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 in the early evening on a rural highway. Police stopped the former Texan after reports that he swerved into oncoming traffic, clipping another driver, and continuing on his way.
Once pulled over, Mallett allegedly tested at .081% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The legal limit in the state is .08. The police report also alleges Mallett was swaying heavily, had bloodshot eyes, and smelled of alcohol. He also allegedly admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel.
At the time of writing, it is unknown if Mallett is represented by an attorney.
Finding the Right DWI Attorney in Houston, TX
Whether you are a former quarterback or work a nine-to-five job, you have the right to legal counsel following a DWI arrest. However, not just any attorney will do. While there are hundreds of attorneys in the Houston area that hold themselves out as DWI defense specialists, not all of them will be the right fit for your needs. You need to understand how to separate skilled DWI defense attorneys from the pack. Here are some of the things to look for in a Houston DWI defense lawyer:
- How much trial experience does the attorney have?
- Does the attorney handle ALR hearings as well as criminal cases?
- How did the attorney approach cases similar to yours?
- Is the attorney a Board Certified expert in DWI defense law?
- Is the attorney a Board Certified expert in criminal defense law?
- Is the attorney – due to his or her competencies and insight – routinely invited to speak at continuing legal education seminars to teach other lawyers how to successfully handle DWI cases?
The Importance of Board Certification
Of all of these factors, the most important qualification is whether an attorney is a board certified expert in either DWI defense or criminal law. These certifications are difficult to come by. They require years of experience, a law practice focused on criminal defense, passing a challenging practical exam, and recommendations by peers (e.g., judges and other lawyers). Few attorneys qualify for these certifications and even fewer ever achieve it. Due to the steep requirements for obtaining these distinctions, board certification is an excellent way to identify qualified legal counsel.
Hiring the Best DWI Defense Attorney in Houston
Attorney Doug Murphy is a top defense lawyer in Houston and across Harris County. He is Board Certified as an expert in both DWI defense and criminal defense law. In fact, he is one of only two lawyers in the State of Texas to be certified as an expert in both categories.
Doug Murphy is a fearless litigator that prepares every case as if it will ultimately go to trial. This approach has led to his lengthy track record of success at trial. To learn more about how a Board Certified expert can help you, reach out to the Doug Murphy Law Firm, P.C. right away.