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The BAT Van Controversy Continues

It seems like almost every day there is a new twist to the BAT Van fiasco What is perhaps the most troubling about the controversy is the lack of transparency with which the DA's office has handled this matter Last Friday's Houston Chronicle featured a very well-written article which cut to the heart of the issue Judging by the chain of events involving allegations that police and prosecutors used flawed...

What are my odds of beating my Texas DUI or DWI case?

Many people charged with DWI or DUI in Texas are understandably very anxious about their pending case It is not surprising that a person charged with a Texas DUI or DWI will want to ask his or her lawyer how likely it is that the case will be dismissed, or resolved favorably Unfortunately, at least at an initial consultation, a criminal defense attorney can usually not answer that This is because the lawyer...

A Push For Moderation in Our DWI Laws? Food For Thought From Mississippi

A very interesting, well-written editorial from Mississippi highlights our national over-zealousness regarding DWI enforcement As the author states, "Driving While Intoxicated has become Driving Under the Influence" as a result of the intense lobbying of MADD, and the financial incentive police agencies have to make DWI arrests The Mississippi highway PATROL has kicked off its annual campaign against...

Police Frame Drug Suspects In New York

A shocking story covered by New York newspapers this week exposed a culture of corruption within the New York City Police Department According to the stories, NYPD narcotics officers planted drugs on suspects to meet their monthly arrest quotas (read the New York Times story, the New York Daily News story, and the New York Post story) The allegations of police planting drugs on innocent people are enraging and...

Como Se Logra El Retiro De Su Caso de DWI en Houston?

Lo más importante acerca de un arresto por DWI es que no aparesca en sus antecedentes penales Cada año, las autoridades detienen a miles de personas en el área de Houston por conducción en estado de intoxicación Sin embargo, sólo unos pocos elegidos logran el retiro de los cargos en su contra ¿Cómo lo hacen Una forma es cuestionar el derecho del agente de policía de detenerlo En algunos casos, si el...

What to Expect from a Texas DUI or DWI Case – A Brief Overview

If you are arrested for DWI or DUI in Houston or anywhere in Texas, you may be unsure of what to expect This is common Criminal defense lawyers know that more than for other offenses, people charged with DUI or DWI are new to the criminal justice system Criminal cases, including DWI or DUI cases, typically end in one of three ways: dismissal, trial, or by some sort of plea agreement with the State Many...

The Walk and Turn Test in DWI and DUI Investigations

If you are stopped and investigated for DWI or DUI in Houston or anywhere in Texas, most law enforcement officers will attempt to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) as a part of their investigation Criminal defense attorneys with experience in DUI or DWI cases know that these tests consist of the horizontal gaze nystagmus test ("HGN"), the one-leg stand, and the walk-and-turn  Although police...

Attacking Drug Possession Cases

Have you been accused of drug possession or drug delivery You are not alone There are over 100,000 drug arrests every year in Texas, with many arrests occurring in Houston The penalties for drug possession or drug delivery can range from minor to severe Cases may be filed in state or federal court But regardless of the type of case, size of case or where it is filed, there are several legal principles that...

What are my options if my criminal case is not dismissed?

If you are charged with a criminal offense in Houston, Texas or anywhere, you may wonder if your case will end up in a trial Most criminal cases, including DUI, DWI and assault cases, end in one of three ways: trial, plea, or dismissal If your criminal case is not dismissed, your criminal defense lawyer will help you decide whether trial or plea will be in your best interest In most cases, your criminal...

How to Increase Accuracy of Eyewitness Identifications

A new study released Monday contains interesting findings related to eyewitness identifications and provides suggestions as to how law enforcement can increase their accuracy This is currently a hot issue among criminal defense attorneys in Houston and everywhere As this blog previously noted, several new studies suggest that of the 75,000 eyewitness identifications made every year, about a third are...