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The Wilder Firm: Trusted DWI and Criminal Defense Team Serving Dallas & Collin County, TX

Any type of criminal conviction could have life-changing impacts. Why risk the worst when you can retain our Dallas criminal defense and DWI defense attorneys who are devoted to helping you work toward the best possible case outcome? This is where The Wilder Firm steps in.

With more than 20 years of experience, hands-on litigation experience on both sides of the fence, and a proven record of results, we truly understand what goes in to a successful defense strategy. No matter how complex or incriminating your case may seem, we are confident that we have the skill, persistence, and tenacity needed to fight for your rights, freedoms, and interests.

Doug Wilder

He devotes himself to each client, realizing that anything less than his best efforts is unacceptable. Doug hates to lose in trial and knows how much his clients depend on him to keep their lives intact...

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Deborah Goodall

She has been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle, among others, and her cases have been covered by MSNBC and Fox News as well as local Dallas/Fort Worth stations...

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Award Winning Dallas DWI Attorneys

Don’t Go to Court Without Our Esteemed Dallas Team at Your Side

No matter what type of criminal charges you may be facing, you must move forward with the help of The Wilder Firm. Seeking legal representation from an inexperienced attorney who simply prepares a case will not be enough.

When you work with The Wilder Firm, you will be working alongside legal professionals who do whatever is needed to prepare a creative defense strategy and communicate clearly with jurors, judges, and prosecutors. We execute an effective plan of action to help you avoid the cost of conviction.

We have the proven ability to meet your expectations - and then rise above it. If you wish to learn more about our innate ability to successfully advocate for our clients, contact us immediately. We are here to listen to your side of the story and make certain that your rights are heard.

Our Notable Awards, Accolades, and Associations

In the last few decades, our legal team has been recognized for the following:

  • Selected for inclusion in the listing of Texas Super Lawyers® from 2012 to 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in the listing of Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers® from 2004 to 2006
  • Named as one of the Best DWI Defense Lawyers Under 40 by D Magazine
  • Superb 10.0 Rating by Avvo, Inc.
  • Top DUI Attorney by Avvo, Inc.
  • National Top 100 Trial Lawyers

In addition to the above mentioned professional achievements, our Dallas DWI lawyers are also proud members of the following:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Trials Skills University Faculty Member
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense

Using Former Prosecutor Experience to Your Benefit

Attorney Douglas Wilder spent several years working for some of the most notable law firms in the Northern Texas community. He has worked for the Harris County District Attorney’s in Houston, where he tried cases on behalf of the District Attorney. In this capacity, Attorney Wilder gained invaluable insight on how cases are handled at the state level.

Our unique experience can put clients who have been arrested for DWI or other crimes in a favorable position. We have secured a position as being a top-notch Dallas law firm for clients who are in need of assistance navigating the complex and overwhelming terrain of the criminal justice system.

Satisfied Clients Are the Highest Achievement

We continue to build upon our reputation for excellence. Our firm is dedicated to representing clients in the best way we possibly can and consistently maintaining an uncompromising level of integrity, ethics, and professionalism in all that we do. We have put in the effort to become one of the leading law firms in the Dallas, Texas area.

If you would like to speak with us directly or if you have a question regarding your specific case, please contact The Wilder Firm today and schedule a free case evaluation with our legal team.


No matter what type of criminal charges you may be facing, you must move forward with the experienced help of The Wilder Firm.

  • Super Lawyers
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Trial Skills University
  • Voted Best D
  • Dallas' Best Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Best Lawyers Under 40
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • AVVO 10.0 Rating Top Lawyer
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our Commitment


We notify you of all Court settings and updates in writing, either by mail or email. We also help you prepare for your DWI court appearance. If you’re ever unsure, give us a call or log into your personal client portal for 24 hour updates on your case.

Phone calls

All calls will be returned by a member of our firm by the end of the next business day. You will also have immediate call or text access with us through our cell phone.


A copy of your tape will be made and mailed to you shortly after being received from the District Attorney’s Office. These videotapes are not made available to us until the case is officially filed and scheduled for a Court date, which could take weeks or months. Please be patient.

Offense Reports

You will receive a copy of your offense report as soon as it becomes available to us. Some Courts have an open-file policy, meaning we can view any and all documents in the State’s file and make copies of the offense reports. On the other hand, some Courts do not allow such copies to be made, thus we have to dictate these reports into a digital recorder and transcribe them.

Trial Conference

A trial conference will be conducted in our office to ensure that we can properly and effectively discuss all the facts of your case. This will be done prior to your final setting and will ensure that the proper decision is made.

Regular Updates

Our trained staff will provide you with regular updates on the status of your case. Our paralegals are here to answer your questions from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Thorough Investigation

A full and complete investigation will be conducted into all the facts of your case. Unlike other firms, we visit the scene of the arrest, take pictures, interview witnesses, research pertinent case law, create exhibits, etc. Our goal is to develop the best possible defense for your case.

Law Review

Case law changes on a daily basis. We stay up to date on the law, as it may impact your case and driver’s license.

Our Experience Gives Clients the Advantage

Retain The Wilder Firm: An Institution Known for Excellence

With more than 20 years of experience in criminal law, The Wilder Firm knows how to pursue the best possible results for clients. We have stood on both sides of the courtroom, practicing as a prosecutor and working for the District Attorney’s office.

Today, we have exclusively devoted our practice to encompass criminal defense matters. Our Dallas criminal defense and DWI attorneys take immense pride in protecting the freedoms and interests of our clients who hail from every walk of life.

Advocating for Clients in Dallas Since 1994

Founding Attorney Douglas Wilder is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University. Here, he was recognized by the College of Engineering as a Distinguished Student. As he worked his way through law school, Attorney Wilder’s first job was with a prominent criminal defense attorney in Houston. There, he gained valuable trial, motion, and brief writing experience.

How can a former prosecutor benefit your Dallas DWI or criminal defense case?

When you are facing serious penalties, you will need the advocacy of an attorney who can increase your chances of reaching a favorable outcome.

Our Dallas DWI and criminal defense lawyers at The Wilder Firm possess the experience and knowledge to do just that. We are your trusted legal team.

Using the knowledge we have gained on the other side of the fence, we can:

  • Dismantle law enforcement reports or investigations
  • Foresee weaknesses in the opposing party
  • Pursue any anticipated weaknesses to bring your case to the best possible outcome
  • Create a compelling defense strategy that can withstand any rebuttal
  • Adequately challenge any allegation, testimony, or claim brought against you by the prosecution
  • Uncover any violations in procedure or any violations in our clients’ civil rights
  • Use our relationship with courts, judges, and other prosecutors to seek negotiation settlements to keep your matter out of the court

We truly care about the well-being of our clients. Because we know how the opposition operates, we genuinely understand what could be on the line for the individuals we represent. We can be trusted to tirelessly investigate every avenue as we pursue justice on your behalf.

We have credentials to our name that other firms don’t!

Our unique qualifications include:

  • Member of the National College for DUI Defense
  • Certified Standardized Field Sobriety Practitioner
  • Completion of Intoxilyzer 5000 and Field Sobriety Test Training

If you are looking for a legal professional who can invest the time, energy, money, resources, and the necessary manpower to investigate your case, our staff has superior training, comparable to that of a law enforcement officials or investigative professional. Our decades of experience in the legal arena, coupled with our intensive knowledge of how prosecutors think and how law enforcement officers operate, can put our clients in the winning corner of a courtroom.