Category: DWI Stops

Some Issues in DWI Checkpoint Cases

DWI Checkpoint Cases

Mostly during holidays that are linked with drinking and driving, such as the summer bookends Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend, many law enforcement agencies in the Houston area set up DWI roadblocks. Officers and prosecutors love checkpoints, because they are exempt from the reasonable suspicion rule. Checkpoint officers may detain drivers simply due… 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 »

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 »