When 53-year old Houston resident Thomas Gorsuch first met Harris County police officers on May 6th, he had a lot to “bare.” In a state of heavy intoxication, Mr. Gorsuch drove his car while nude on North Sam Houston Parkway West, startling both drivers and pedestrians.
Officers asked Mr. Gorsuch to put his clothes back on and exit the vehicle, but he refused. After failing field sobriety tests, he was arrested on charges of intoxication and interfering with public duties.
Texas state has its fair share of bizarre DUI cases that involve drunkenness and nudity. In 2016, a 19-year-old A&M Texas student taking a selfie while semi-nude and drunk crashed her vehicle into an empty police car. Police found an open bottle of wine next to her during the arrest.
In 2012, officers found country singer Randy Travis drunk and naked after crashing his car in Tioga. The video of his arrest made rounds throughout the web and media.
Intoxication and Texas Law
Although these incidents are humorous for readers, intoxication makes people act in ways that embarrass them later on – and gets them in trouble in court. Without strong legal representation, these actions weaken a case and receive little sympathy from a jury.
Other than placing their lives and that of others at risk, drunk drivers could face multiple charges after their arrest. Intoxication impairs judgment to the point where some people lose control of their actions, causing erratic and dangerous behavior.
With every additional offense, penalties increase in severity. The repercussions range from the complete suspension of your driving privileges to revoking your right to bear arms or vote.
Other consequences of a DUI charge in Texas include:
- Fines and penalties
- Ignition Interlock
- Imprisonment up to 10 years
In some cases, a DWI charge in Texas affects other facets of your life, such as altering child custody agreements or losing your job. With so much at stake and your reputation on the line, every decision you make comes with legal risk.
Legal Representation After a DWI
If you are facing criminal charges resulting from a DWI, you need the representation of an assertive, award-winning, and Board Certified DWI DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer. With complex cases such as that of Mr. Gorsuch, officers may mishandle the situation, and every detail matters in court.
With a solid track record of success handling statewide criminal defense and DWI cases in Texas, attorney Doug Murphy walks you through the process and puts you at ease.
At Doug Murphy Law Firm, our investigative process ensures that every facet of your case receives a thorough examination. Attorney Doug Murphy has two decades of legal experience representing the most complex criminal defense and DWI cases in Texas.
Whether it's your first Texas DUI or you have multiple offenses, you still have the constitutional right to counsel. Your chances of receiving a lesser charge increase significantly if your lawyer is one of the only two Texas lawyers board certified in DWI defense and criminal defense by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Call us today at (713) 229-8333 for a candid and confidential discussion of your case.