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 »

Facts About A Second DWI

Facts About A Second DWI

One of the most unsettling DWI cases of the last few years, which fortunately is not binding in Texas, may one day have a significant impact on subsequent DWIs. In Commonwealth v. Diehl, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowed prosecutors to use the defendant’s prior DWI as evidence that he disregarded the risks inherent in drinking… Read more »

To Use or Refuse a Breathalyzer

To Use or Refuse a Breathalyzer

Many people ask whether they should provide a BAC chemical sample or refuse to comply with this request, and there are two very legitimate sides to this argument. Statistics vary by county, but the conviction rate in breath test cases is usually about 85 percent and 45 percent in refusal cases. So, many argue, taking… Read more »

How to Decide Which DWI Lawyer to Hire

How to Decide Which DWI Lawyer to Hire

Houston police officers, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies, and other area peace officers very aggressively look for suspected DWI offenders. Almost every stop ends in an arrest, mostly due to political pressure from advocacy groups. Once these cases go to court, prosecutors are equally aggressive in seeking convictions. In fact, a few jurisdictions have “no dismissal”… Read more »

A Quick Guide To DWI And Pretrial Release

A Quick Guide To DWI And Pretrial Release

Until the mid-1990s, many officers did not bother to arrest suspected impaired drivers. Instead, they issued citations or simply sent them on their way with a “go forth and sin no more.” But today’s Texas law does not sanction either outcome, and arrests are now mandatory in these cases. States are largely on their own… Read more »