Over the past several decades, the law enforcement community has made targeting DWI/DUI a top priority. Increased criminal penalties and enhanced enforcement measures have been put in place in an attempt to reduce drunk driving rates across the country. Unfortunately, this increased vigilance has made it more likely that people will find themselves facing serious driving while intoxicated charges. While the intentions behind those calling for stiffer penalties might be noble, their efforts have led to countless citizens being arrested for offenses they did not commit. When a police officer stops someone who has been drinking, that officer has to make a decision whether to allow the individual to continue on or to make an arrest for DWI/DUI. More times than not, the officer is going to err on the side of caution and make the arrest. That arrest, and the charges that follow, can lead to driver’s license suspensions, mandatory jail sentences, surcharges and fines in the thousand of dollars, and a whole host of other collateral consequences.
The attorneys at Sampson & Bové, LLC know that anyone in Houston or anywhere in Texas who is accused of driving while intoxicated is facing serious criminal penalties with potentially devastating personal and professional consequences. Just as we do in every case we handle, our team will begin our representation in a DWI/DUI case with a thorough investigation into the the facts surrounding the allegation. We attempt to interview every potential witness involved, visit the scene of the stop and arrest, and examine the conditions surrounding the administration of the field sobriety tests and blood test or breath test. We then identify what, if any, legal issues there are in the case. For example, we examine whether the police had a legal basis to make the stop, whether the police had a legal basis to make the arrest, whether the field sobriety tests were administered correctly, and whether the blood test or breath test was handled correctly. The bottom line is we will do everything we possibly can in pursuit of your legal defense within the limits prescribed by law and professional ethics.
Driving While Intoxicated DWI/DUI Charges
Following an arrest based on driving while intoxicated, a person could find themselves facing one or more of a variety of drunk driving-related charges, such as:
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
DWI/DUI with a Child Passenger
Felony DWI and DUI
The penalties associated with these crimes range widely, with the collateral consequences often being as significant or greater than the actual criminal penalties. While facing any type of DWI/DUI charge can be overwhelming and frightening, you have a number of legal rights that must be protected and upheld.
Talk to a Driving While Intoxicated DWI/DUI Attorney in Houston
If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in any form, you need an experienced attorney on your side. With such experienced and skilled support, you may be able to have your charges reduced, or even dismissed in the best of circumstances. To discuss your situation, charges, and potential defense options, schedule a free consultation by calling Sampson & Bové, LLC at (713) 337-1420.