John J. Eastland Attorney at Law, P.C.

John J. Eastland Attorney at Law, P.C.

Firm Overview

I have been practicing criminal defense in East Texas for 31 years and am now practicing exclusively DWI/DUI defense. I am a certified practitioner/instructor for the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, a certified operator of the Intoxilyzer (breath test machine) and the Gas Chromatograph (blood test machine). (To my knowledge there is no other lawyer in all East Texas who is solely dedicated to DWI defense.) My motto is: "A plea bargain is never a bargain".

Main Office

Main Office
3600 Old Bullard Road, Suite 501
Tyler TX 75701


(903) 596-9696


(903) 526-5337


Free Initial Consultation?

Of Course!

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

All my cases are fixed rates so my clients know exactly what the cost is. Each case is different, so my rates are flexible and related to the facts of the case and the issues involved.

Hourly Rates

Hourly rates are killers!

Office Information

Office Hours

Generally, Mon-Fri, 8-5. Other by appointment.

Office Manager


Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, German, some French, no Latvian.


I only practice DWI/DUI defense.

Member of:
Texas DWI Defenders
DUI Defense Lawyers Association
National College of DUI Defense
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Certified for:
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
Intoxilyzer 5000 (breath test machine)
Gas Chromatograph FID (blood test machine)

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

DWI/DUI is the most technical and complicated area of criminal law considering the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, the Breath Test and the Blood Test. There are no other lawyers in East Texas who are totally dedicated to this area and are knowledgable and specifically trained for these issues. I decided to abandon all other areas of law and become totally dedicated to DWI defense.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

I have 29 years of criminal defense experience, including DWI, and for the last five years have been totally dedicated to DWI defense. I am trained in the SFSTs (field tests) the breath test machine and the blood test machine.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Totally DWI!

John Eastland

John J. Eastland Attorney at Law, P.C.

Someone asked me recently if I've lived in Tyler all my life. I said, "Not yet"!

I went to school at Andy Woods Elementary, Hubbard Middle School and Robert E. Lee High School. Then I went to Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas (but Tyler's always been home) and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Marketing. I then went to law school in Houston at South Texas College of Law where I majored in Criminal Law and received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence.

I returned home to practice law and for the last 29 years have been practicing Criminal Defense. The last five years I have practiced exclusively DWI/DUI defense. I really enjoy my profession.

I love my Angel-wife, my children, my Black Lab - Brenna, hunting, fishing, horses, back-packing and anything outdoors. I tolerate snakes and hate unfairness.

Because God is vitally important in my life, five years ago I was chosen to be one of six Elders at my church. The same emphasis of values is important in my law office also.

It is my goal in practicing law to put my clients first and do my very best to achieve their most favorable results. I often see an advertisement for a Criminal Defense Lawyer which says 'Former Prosecutor' or 'Former Assistant District Attorney'. It makes me think of the novel, 'Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde'...a man switching from one to the other without notice. I have never been a prosecutor...I have always fought for the Accused Citizen! In elementary, middle and high school I would occasionally get in fights. Not because I was a pugilist, a fighter, but because I would be compelled to get between a bully and a weaker student...I guess I still do that today!

As my Father-in-Law used to say..."God still lives, and all is well". Isaiah 61:1-3


Bar Number: 06372750
Texas, 1985


South Texas College of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1984

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