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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Warrantless Blood & Urine Tests in Texas

November 28th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Understanding Texas Law

In an effort to make it easier for Galveston-area prosecutors to prove DWI cases, Texas has an “implied consent” law with respect to blood tests. This means that if a police officer has probable cause to arrest a motorist on suspicion of drunk driving, the motorist is legally required to submit a blood sample for analysis […]

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Texas Motorcycle DWI Laws

October 25th, 2016 by admin in DWI

According to the most recent figures from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately 4,700 motorcyclists killed in a “motor vehicle traffic crash” each year. The NHTSA said about 28 percent of these reported fatalities involved drivers who were legally intoxicated—i.e., they had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Overall, […]

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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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Boating While Intoxicated in Galveston

February 24th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in DWI

Galveston Bay and Trinity Bay are popular locations for recreational boating. And while many people choose to enjoy alcoholic beverages while out on the water, anyone operating a boat must be mindful of Texas law. Boating while intoxicated is just as much a legal offense under as driving a car while under the influence. What Is […]

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Texas offers innovative DWI treatment program

December 21st, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

In recent posts to Texas readers we’ve explored various theories of criminal punishment, including deterrence, retribution and rehabilitation. Today’s story explores the goal of rehabilitation in the context of DWI offenders. Specifically, statistics show that intensive treatment programs for DWI offenders may actually be working. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired driving […]

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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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Texas woman charged with DWI

November 22nd, 2012 by admin in Criminal Defense

A woman who struck two young Halloween trick-or-treaters crossing a road in their Houston neighborhood has been charged with DWI. After the police arrived at the scene, they conducted a field sobriety test before bringing the woman downtown for further questioning. The children were taken to Texas Children’s Hospital, with reported injuries of a broken […]

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An Increasing Number Choosing Jail Time over Probation in Texas

October 8th, 2010 by admin in Criminal Defense

For many criminal defendants, the possibility of time in jail is a terrifying prospect: the loss of freedom, coupled with the poor conditions in many facilities, is a harsh enough penalty that they are willing to do almost anything to avoid it. However, an increasing number of criminal defendants in Texas are choosing to serve […]

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