I have devoted my practice to defending people charged with drinking and driving. As such, nearly every one of my cases is a DWI case. The majority of my cases are in Travis County, Williamson County and Hays County; however, I have handled cases in many other counties.
Texas DWI laws and techniques in defending DWI are constantly changing. What worked yesterday may not be the best approach today. It is important to find a lawyer who stays on top of the current Texas DWI laws, trends, and what occurs in Courts everyday. I am such a lawyer. Also, I concentrate my Continuing Legal Education on DWI specific seminars, rather than general criminal law issues.
I have completed training for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized field sobriety tests. This will allow me to better evaluate how you did on the tests, and more importantly, evaluate how the police officer administered them. This is important because most DWI prosecutions involve results of “field sobriety tests,” some of which have been the subject of scientific studies conducted by the NHTSA.
I own two of my own Intoxilyzer 5000 machines. To the average criminal defense attorney, a breath test above the legal limit means “plead guilty” from the beginning, even though they will not tell you this until after the fee has been paid. To a true DWI defense attorney, a failed breath test in no way means you are guilty. I understand how the breath test machine works, what can cause you to submit an erroneously high reading, the philosophy behind breath testing, and how alcohol is absorbed and eliminated from the body. This is often the difference between a guilty and Not Guilty verdict. If you are serious about being found Not Guilty, it is a must that your lawyer be very knowledgeable about alcohol and the human body and its affect on breath testing.