College Station Phlebotomist Arrested for a Texas DWI

Posted by Doug Murphy | Oct 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

A College Station, Texas phlebotomist was arrested on October 12, 2019, after leaving work allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The erratic behavior in this case suggests more to the story than just alcohol intoxication, but a conviction for driving while intoxicated in and of itself could b...

Texas Reverses Course on Deferred Adjudication in DWI Cases

Posted by Doug Murphy | Oct 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Under Texas law, prosecutors are empowered to defer adjudication of many crimes for first-time offenders. Deferred adjudication allows a defendant to plead guilty to a crime, but avoid a conviction on their criminal record if they meet certain conditions. Since 1984, that option has been off the ...

Researchers Claim to Have Developed Marijuana Breathalyzer

Posted by Doug Murphy | Oct 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

After years of development, researchers with the University of Pittsburgh have announced the development of a marijuana breathalyzer. If this device becomes accepted by the courts, it could have a significant impact on the rates of DWI drug charges.  The device operates like a standard breathaly...

Houston Man Arrested for DWI with One-Year-Old Passenger

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Houston man was arrested for driving while intoxicated on August 21, 2019, after witnesses spotted him driving without one of the front tires. The man's problems deepened from there when law enforcement discovered a small child in the car. Deputies for the Harris County Sheriff's Office arrest...

Why You Should Never Plead Guilty to DWI at Arraignment

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, your first court appearance is known as an arraignment. Your arraignment is your opportunity to announce to the court your initial plea of guilty or not guilty. While you have the right to plead guilty at your arraignment, it is never...

The Impact of a DWI on Your Travel Plans

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is common knowledge that a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction could result in steep fines, jail time, and a suspended driver's license. But did you know it can also have a serious impact on your ability to travel? These travel limitations can make it difficult to leave the country or h...

Former Houston Texan QB Arrested for DWI

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

On September 10, 2019, retired NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett was arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Northwest Arkansas. After a successful college career, Mallett played briefly for the Houston Texans during his NFL career. According to law enforcement, Mallett was arrested ...

Houston PD Cracks Down on Illegal Street Racing

Posted by Doug Murphy | Sep 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

A city-wide crackdown on illegal street racing in recent weeks has led to multiple arrests in Southeast Houston. According to police records, law enforcement has arrested several individuals and impounded multiple vehicles. These arrests occurred in the early morning hours of August 31 and Septem...

Did Texas Accidentally Legalize Marijuana?

Posted by Doug Murphy | Aug 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The law is full of unintended consequences. One of those unintended consequences for Texas lawmakers might lead to a steep drop in low-level marijuana possession cases. That outcome seems to go well beyond what Texas legislators had in mind when they passed House Bill 1325 What is House Bill 132...

Prosecutors Threaten to Release Footage of Mr. Kraft

Posted by Doug Murphy | Apr 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A pair of developments in the solicitation case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft highlights how far prosecutors are willing to go to create a conviction. Kraft's Lawyers File Motion to Exclude Video Evidence We covered the setup for the new developments in an earlier blog: Defens...

Actor Charged With 2 DWI Counts for Same Incident

Posted by Doug Murphy | Apr 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A famous actor has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) after crashing his car into a utility pole. The news is all over the tabloids and contains an interesting detail that may confuse lots of people in Houston, Texas: He faces multiple charges for a single incident. DWI defense la...

Why Hemp Products Are Suddenly Everywhere in Houston

Posted by Doug Murphy | Apr 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

It seems like there has been an explosion in the number of stores that sell hemp & CBD products in the Houston area overnight. Simply put, an important federal law changed the definition of hemp products, de-listing them from the Controlled Substances Act and legalizing many of them but not all o...

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