Wearable BAC Monitor

A wrist-mounted BAC monitor that can either work independently or interface with an Apple Watch is taking the wearable tech world up a notch. The gadget does more than produce a BAC readout that’s almost law enforcement accurate. It predicts future BAC levels, giving users insight into how quickly, or how slowly, their bodies metabolize… Read more »

Avoiding The Consequences Of A Third DWI

Felony DWI prosecutions are somewhat rare in states that have 10-year lookback periods. But there is no such restriction in Texas, so as long as the prior conviction was after 1984, it can be used against defendants. In Houston, a third DWI is a third degree felony. That means a maximum ten years in prison… Read more »

Three Ways to Get Pulled Over For a DWI

Three Ways to Get Pulled Over For a DWI

Before an officer can utter the six words we all hate to hear (please step out of the car), the officer must have reasonable suspicion to believe that the driver is intoxicated. Under Terry v. Ohio, this standard is a mixture of “specific articulable facts” and the officer’s subjective interpretation of those facts. Observed Activity… Read more »

What To Expect After A First DWI Arrest

What To Expect After A First DWI Arrest

Largely because alcohol-related crashes are still a hot-button political issue and DWI offenses are good moneymakers for the government, Greater Houston is well-known throughout the state for its aggressive DWI arrest and prosecution policies. According to one study, roughly half of Harris County probationers were convicted of an alcohol-related offense, mostly a first DWI. Despite… Read more »

Thoughts On Felony And Enhanced DWIs

Thoughts On Felony And Enhanced DWIs

James Bond novelist Ian Fleming once wrote that “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and three times is enemy action.” That same idea basically applies to felony DWIs in Texas, except in this case, the “enemy” is not an outside force, but a struggle with alcohol. After all, if a person is married and divorced… Read more »

How Does A STEP Campaign Affect Trial Strategy?

How Does A STEP Campaign Affect Trial Strategy?

In a previous post, we looked at formal DWI checkpoints. As we discussed, mostly due to budget cuts, there are fewer and fewer checkpoints in Harris County except on high drinking-and-driving holidays. So, many local law enforcement agencies rely on less expensive, and also less regulated, informal checkpoints. Publishing heiress Patty Hearst, who is arguably… Read more »