DWI Doesn’t Have to Be a Dead End

Posted by Doug Murphy | Jan 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you're facing a charge for DWI, you could be worried that this may be the end of your career or your reputation in the community. But it's important to remember that a DWI arrest is not the end of the game. You are innocent until proven guilty, and a strong defense can get you back on track. A perfect example of a come-back story is football coach Joey McGuire.

In 2015, Cedar Hill ISD football coach McGuire faced a DWI in Tarrant County. The arrest came after McGuire led his team to three state championships and turned down a coaching job at the University of Texas to coach his son at Cedar Hill. After his arrest, the school announced:

Cedar Hill ISD Head Football Coach Joey McGuire was arrested in Tarrant County early Friday morning, April 10, 2015, for an alleged Driving While Intoxicated incident. Coach McGuire voluntarily reported the incident to CHISD Administration as soon as he was able to do so. We are still in the process of gathering information and will handle any discipline internally and take appropriate action.

But this wasn't the end for Coach McGuire. Last month, Texas Tech announced that it hired McGuire as its new football coach.

A Strong DWI Defense

An arrest for DWI doesn't have to mean you'll face a conviction. A strong attorney can develop the best possible defense in your case, which may include:

  • Challenging the validity of the traffic stop: The police must have reasonable suspicion that you've committed a crime to make your initial traffic stop. Traffic violations like speeding and running a red light can give the police reasonable suspicion, but your arrest may be invalid without this.
  • Challenging the validity of the BAC testing: BAC testing isn't always valid. If proper procedures, training, and calibration don't happen regularly, it can affect the validity of your results.
  • Challenging the reliability of the field sobriety testing: Field sobriety testing relies on the subjective judgment of police officers. Your physical condition, the weather, the road conditions, and the time of day can all affect these tests.
  • Introducing contradictory evidence: Your attorney may be able to introduce evidence that contradicts the observations of the police officers, such as traffic or body cam video or eye witness testimony.

You Need an Expert in DWI Defense

It's important to remember that a DWI arrest is not the end of the game. It doesn't have to be the end of your career, on or off the field. Having a strong defense and a strong offense can help you plot a come-back. But you'll also need a strong quarterback by your side. Attorney Doug Murphy is an expert in DWI defense and criminal law. He is one of only two attorneys in Texas who is Board Certified in both these specialties, making him uniquely qualified to protect your rights during a DWI case.

Best Lawyers in America named Doug the “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021 for DWI defense in Houston. Find out how the Doug Murphy Law Firm can help you. Give them a call today at 713-229-8333 to set up a consultation.

About the Author

Doug Murphy

Doug Murphy is one of only two Texas lawyers Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and also in DWI Defense by the National College for DUI Defense, accredited by the American Bar Association and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


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