Attorney George A. Scharmen

George Scharmen

San Antonio DWI Defense Lawyer

Until 1990 I was engaged in the general practice of criminal law. I have practiced in state and federal courts in Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee. I have filed dozens of appeals in most of the appellate courts of Texas. I have been licensed in and have appeared before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. I appeared before the United States Supreme Court on March 1, 1988. I appeared in an en banc argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1998. I have tried capital murder cases in state court. I have tried many different types of cases in federal courts, including a five-week federal bank fraud case that ended in a not guilty verdict for my client. I have tried many jury trials in Bexar and the surrounding counties.

However, in 1992 and 1993 I became a board-certified specialist in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a board-certified criminal trial advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Along with other lawyers near this time, I help to found the National College for DUI Defense, and I began restricting my practice to DWI defense. I was the founding president of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and I have served as a director and committee member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for over 25 years.

In the course of practicing DWI defense I have been responsible for precedent-setting opinions which have changed the practice of DWI prosecution and defense such as Bagheri v. State, 119 S.W.3d 755 (Tex.Cr.App. 2003); Mata v. State, 122 S.W.3d 813 (Tex.Cr.App. 2003); and Hartman v. State, 946 S.W.2d 60 (Tex.Cr.App. 1997). I have been a frequent lecturer on DWI topics in Texas seminars.

I remain current in DWI defense issues, and in July of 2012, I completed a hands-on 40-hour course in forensic chromatography at the Axion Training Institute, Inc at the Analytical Laboratories, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. After attending the course, I litigated a standard discovery order in blood draw DWI cases in San Antonio, Texas. The order has been adopted by the courts of Bexar County, Texas. Additionally, following the United States Supreme Court decision in Missouri v. McNeely in April 2013, I have developed and distributed a motion to suppress blood searches among the local bar in San Antonio for use in all blood draw DWI cases.

I co-founded and operate Education Forensics, LLC, a training lab for blood alcohol testing in criminal cases. I purchased the same state-of-the-art equipment which is used by the forensic labs in Texas and around the nation. The equipment is maintained by Perkin Elmer, Inc., the manufacturer. Together with a highly trained toxicologist, I made an effort to promote training in good scientific techniques. Good laboratory techniques are essential for valid results, and I have found that forensic labs in Texas do not always use the accepted scientific techniques which are essential for any testing lab. Having this knowledge has given me an advantage in my cases because some of the laboratory analysts are not very well trained. This fact has been made obvious by the United States Supreme Court decision in Bullcoming v. New Mexico. The Court held that the lab analyst who did the blood testing in the case on trial must appear in court personally so that his/her technique may be cross-examined by the attorneys.

I enjoy learning about the science involved in DWI defense and maintaining current knowledge of case law and common daily practices in courts. However, my client’s futures, feelings, and fears are on my mind constantly. I encourage my clients to meet with me whenever it is necessary to resolve issues in life that are caused by these unfortunate events arising out of being faced with a DWI charge.

Client Reviews

  • ★★★★★

    Great Lawyer

    I retained the Law Offices of George Scharmen to handle my case & I was very impressed by his law firm & the time they spent on my case. He was able to get my case dismissed!! I highly recommend this law firm.


  • ★★★★★

    George Scharmen has been a blessing in my life

    I am very thankful to my former employer for referring me to Mr. Scharmen. He was able to help me in my legal situation and because of that, I have referred him to all of my friends that have found themselves in similar situations. When we went to court, I sat in the bench, waiting. I had my eyes closed because I was praying for a positive outcome. I felt someone put their hand on my shoulder. I looked up and an attorney who had been in the courtroom when we walked in asked me, “You came in with George, didn’t you?” I said, “Yes, sir.” He said, “You don’t have anything to worry about. He’s the best.” That day, my case was dismissed!!! I will always refer Mr. Scharmen because he treats you with respect and does absolutely everything within his abilities to help your case. In one of my meetings with him, I remember him saying, “Let’s get this taken care of so that you can work on improving yourself and taking care of yourself.” That was the moment at which I knew that he didn’t see me just as a client, but as an individual and I knew that he truly cared about me. I continue to refer him to anybody and everybody that I can. I will always be so thankful for him and all of his help. Also, I appreciate his office staff that do everything they can to help you and keep you informed of all proceedings. Elsa, his assistant, is wonderful and is always willing to lend an attentive ear and more importantly than that, a word of encouragement. These are the things that people need from their attorney’s office, especially when things might insurmountable. Thank you, Mr. Scharmen. You and your staff are the best!


  • ★★★★★

    Great Results

    Mr. Scharmen has done a few cases for my family. I would highly recommend him. On all cases we came out winners. He is very professional and knows how to get the job done. Call Mr. Scharmen if you are ever in a corner and don’t know what to do. He has the right solution.


  • ★★★★★

    Five stars does not even come close to the experience I had with the Law Offices of George Scharmen. I would give one hundred stars if I could. George Scharmen and his Associate Sidney & paralegal Elsa were very friendly & informative from the beginning of my case to the end. I received the best possible results. I was always informed about my case whether it was by email or a phone call. I truly had someone on my side. If ever needed I would strongly recommend Mr. Scharmen and his office.


  • If you’re facing a dui/dwi you’re facing a serious situation and you need a serious attorney. Mr. Scharmen does his homework on your case and is not afraid to defend it. He treated me with respect and his staff and him never made me feel like a criminal like everyone else in the legal system. He exposed the state’s weak case and cleared me of all charges. He even saw to it that the whole incident was expunged from my record. Highly recommend!
  • George is the best DWI lawyer in South Texas. In a very frightening and uncertain time, his office is always available to answer questions and help navigate the complicated system. George is the most knowledgeable attorney in this area and always works to help his clients. As the laws are always evolving and the court systems become more and more complicated, George is able to work with his expertise to solve a very trying situation.


  • I am very happy with my decision to hire Mr. Scharmen. He is always available to answer my questions. He even gave me his cell phone number so I can text him. I am very comfortable with him as my lawyer.