defense attorneys includes former state and federal DWI prosecutors that have served instructors at police academies. We have the knowledge and experience to defend any Wise County DWI case in court.


Our Wise County attorneys defend all types of theft cases, including burglary, robbery, shoplifting, and white-collar crimes in Decatur, Texas. Theft offenses are based on the monetary value of the property in question and range from Class C misdemeanors to 1st Degree felonies. Shoplifting cases also typically involve civil demands from the aggrieved retailer.


Assault (Family Violence) is one of the more common criminal charges in Wise County.  In most cases a domestic violence incident begins with an argument or a misunderstanding that spirals a little out of control.  Our domestic violence defense team works hard to see that these cases are dismissed or reduced in Wise County.


Sex crime allegations have a lasting impact on a person’s reputation regardless of whether they are true. Our Wise County sexual assault defense attorneys work with trusted investigators, polygraphers, and medical professionals to defend sex crime cases from every angle.  Our lawyers also handle cases involving children, statutory rape, computer crimes, and sex offender registration violations in Decatur, Texas.


Highway 287 that runs through Decatur is known for drug arrests. DPS officers are famous for stopping any car with out of state plates and usually end up searching the car to see if the drivers is carrying drugs from Colorado. We have successfully defended Wise County felony drug cases for years. Our drug defense team not only pursues suppression of the evidence, but we are also concerned with addiction-related issues and seek to meet the needs of our clients.


Our criminal defense attorneys are some of the most highly sought after attorney in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex  for cases involving white-collar crime.  Financial crimes include fraud cases, such as embezzlement and high-value theft. Our firm typically engages with forensic accountants to help as we prepare to defend white-collar crime cases in Wise County.


Our attorneys regularly handle juvenile cases in Tarrant and Denton Counties. We do not often handle juvenile cases in Wise County because we are usually not the most cost-effective solution.  However, we are happy to consult with parents to determine whether our firm is the right fit for a juvenile criminal case in Wise County.


Our Wise County attorneys are often called upon to defend very serious violent felony offenses in Decatur and surrounding towns. From murder to aggravated assault to weapons charges, our team has handled every type of criminal case in Texas. Choosing the right attorney to defend against allegations of violent crimes is important because the penalty range is high for these types of crimes.


Criminal records, including arrest records and mugshots, can have a significant negative impact on a person’s future opportunities.  Our team if Wise County attorneys help people erase their criminal arrest records through a petition for expunction or non-disclosure. Not every case qualifies and there are waiting periods that apply.  Call us to see if you qualify.


“I’m a professional business person and have
dealt with scores of attorneys; no one is better prepared,
persistent, thorough, and straightforward.”

— J.W. – DWI Defense Client




Wise County Criminal Defense Attorney
Jason Howard is a Wise County criminal defense attorney and DWI lawyer. A former felony chief prosecutor in Lubbock, Mr. Howard has tried hundreds of criminal cases ranging up to capital murder. He is experienced in all state misdemeanor and felony offenses, including driving while intoxicated, unlawful hunting, aggravated assault, drug possession, and family violence. Mr. Howard and his family live in Wise County, Texas and attend Fellowship of the Parks Church in Fort Worth.


  • Super Lawyer – Rising Star
  • Top Attorney – Fort Worth
  • Top 100 Trial Attorney – Criminal Defense
  • Top 40 Under 40 – Criminal Defense
  • Top Attorney – 360 West Magazine
Brandon Barnett is a Wise County criminal defense attorney. Mr. Barnett is a U.S. Marine Officer and law professor and an experienced Texas trial lawyer. He stands ready to defend individuals charged in state or federal court against all types of felony and misdemeanor charges, including DWI, domestic violence, theft, drugs crimes, and sexual offenses. Mr. Barnett and his family live in Wise County and attend Countryside Bible Church in Southlake.


  • Super Lawyer – Rising Star
  • Top Attorney – Fort Worth Magazine
  • Top 100 Trial Attorney – Criminal Defense
  • Top 40 Under 40 – Criminal Defense
  • Top Attorney – 360 West Magazine
Ashley Gilmore is a Wise County criminal defense attorney and experienced DWI defense lawyer. Mrs. Gilmore previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Tarrant County where she jumped in feet first to try many misdemeanor and felony cases to Texas judges and juries. Tenacious yet friendly, Mrs. Gilmore works tirelessly to pursue and achieve favorable outcomes for her clients. Ashley and her family live in Fort Worth where they are members of Christ Chapel Bible Church.

Practice Areas:

  • DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Weapons Charges
  • Theft, Shoplifting
  • Drug Possession
The son of a farmer, Luke Williams is a hardworking Wise County criminal defense attorney. Mr. Williams formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney in West Texas, where he litigated hundreds of cases to judges and juries in Texas. A talented trial lawyer and all-around good guy, Luke Williams is prepared to defend all misdemeanor and  felony charges while truly caring for each client. Luke and his family live in Roanoke and attend Grace for Eternity Church in Fort Worth.


  • Super Lawyer – Rising Star
  • Top Attorney – Fort Worth
  • Top 100 Trial Attorney – Criminal Defense
  • Top 40 Under 40 – Criminal Defense
  • Top Attorney – 360 West Magazine


“Barnett Howard & Williams was a huge blessing to me and
my wife and brought light to my darkest hour. I thank God for placing
such Christian advocates in my life. Words like honesty, trustworthy,
compassionate, sincere and caring only begin to describe them.”

— L.C. – Criminal Defense Client



Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC is a boutique criminal defense firm in Wise County, Texas. With an additional office in Fort Worth, our firm is prepared to defend cases from across Tarrant and Denton Counties. BHW is comprised of former prosecutors with a wealth of criminal trial experience. Our Wise County criminal defense attorneys have handled state and federal criminal cases ranging from public intoxication up to capital murder and everywhere in between. There is no case too large or too small for our team of talented trial attorneys to handle.

Wise County Criminal Defense Attorney

At Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC, we provide personal representation from knowledgeable Wise County DWI attorneys and criminal defense lawyers. Our clients and their families are our top priorities and we work tirelessly to achieve the absolute best possible results in all of our cases. Results differ considerably from case to case and person to person, but make no mistake, our immediate goal is to see your case dismissed or rejected.  In other cases, it might be appropriate to pursue a reduction in offense, or a not guilty verdict from a jury. Of course, we cannot guarantee results in any given case, but we can guarantee our effort which is second to none. With over 30 years of combined legal experience, our criminal defense team will defend your DWI, intoxication manslaughter, assault, theft, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, criminal trespass, indecency, or any other misdemeanor or felony case with great skill and expertise.

If you have been arrested in Keller or Tarrant County, Texas, call Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC to speak to a Wise County DWI lawyer and criminal defense attorney.  We will answer your questions and take the time to get to know you so that we can start working on a plan to protect your rights and your future.

Wise County DWI Defense Attorney

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most criminal charges in Wise County.  DWI is unique from other crimes in Texas due mostly to the well-funded political lobbying that exists by the MADD organization. A person arrested for DWI faces more obstacles than just misdemeanor or felony criminal charges. The additional challenges include:

A Wise County DWI lawyer will navigate you through the complicated Texas DWI laws. If you have been arrested for DWI or DUI, then you need a Wise County DWI and criminal defense attorney you can trust – one that knows how the prosecutor will prepare his case.

At Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC, a Wise County DWI lawyer and former prosecutor will guide you through the criminal justice process and aggressively fight for your rights, including representing you at the Administrative License Revocation proceeding and obtaining an Occupational Drivers License, if you qualify. An Occupational Drivers License (or essential needs license) allows you to drive your vehicle for essential needs during your DWI-related suspension.

If you have been arrested for DWI in Wise County or Tarrant County, Texas, call us to speak with a Wise County DWI lawyer who will fight for you! Our firm offers Free Consultations in every criminal case.  We have offices in Wise County and Fort Worth and offer night and weekend consultation if needed.  Call us today at (817) 482-6770 to discuss your case.


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