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Texas DUI/DWI Statistics

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TEXAS DUI STATISTICS

The 2018 DUI/DWI Statistics gives you a glimpse into our state’s leading Drinking & Driving problem.

Top Cities For DUI/DWI Crashes:

#1 Houston – 1,908

#2 San Antonio – 1,830

#3 Dallas – 1,239

#4 Austin – 1,137

#5 El Paso – 773

Top Counties For DUI/DWI Crashes:

#1 Harris County – 3,186 

#2 Dallas County – 2,252

#3 Bexar County – 2,051

#4 Tarrant County – 1,502

#5 Travis County – 1,480

Months With Most DUI/DWI Crashes:

#1 July – 97

#2 Dec – 90

#3 Jan – 89

#4 Feb – 88

#5 Aug – 85

Days Of The Week With Most DUI/DWI Crashes:

#1 Saturday – 5,734

#2 Sunday – 5,530

#3 Friday – 3,808

Check out our infographic Below for all the details. the data is pulled from the Texas Department of Transportation.

Texas DUI Statistics

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The ALR Hearing After A DWI Arrest

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THE ALR HEARING
AFTER A DWI ARREST

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Administrative License Revocation hearing or ALR Hearing is a separate case that arises out of a DWI prosecution. 

Most people arrested for DWIs are surprised to learn that they have not one, but two cases after their arrest: 

First one is a civil case from the Texas Department of transportation to try and take your drivers license through a ALR Hearing.

The second case is a criminal case for the crime of DWI.

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The Purpose of the ALR Hearing

The hearing is based upon failing the breath or blood test or refusing to take them when asked, but it gives you the opportunity to contest the seizure or suspension of your license. 

If you take advantage of the ALR hearing, quite often you won’t lose your license. 

Keep in mind, you have only 15 days to request your hearing with the state after you have been arrested, otherwise your license will go into automatic suspension.

What is a ALR Hearing?

By requesting an ALR hearing, you force the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to prove its case against you. 

The DPS must prove that the police officer who stopped and arrested you did so with either reasonable suspicion or probable cause. 

If they cannot prove either, you win by default.

What Happens If you lose the ALR Hearing?

You can receive a 180 day suspension if you decline to take a test upon proper request, or, if you fail a breath or blood test, you can receive a 90-day suspension of your driving privileges. 

A Houston attorney who is a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense can help you navigate through this complex, often times confusing process.

Read “Do I need a lawyer to help me in a DWI prosecution and an ALR proceeding?” DWI Question that talks about the importance of hiring the right attorney for this process.

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ROLL OF A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

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ROLE OF THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

How in the heck can you defend those people?!

When I’m at social events and I tell people that I’m a criminal defense attorney, many times, I am answered with disgust, “How can you possibly defend those people?!” 

But…

more interesting, however, after I explain why  I chose my career and the roll of a criminal defense lawyer, disgust is replaced with gratitude.

The roll of a criminal defense lawyer

People often ask the question, then become positive when I explain the roots of the roll of a criminal defense lawyer in our country’s criminal justice system. 

Quite simply, the roll of a criminal defense lawyer is to both protect the rights of those wrongfully charged AND the rights of those who are correctly charged. 

We fight to ensure that the Constitutional rights of every citizen are not infringed and that the guilty are not overly punished. 

Sadly, in our world, punishment is often dictated by political agendas and political correctness – both of which skew justice.

DWI is unfair

The reality of the DWI world is that if you took everyone that was wrongfully charged under all other crimes under the Texas Penal Code, and you compared it with everyone wrongfully charged with a DWI, experience demonstrates that the number of innocent DWI defendants would outnumber all the rest of the defendants combined.

The Opinion Crime

A big reason for the anomaly is because DWI is an OPINION crime that allows a stranger (the officer) the power to judge what the arrested person’s normal coordination is (or isn’t) on the side of the road in the middle of the night. 

This stranger is compelling a person to prove normalcy and sobriety by performing abnormal tests under a grading system that gives zero credit for satisfactory performance, provides for no practice, and ultimately penalizes for not being perfect. 

Under this protocol, the arrested is asked to perform very difficult tasks regardless of mental state, natural coordination, balance, or health.

The signs are misleading

Contrary to popular belief, the highway signs that say, “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” are NOT the law. 

These signs serve as very good propaganda, but neither a sign, nor officer, nor lawyer decide guilt—our citizens and a jury do. 

The Texas legislature has declared that it is legal to consume an alcoholic beverage and drive as long as a person is not intoxicated. 

A whole industry has been built around responsible drinking. 

It’s why bars have parking lots. It’s why restaurants serve alcohol. 

It’s why you can consume a beer at a ball game and subsequently drive as long as you’re not impaired.

Biased opinion

Police officers have a difficult job and our society could not function without them. 

However, when it comes to DWI’s, they are indoctrinated not to use their entire discretion. 

They are trained to jump to conclusions and believe that there is no such thing as responsible drinking and driving. 

They are trained to assume if you do not exercise perfect coordination and motor skills on the roadside alcohol is the sole reason why.

Your rights under the Constitution

I’m not saying that no one ever drives impaired. 

On the contrary, there are times when a criminal defense lawyer knows someone is guilty. 

We also know that our justice system does not always pursue justice when a citizen is accused of a crime. 

It is for that reason that when accused of a crime—no matter the crime—every person is due the right to an ethical and professional defense lawyer who will zealously protect his or her rights to a fair trial, to not be overly punished, and to make sure the system doesn’t cheat them.

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ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION (ALR)

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WHAT IS A ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION (ALR)


The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program is a civil administrative process requiring the department to suspend and/or disqualify your driver license if you are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) when you:


1) to take or fail to complete a blood or breath test, or



2) Provide a blood or breath test that registers a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more while driving a non-commercial motor vehicle, or



3) Provide a blood or breath test that registers a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04% or more while driving a commercial motor vehicle.


These of your driving privilege under the ALR program is unrelated to the criminal court proceedings for DWI or BWI. 

Additional Information Can Be Found In Texas Transportation Code Chapters 524 And 724.

Schedule an office visit and we’ll schedule your ALR hearing at no cost.

ALR Process For DWI Or BWI

If a Law enforcement officer has reason to believe you are impaired, a set of field sobriety tests will be administered. 

If you fail the field sobriety tests you will be arrested for DWI or BWI.

You will be asked to take a breath or blood test to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. 

If you refuse to take or fail the field sobriety tests, your driver license will be suspended and/or disqualified.



If you consent to a law enforcement officer’s request to a blood test, you will keep your driver license until the BAC results are received by the Department. 

If the results indicate you provided a specimen above the legal limit, your driver license will be suspended and/or disqualified.



A $125 reinstatement fee is required prior to the renewal or issuance of your driver license, in addition to paying any other outstanding fees owed.


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THE SIX CRITICAL ELEMENTS TO YOUR DWI DEFENSE

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SIX CRITICAL ELEMENTS TO YOUR DWI DEFENSE

Houston DWI Specialist Gary Trichter

Here Are Six Critical Elements Of Your DWI Defense:

1) A Thorough Investigation Of The Facts And The Law.
2) A Review Of All Audio/Video Recordings.
3) Knowledge Of The Police Motor Skill Exercises And Their Grading.
4) Extensive Knowledge Of Police Breath & Blood Testing Devices.
5) Extensive Experience In Motion Hearings And Trials.
6) A Lawyer Who Works Their Tail Off To Turn Over Every Stone To Protect Both Your License And Your Good Name.

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