Common Reasons People Drink and Drive

January 24th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drunk Driving, DWI

Although most people understand the risk and legal consequences of a DWI, drinking and driving remains a common problem in Houston and Galveston. So why do people still drive drunk? There are a number of possible explanations. People Do Not Know Their Limits Under Texas law, a person is considered driving under the influence if […]

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Implied Consent in Texas

August 16th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in DWI

If you have been arrested on suspicion of DWI in League City or Galveston, the first thing that police will likely do is ask you to submit to a blood or breath test. Texas, like most states, has an “implied consent” law that imposes certain penalties if a person refuses to submit to such tests. […]

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Intoxication Assault and Intoxication Manslaughter

January 13th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in DWI, Underage Drinking

You may think drunk driving is not that big of a deal. But if you injure—or kill—someone while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are likely to face felony criminal charges. Under Texas law, both “intoxication assault” and “intoxication manslaughter” are criminal offenses separate and apart from DUI/DWI. Intoxication Assault If […]

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Texas deputy police chief calls for stronger DWI enforcement

December 7th, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

A deputy police chief in South Texas is asking state lawmakers to consider setting up permanent DWI checkpoints. The San Antonio deputy chief recently appeared before the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. The man hopes that legislators will allow officers to stop drivers and perform sobriety tests on a routine basis in areas susceptible to […]

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Do Texas Drive-Through Liquor Stores Lead to Drunk Driving?

July 10th, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

A recent drunk driving accident in Gregg County has left Texas lawmakers wondering whether the state should ban drive-through liquor stores. Currently, Texas is among several states that allow customers to purchase packaged alcoholic drinks from drive-up windows at liquor stores and convenience stores. Some people worry that a drive-through window encourages customers to engage […]

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DWI Offender in ‘Shock Probation’ Case Back in Jail

May 29th, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

Last month in this blog, we discussed the case of a Houston man who had been sentenced to “shock probation” in his DWI manslaughter case. Michael Giacona was ordered to sit at the accident site wearing a sign alerting passersby that he had killed another man in a drunk driving accident. He was also ordered […]

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Half A Million More Dollars Dedicated to Catching Houston Drunk Drivers

February 3rd, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

Amid a drunk-driving scandal related to the mobile DWI testing vans, the Harris County district attorney’s office is taking a new approach to stopping those who drink and drive throughout Houston: more testing equipment. Specifically, the district attorney’s office noted that the $475,000 will be used to purchase additional intoxilyzer breath-alcohol testing units. In addition […]

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“Minor Adults” Pose a Challenge to Texas’ Drunk Driving System

January 10th, 2011 by admin in Criminal Defense

Texas has a special category for drunk drivers that aren’t actually yet legal drinkers: “minor adults.” If arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), when between ages 17 to 20, minor adults are treated exactly like adults. Unlike juveniles, they can be required to take blood alcohol tests (refusal to do so often results in automatic […]

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NTSB Encourages Texas to Crack Down on Hard-Core Drunk Drivers

December 23rd, 2010 by admin in Criminal Defense

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), almost 11,000 people died in 2009 in drunken driving crashes, accounting for 32 percent of traffic-related fatalities. Of DWI-related crashes, more than 70 percent involve “hard-core” offenders, says the NTSB. Hard-core drunk drivers include repeat offenders and those caught with high blood alcohol concentrations (typically around .15 […]

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Driving While Ability Impaired – Arrested for Under 0.08?

October 27th, 2010 by admin in Criminal Defense

A New Drunk Driving Charge Proposed for Texas Drivers Drunk driving continues to be a growing problem in Texas. In the last three years, alcohol played a role in 33 percent of all fatal crashes and 12 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the state. As result, reforms are continuously being proposed to increase […]

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