handyThe Law Office of Stephen Handy has been providing high quality, personal, criminal defense representation to Texas residents since 2000.

Stephen began his career in 1996 as a misdemeanor prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office where he handled hundreds of DWI cases, theft cases, and drug-related charges. He was later promoted to a Felony prosecutor position where he handled many felony cases, including sexual assaults, drug cases, aggravated robberies, and burglaries.

In 2000, Stephen left the District Attorney’s office and opened his criminal defense practice. Over the years, he has had the opportunity and privilege to represent many of the citizens of Tarrant County. As a sole practitioner, he focuses on personal attention and knowing each of his clients. Every client is important and providing effective representation is his first priority.

Stephen has the ability and qualifications to represent individuals being accused, investigated, or charged with criminal cases, individuals dealing with protective orders, and minors facing juvenile law cases.

My Life and Purpose

As a Christian and a criminal defense attorney, it is not uncommon for people to ask, “how are those compatible? Don’t you just get people off?” I don’t condone sin or bad behavior, but I’m also not free from it.

There are several reasons I have such an incredible passion for my work. First, we live in a country that requires the government to prove you are guilty beyond all reasonable doubt before you are convicted of a crime.

Until you are put in a position to defend your name and your future those words won’t have much meaning. But to me, and the people who trust me to protect them, it means that a good defense with the protections and rights of the Constitution is the only thing standing between government and the result the government wants. We don’t live in a country where someone says you committed a crime, and now you have to prove your innocence.

Life is hard enough without having a criminal record follow you around. I cannot promise a dismissal, but I can promise I will work as hard as possible to put you in a position to protect your future. Seeing a young person get a second chance after a mistake and capitalize on that second chance is well worth fighting for.

Stephen Handy and familyNow, forty-seven years old, I have spent the majority of my life in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. I grew up in North Richland Hills and graduated from Richland High School in 1986. I attended Abilene Christian University for two years and then transferred to Baylor University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991. Growing up I attended North Richland Hills Baptist Church in North Richland Hills. Now my family and I attend The Church on Rush Creek in Arlington. I am happily married and have two children. All three are incredible gifts from God. We spend our time as a family between our home in Arlington and a small ranch in Graham, Texas. We enjoy golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling.

Why Criminal Defense Law?

I frequently get asked why I chose to become a criminal defense lawyer.  To read more on why I chose this as my profession, see Why Criminal Defense Law?


Baylor University – Bachelor of Arts, 1991
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law – Juris Doctorate, 1995

Specialized Training / Presentations

  • DWI Top Gun Advocacy Course
  • Intoxication Manslaughter Course
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI cases
  • Featured Speaker – Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
  • Assault Bodily Injury fm cases and their consequences in family law and child custody matters.” Also, “Protective Orders and their consequences in family law and child custody matters.

Bar Admission

  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1996

Work History

  • Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney (1996 – 2000)
  • Private Practice in Hurst, Texas (2000 – Present)


  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • National College of DUI Defense