Tag: Criminal defense lawyer that specializes in DWI/DUI laws

Undermining the WAT In A DWI Trial

DWI Attorney Houston

In the United States, the defendant does not have to “prove” anything in criminal court. Instead, to escape punishment, the defendant only needs to create a reasonable doubt in one juror’s mind. The jury can only convict on a unanimous verdict in Texas. So, rather than completely discrediting the walk-and-turn test, and any other evidence… Read more »

How Do Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Interact?

Interaction of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs

In a nutshell, most people drink and most people also take prescription medications. The effects of alcohol vary. Alcohol can intensify some medicine side-effects like drowsiness and lightheadedness. It can take much less alcohol to intensify medication side-effects than it would take to become intoxicated on alcohol alone. The medication-alcohol combination has some legal effects… 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 »

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 »

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 »