Areas of Practice – DWI/DUI
Arrested for DWI-DUI?
Time limits apply . . . so please call now!
I’m a Texas Board Certified criminal defense attorney with over 25 years of experience.
I am trained to help and I’m available to protect your rights to a strong defense in both criminal court and before the Department of Public Safety driver’s license hearings.
If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, DWI, DUI, intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter, please contact the Firm. Important time limits apply in DWI, DUI, and other alcohol-related cases. It’s important you contact us quickly to begin your defense. In Texas, you have only 15 days following an arrest to request a hearing to save your driver’s license.
Understanding Your Charges
DUI: Driving Under the Influence.
DUI is a zero-tolerance law in Texas that prohibits drivers under 21 years old from having any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. Police officers in Bryan-College Station are very aggressive in charging Texas A&M and Blinn College students for this type of offense.
DWI: Driving While Intoxicated.
DWI is a Texas law prohibiting any driver from operating a motor vehicle when they have lost the normal use of their mental or physical faculties, or by having a legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above. Drivers can also be charged with DWI by the introduction of drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs, into their system.
The police typically use a series of field sobriety tests (FSTs) to develop probable cause to arrest for DWI in addition to asking persons to submit to a breath or blood test.
Here again, the police in Bryan-College Station have developed a “take no prisoners” attitude toward charging local college students with this very serious misdemeanor offense.
ALR: Administrative License Revocation.
In addition to the criminal charges faced by those arrested for DUI or DWI, the arrest starts an administrative procedure called Administrative License Revocation or ALR. An ALR driver’s license suspension is automatic unless you request a hearing to challenge the suspension, in writing, within 15 days after receiving notice of the suspension. If a hearing is not requested the suspension automatically begins on the 40th day after notice was received.
If a hearing is requested, no action will be taken regarding a suspension until after the hearing. We request an ALR hearing on your behalf and represent you in the hearing when you hire the Firm prior to the 15 day deadline.
Defending Bryan – College Station DWI Charges
Many people wrongly assume if they blow “above-the-limit” on the breath test they are as good as convicted of DWI. However, that is not necessarily the case. Our team will investigate all possibilities in defending your case including circumstances under which breath test results can be challenged.
The team is also skilled at attacking blood test results, including the blood draw procedure and forensic laboratory testing.
I’ll help determine if you were legally stopped, whether sobriety tests were administered properly, and whether any chemical test can be used as evidence against you.
I’ve written extensively on the Bryan-College Station Criminal Defense Blog about attacking the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine used to obtain breath alcohol concentrations from persons arrested for DWI. We have also written about blood draw (phlebotomy) essentials and how to challenge the prosecutor tactic of retrograde extrapolation. I’m experienced and prepared to fight against all chemical tests used to incriminate you.
Defending Other Alcohol-Related Offenses.
In addition to DWI/DUI offenses, my Firm is experienced in representing clients charged with a variety of other alcohol-related charges including minor in possession (MIP), public intoxication (PI), making alcohol available to a minor, and open container charges. We represent clients needing assistance with under-aged drinking, driver’s license suspensions, motor vehicle assault, CDL defense, and intoxication manslaughter charges.
For additional information about defending DWI, DUI, or other related charges in Brazos County, please visit my DWI specific websites.