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Police Officers Can Commit DWI, Too

Posted by Doug Murphy | Oct 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Police officers are human, too. They are not beyond committing the occasional mistake. Given their obvious power, position, and authority, judges, prosecutors, and police officers who handle DWI cases can at times seem unassailable, holier than thou, even above the law. They are not. They are a...

Facing a DWI with a Child in the Car in Texas

Posted by Doug Murphy | Oct 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

Facing a DWI in Texas is never an easy matter. You know that you may face financial penalties, a suspended license, or even time in jail. But if you're arrested for a DWI with a child under the age of 15 in your car, the penalties can be even more serious. That's what a North Harris County fath...

Bodycam Footage in a DWI Arrest

Posted by Doug Murphy | Oct 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Bodycam footage or other video evidence of a DWI arrest can raise more problems for the defendant than just its incriminating effect. A recent media story showing bodycam footage of a Texas county judge arrested for DWI illustrates the special embarrassment of bodycam or other video footage. Ad...

Murder Versus Intoxication Manslaughter

Posted by Doug Murphy | Oct 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you've been involved in a crash that results in someone's death, the tragedy can be shocking and terrifying. Your life, and the lives of everyone involved in the crash, can change forever. If the police accuse you of drunk driving as well, the fallout can be overwhelming. You're undoubtedly fr...

Recall of Blood-Test Tubes Raises Another DWI Defense

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Blood Test Tube Recall Prosecutors and defense lawyers across Texas are dealing with the fallout from a leading medical device manufacturer's 2019 recall of nearly a quarter-million of the tubes used to collect and preserve blood drawn from a person suspected of drunk driving. The official FD...

Assumed Intoxication in Texas

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

When the police stop you, and they assume that you're driving while intoxicated, can this bias change the outcome of your traffic stop? Will their assumption that you're drunk change the outcome of a field sobriety test and the arresting officer's subjective decision-making? A Houston man recen...

Texas Fines for DWI

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're facing a DWI charge in Texas, you're undoubtedly worried about what will happen and how much it will cost you. Texas does take driving while intoxicated seriously. As a result, court-imposed fines and fees, as well as mandatory administrative fees imposed by the state of Texas, can be...

High Profile DWIs in Texas

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you hold a high-profile position in your community, a DWI arrest can be even more stressful. Your arrest may end up in the media; you may have reporters calling your home or people looking for your arrest records. That's what a Cibolo city councilman recently faced after a DWI arrest. On Augu...

Houston DWIs and Blood Drug Toxicology

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're facing a drug DWI, you may be frightened and unsure of what happens next. In Texas, you can be arrested for driving while intoxicated if you: Operate a vehicle in a public place, and You don't have the normal use of your mental or physical faculties, or You have a blood alcohol c...

Houston Police DWI Training

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Law enforcement authorities take drinking and driving seriously in Texas. After all, the Houston area has one of the highest rates of deadly DWI accidents in the entire country. As a result, they place a high priority on DWI arrests. Now, whether those arrests will stand up to scrutiny in court...

Out of State DUI Conviction

Posted by Doug Murphy | Aug 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're facing a charge for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in another state, you may think it's a relief that the arrest didn't happen in Texas. Texas treats DWI convictions seriously, with serious penalties and consequences to your driving record. But do...

DWI in a Rental Vehicle

Posted by Doug Murphy | Aug 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're arrested for DWI while driving a rental vehicle, you may have many questions about how damage to a vehicle you've rented can affect your prosecution for DWI. What happens to the vehicle? And will my insurance cover this? After a recent accident on US-59 in Houston, one Texas driver is p...

Psychological Trauma of a Fatal DWI Accident

Posted by Doug Murphy | Aug 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

More than 1.35 million people die on U.S. roadways every year, many of them unavoidable accidents. Driving can be dangerous, and it's also one of the top causes of death for many age groups in the U.S., including Texas. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Texas...

The Root Cause of Multiple DWIs

Posted by Doug Murphy | Aug 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

For many people, one or two arrests in a lifetime for DWI is simply a mistake – a tragic miscalculation of the amount you drank at dinner or an error in judgment on the part of the arresting officer. But for some people, multiple DWIs may be a sign of a more serious problem with alcohol or drugs....

Click It or Ticket Enforcement: Can You Get a DWI?

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jul 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Over holidays and major events, it's common for the Texas Department of Transportation to increase traffic enforcement and watch for drivers without seat belts, driving too fast, drinking and driving, or breaking other traffic laws. Law enforcement officers also watch for people not complying wit...

DWI Arrest Impacting Your Job

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jul 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

A DWI arrest has its own direct impact. Without an aggressive and effective legal defense, a DWI conviction and fines or imprisonment may follow. But DWI arrests can have several other collateral consequences. A DWI arrest can affect security clearances, firearms licenses, legal residency status,...

Drinking While Boating Can Be an Offense

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jun 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Boating with an Open Container in Texas Is Legal No surprise that Texas has some of the best boating lakes and reservoirs in America. In Texas and elsewhere, boating is a great way to relax and have a good time. Adding to the fun, many boaters also enjoy a few beers or other tasty and refreshing...

DWI Charge from an Unsafe Roadway

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jun 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many DWI charges begin predictably. The suspected intoxicated driver weaves across the centerline or otherwise drives erratically, resulting in a lawful police stop and DWI arrest. Yet, that's not the only way that police find probable cause to suspect a DWI crime. Your vehicle making the roadway...

Public Figures, Special Privileges, and DWI Arrest

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jun 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Public figures like elected officials, television and sports stars, and well-known business leaders are human beings. Public notoriety provides no immunity to a DWI charge. Although a few officers might look the other way when encountering a public figure suspected of a DWI, police are presumably...

Sleeping One’s Way into a DWI Arrest

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Hard to imagine, but some motor vehicle drivers manage to sleep their way into a DWI arrest. One recent media report perfectly illustrates the hazard. The report indicates that San Antonio police arrested a state senator's chief of staff on a DWI charge after the officers found the staffer asleep...

Why Was I Pulled Over?

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jun 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Common Scenario Here's a common DWI arrest scenario that often leaves the suspect driver baffled. The officer pulls the driver's vehicle over and engages the driver with question after question, without ever telling the suspect why they were pulled over. The officer plies the driver with quest...

DWI Resulting in Death: Possible Charges

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jun 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're involved in a traffic accident where someone dies, it can be horrifying. The fear and guilt can be overwhelming. But despite your horror over the accidental loss of life, you still have to worry about possible charges, particularly if the police accuse you of driving while intoxicated. ...

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