One of the most common crimes people are arrested for in the Houston area is driving while intoxicated (DWI). Drunk driving is prohibited in Texas just the same way as every other state in the nation (many of which refer to offenses as driving under the influence or DUI), and convictions can carry steep consequences.
When a person is arrested for DWI in Texas, he or she has to deal not only with the criminal charges that result from an alleged offense but also the possible civil penalty. The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) program in Texas only allows a person 15 days to request a hearing following a DWI arrest.
Attorneys for DWI Defense in Houston, TX
Were you recently arrested for drunk driving in Southeast Texas? You will want to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Contact The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC right away.
Our Houston criminal defense lawyers defend clients arrested for DWI throughout Harris County, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, League City, Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Galena Park, Baytown and many others. Call (832) 530-4070 to have our attorneys review and discuss all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.
Texas DWI Defense Information Center
Texas DWI Laws
Under Texas Penal Code § 49.04, a person commits a DWI offense if he or she is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. Texas Penal Code § 49.01(2) defines intoxicated as:
- not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or
- having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
The phrase alcohol concentration is more commonly referred to as a blood or breath alcohol concentration, or BAC. Texas defines alcohol concentration as meaning the number of grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, 100 milliliters of blood, or 67 milliliters of urine.
Many DWI arrests in Texas involve alcohol concentrations derived from breath samples obtained during roadside tests or tests performed at police stations. A violation of the alcohol concentration limit definition of intoxicated is considered a “per se” DWI violation (with “per se” being the Latin phrase for “by or in itself,” as evidence of an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher is evidence of intoxication), but a person can be arrested based on the other definition of intoxicated that involved more subjective opinions of arresting officers or possible involvement of controlled substances.
Common DWI Charges in Harris County
The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC handles a wide variety of drunk driving cases in the greater Houston area. Some of the most common kinds of DWI charges our firm sees include, but are not limited to:
- First DWI
- Second DWI
- Third or Subsequent DWI
- Felony DWI
- Commercial DWI
- Drug-Related DWI
- Marijuana DWI
- DWI with Property Damage
- DWI with Child Passenger
- DWI with BAC .15
- DWI under 21
- Open Container
- Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)
- Intoxication Assault
- Intoxication Manslaughter
Texas DWI Resources
Houston Police Department (HPD) | City of Houston — Visit this website to learn more about the HPD. You can view an organizational chart and click on specific divisions or offices to find additional information. You can also access crime statistics and find crime prevention material.
Houston Police Department Headquarters
1200 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002
Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) — The HCSO is the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third largest in the United States, with nearly 4,600 employees and 200 reservists. Learn more about its history and services on this website. You can also find jail information and traffic crash reports.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
1200 Baker St.
Houston, TX 77002
DWI Defense Attorney in Harris County, TX
If you were arrested for drunk driving anywhere in the Harris County area, it will be in your best interest to quickly seek legal representation. The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC represents individuals in the greater Harris County area including Pearland, Baytown, Seabrook, La Porte, Pasadena, Galena Park, Friendswood and many others.
Our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Houston can review all of the circumstances surrounding your arrest and fight to help you achieve the most favorable outcome that results in the fewest consequences. Our firm will provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (832) 530-4070 or submit an online contact form to receive a free, confidential consultation.