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Driver Reactions Complicate a 3rd DWI

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

No doubt, getting pulled over under circumstances where an arrest and criminal charges seem imminent may put your cool head at risk. The stress of a vehicle stop increases when the driver knows that the vehicle contains contraband, illegal weapons, or open intoxicants, or if the driver has recent...

When a Passenger Dies Relating to DWI

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jan 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Motor-vehicle crashes are always unfortunate, no matter the contributing causes or severity of the results. But when a vehicle occupant, whether passenger or driver, dies in the crash, mere misfortune can turn to calamity. And when authorities allege driver intoxication as a contributing cause, t...

Righting a Wrong-Way DWI

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

Safely navigating modern America's many high-speed highways can be a challenge given factors like thick fog, darkness, heavy rain, high winds, construction detours, and congested traffic. Overpasses, underpasses, tunnels, bridges, on-and-off ramps, loops, and turnabouts, and a myriad of signs and...

When a Judge Faces a DWI Charge

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

A Texas DWI charge is significant to just about anyone, considering the potentially severe short- and long-term consequences. Yet those consequences magnify when the defendant is a Texas public official like Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, whom the county's Office of District Attorney charge...

Avoid Turning a DWI into Other Charges

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

A Texas DWI charge is difficult enough to deal with, for all of a DWI conviction's potential consequences. The lesson here, though, is not to turn a manageable or even beatable DWI charge into something much worse: adding multiple more-serious charges to the DWI violation. It's an extreme exampl...

Fame Is No Defense to a DWI Charge

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jan 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

The national story broke in November 2020 that local police in Travis County, Texas, had arrested twenty-five-year-old Dillon Passage, husband of the imprisoned Netflix Tiger King television star Joe Exotic, on a DWI charge. Passage is himself something of a celebrity, having appeared on Tiger Ki...

Implementing DWI Deferred Adjudications

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

The prior 2020 Texas big DWI story addressed the concerning spread of a new but unreliable oral-fluid technology from which to infer blood-alcohol levels. Nationally recognized DWI specialist Doug Murphy stays on top of these trends to ensure that those charged with DWI offenses have the best rep...

DWI Technologies Advance

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The prior big 2020 Texas DWI story had to do with how the pandemic roiled the pattern of DWI violations and prosecutions, specifically in the Houston area. Everyone knows that 2020 has been unlike any other year, which has been just as true for DWI prosecutions. Another big 2020 DWI story is the...

Biggest Texas DWI Stories of 2020

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every year has its big DWI stories, and the year 2020 has been no exception. The pandemic seems to lead almost every 2020 headline, and DWI coverage is no exception. But 2020 has had its share of other big DWI stories. In this blog series, we will review what 2020's top Texas DWI stories can teac...

A Bribe Is Always a Bad Idea, Even in a DWI

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

How, you might wonder, could a polite little offer of consideration hurt? The answer is plenty, when the intent is to convince an officer making a vehicle stop to forgo a DWI charge. Don't add a daunting bribery charge to a manageable DWI violation. Don't make things go from winnable to potential...

DWIs—Factors That Result in Enhanced Penalties

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to KTSM, El Paso, Texas, police recently arrested a man for driving while intoxicated. The suspect was purportedly driving erratically before the police pulled him over; then, he abandoned his vehicle and led police on a foot chase. After he was caught, he allegedly had a breath alcohol...

DWIs—Special Considerations for Public Figures

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

On October 17, 2020, a celebrity gossip website announced that reality TV star Michelle Theriot—“Gramma Mimi” on TLC's hit show Outdaughtered—had been arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Theriot reportedly failed multiple field sobriety tests, and the website alleged she ...

DWIs Involving Injury to a Cop

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

If a “driving while intoxicated” (DWI) accident involves injury, that can result in increased penalties, but what happens if the DWI results in an injury to a police officer? That is the scenario posed by a recent incident in the Sunnyside area of Houston. According to an ABC13 news report, a dri...

Evading Arrest—How It Impacts a DWI

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

It wasn't the best way to start off November. At 2:30 in the morning, on the first of the month, Hopkins County Sheriff Deputies were sent to investigate a vehicle traveling on I-30. When they arrived on the scene, the vehicle accelerated away from them. According to local news reports, that set ...

When You Need Medical Attention After a DWI Arrest

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

Police are investigating after a 25-year-old recently died in the Rowlett City Jail. Police found the man sleeping in his truck in an apartment complex parking lot after receiving a call of a possible drunk driver on the road. Police woke him and arrested him for driving while intoxicated. Later,...

When a DWI Includes a Car Accident

Posted by Doug Murphy | Dec 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

KBTX, a Bryan, Texas, station, recently reported that police had arrested an area resident for “driving while intoxicated” (DWI). According to the news report, the alleged offender crashed his vehicle into a semi-truck, and, shortly after contact, his own vehicle caught fire. Thankfully, no one w...

A DWI’s Impact on Running for Elected Office

Posted by Doug Murphy | Nov 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the wee hours of the morning of October 17, 2020, police arrested Fort Worth City Council Member Cary Moon, alleging that the council member was driving while intoxicated (DWI). In a statement, Moon said, “Thank you to those who have offered support. At this time, we are not able to discuss de...

Houston-Area DWIs During COVID

Posted by Doug Murphy | Nov 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

In College Station, Texas, driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests have substantially decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, as much as 25%. Police have theorized that the reduction—both arrests and DWI-related accidents—may be because there are fewer people in town at the moment. Is this a pred...

How a DWI Can Affect More than Just Your Driving

Posted by Doug Murphy | Nov 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

During the summer of 2020, officers arrested Republican state Senate candidate Vanessa Tijerina for allegedly driving while intoxicated with her children in the car. Police officers had responded to an alert that the GOP candidate was driving under the influence. They initiated a routine traffic ...

The Physical Impacts of a DWI Arrest

Posted by Doug Murphy | Nov 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

In October 2020, police arrested a 25-year-old man they allegedly found asleep at the wheel of a box truck stopped in an apartment complex's parking lot. The officers arrested the young man and charged him with a DWI and possession of marijuana and other controlled substances. After being process...

18-Wheeler Flies Over Ramp In Alleged DWI Accident

Posted by Doug Murphy | Nov 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

On Sept 18, 2020, in the early hours of the morning, an 18-wheeler rig driving northbound on I-45 flew off an overpass. It was forced off the highway after a woman driving the wrong direction crashed head-on into the truck. Footage from the Downtown Aquarium captured the cab and the charcoal-carr...

How You Can Rebound from a DWI in Texas

Posted by Doug Murphy | Oct 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

In October of 2019, Errol Spence Jr., a popular boxer, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) after losing control of, and flipping, his Ferrari. Police stated that Mr. Spence was allegedly drunk driving his vehicle at a high-speed rate in the early hours of the morning. He was not wear...

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