Phelps, Shane

400 North WashingtonBryan, TX 77803



Updated: 10/06/2014


Shane Phelps is regarded by many to be one of the best trial attorneys in Central Texas. In his 26-year legal career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials, including misdemeanors, felonies, white collar crimes, public corruption cases, murder and capital murder. He is well-known for his meticulous preparation, legal research skills, and courtroom ability. For ten years, Shane served as the First Assistant District Attorney in one of the most effective and successful prosecution offices in...


Office Info

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI / Intoxication Offenses
  • Possession of Marijuana / Controlled Substance
  • Homicide
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Students in Trouble
  • Federal Drug Offenses
  • Computer Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes


  • 100%


Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2011

Specialties and Certifications

  • Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992

Other Affiliations

  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Course (Course Director)
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, College of the State Bar


  • Lovett College (Rice) Outstanding Senior, 1983
  • Best Team, First Year Oral Argument and Brief Writing, 1985

Classes and Seminars

  • Faculty Advisor and Lecturer, Prosecutor Trial Skills Seminar, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, 1992 - 1995

Past Positions

  • Texas Office of the Attorney General, Chief Special Prosecutor, 1990 - 1995
  • Harris County District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, 1987 - 1990
  • Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, 1999 - Present
  • Brazos County District Attorney's Office, First Assistant, 2001 - 2011


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1987
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1983
    Major: English



Client recommendations  for Shane Phelps

  • From TXClient: Disclaimer

    I can recommend Mr Phelps without reservation. He was recommended by an out-of-state attorney who knew what to look for, and I benefited greatly from that advice. Mr. Phelps, having previously worked in prosecutor's offices, is able to proceed effectively with an understanding of how his opposing counsel is likely to think and proceed. An analogy would be a defensive football coach who understands both offense and defense. I felt that I was in good hands with Mr. Phelps representing me, and the results were top notch. When it comes to a criminal defense attorney, I believe you get what you pay for. Mr. Phelps provides value far exceeding his fees. Were he practicing in Houston or Dallas, his fees would be 10 times greater. We are fortunate that he chooses to largely practice outside those cities. I am in his debt.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    TXClient hired Shane Phelps in 2017.

  • From traveling30: Disclaimer

    I would definitely recommend The Law Office of Shane Phelps. He and his staff go above and beyond to meet the needs of their clients. We felt as if we were the only client. Shane visited with us multiple times outside of his normal office hours and was always willing to answer any questions we had. He was able to take our case and get matters resolved quickly. We are so thankful we were able to work with his law office.
    traveling30 hired Shane Phelps in 2017.

  • From MatthewA: Disclaimer

    Highest of recommendations. One call to The Law Office of Shane Phelps and immediately my mind was at ease. I spoke with Shane for about 20 minutes in regards to my case. After I submitted a few documents to him as he requested, within a matter of days my issue was fully resolved. The second conversation with Shane was pleasing and full of good news. Immediate attention, care, and action was given to my situation. I am more than satisfied with the outcome of services provided to me by his office.
    Legal Issue: Other
    MatthewA hired Shane Phelps in 2016.

  • From 91TxAg: Disclaimer

    My 20 year old son spent the night in jail in College Station in the spring of 2016. He had never been in trouble before and we did not know what to do! A friend who lives in College Station recommended Shane Phelps. He spoke on the phone with me and let me know that everything was going to be okay! When we met with Mr. Phelps in his office, he carefully explained exactly what we should expect and what he was hoping for regarding the charges against my son. In the end, we were thankful to have Shane's guidance and representation!
    Legal Issue: Other
    91TxAg hired Shane Phelps in 2016.

  • From Greg17: Disclaimer

    Shane Phelps and his staff are outstanding. Shane did a great job of representing me. Those of us who are naive to the legal process sometimes can feel like nothing is happening with our case. It ultimately became clear to me that through his many years of experience, Shane understands this about the system. He gave me reassurances when I needed calming, and he had the perfect combination of patience and timing to negotiate all charges being dropped. I was so relieved. Thank you to the Law Offices of Shane Phelps.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    Greg17 hired Shane Phelps in 2016.

  • From CREED1991: Disclaimer

    From Day 1 Shane made me feel very comfortable and realistic when discussing my case. He was very thorough in the whole process and broke down the different routes we could take when it came time to fighting the case. There were zero details left in the dark and we were able to get the very best deal once everything was settled. The only knock would be communication at times, which is understandable, as I believe he has many cases going at once and was a very busy man. In the future if I were to have any other legal issues I would 100% go back to him as he was a huge help in the whole process. On another note, his legal assistant Samantha Jones was there to help when Shane was not available and really helped the process move along as smooth as possible. Great team over at the Shane Phelps Law Firm and you will be in great hands going forward if you hire their team.
    Legal Issue: DUI/DWI
    CREED1991 hired Shane Phelps in 2016.

  • From pamwhite13: Disclaimer

    If you are seeking a great criminal lawyer, Shane Phelps is my recommendation. My experience with Shane and his staff has been one of professionalism and compassion. It is clear he is dedicated to helping those facing the difficulties of the justice system. I had so many questions & angst, but Shane never failed to take my calls. He took the time to inform me, setting my mind at ease about my case.. I knew I was in good hands. Thank you so much Shane from our entire family for all you have done.
    Legal Issue: DUI/DWI
    pamwhite13 hired Shane Phelps in 2016.

  • From BCSClient: Disclaimer

    Responsive & Highly Effective Counsel.
    Legal Issue: Traffic Violations
    BCSClient hired Shane Phelps in 2015.

  • From gratefulclient: Disclaimer

    I was in a unfortunate event , while in school. This was my first brush with the law. I had too much at stake, my dream job offer, my reputation and living with the consequences for the rest of my life. Shane worked day and night to get the charge off me and did it successfully. He tried all the options possible to make my situation better, he was very understanding of my situation, he was not only knowledgeable , but also patient and made me understand the case from a legal standpoint. He made sure to take my calls even when I knew he had very hectic schedule, his office folks such as Samantha were equally knowledgeable and sympathetic towards me. Shane truly cares for his clients, he was patient with my delays in payments as he knew I was a student and needed time to arrange for money. He made sure to understand my immigration status and resulting consequences. Shane's expertise , patience and genuine concern for his clients, is something I have experienced. My experience with Shane and his law firm has made a much stronger person, who is grateful for the life I am leading now, nothing of which would be possible without the support of Shane and his law firm. I will strongly recommend Shane as a lawyer, he is one person you can trust in the most dire situations. Thank you Shane for everything.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    gratefulclient hired Shane Phelps in 2015.

  • From BCSClient: Disclaimer

    Mr Phelps responded immediately to our request for legal representation and has been a blessing to me and my family. I contacted him based on a referral from a friend and we've come to rely on him for sound legal advice and guidance. He's proven himself to be experienced, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I recommend Mr. Phelps to anyone seeking a responsive and highly qualified attorney.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    BCSClient hired Shane Phelps in 2015.

  • From Hisgirl: Disclaimer

    Shane was the only Attorney to return my calls when my son was put in jail for not following his probation and driving with a suspended license. Within a few hours of speaking with him, he had my son out of jail and able to finish his semester of college. He worked with the judge to have my son on house arrest rather than do jail time during the summer. He was always available to me, or his assistant, Samantha was there. He knew exactly what needed to be done when I had no idea. I appreciate Shane's integrity and his willingness to take us on as a client. He knows the ropes, and the people that need to be seen who make the big decisions. When there was something that needed attention, Samantha would call me with the details. There was even a credit on our account in the end and a reimbursement of funds not needed. Thank you Shane.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    Hisgirl hired Shane Phelps in 2015.

  • From Tina1959: Disclaimer

    I found Mr. Phelps on the Internet. I went to his website and it has a free consultation on it. He responded with in 15 minutes and also talked with me on the phone. All of this happened on a Sunday. He was very caring and gave me great advise. Any attorney that responds to a potential client on a Sunday is amazing. I highly recommend Mr. Phelps for any of your legal needs.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    Tina1959 hired Shane Phelps in 2015.

  • From CSresident: Disclaimer

    Mr. Phelps is the best attorney in College Station/Bryan area. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and a true professional. Unfortunately, I ended in difficult circumstances twice in my life and Mr. Phelps helped me both times. He was very honest and gave me the best possible advice. He helped me settle my cases without even going to the trials. He is truly a savior. He and his team did an excellent job. I would highly recommend Mr. Phelps.
    Legal Issue: Other
    CSresident hired Shane Phelps in 2015.

  • From Victory724: Disclaimer

    Our son committed what we considered a major crime. Shane was recommended by the bail bondsman. We called and actually got to see him the same day. We had our day in court, which was a simple in and out, because Shane had already talked to the prosecutor and worked out everything which made it alot easier on our family. Things were good for a couple of years before we needed Shane again because our son broke probation. I called Shane, he answered my phone call himself and set things in motion right then. Again, court was a simple in and out because everything was pretty much already taken care of by Shane. Shane will talk to you in a way that you can understand. He's very calm, which in turn helps you stay calm. He's very knowledgeable, professional and sincere. I would recommend Shane to any and everyone.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    Victory724 hired Shane Phelps in 2015.

  • From cdn363: Disclaimer

    When our children are in trouble I think we all want to make the best decision possible for them and if hiring an attorney is part of this decision then I highly recommend Shane Phelps. What stood out most to me about Shane was his knowledge of the law and absolute confidence in this knowledge. We knew from the first consultation that we had an authority we could trust in our corner. He was outstanding with regard to strategy and laid out our options with accompanying risks throughout the process which allowed us to make some some tough calls but do so with sureness. In hind sight, I believe every one of the decisions we made was the right one and I'm very happy to report that due to Shane's knowledge and skill in the courtroom my child's future will not suffer any ill-effects from their ordeal. And I know for a fact that my child learned a few lessons along the way, Shane didn't pull any punches with regard to what would happen if further bad decisions were made. Again, I highly recommend retaining Shane Phelps' services if your son or daughter makes a poor choice and you find yourself in need of legal counsel on their behalf.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    cdn363 hired Shane Phelps in 2014.

  • From 04KX250: Disclaimer

    Mr. Phelps is a very professional attorney with years of experience and a very realistic viewpoint in matters concerning the case at hand. I didn't quite know what to expect regarding my case but he has the demeanor which makes one feel more at ease in such circumstances. He comes highly recommended.
    Legal Issue: DUI/DWI
    04KX250 hired Shane Phelps in 2014.

  • From PleasedClient: Disclaimer

    Our family highly recommends Shane for your legal matters. He is not only very knowledgable but he is very kind and compassionate. He is a straight shooter, not telling you what he thinks you want to hear, but what is realistic. Keeps you informed of the process and making sure you understand the legal aspect. He is continually attending seminars and classes to further his knowledge of the law. Prior to meeting Shane, we had never had the need for an attorney and didn't know where to turn. We were given names of several attorneys. We spoke with each one, but after speaking with Shane, we were very comfortable and felt he would work hard for us. We haven't been disappointed. The person who recommended Shane, said he was the best and we strongly agree.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    PleasedClient hired Shane Phelps in 2014.

  • From bronco3034: Disclaimer

    Mr. Phelps is the man to turn to in time of need. From the initial consultation until our positive outcome, he was honest and forthcoming. Mr. Phelps is very knowledgeable, kind and caring, and made us feel comfortable during our very trying times. His expertise allowed him to explain the situation and all of the possible outcomes of our case. He never made promises, which we liked, but he assured us he would do everything he could to help us get a positive outcome. Mr. Phelps was able to get all of the charges dismissed. Thank you Mr. Phelps and everyone in your office for always being very respectful and professional.
    Legal Issue: Other
    bronco3034 hired Shane Phelps in 2014.

  • From 887GFG: Disclaimer

    Working with Mr. Shane Phelps is the absolute best decision I made when I was in need of an attorney for my son. Mr. Phelps was extremely helpful in guiding me through the entire process of my son's defense against MIP and Possession of a Controlled Substance charges. He was able to not only have the charges dismissed, but completely expunged from my son's record. We are very grateful to Mr. Phelps for his professional expertise, and especially for his unlimited accessibility and patience in answering all our questions. I highly recommend Mr. Phelps and he will be the first person I call if we are ever in need of attorney services again.
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    887GFG hired Shane Phelps in 2014.

  • From PBenton31: Disclaimer

    I was more than pleased with the service and respresentation of Shane Phelps. Mr. Phelps is a genuine man who truly cares about taking care of his clients.
    Legal Issue: Other
    PBenton31 hired Shane Phelps in 2014.

  • From w9903809: Disclaimer

    I am a junior at Texas A&M University with a very good GPA and resume that I hoped would secure me an internship for next summer. Like most 18-20 year-olds, the bad decision I made was related to underage drinking. Except for that, I was very straight-laced and it was my first run-in with the law. I was very unsure of legal procedures and did not understand the intricate nature of the law or my options. Shane helped me understand what was going on, what was expected of me, and exactly what outcomes I could expect. I eventually did get an internship offer, contingent upon a background check. Shane helped me understand how background checks work for different types of companies, what would probably be found, and the timeline that it would occur. He worked very hard to get me an opportunity to completely clear my record of a Class B misdemeanor, guiding me along the whole process and putting my fears and concerns to rest. Especially in the College Station area, there are a lot of great kids with bright futures that, just like me, make bad decisions that could cost them that future that they have worked so hard for. Shane really helped me get that future back. Great lawyer whose advice I really appreciate!
    Legal Issue: Criminal Law
    w9903809 hired Shane Phelps in 2014.

  • From AMstudent: Disclaimer

    In my opinion Shane Phelps is by far the best Attorney in Bryan/College Station. My child chose to attend TAMU a decision we do not regret as it is a great school. But parents beware in my opinion the main source of revenue for this area is a racket going on with the Police Department, County Attorney and Municipal Court. The Police Department harass and arrest kids and then throw them in jail on what I believe are trumped up charges. We had to endure 2 other Attorneys who I eventually fired before we found Shane. Shane has the best interest of your family member as the number 1 priority not playing the game with the aforementioned "Authorities". I have been told that the County Attorney is married to a Police Officer which again in my opinion is a conflict of interest. Shane does not play games as the other Attorney's do and he resolved our case within 2 weeks, it had previously gone on for two years and cost me over $12,000. If you or your loved ones have any issues please call Shane immediately, he is available 24 hours a day and DOES pick up his phone. He was on our "case" which involved a Police Officer bullying my child, placing them at risk and then arresting them and throwing them in jail just because after being in College Station for 3 months they got lost. There was no criminal activity involved, no alcohol, no drugs, no driving, etc. In my opinion it was an outrageous abuse of his police power which traumatized innocent citizens. This behavior continues and needs to be addressed at a higher level than at the local community. Again I cannot recommend Shane highly enough, he is a true professional compassionate man with a family and will fight for your family as well.
    Legal Issue: Other
    AMstudent hired Shane Phelps in 2013.


  • Lovett College (Rice) Outstanding Senior, 1983
  • Best Team, First Year Oral Argument and Brief Writing, 1985

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400 North WashingtonBryan, TX 77803


  • 979-775-4300




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