A DWI Is Bigger than a Bump in the Road
A DWI arrest can be among the most consequential of events that an adult can suffer in life. A DWI arrest is bigger than most bumps and bruises of life. Bad things happen in life, from which most of us readily bounce back. Those ordinary bumps in the road can include a relationship breakup, lost job, passover for a desired promotion, and maybe a serious but temporary illness. We get over those things, get past them with a little more energy and discipline than the usual day or season requires. Yet a DWI arrest can be a much bigger bump in the road, even more like a detour. A DWI arrest has a different character to it than those other life challenges. A DWI arrest looms like an obstacle to many of the good things one expected in life.
How You Respond to a DWI Arrest Matters
What you do when facing a DWI arrest and charge can thus make a big difference in one's life. Effective response and action can lead to the DWI charge's dismissal. Beating the DWI charge can save one's freedom, finances, job, career, marriage, and family and friend relationships. On the other hand, ineffective responses to a DWI arrest can lead to disastrous consequences. Admitting to DWI crimes that one did not do, or failing to take the charged DWI crime seriously enough to get expert representation, can lead to fines, imprisonment, loss of job and career, lost professional licenses and certifications, lost family and child relationships, and even more. An awful lot rides on your response to a DWI charge. How you respond to a DWI arrest can have lasting personal and professional ramifications.
Know the Roadmap for a DWI Proceeding
What to do about a DWI arrest depends on what stage of the arrest and proceeding you face. What you do at the moment of the arrest can have important consequences. What you do shortly after the arrest can have other important consequences. What you do at the arraignment on DWI charges and when entering a plea also has consequences. What you do to comply with bail conditions has other consequences. Diversion options, pretrial matters, and plea negotiations can also have huge consequences. A DWI defendant can also have important decisions to make and actions to take in trial, sentencing, and appeals. What the DWI defendant needs is a roadmap for the proceeding with tips along the way.
What to Do at Your DWI Arrest
What you do at the moment of a DWI arrest can be critical to a successful DWI defense. Two actions are especially important. First, comply with officer commands. Don't make a bad situation worse by disobeying a direct command of a law enforcement officer. If a police officer directs you to pull your vehicle over, then do so promptly and safely. Do not attempt to flee. If a police officer directs you to get out of your vehicle and put your hands on the vehicle, then do so promptly and peaceably. Do not resist or obstruct. Fleeing in or out of your vehicle, and resisting or obstructing the officer, can and likely will result in additional criminal charges. If an officer's command to stop worries you about a DWI arrest, then deal with it. Don't panic and cause authorities to issue other, more serious charges. Being polite and professional does not mean you have to answer questions or submit to field sobriety exercises.
Rely on Your Constitutional Rights
The second action to take at the scene of your DWI arrest is to remain silent. What you do when speaking to police at the scene can make all the difference to the outcome of your DWI charge. You must give the officer identifying information like your name and address. But you have a constitutional privilege against self-incrimination. That privilege means that you need not answer questions implicating you in a DWI or other crime. Officers can be cordial or cagey in trying to get you to talk about your suspected DWI. An officer may ask you where you've been, where you're headed, and whether you've had anything to eat or drink. The officer may ask you whether you're on any medications or have had any other drugs. You need not and generally should not answer any of these questions. You can politely decline and/or request a lawyer.
What to Do About Field Sobriety Tests
The next thing that may happen at the scene of your DWI arrest is the officer's request that you submit to a field sobriety test. Officers request field sobriety tests when they believe the suspect driver is intoxicated. A field sobriety test is not a true test. It is instead a balance and coordination exercise. The three most common and standard field sobriety tests are (1) horizontal gaze nystagmus, (2) walk the line, and (3) one-legged stand. Lots of innocent factors other than intoxication can affect your performance on these tests. Those things include poor balance, obesity, fatigue, bad back, knee, or foot, mental impairment, weather conditions like strong wind or rain, slippery surfaces, and simple nervousness from the stop. Field sobriety tests are also notoriously inaccurate and often incorrectly administered.
In short, you have no reason to take a field sobriety test. When the question comes to field sobriety tests, the law does not require that you do as the officer asks. You may and should politely refuse any field sobriety test. Nothing will happen to you simply because you refuse a field sobriety test. The officer may arrest you on a DWI charge but was probably going to do so anyway, with or without the field sobriety test. Your refusal just means the officer now has less intoxication evidence. The prosecution may argue that your refusal to attempt a field sobriety test leaves an inference of your intoxication. But you have other good reasons to refuse. Board Certified DWI Specialist Doug Murphy knows how to give your refusal appropriate context.
What to Do About Your Vehicle
The officer who arrests you on a DWI charge will remove you from your vehicle for transport to the station for booking. You will not get to drive yourself home, to the police station, or anywhere else. You should have parked your vehicle safely in the course of the stop. The police may tow your vehicle if it is damaged or unsafe. If you don't know where police towed it, then use FindMyTowedCar.com or call the jurisdiction's tow line. If the police do not tow and impound your vehicle as evidence, then you may be able to leave your vehicle parked there at the scene. Then, at your first opportunity, make a call for a family member or friend to take your vehicle home. If at the moment of your DWI arrest you have an adult passenger who has a license to drive, then you may ask that passenger to take your vehicle home if the passenger is sober and police permit it. The officer may assist you with ensuring that your vehicle is safe and secure.
What to Do with Your First Phone Call
You will soon have an opportunity to make a phone call. That opportunity may come at the scene, in the police cruiser, or most likely at the police station in the course of your booking. You may also ask the officer to allow you to make a call. You may want to let a spouse, other family member, roommate, or friend know of your whereabouts and predicament so that no one worries unduly about your disappearance. That's fine, as long as you avoid sharing information implicating you in a DWI or other crime. But at your first opportunity to make a phone call, make sure to call 2021 Houston DWI Lawyer of the Year Doug Murphy to retain him to beat your Texas DWI charge. Call (713) 229-8333 to tell attorney Murphy and his expert team of your DWI arrest. They will know what to do to help you. Listen to and follow their advice. You now have the greatest help you need.
What to Do at Booking
Booking is the process by which police ensure that they have identified and secured the arrested suspect, and initiated the proceeding on the charged DWI crime. Expect photographs and fingerprints at booking, and to confirm your identifying information including name and address. Do not answer any other questions, especially disclosing information in any way related to the charged DWI crime. Remain silent, exercising your constitutional privilege against self-incrimination. Avoid even innocent-seeming small talk. It could lead to information constituting an admission to an element of the DWI crime. The police should read you Miranda rights including that anything you say can and will be used against you. That's why you should remain silent.
What to Do While in the Holding Cell
Expect the police at the station to place you in a safe and secure holding cell. You will likely remain in the holding cell until authorities can arrange a bail hearing or, in some cases, your video or court arraignment. Expect an overnight stay in jail, or if on a weekend, then longer until the next court day. You could be in the holding cell for up to 72 hours. Do not share information about your alleged DWI crime with anyone in or near the holding cell, whether another arrested suspect or a corrections officer. As much as you can, just chill. If permitted, then call and retain Board Certified DWI Specialist Doug Murphy at (713) 229-8333, and do as his office instructs. Call and reassure your family members, too, while asking that they prepare to help you post bail. But don't panic, and don't talk about your alleged DWI crime.
What to Do About Bail
Bail involves the conditions on which authorities release you from jail, to ensure the community's safety and your sure return for further proceedings. Bail begins with your payment of a sum of money that you would forfeit if you did not return to court on the DWI charge. Instead of posting cash bail, you may pay a smaller fee to a bail bond company to post a bond for you. Bail is simple in straightforward DWI cases that do not involve death, serious injuries, flight, obstruction, or other crime beyond the DWI. In those cases, authorities will release you from the holding cell on low bail. When you pay bail or pay a fee to a bail bond company to post a bond, authorities will release you from jail. So, pay bail, or pay a bail bond company a fee to post bond, as soon as authorities permit you to do so. Do not languish in jail.
What to Do When Released on Bail
The first thing to do when released on bail is to comply with bail conditions. Authorities will set other bail conditions for your release, beyond your posting of a sum of money or bail bond. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 17.15 authorizes bail conditions for your release to ensure community safety. Those conditions commonly include installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, attending alcohol-awareness education, avoiding alcohol and drugs, submitting to alcohol and drug testing, and avoiding rearrest on DWI or other criminal charges. Promptly comply with bail conditions. If ordered to install an interlock device on your vehicle, then promptly do so. If ordered to stay out of bars and clubs, then be sure to do so. Violating bail conditions can land you right back in jail. Violating bail conditions can also prevent you from entering diversion programs and discourage the prosecution from offering favorable plea deals. Don't blow your DWI defense by violating bail conditions.
What to Do About Your Arraignment
Your first court appearance will be your arraignment, when the court tells you about the DWI charges. You may receive written notice of your arraignment time, date, and place at the scene of your arrest, when released from the holding cell on bail, or later in the mail. Arraignment can happen within 72 hours of arrest or, if you are out on bail, as much as a few weeks later. Be sure to read closely and adhere to anything you receive from the court in your DWI proceeding. Be especially sure to appear for your arraignment. Failure to appear can result in a warrant for your arrest, revocation of your bail, and your incarceration until the DWI proceeding resolves. Don't ignore your arraignment. Your freedom and the future of your DWI charge depends on showing up for it.
How to Choose a DWI Defense Lawyer
The two main purposes of arraignment are to (1) determine your legal representation and (2) enter a plea. You should, by the time of your arraignment have retained Board Certified DWI Specialist Doug Murphy for your defense. If you have not yet retained a DWI Specialist by the time of your arraignment, indicate to the court that you intend to immediately do so. Then, promptly retain attorney Murphy. Why should you choose attorney Murphy? How do you best go about choosing a DWI defense attorney? You need from your DWI defense attorney special expertise, experience, reputation, and relationship. Basic professional competence is fine for routine matters. You'd go to just about any doctor to get a prescription of ordinary antibiotics for a common cold. Competence, though, is not enough when your freedom and future depend on expert DWI representation. DWI defense is highly technical and specialized. You need a high-skill DWI Specialist.
You should also choose a highly experienced DWI defense lawyer. Law schools graduate plenty of smart graduates. Those new lawyers, though, don't have the judgment and sensitivity that comes from a career of representing DWI defendants. You should want an expert DWI defense lawyer with the career-long commitment of 2021 Houston DWI Lawyer of the Year Doug Murphy. Experience informs and teaches. Retain experienced DWI defense counsel. You should also seek a lawyer with the highest reputation. Plenty of sound lawyers gain substantial experience, but only a few rise to the top of the charts on reputation. Instead, lawyers like the national DWI expert speaker Doug Murphy earn their reputation. And finally, you need an expert Texas DWI defense attorney who has solid relationships with the judges, hearing officers, prosecutors, investigators, expert witnesses, and other professionals involved in your DWI proceeding. You don't want a stranger representing you. You want someone everyone in the system knows and respects. Retain Doug Murphy.
What to Plead at Your Arraignment
You must ordinarily enter a plea at your arraignment. You have three technical choices for your plea: (1) guilty; (2) not guilty; and (3) no contest. A no-contest plea results in a finding of guilt on the DWI charge. A no-contest plea just can't ordinarily be used against you in a civil proceeding. In effect, then, you have only two real choices: guilty or not guilty. When the court asks you for your plea, indicate that your plea is “not guilty.” Do not plead guilty at arraignment even if you believe that you are guilty of the crime. Your plea determines the procedures that follow. You may have defenses about which you are not aware. If you plead guilty, then you won't be able to raise those defenses. You also won't know all the consequences of your guilty plea. You first need sound advice from experienced DWI Specialist attorney Doug Murphy. Plead not guilty.
What to Do About Your Driver's License
What to do about your driver’s license is one of the most important steps you will need to take. A DWI charge is different from other criminal charges. A DWI charge not only involves the criminal case against you but also triggers an administrative case against your driving privileges. The arresting officer will take your driver's license at the scene. The officer will hand you a temporary license and notice of suspension of your regular license. The temporary license will indicate that it is good for forty days. The notice of suspension will indicate that you have fifteen days within which to request an Administrative License Revocation hearing. Do so! Your timely request for an Administrative License Revocation hearing places on hold your license suspension, even if the hearing does not occur within the forty days.
What to Do About Your License Revocation Hearing
Your ability to continue driving is likely important to you. You may need to drive to work or school, for medical care, for household errands, to care for children or family members, or for a dozen other good reasons. You must not drive unless you have a valid driver's license. Driving on a suspended license is a separate violation that can compromise your ability to beat the DWI charge. Driving on a suspended license may also delay or destroy your ability to regain your driver's license. That's why you should timely request an Administrative License Revocation hearing. And that's why you need to retain 2021 Houston DWI Lawyer of the Year Doug Murphy to represent you through your Administrative License Revocation hearing. Do not attempt to preserve your license at the hearing on your own. You need expert representation to ensure that you get to continue to drive. Retain attorney Murphy for your license hearing.
What to Do If You Lose Your Driver's License
You can lose your driver's license because of your DWI arrest, especially if you fail to timely request an Administrative License Revocation hearing, appear for the hearing unrepresented and unprepared, or already have other DWI arrests and convictions. If you lose your driver's license, then don't drive. If you drive on a suspended or revoked license, then you are committing a crime for which you can lose all hope of a restored license. You may also be violating your DWI arrest's bail conditions. You could end up back in jail, facing additional charges. You could also lose the opportunity for deferred adjudication, lose a favorable plea offer, or even lose your pending DWI case because of the fallout from driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Even if you don't get caught driving on a suspended or revoked license, to get your license restored, you'll likely need to attest that you didn't drive without a license. If you did drive, then you won't be able to attest, or you'll be making a false statement if you do attest, facing perjury charges. Instead of driving on a suspended or revoked license, hoping you won't get caught, arrange for other transportation. People do lead productive and engaged lives, without being able to drive for a time. Public transportation, transportation from family members and friends, and ride-sharing services may be options. Non-motorized transportation, such as a bicycle or other personal mobility device, may be another option. Your employer may permit remote work, or your school may permit remote studies. Avoid driving without a license.
What to Do While Your DWI Is Pending
You have other good things you can do to help your successful DWI defense, once released on bail and arraigned. The primary thing you should do is to keep things to a healthy normal, as much as possible. If you are working, then keep working. If you are in school, then keep studying and attending school. If you are caring for children or family members, then keep doing so. If you exercise regularly and eat right, then keep doing so. If you have a medication or other medical regimen for a health condition, then stick to the regimen. Don't let the DWI charge disrupt the good things that keep you healthy, active, engaged, and employed. You need a good foundation to beat the DWI charge. Keep your foundation stable, as much as possible. Judges, jurors, prosecutors, probation officers, and others who observe you during your DWI proceeding have a way of figuring out just how stable you are. The more stable you are, the better your DWI outcome tends to be. Stick to the knitting. Let others see that your DWI doesn't define you but is instead an aberration.
What Not to Do While Your DWI Is Pending
Conversely, if you have unhealthy habits in your life, especially those that contributed to your DWI arrest, then do your level best to put them behind you. If you like partying and drinking more than you know is good for you, then stop it. If you tend to hang around people who are up to no good, then find better friends now. If you tend toward laziness or procrastination, then get with it. A DWI arrest can be, and for many persons should be, a serious wake-up call. You may not have any serious problems. Your DWI arrest may have been a complete anomaly, a one-off thing that you'd never experience again even if you just kept on doing what you were doing. But for many whom police arrest for a DWI, the arrest should serve as stark notice that something is wrong with the arrestee's life. For many, a DWI arrest should cause a serious re-examination of the course of one's life. Don't waste a DWI arrest. It may be trying to teach you important lessons to straighten up and fly right. You may have a much better life out there to grasp. Strange as it seems, the DWI arrest may be your ticket to it. Don't waste the ticket.
What to Do About Deferred Adjudication
Texas law permits many first-time DWI offenders to choose deferred adjudication. Deferred adjudication means that the court holds or suspends the DWI conviction while the defendant completes probation terms. When the defendant completes all probation terms, the court dismisses the DWI proceeding without a conviction on the defendant's record. Deferred adjudication may sound great, but it's not as easy as it may look. You must complete all terms including some terms from which you may draw no benefit and that may instead distract, delay, and frustrate you. A stumble in those terms may also result in your DWI conviction, when you instead did not commit the DWI crime or had good defenses to it.
Thus, what you should do about deferred adjudication is to consult Board Certified DWI Specialist Doug Murphy on whether deferred adjudication is right for you. Every DWI defendant is different. Everyone has different goals, needs, circumstances, resources, demands, and interests. Deferred adjudication could be perfect for you. Or it could create a mess for you that you need not have encountered. First, let attorney Murphy evaluate your DWI charge to see what DWI defenses you may have and how he can win your case. Let attorney Murphy help you learn the requirements of deferred adjudication, whether you are able to comply, and what time, trouble, cost, and delay deferred adjudication may cause you. Don't rush to accept deferred adjudication out of fear of a DWI conviction. Let attorney Murphy help you make a sound decision on deferred adjudication.
What to Do About Plea Bargaining
A premier DWI defense lawyer's skilled negotiation with the prosecutor can lead to a favorable DWI plea bargain. In plea bargaining, prosecutors may agree to lenient sentence recommendations or to reduce or even dismiss unsupported DWI charges. Your expert Texas DWI defense lawyer must, though, convince the prosecutor that evidence does not support your DWI charge. Prosecutors will also dismiss DWI charges that rely on unlawfully gained evidence. Your expert Texas DWI defense lawyer must, though, convince the prosecutor that police violated your constitutional rights. Prosecutors also dismiss DWI charges when the police, medical personnel, lab technicians, or other professionals failed to properly administer field sobriety, breathalyzer, blood-alcohol, or other tests. Your expert Texas DWI defense lawyer must, though, convince the prosecutor of the unreliability of those tests.
Your role in plea bargaining begins with ensuring that you have the expert Texas DWI defense lawyer with the skills, experience, and reputation to convince the prosecutor to offer a favorable disposition. Don't go into plea bargaining without a lawyer, unrepresented. Prosecutors know how to take advantage of unrepresented defendants. And don't go into plea bargaining with a lawyer who doesn't have the knowledge, skills, experience, and reputation to get you the best DWI plea bargain offer. Instead, retain 2021 Houston DWI Lawyer of the Year Doug Murphy to get the best possible plea bargain.
What to Do with Your DWI Lawyer's Advice
Once you retain the best available DWI defense attorney, Board Certified DWI Specialist Doug Murphy, your role then becomes to listen carefully to your expert Texas DWI defense lawyer's plea recommendation. When you retain attorney Murphy, you can and should trust his plea recommendation. Attorney Murphy's outstanding record proves that he is glad to go to trial to win winnable cases. You can trust an aggressive, sound, and respected DWI Specialist. Your expert DWI defense lawyer will tell you any plea offer that the prosecutor makes. Your lawyer must do so, as a matter of ethics rules. But listen to your lawyer's recommendation. Don't jump at a bad offer. A better offer may soon be coming. And don't carelessly reject the best offer when it makes good sense, and your lawyer tells you a better offer won't be coming. Use your head, not your emotions, and rely on your expert Texas DWI defense lawyer's advice.
What to Do with Social Media or Other Publicity
Avoid bringing up your DWI charge in social media or any other public forum. Your social media posts can complicate or ruin your DWI defense. Social media is one of the easiest places for investigators to discover a DWI defendant's incriminating admissions. Incredibly, DWI defendants have at times foolishly posted drinking and drugging photographs in direct connection with their DWI charges. They've even posted photographs of drinking while driving. Investigators may not be the only ones to discover incriminating social media posts. The DWI defendant who posts a photo of himself drinking and driving may end up exposed and humiliated in national media. Do not try your DWI charge in the court of public opinion. Do not share with social-media friends the status and circumstances of your DWI charge. If you are a professional athlete, public figure, or public official facing media scrutiny from your DWI, then retain 2021 Houston DWI Lawyer of the Year Doug Murphy for your DWI defense. Attorney Murphy knows how to deal effectively with DWI publicity.
What to Tell Your Employer About Your DWI Charge
You may have to tell your employer about your DWI charge, especially if your work involves commercial driving, security clearances, or a professional license. Failure to disclose a DWI charge in those circumstances may violate employer rules, government regulation, or professional conduct. Even if you don't have to share the DWI charge with your employer, you may want to do so. You may need to explain to your employer your court appearances, bail conditions, diversion program requirements, or probation or sentence. Your employer may also learn of your DWI arrest from other sources. In that case, you may prefer to have been the one to make the disclosure.
What you tell your employer about your DWI arrest, though, is also important. Don't share any factual details. Investigators who learn from your employer what you disclosed may construe your disclosures as incriminating admissions. Prosecutors may use what you say against you. Instead, tell your employer that although authorities have charged you with DWI, you have retained expert DWI defense counsel to dispute the charge. Don't share why or how you dispute the charge. Just let your employer know that you are contesting the charge and have expert representation to do so. And try to tell your employer of your DWI charge after you have retained Board Certified DWI Specialist Doug Murphy so that attorney Murphy can first advise you what to say and how to say it.
What to Do About Your Rights in a DWI Proceeding
You should fully know, regularly invoke, and entirely rely on your constitutional, statutory, and procedural rights in your DWI proceeding. Some people don't know their rights. Others know their rights but nonetheless ignore them. Others know and invoke their rights, but then they don't trust their rights for a winning outcome. Rights are there for reasons. A DWI proceeding isn't a game with arbitrary rules and anomalous winners and losers. The laws that govern a DWI proceeding have their own salutary goals that the judge, prosecutors, investigators, and police must respect. You aren't playing games when you invoke and rely on your rights. You are instead promoting larger goals on which those laws established this free and flourishing country. Your win relying on those rights isn't just getting you off of a DWI charge for which you might have been guilty. Your win relying on those rights is instead preserving and promoting society's best order, as laws determine.
For instance, you may not fully appreciate your Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. You may thus not trust your expert DWI defense lawyer's effort to exclude unlawfully gained evidence. You may think instead that you are just cheating the system, hiding an inconvenient truth you should instead disclose. But your judge and prosecutor know the purpose of your right against unreasonable search and seizure. Law binds them to respect and protect it. If your expert DWI defense lawyer believes that a motion to suppress illegally gained evidence is your best defense, then trust and rely on your constitutional right to that relief.
Do the same with your right to remain silent, your right to counsel, your right to an impartial jury, and your right that the prosecution shoulders the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt the case against you. Don't sell your own DWI defense short. Whether you believe in your guilt or innocence, you have the right to make the prosecution prove DWI charges. Every time you exercise that right, you stand in the gap not just for yourself but for others who do not have your resources and expert representation. Support your own DWI defense with the rights that authorize it. And don't let the system cheapen those rights for others.
What to Do After Beating a DWI Charge
A good life isn't just about winning. It's also about what you do after winning. Some of life's biggest failures come right after life's biggest successes. Pride, the saying goes, comes before the fall. A haughty spirit, the saying continues, brings destruction. Beating a DWI charge is a big victory. Beating a DWI charge can rescue and restore a damaged reputation. Beating a DWI charge can save an education, marriage, job, career, license, and friendships. Beating a DWI charge is worth doing all the right things to get there. But that's exactly the point. Beating a DWI charge isn't the true victory. The victory is getting to live the good life that beating a DWI charge allows.
You have plenty of good things to do after beating the DWI charge. Those things may be to graduate from school, marry your beloved, and raise great children. Those things may be to gain a great job, get a great promotion, make lots of money, and secure your future and the future of your family members. Those things may be just to have a great reputation among friends, have the respect of your enemies, and someday take a great driving vacation. Do all those things and more after beating your DWI charge.
What Not to Do After Beating a DWI Charge
What not to do after a DWI charge can be just as important. Do not drink and drive. A second DWI arrest and conviction is worse than a first DWI. A third DWI arrest and conviction is worse than a second. And a fourth DWI is worse than a third. Every DWI also runs the risk that the intoxicated driving will injure or kill someone, which would mean not only the event's devastation and regret but also much more serious DWI-related charges. So, don't return to whatever habits contributed to your first DWI arrest. If that means avoiding certain bars, clubs, or friends, then do so. If that means driving more slowly and cautiously, within all speed limits, and obeying all highway signs and conventions, then do so. Don't be reckless with drinking, and don't be reckless with driving. The two go very poorly together.
Above All, Get the Best Representation for Your DWI Defense
You can see from the above discussion that your responses, actions, and attitudes will have a great deal to do with the outcome of your DWI charge. What you do matters. And you should also recognize that the best thing you can possibly do for a winning outcome is to retain Board Certified DWI Specialist Doug Murphy. Your choice to pursue representation, and your choice of the best available representative, will have greater influence over your successful outcome than any other action. Choose 2021 Houston DWI Lawyer of the Year, Doug Murphy, to conduct your DWI defense, aggressively advocate your DWI defenses, and beat your Texas DWI charge. Attorney Murphy is one of only two Texas lawyers holding both DWI Board Certification and Criminal Law Certification. Contact Doug Murphy Law Firm online or at (713) 229-8333 to discuss your case today.