George Scharmen was licensed to practice law in 1973. He later became board certified in the practice of Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1992 and board certified in the practice of Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1993. Shortly after that he and other DWI lawyers founded the National College for DUI Defense, and thereafter Mr. Scharmen devoted his law practice exclusively to DWI defense.
Mr. Scharmen has been a member of Board of Directors of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association from 1997 through 2012 and a member of the Executive Committee, the DWI committee and on the Strike Force of that organization. He is also the Founding President of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has published articles in the magazines for both the Texas Criminal Defense Layers Association, “The Voice for the Defense,” and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, “The San Antonio Defender.” Representative articles are “Cross Examining the Technical Supervisor in the DWI Case”, Vol 26 No. 5, 1997 and Collateral Estoppel As Applied to ALR/DWI Cases”, Vol 26 No 7, 1997.
As an appellate lawyer Mr. Scharmen has represented several individuals in State and federal court in more than one hundred appeals. Some representative cases involving DWI are:
Hartman v. State, 946 S.W.2d 60 (Ct. of Crim. App. Tex. 1997)
State v. Aquilar, 947 S.W.2d 256 (Texas Appl 1997)
Mireles v. Tex. Dept. of Public Safety, 9 S.W.3d 128 (Tex. 1999)
Mata v. State, 46 S.W.3d 902 (Tex.Crim.App. 2001)
Bagheri v. State, 119 S.W.3d 755 (Tex.Cr.App. 2003)
Mr. Scharmen has been voted by his peers in Texas as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of DWI Defense every year since the inception of that recognition from 2003 through 2014. He has been recognized by his peers as a “Best Lawyer in America” for DWI Defense 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 from results published annually in the US News and World Report magazine.