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The POLICE: Earned Valor and Respect

(713) 524-1010 The POLICE: Earned Valor aNd Respect My friends, our very existence is being attacked from within. The attack is on heroes we call policemen and policewomen. When William Shakespeare wrote “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet“, he could’ve been referring to our police brothers and sisters. Like our military, law enforcement officers stand ever ready to give up their lives
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This Is Why You Should Refuse The Breathalyzer

(713) 524-1010 Stopped For DWI? This Is Why You Should Refuse The Breathalyzer https://youtu.be/oS8eM3fWRSY Specifically when it comes to the breath test, if you know you are going to be below the legal limit then blow.  If you get to the point where he is asking you for a breath test then ninety-nine times out of a hundred you are going to be arrested.  So
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Chances Of Getting A DWI Dismissed?

(713) 524-1010 CHANCES OF GETTING A DWI DISMISSED What are the chances of getting a DWI dismissed? That is a question I get an awful lot.  The answer is, it depends.  The reason I say that is, it really depends on the circumstances under which you get pulled over and what was happening before.  My first piece of advice to anyone who gets pulled over
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What Happens If You Are Convicted Of DWI

(713) 524-1010 what happens if you are convicted of DWI What happens if you are convicted of DWI? There are a lot of consequences to a DWI conviction, some of which are obvious and they come in the form of range of punishment and what are called criminal consequences. There are other consequences that are deemed collateral consequences and we can go into those in
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Steps To Take After A DWI Arrest

(713) 524-1010 Steps To Take After A DWI Arrest I am going to walk you through the steps to take after a DWI arrest.  The first thing is, if you have been arrested and you are reading this that means that you spent the night in the fine accommodations of the Harris County jail or at another county jail.  Unfortunately, you are going to want
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COVID-19 & YOUR DWI ARREST

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 COVID-19 & YOUR DWI ARREST Arrested For A DWI & No Court Date? Remember, A 15 Day Save Your Drivers License Clock Is Still Clicking! Reading Below, Can Both Extend Your 40 Day Temporary License And May Prevent A Suspension!   If you were arrested for a DWI during the COVID-19 Pandemic and you have not received a court date
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Texas DUI/DWI Statistics

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 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
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The ALR Hearing After A DWI Arrest

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 THE ALR HEARING AFTER A DWI ARREST 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
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ROLL OF A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 ROLE OF THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER https://youtu.be/4Sghr4P5T7o 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
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ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION (ALR)

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT IS A ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION (ALR) https://youtu.be/oUYu0ev8k98 
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)
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THE SIX CRITICAL ELEMENTS TO YOUR DWI DEFENSE

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION SIX CRITICAL ELEMENTS TO YOUR DWI DEFENSE 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
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What happens after 3rd DWI in Texas

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION What happens after 3rd DWI in Texas With A 3rd Degree Felony You’re Going To Find Yourself In Felony Court. A 3rd Degree Felony Has A Minimum Punishment Range Of Two Years In The State Penitentiary All The Way Up To 10 Years. Watch This Video To Learn More. TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE Get A Fast Response Use the form
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DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR A DWI IN TEXAS

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR A DWI IN TEXAS https://youtu.be/hv7u8oQ1u_g This is a commonly asked question here at our law firm, in the courthouse and across the internet.  There is an old saying that goes around the courthouse, “anyone who represents themselves has a fool for a client”.  This is said because there is going to be a lot of
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MARIJUANA AND DWI

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION MARIJUANA AND DWI https://youtu.be/Cj4LTXKJFQk Did You Know You Could Get A DWI Without Drinking Alcohol?  Being Under The Influence Of  Marijuana And Driving A Motor Vehicle Could Get You Arrested For A DWI.  Watch This Video To Learn More. TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE Get A Fast Response Use the form to request your free consultation to discuss your case with
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WHAT MAKES A DUI/DWI LAW FIRM?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT MAKES A DWI/DUI LAW FIRM? Lots Of Lawyers Can Do DWI/DUI Cases, However, Only A Very Few Dedicate Themselves To Exclusively Do That Work.   Where A Lawyer Limits Himself To One Area Of The Law, It Provides An Opportunity For That Attorney To Become Extremely Skilled And Knowledgeable There.   However, As That Lawyer’s Reputation Grows, His Availability To Handle Reoccurring
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THE DEFENSE LAWYER: UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF DEFENSE COUNSEL

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION THE DEFENSE LAWYER Probably One Of The Most Misunderstood Jobs In The American Culture Is That Of The Criminal Defense Lawyer. To Be Blunt, The Job Is Not About Making Lots Of Money, Ego, Getting A Defendant Off, Or About Having A Professional Stature In The Community.  Rather, It Is About Being A Part Of A Higher Moral Calling.  A Calling
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WHAT IS AN EXPUNCTION & WHY YOU SHOULD GET ONE

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT IS AN EXPUNCTION? https://youtu.be/8tjvUCAEPBU An Expunction Is A Legal Mechanism To Remove All Information About An Eligible And Qualified Criminal Episode From Your Record.  In Order To Qualify For An Expunction, Your Offense Must Meet The Following Criteria:    A) You Were Wrongly Arrested, But Never Prosecuted    B) Your Case Was Dismissed    C) You Went To Trial And
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WHY PLEADING GUILTY TO DWI MIGHT NOT BE YOUR BEST OPTION

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHY PLEADING GUILTY TO DWI MAY NOT BE YOUR BEST OPTION In Many Counties, It May Seem That The Government’s Strategy Is To Wear You Down With Numerous And Tedious Court Appearances To Make You Plea Guilty To Your DWI Charges.  The Government Wears You Down In The Process So Much That You Accept A Guilty Plea “Just To Get It
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WHAT EVERY DRIVER SHOULD KNOW

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT EVERY DRIVER SHOULD KNOW https://youtu.be/kzxqaHxKnxg In Texas, There Appears To Be A Lot Of Confusion Between The Citizens, Law Enforcement, And Even Lawyers, About Deemed Consent.  When It Is Proper For A Law Enforcement Officer To Ask For A Breath Or Blood Specimen? Many People Have The Misconception — Especially Police Officers And Courts — That A Driver Gives Deemed

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS WHEN I’M ARRESTED FOR DWI?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS WHEN I’M ARRESTED FOR DWI? If You Are Arrested For DWI, You Have Rights.  That Doesn’t Mean You Can Evade Arrest Or, In Some Cases, Refuse A Breath Or Blood Test, But Rather, It Means That You Don’t Have To Willingly Comply With All “Requests” Made By The Officer. DWI And Your Rights During The Traffic Stop Most
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HOW A DWI CAN AFFECT AUTO INSURANCE RATES

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION HOW A DWI CAN AFFECT AUTO INSURANCE RATES If You’ve Been Arrested For DWI You’re Suddenly Faced With A Great Deal Of Uncertainty Regarding Your Future.  As You Weight The Financial Impact Of Your Arrest, Don’t Overlook How Your Possible Conviction Could Affect Your Auto Insurance Rates. A DWI Charge Will Lead To A Number Of Immediate Expenses Including: Making Bond
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YOUR DWI LAWYER IS YOUR BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED LAWYER

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION 713-524-1010 HOW YOUR DWI LAWYER IS YOUR BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED LAWYER During The Summer Months, We Become Boating While Intoxicated Lawyers As Police Crack Down On Boating While Intoxicated Offenses.  In Its Peak Time, Our Firm Will Defend Just As Many BWI Cases As We Will Driving While Intoxicated Cases Because The Consequences For A Conviction Or An Arrest For BWI
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HOW DWI AFFECTS YOUR FUTURE & CAREER

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 HOW DWI AFFECTS YOUR FUTURE AND CAREER Whether You’ve Been Convicted Of DWI For The First Time Or You’ve Had Multiple Convictions, The Being Convicted Of DWI Affects Everything Throughout Your Life From Your Reputation And Career To Insurance Rates And Our Ability To Own A Firearm.  In Texas, Each Time You Are Convicted Of DWI, The Punishment Becomes
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CELL PHONE DATA PRIVACY AFFECTS LEGALITY OF THE BLOOD SEARCH WARRANT

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 CELL PHONE DATA PRIVACY AFFECTS LEGALITY OF THE BLOOD SEARCH WARRANT In Mid-June 2018, The United States Supreme Court Decided A Case With A Rationale That Interestingly Applies To Police Blood Testing And The Blood Search Warrant. The Effects On Our 4thAmendment Protections Against Unreasonable Searches And Seizures The Case, United States Vs Carpenter, Holds That The Government May Not Seize
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GREGORY HOULTON JOINS TRICHTER & LEGRAND

GREGORY HOULTON JOINS TRICHTER & LEGRAND HOUSTON — May 10, 2018 — The Law Office Of Trichter & LeGrand, P.C. Announced Today That Former Chief Prosecutor With The Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Gregory Houlton, Will Join The Firm On May 14th As Its Newest Criminal Defense Attorney. Houlton Most Recently Served As District Court Chief Responsible For Supervising A Team That Handled More Than 1,000 Criminal Cases At Any Given
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THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY The February 2018 Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s Report Confirms Our Founding Fathers’ Justified Fear Of The Government They Were Going To Establish.  They Understood That Power Corrupts And That There Was A Great Tendency For More Corruption The Longer A Person Is Involved In Government.  The Inspector General’s Report, Which
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GARY TRICHTER RECOGNIZED AS “LAWYER OF THE YEAR”

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 2018 LAWYER OF THE YEAR GARY TRICHTER  J. Gary Trichter, Founder Of Trichter & LeGrand, PC, A Leading Houston Criminal Defense Firm, Has Been Recognized By His Attorney Peers As 2018 “Lawyer Of The Year” In The Practice Area Of DUI/DWI Defense In Houston.  The Honor Includes Inclusion In The 24th Edition Of The Best Lawyers In America By Woodward
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TEXAS NONDISCLOSURE LAW GIVES “SECOND CHANCE” IF CONVICTED OF DWI

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 TEXAS NONDISCLOSURE LAW GIVES “SECOND CHANCE” TO THOSE CONVICTED OF DWI In The Latest Legislative Session Of 2017, The Texas Legislature Changed The Nondisclosure Law Giving Those Accused Or Previously Convicted Of DWI A Valuable Tool That Can Minimize The Long-Term Damage To Their Criminal Record.  Until Recently, If You Pleaded Guilty To A DWI Charge In Texas, The
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DRUGGED DRIVING MYTH

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 DRUGGED DRIVING MYTH There Are Many Myths Surrounding The DWI Laws In Texas. Criminal Attorneys In Houston Often Hear About Situations That Could Have Been Prevented If The Client Had A Clearer Understanding Of The Law. No Where Is This Truer Than With The Third DWI Myth: Drugged Driving Myth. We Hope That This Miniseries Clarifies Any Remaining Misunderstandings
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HOW LONG CAN THE STATE USE A PRIOR DWI CONVICTIONS AGAINST YOU?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION HOW LONG CAN THE STATE USE A PRIOR DWI CONVICTION AGAINST YOU? https://youtu.be/x0NOm_zZvx8 If You Have Prior DWI Conviction, The Prosecution Can Use Previous Offenses Against You Forever.  Whether It’s Been 10, 20, Even 30 Years Since Your Prior Conviction, The Prosecution Can Use It To Enhance Your Punishment For A Current DWI Conviction. Using Your Prior DWI Conviction Increases
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NOTICE OF SUSPENSION TEMPORARY DRIVING PERMIT & THE ALR HEARING

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 NOTICE OF SUSPENSION TEMPORARY DRIVING PERMIT When You Are Arrested For DWI, The State Of Texas Is Required To Give You A Notice Of Suspension Temporary Driving Permit (DIC-23) And A Statutory Warning (DIC-24). These Documents Serve Three Purposes: To Remind You That You Were Arrested For DWI; To Inform You That Your Driver’s License Is Subject To Suspension For 90 Days
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Arrested For DWI

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION ARRESTED FOR DWI? 5 STEPS IN YOUR DWI ARREST Getting Arrested For DWI In Texas May Be One Of The Most Stressful And Traumatic Events In Your Life. Although A First Offense DWI Is Still A Misdemeanor, It’s Nothing Like Getting A Traffic Ticket. For People Who Have Never Been In Trouble With The Law, It’s Their First Experience
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IMPAIRED DRIVING VS DRUNK DRIVING

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION IMPAIRED DRIVING VS DRUNK DRIVING In Texas, There Is A Difference Between Impaired Driving And Drunk Driving. It Is A Crime To Do Either, But The Way The State Defines Intoxication Is Having Lost The Normal Use Of Mental Or Physical Faculties.  And You Don’t Have To Be Drunk To Commit The Offense. If You Are Over The Age
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VINCE YOUNG DWI VIDEO DEMONSTRATES “OPINION CRIME”

VINCE YOUNG DWI VIDEO DEMONSTRATES “OPINION CRIME” The Release Of The Vince Young DWI Video Of His Arrest Reminds Me Of The Routine Question I Am Regularly Asked As A Board Certified DWI Lawyer: What Should I Do If I Am Stopped For DWI? Do I Answer The Officer’s Questions? Do I Attempt To Do “Sobriety Exercises”? Do I Refuse Or Take A Breath Test?
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TEXAS DWI IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES WITH A DWI CONVICTION

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 TEXAS DWI IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES WITH A DWI CONVICTION The Short Answer Is Maybe.  In Some Circumstances, A DWI Conviction Can Prevent You From Entering Certain Countries, Such As Canada.  Also, Certain Felony DWI-Related Convictions Could Lead To The Deportation Of Non-Citizens In Certain Situations. TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE Get A Fast Response Use the form to request your free consultation
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POOR MAN’S P-51: THE T-28 TROJAN

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 THE POOR MAN’S P-51: THE T-28 TROJAN Which One Of You That Have Gone To An Airshow Have Dreamed Of Owning An Old Military Plane?   The Honest Answer Is That We All Have Because There Is Just Something Extra Appealing About The Looks, Sounds And Flying Characteristics Of Warbirds. Being An Aviation Enthusiast, I Have Either Owned Or Partnered
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DEFERRED ADJUDICATION IS UNAVAILABLE IN DWI CASES

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 DEFERRED ADJUDICATION UNAVAILABLE IN DWI CASES DWI and Deferred Adjudication Being charged with driving while intoxicated is a life altering event.  Not only are you subject to the embarrassment of being arrested and appearing in court but you are treated differently than almost everyone one else in the courtroom.  Why?  You CANNOT get a deferred adjudication! First, what is
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THE BLOOD AND BREATH TESTING MYTH

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 BLOOD AND BREATH TESTING MYTH As Discussed Earlier This Series, There Are Many Intricacies Involved In The DWI Laws In Texas.  Defense Attorneys In Houston Often Hear Client Stories That Could Have Been Prevented If The Person Had A Clearer Understanding Of The Law.  No Where Is This More True Than With The Blood And Breath Testing Myth. The
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HOW DOES A DWI AFFECTS GUN OWNERSHIP?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION HOW DOES A DWI AFFECTS GUN OWNERSHIP https://youtu.be/3x3mCOjw5p4 The Texas Department Of Public Safety (DPS) Will Suspend Your Driver’s License For 180 Days If You Are Convicted Of Possessing Marijuana.  Also, You Will Be Required To Complete A Drug Education Program (DEP) Through The Texas Department Of State Health Services.  Most people do not realize how a drug conviction like marijuana possession and a DWI
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APPLE WATCH BREATHALYZER

APPLE WATCH BREATHALYZER BACtrack, A San Francisco-Based Company Has Been Creating Breathalyzers For Consumers, Businesses, Schools, Clinics, Hospitals, The Military, And Law Enforcement Since 2001, Has Created Skyn Which Like An Apple Watch Breathalyzer. It’s A Breathalyzer That Comes With Apple Watch Strap Options, Allowing The Wearer To Easily Check Their Blood Alcohol Content From Their Wrist On The Go. We Think This Is A Good Idea For Those Who
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Why A DWI Specialist is More Effective

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHY A DWI SPECIALIST IS A MORE EFFECTIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY One of the many benefits of having a criminal defense attorney who is a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense, like J. Gary Trichter, is their level of preparedness.  They prepare by analyzing the different aspects of a DWI case long before the client walks
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What Is The DWI Non-Disclosure Statute?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT IS THE DWI NON-DISCLOSURE STATUTE? In 2017, the Texas legislature signed into law the Texas DWI Non-Disclosure Statute that would allow first-time DWI offenders who have a BAC of .08 to .14 to apply to restrict who can see their criminal records. According to the Texas Office of Court Administration, a nondisclosure is “An order of nondisclosure is a court order prohibiting
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Unfair Field Sobriety Tests

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 UNFAIR FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS https://youtu.be/9Vd5hLJoBsk It is our opinion that unfair field sobriety tests, which can be used as a test of sobriety in the state of Texas, are unjust to the citizens who are asked to participate in them.  The pressure to maintain arrest rates leads many officers to have tunnel vision when it comes to roadside exercises—and
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Defiance of Fort McHenry

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION The Defiance of Fort McHenry O! say can you see, by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,Gave proof through the night that our flag was still
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These Machines Can Put You In Jail

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them. A million Americans a year are arrested for drunken driving, and most stops begin the same way:  flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror, then a battery of tests that might include standing on one foot or reciting the alphabet. What matters most, though, happens next. By the side of the road or
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New Penalties For A DWI In Texas

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 NEW PENALTIES FOR DWI IN TEXAS NEW PENALTIES WENT INTO EFFECT SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 Deferring Adjudication for 1st DWI Offense As part of the new law, if you’re charged with DWI and had a BAC under .15, the judge may order you to deferred adjudication.  This means you will be placed on probation.  You’ll be required to have an Ignition
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The Law on DWI

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 The Law on DWI Impairment begins with the first drink. Your gender, body weight, the number of drinks you’ve consumed and the amount of food you’ve eaten affect your body’s ability to handle alcohol.  Two or three beers in an hour can make some people legally intoxicated.  Women, younger people and smaller people generally become impaired with less alcohol.
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Man Got a DWI Even Though He Wasn’t Drinking

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Can You Get A DWI Without Drinking? (CNN) When a man in North Carolina was pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk, police didn’t believe him when he said he hadn’t had any alcohol.  The man, in his late 40’s at the time, refused to take a breathalyzer test and was taken to a hospital, where his initial blood
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DWI convictions for immigration purposes

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 DWI convictions for immigration purposes Former AG, Jeff Sessions separated kids from their parents which lead to a public outcry. The current AG is handling things differently. AG Barr is attacking immigration matters silently by unilaterally issuing decisions and changing precedent. This Administration has waged a full blown war on immigration matters. See the decision below. Know the consequences
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Gary Trichter Recognized As Lawyer Of The Year By Best Lawyers

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 2020 LAWYER OF THE YEAR GARY TRICHTER HOUSTON – Jan 1, 2020 – J. Gary Trichter, founder of Trichter & LeGrand, PC, a leading Houston criminal defense firm, has been recognized by his attorney peers as 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of DUI/DWI Defense in Houston.  The honor includes inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best
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2019 DWI Defense Boot Camp

GARY TRICHTER AT 2019 DWI DEFENSE BOOT CAMP IN WASHINGTON, MISSOURI Gary Trichter is to be a featured speaker at the 2019 DWI Defense Boot Camp held in Washington, Missouri on November 1-2, 2019. This events teaches other DWI Defense attorneys how to save their client’s drivers’s license, how to win the jury trial and much more. Download Full PDF Here TELL US ABOUT YOUR
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What is a DWI Specialist?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT IS A DWI SPECIALIST? Gary Trichter – 1st DWI Specialist In State Of Texas Under Texas law, a “DWI Specialist” is a lawyer who has been granted the privilege to publicly state that they have special competence in the areas of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), and Flying While Intoxicated
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Consequences of DWI on CHL

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION CONSEQUENCES OF A DWI ON CHL TEXAS CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE The words echoed out Charton Heston like Moses on Mount Sinai as he held up a flintlock rifle and said, “Out of my cold dead hands.”  Many citizens of the State of Texas hold the late, Mr. Heston’s sentiments and the 2nd Amendment close to their heart when it comes the
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The Unjust Burden of DWI Bond Conditions

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 THE UNJUST BURDEN OF DWI BOND CONDITIONS The framers of our constitution insisted the accused shall always remain innocent unless proven guilty.  But DWI bond conditions or being on bond for a driving while intoxicated case in Texas may make you feel as though your guilt has already been determined before you step foot in the courthouse. DWI Bond
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The facts about Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA When most people think of “DWI” and “DUI” they generally relate it to alcohol.  But with an ever-increasing number of states legalizing marijuana, either for medical or recreational purposes, law enforcement is focusing on driving under the influence of marijuana.  For example, Colorado has legalized s marijuana for medical use and it appears
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There are two possible license suspensions in every DWI arrest

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 There are two possible license suspensions in every DWI arrest https://youtu.be/FqLp9CxivFA Indeed, each DWI arrest has the potential for two separate license suspensions, one for being convicted criminally, and one for refusing or failing a breath or blood test (Administrative License Revocation or ALR proceeding). As for the criminal charge, if the driver is convicted of DWI, depending on the severity

Earning Honorary Naval Aviator Wings: A Visit to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 EARNING HONORARY NAVAL AVIATOR WINGS: A VISIT TO USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) Did you ever dream about what it would be like to land on an aircraft carrier?  Go ahead and close your eyes and visualize that you are in deep concentration not only approaching a very small but growing target that is moving at 30 knots,
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What if I have multiple DWI cases pending?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT IF I HAVE MULTIPLE DWI CASES PENDING? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 If you have multiple DWI cases pending, the prosecution may use those offenses as punishment evidence against you in trial, revoke your bond on the initial DWI charge, or recommend a harsher penalty for a DWI conviction.   TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE Get A Fast Response Form Submissions have
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Can a passenger have an open container in a motor vehicle while it’s being driven?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Can a passenger have an open container in a motor vehicle while it’s being driven? No. The State of Texas prohibits any passenger from having an open alcoholic container in a passenger area of the vehicle. Unless the person is a passenger in the living quarters of a motor home, a limousine, a bus, a taxi, or a motor
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What is the Intoxilyzer 9000 and associated problems?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is the Intoxilyzer 9000? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp0eUQiyACA Texas is currently replacing the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN and transitioning to the Intoxilyzer 9000 for breath alcohol testing.  According to the manufacturer, the device works on the basis of infrared light absorption by alcohol detected in a person’s breath. According to the manufacturer and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the device
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If I take a breath and/or blood test and the alcohol concentration (BAC) is .15 OR MORE, what are the ramifications?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 If I take a breath and/or blood test and the alcohol concentration (BAC) is .15 OR MORE, what are the ramifications? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 If you submit to a DWI blood test or breath test and your alcohol concentration (BAC) comes back as 0.15 or higher, your charge can be enhanced from a DWI class B misdemeanor to a DWI class
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DWI with Commercial Drivers License

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION DWI with Commercial Drivers License If you Get A DWI With a commercial drivers license or CDL, it may be suspended for 1 year (or 3 years if transporting hazardous material at the time) if you are convicted of: 1) operating a commercial or noncommercial motor vehicle while intoxicated in a public place 2) leaving the scene of an
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What is DWI probation?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT IS DWI PROBATION? DWI probation is a contract between you and the court when you are convicted of crime And the judge suspends your jail sentence, does not make you pay the entire fine, and does not take away your driver’s license as long as you behave under “community supervision.” More specifically, you will: >Not have to do the 180
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What is intoxication manslaughter and the potential punishment?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION What is intoxication manslaughter? https://youtu.be/1WNopl5kEZM Intoxication manslaughter is when you cause the death of another person by accident or mistake, either while committing the act of BWI or FWI or while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in a public place (DWI), and by reason of your intoxication.  It is the highest-degree intoxication-related offense and occasionally may escalate to
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What is intoxication assault and its potential punishment?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is intoxication assault ? https://youtu.be/1WNopl5kEZM Texas state law considers Intoxication Assault an instance where a person causes serious bodily injury to another person by accident or mistake during the act of boating, flying, or driving while intoxicated in a public place, where the injury is a result of a defendant’s intoxication. Serious bodily injury is generally defined as
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What is a DWI 3rd Offense?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT IS A DWI 3RD OFFENSE? https://youtu.be/pmjH6TQr5JM According to the State of Texas, a DWI 3rd Offense is when an individual is arrested or charged for DWI with two prior convictions of DWI on their record. A serious offense, DWI Third can be considered a third-degree felony, which may result in severe punishment. Punishment may include: A fine of
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DWI With A Child and the potential punishment?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION What is DWI with child and the potential punishment? DWI with child passenger is a very serious charge.  According to the State of Texas, DWI with a child passenger is when: a person commits a offense if the person operates a motor vehicle in a public place; and, the vehicle being operated by the person is occupied by a passenger
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What is a Felony DWI?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT IS A FELONY DWI? https://youtu.be/1WNopl5kEZM Felony DWI in Texas charges are very serious and can have a major impact on your life beyond just the punishment stated. A felony conviction can disqualify you from voting, obtaining certain jobs, renting certain apartments, and owning a firearm.  There are four intoxication-related offenses that are classified as felony DWI. A DWI 3rd or
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What happens to my pilot’s license if I’m arrested for DWI?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What happens to my pilot’s license if I’m arrested for DWI? https://youtu.be/jS_LUoW6P58 DWI and pilot license do not mix. The penalties are severe and potentially career ending.  If you are a licensed pilot and you’ve been convicted of DWI, you must file a pilot’s first-class medical application and report your status within 60 days of your conviction to the FAA as well as
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What is BWI and the potential punishment?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is BWI and the potential punishment? BWI or boating while intoxicated is when you commit an offense intoxicated while operating a watercraft.  A BWI is just as serious a charge as a DWI, and its punishments are exactly the same as for DWI, including the same surcharges and license suspensions. A first-offense boating while intoxicated conviction with a BAC
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What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION DWI 2ND: CONVICTION AND CONSEQUENCES https://youtu.be/3mIC8GubQBI According to the State of Texas, a DWI 2nd charge occurs when you are arrested for DWI with a previous driving while intoxicated conviction on your record. A DWI 2nd charge is serious, and there is no time limit between a DWI 2nd charge and your previous DWI conviction. That means any subsequent
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PILOTS and DWI: THE FAA AND LEGAL MALPRACTICE: HOW TO PROTECT TWO LICENSES AT THE SAME TIME: YOURS AND YOUR CLIENT’S

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 PILOTS AND DWI: THE FAA AND LEGAL MALPRACTICE https://youtu.be/ttP1pz3JYQ4 Let’s talk about pilots and DWI as well as the FAA and legal malpractice.  So, you are a big time DWI/DUI lawyer and it is your lucky day!   Your secretary tells you that a civil attorney friend has referred a commercial pilot neighbor of his and that he is now
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23rd Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence (MSE) in DWI/DUI Cases

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 23RD ANNUAL MASTERING SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE (MSE) IN DWI/DUI CASES The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association proudly announce the agenda for the 23rd Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence (MSE) in DWI/DUI Cases to be held in New Orleans, beginning on March 31, 2016 through April 2, 2016, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. “We are excited
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J Gary Trichter now licensed to practice law in Wyoming

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 GARY TRICHTER NOW LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN WYOMING CHEYENNE, WY — J. Gary Trichter, Founder And Principle Of Trichter & LeGrand, P.C., A Law Firm Focusing On DWI Defense And Criminal Defense In Houston And In Bandera, Texas (Serving The Texas Hill Country), Was Sworn In On Friday, February 26, 2016 By Justice William Hill Of The  Wyoming Supreme Court Making
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What You Need to Know About the Four Propositions on the Texas Ballot

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FOUR PROPOSITIONS ON THE TEXAS BALLOT March 1, 2016 is a very important election day in Texas, because you are being asked to vote not only on candidates but also on four propositions.  As I have said many times, you, as Americans and Texans, are part of “We the People.”  In that
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Trichter & LeGrand PC Attorneys Named to 2015 Annual Super Lawyers List

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 TRICHTER & LEGRAND PC ATTORNEYS NAMED TO 2015 ANNUAL SUPER LAWYERS LIST HOUSTON — Oct. 13, 2015 — Two attorneys with Trichter & LeGrand PC were selected to appear on the 2015 edition of Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service, as leading criminal defense attorneys in Texas.  Of all the attorneys in Texas, only 5 percent are chosen for
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Houston No refusal weekends: What you need to know

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 HOUSTON NO REFUSAL WEEKENDS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW https://youtu.be/vPxORoWL2Ak No Refusal Weekends are when officers pull you over for suspected driving under the influence of alcohol, and you can not refuse to take a field sobriety or breathalyzer test. Normally, if pulled over for suspected driving under the influence, you may refuse a test and the officer will have
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Blue Lives Matter

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 BLUE LIVES MATTER In the course of recent events, we’ve heard the media-driven mantras ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘All Lives Matter.”  Well, police lives matter, too.  Thousands of men and women, who have been participating in protests around the country, reveal that there are huge issues of misunderstanding and distrust between police officers and the people they serve. A

Multiple DWI convictions may not be your fault; could be a sign of deeper issues

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 MULTIPLE DWI CONVICTIONS MAY NOT BE YOUR FAULT It used to be in Texas that if you had a DWI that was beyond ten years old, that conviction could not be used against you in your current case to ratchet up the punishment.  But years ago, Texas changed that law so if you had an older DWI conviction whether it was

Why an open container is dangerous in DWI Offenses

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHY AN OPEN CONTAINER IS DANGEROUS IN DWI OFFENSES Texas law says, you cannot drive while you’re impaired from alcohol and it says that you cannot drive with an open container.  A DWI lawyer will tell you that if you are caught with an open container, the character of your offense will be changed and jail time will automatically be added to
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What happens after “Not Guilty” in a Texas DWI arrest?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT HAPPENS AFTER “NOT GUILTY” IN A TEXAS DWI ARREST? https://youtu.be/SbBWjDaqEKY While the best outcome in a DWI case is a not guilty, you need to know that a DWI arrest record never goes away, unless you request an expunction of your record.  An expunction allows the State of Texas to erase all the related DWI records to your
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B-25 ADVENTURE

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 B-25 ADVENTURE By J. GARY TRICHTER Heavy rains forced the cancellation of Sunday’s performance for the mega weekend “Wings Over Houston” Airshow at Ellington Field (KEFD).   The heavy deluge continued another two days which prevented most of the vintage warbird fleet from leaving.   Indeed, the rains and resultant flooding were so bad that local animals started to line up
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Why We Like Video in DWI Cases

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHY WE LIKE VIDEO IN DWI CASES https://youtu.be/pYnTvqYgzlY Video in DWI cases has been one of the best things law enforcement has done to assist them in showing the truth.  While the act of taking video is a right you cannot refuse, the fact is, video simply does not lie.  It shows exactly how you behaved and how you sounded when
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Why a DWI Specialist is a More Effective Criminal Defense Attorney

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHY A DWI SPECIALIST IS A MORE EFFECTIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY One Of The Many Benefits Of Having A Criminal Defense Attorney Who Is A DWI Specialist By The National College For DUI Defense, Like J. Gary Trichter, Is Their Level Of Preparedness.  They Prepare By Analyzing The Different Aspects Of A DWI Case Long Before The Client Walks
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The Dangers of DWI No Refusal Weekends in Houston

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 THE DANGERS OF DWI NO REFUSAL WEEKENDS IN HOUSTON No Refusal weekends are a new phenomenon coined by law enforcement to advertise that police agencies will ask for a search warrant to seize a blood sample from a driver, if you refuse to take the breath test.  The state of Texas allows a driver to refuse a breath or
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DWI Sobriety Tests are Designed to Fail You

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 DWI SOBRIETY TESTS ARE DESIGNED TO FAIL YOU It’s no surprise that DWI sobriety tests are designed so that you will fail them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: “The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a battery of three tests administered and evaluated in a standardized manner to obtain validated indicators of impairment and establish probable
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The Benefits of a Houston DWI Lawyer Who is a DWI Specialist by NCDD Over a Criminal Defense Attorney

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 HOUSTON DWI LAWYER VS DWI SPECIALIST America offers a lot of all-in-one alternatives.  Think about doctors.  General practitioners listen attentively to health complaints but don’t have deep experience in one particular area.  That’s where they often refer you to a specialist.  DWI defense is very similar. If you are ever arrested for DWI in Houston, consider the benefits of
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Boating While Intoxicated Season in Houston

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED SEASON IN HOUSTON Now that the weather is warming up, Texans will be hitting our waterways in Conroe, Livingston, Houston or Galveston in record numbers.  That means boating and drinking.  Let us say this first and foremost: If you’re the captain of a water vessel,  keep the safety of your passengers, yourself and other boaters in mind–don’t
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New Reality Show Looking for Legal Disputes for New Pilot

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 NEW REALITY SHOW LOOKING FOR LEGAL DISPUTES FOR NEW PILOT If you or someone you know is involved in a legal problem, but you don’t have the resources, patience or the desire to take them to court, bring it to “Heartland Justice.” This new show, based on the concept of Texas’ old-time circuit-riding judges, will spotlight residents in Texas
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J Gary Trichter Serves as Master of Ceremonies at the 29th Annual Joint Service Academies Military Ball

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 J GARY TRICHTER SERVES AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES AT THE 29TH ANNUAL JOINT SERVICE ACADEMIES MILITARY BALL   J. Gary Trichter had the honor of serving as Master of Ceremonies at the 29th Annual Joint Service Academies Military Ball on December 26, 2014 at Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.  The event is held to honor the young
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Public Intoxication versus Driving While Intoxicated

(713) 524-1010 PUBLIC INTOXICATION VERSUS DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED The difference between being publicly intoxicated and driving while intoxicated is simple:   Public intoxication or “P.I.” is when a person who has been drinking proves to be a danger to himself or a danger to others.  For driving while intoxicated or DWI purposes, “intoxication” is defined as having lost the normal use of mental or physical faculties
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Field Sobriety Test: The Walk and Turn

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION Field Sobriety Test: The Walk and Turn https://youtu.be/Dtb1w1smlF0 Law enforcement has three tests that they depend upon to build a case against a driver that they suspect has been driving while intoxicated.  The first one is the Eye Test, the second is the One-Leg Stand and the third test is called the Walk and Turn. In the Walk and Turn test, the
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Field Sobriety Test: The Eye Test

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 FIELD SOBRIETY TEST: THE EYE TEST https://youtu.be/RSDJV1YNfuU Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, or more commonly known as “The eye test” is one of the three standardized field sobriety tests created by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The test was created to identify drivers who have been operating their vehicles while under the influence.  Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus is the lateral jerking
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Field Sobriety Test: The One Leg Stand

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 FIELD SOBRIETY TEST: THE ONE LEG STAND https://youtu.be/X1ZtEsCc6y0 The “one leg stand” test is one of three standardized field sobriety tests implemented and sanctioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The test is designed to measure the body’s response and reflex to certain stimuli that are believed to manifest as a result of consuming alcoholic beverages. Police
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DWI Myths Miniseries Part 3: Drugged Driving

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 DWI MYTHS MINISERIES PART 3: DRUGGED DRIVING As discussed in the first two parts of this series, there are many myths surrounding the DWI laws in Texas.  Criminal attorneys in Houston often hear about situations that could have been prevented if the client had a clearer understanding of the law.  It is our hope that the final installment of
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What are some BAC testing myths?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT ARE SOME BAC TESTING MYTHS? If you think popping a breath mint after a few drinks will mask alcohol odor and fool the officer who just stopped you for suspicion of DWI, think again.  The police officer’s nose can’t detect blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in your breath, but adding an odor (even one as pungent as an onion) doesn’t change the alcohol
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What are the Visual Cues of an Intoxicated Driver?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT ARE THE VISUAL CUES OF AN INTOXICATED DRIVER? Intoxicated drivers typically display several different visual cues that can help a police officer to identify them before they are pulled over.  After extensive studying, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a list of these cues, which have been found to accurately predict high blood alcohol concentrations
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A Guide to Texas DWI Penalties

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 A GUIDE TO TEXAS DWI PENALTIES If you are convicted of a DWI charge, your Houston defense attorney wants you to know that the state of Texas can suspend your license, charge you an annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for three years to keep your license They can force you to attend a DWI intervention or education program and potentially install
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“Political Correctness” is Really incorrect for America!

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS” IS REALLY INCORRECT FOR AMERICA! Political Correctness has been defined as “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful not to use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.”  Some say it is a good thing while others say it is not.  In fact, some say Political Correctness has
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At 7:30 am on September 14, 1814

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 AT 7:30 AM ON SEPTEMBER 14, 1814 It was just outside Baltimore at a place called Fort McHenry.  There had been over 25 hours of continuous bombardment.  Indeed, it had been one explosion every minute since the fort’s defenders had been attacked by the foreign invaders.  All through the night’s rain storm, the fort’s smaller storm flag (17′ x25′)
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What is the definition of an American Citizen?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN? Interestingly, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on 9/11/133, 9/11’s 12th anniversary, gave approval to a definition that describes the characteristics of the American Citizen.  In a case styled State of Texas v. Christopher James Wade, where nervousness and a refusal to cooperate were deemed insufficient facts to justify a detention
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15 simple Changes that will make America American

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 15 SIMPLE CHANGES THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA AMERICAN AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM CONGRESS Our Founding Fathers were really geniuses and very much afraid of BIG Government.  That fear compelled their creation of many checks and balances to be built into the Constitution to protect us from the Government.  Article V is one of those checks and
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Is NSA Data Mining Unconstitutional? We Think So.

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 IS NSA DATA MINING UNCONSTITUTIONAL? The one big thing that sets “OUR” United States apart from most other countries are “OUR” rights in what is commonly called “The Bill of Rights.”   A cornerstone right found therein is in the Fourth and Ninth Amendment and is the “right of privacy.”  “Our” Constitution established a “limited government” and reserved all other power to the
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Impaired Driving versus Drunk Driving

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 IMPAIRED DRIVING VERSUS DRUNK DRIVING Understanding the terms impaired driving versus drunk driving can be difficult since they are virtually synonymous.  By definition, both actions are essentially the same.  A person can become drunk by having consumed so much alcohol that normal actions like operating a vehicle become difficult.  consuming this level of alcohol impairs your normal faculties.  “Impaired” means to be in a less than
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Man Blows 0.00 on Breathalyzer, Gets Arrested for DWI

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 MAN BLOWS 0.00 ON BREATHALYZER, GETS ARRESTED FOR DWI Many people falsely believe that if they pass a breath test, they will be free to go and not be charged with DWI/DUI; this belief is false.  Take for instance Larry Davis, an Austin man arrested and charged with DWI even though he blew 0.00 percent on an Intoxilyzer 5000.  Most people
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What is the Loss of Normal Use Myth?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is the Loss of Normal Use Myth? The Loss of Normal Use Myth begins with the reoccurring story that begins with a responsible citizen finding themselves handcuffed in the back of a police car.  They tell us they took steps to ensure they would never be arrested for DWI.  Being responsible, they report that they limited themselves to only one
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Preventing DWI and Surviving Houston DWI No Refusal Weekend

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 PREVENTING DWI AND SURVIVING HOUSTON DWI NO REFUSAL WEEKEND The Houston DWI Attorneys at Trichter & LeGrand, P.C., have recommended tips for surviving Texas No Refusal weekends and how to host parties this Holiday season preventing DWI for you and your guests.  The criminal defense firm specializes in Texas DWI defense has released its list of tips to keep guests safe during festivities and no
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Should we punish the Sick? Why current DWI laws fail repeat offenders.

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 WHY CURRENT DWI LAWS FAIL REPEAT OFFENDERS Recently, I read a story about a man who was arrested for DWI in Montgomery County.   It was his 12th DWI arrest.   There was some discussion in the media that the justice system should throw the book at this DWI offender.  Ultimately, the man pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in
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An Overzealous Media and Ambitious Politicians Are Bad For Justice and Science

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 AN OVERZEALOUS MEDIA AND AMBITIOUS POLITICIANS ARE BAD FOR JUSTICE AND SCIENCE The legal world appears always framed by the current hot social media case.  Recently, America was divided by a Florida murder case that generated feelings of frustration on both sides of the issues of justice and race.  Some folks felt like the system had failed while others
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J Gary Trichter Honored With Erwin-Taylor Award

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 J GARY TRICHTER HONORED WITH ERWIN-TAYLOR AWARD HOUSTON – July 30, 2013 – Trichter & LeGrand, PC, a leading Houston criminal defense firm, announced today that J. Gary Trichter, DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense, founder and Cowboy Lawyer and prominent Houston DWI Attorney, has been honored with the Erwin-Taylor Award by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) at
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What is a portable breath test (PBT)?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is a portable breath test (PBT)? A portable breath test device, or PBT, is an electronic alcohol breath tester.  It is generally the size of a cigarette package and is carried by the officer in the field as a tool to help him determine whether a driver is intoxicated. Portable Breath Test is Not Approved These devices are
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Star-Spangled Banner: “In God is our trust”

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: “IN GOD IS OUR TRUST” Our National Anthem Misunderstood:  THE TRUE STAR-SPANGLED BATTLE STORY  AND WHY COMMON SENSE SAYS WE ALWAYS NEED TO SING THROUGH VERSE TWO  As Americans, We strive to live by a GOD based and Patriotic Code of Honor.  We acknowledge that “We” are those “of the People, by the People and for the
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Do I have a choice to refuse to perform police field sobriety testing?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Do I have a choice to refuse to perform police field sobriety testing? Yes, you can refuse the police field sobriety tests. Police officers have many tools that they use to help them determine whether a person is intoxicated for DWI purposes. Field Sobriety Tests: Tools of the trade Many of these tools are the subject of great debate
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What special conditions are placed upon bond for DWI in Texas?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What special conditions are placed upon bond for DWI in Texas? For a first offense, DWI bond conditions are a matter of discretion for the court.  However, if you are charged with a subsequent offense of DWI in Texas or a first offense of intoxicated assault or manslaughter in Texas, you are required to install a vehicle ignition interlock
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President’s Message: My Last President’s Column: The Real Story Behind the Star Spangled Banner

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER Originally published online in The Voice Online, June 2, 2012 – By J. Gary Trichter As I reflect on the events of the last two years, I must say first what a privilege it has been to be your President.  I have not been humbled by the the honor, but rather,
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Can Texas suspend my license if I received a DWI in another state?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Can Texas suspend my license if I received a DWI in another state? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 No. Texas cannot suspend your license if you receive a DWI in another state, but it can, however, prevent you from applying for a Texas license during the period of suspension.  It can also notify the state issuing your license of the Texas suspension and
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J. Gary Trichter Voted “Best Lawyer in America” by Woodward White, Inc. for 2013

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 J. GARY TRICHTER VOTED “BEST LAWYER IN AMERICA” BY WOODWARD WHITE, INC. FOR 2013 The founder of Trichter & LeGrand, PC, J. Gary Trichter, a prominent Houston DWI lawyer, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc. in the DUI/DWI Defense practice area.  The Houston DWI lawyer was selected for
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J. Gary Trichter to Speak at National College for DUI Defense 2013 Summer Session

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 J. GARY TRICHTER TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE 2013 SUMMER SESSION Trichter & LeGrand, PC, a leading Houston criminal defense firm, announced today that J. Gary Trichter, founder and Cowboy Lawyer, will be speaking at the Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) on July 25, 2013 at Harvard Law School.  His topic will
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What can a knowledgeable DWI attorney do for me immediately after I’ve been arrested?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What can DWI attorney do for me after arrest? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 A lot. A knowledgeable Houston DWI attorney can assist you in being released from jail by arranging for or posting bond if you’ve been arrested.  Also, it should be noted that all persons arrested for DWI who have taken the police breath or blood test, and even a few
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What is a DWI surcharge?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is a DWI surcharge? A DWI surcharge is an administrative penalty charged by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a fee for you to maintain your driver’s license after you have either suffered a DWI conviction or submitted to a breath and/or blood test which showed an alcohol concentration of .16 or more. For 3 years following
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If I’m arrested for DWI, when do I have an absolute right to an attorney?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 If I’m arrested for DWI, when do I have an absolute right to an attorney? Under our federal and state constitutions, you have an absolute right to an attorney at your trial if you are arrested for DWI.  However, such is not the case in every pretrial stage which precedes the trial.  Indeed, in some pretrial stages, a person
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Should I Refuse The Breath or Blood Test?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 SHOULD I REFUSE THE BREATH OR BLOOD TEST? https://youtu.be/kzxqaHxKnxg If I refuse a breath and/or blood test, or if I’m found to have an alcohol concentration of .08 or more at the time of vehicle operation, can anything be done to prevent my license from being suspended? Law enforcement officers can seize your driver’s license if you have refused
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Do I have the right to use the telephone to call an attorney for DWI assistance?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Do I have the right to use the telephone to call an attorney for DWI assistance? No. There is no statute or court decision that provides that the police must allow you access to a telephone in order for you to speak to an attorney for DWI assistance and advice.  However, you do have the right to stop all interrogation
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Is it legal to drive a motor vehicle while drinking an alcoholic beverage, and if not, what are the penalties?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 CAN I DRIVE WHILE DRINKING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nofEkqEQon0 No, it is not legal to be driving while drinking and alcoholic beverage. It is a class C misdemeanor for you to operate a car while you personally possess an open alcoholic beverage container.  This penalty, as noted earlier, increases if you are arrested for DWI.  Additionally, recent legislation also prohibits
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What is a standardized field sobriety test?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is a standardized field sobriety test? A standardized field sobriety test (SFST) is a police tool to help the officer try to identify an intoxicated driver.  The three SFSTs are as follows: The horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test The one-leg stand test The walk and turn test These three tests were developed by researchers funded by the National
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Do I have a choice to refuse being videotaped?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Do I have a choice to refuse being videotaped? No, you have no right to refuse being videotaped.  However, you do have the right to refuse to perform any police field sobriety exercises and to refuse to answer any interrogation questions.  Unlike breath or blood test refusals, there is no penalty for refusing to perform DWI field sobriety tests
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What is implied consent, and do I have a choice to refuse a breath or blood test?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is implied consent, and do I have a choice to refuse a breath or blood test? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 Our law provides that where there is implied consent, the arrested person may refuse to take the requested test absent a search warrant. Where you refuse, penalties may follow depending on whether you have had any prior “alcohol-related or drug-related enforcement
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Before I’m arrested for DWI, am I required to take a breath, blood, or urine test when requested by a police officer?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Am I required to take a breath, blood, or urine test when requested by a police officer? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 Our law deems that all persons who drive with Texas licenses have already conditionally agreed, AFTER their DWI arrest, to take either a breath or blood test upon being lawfully arrested, and provided orally and in writing a statutory warning requesting

Are crimes of DWI and public intoxication (PI) in Texas different, and if so, how?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Are crimes of DWI and public intoxication (PI) in Texas different? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 Yes, the crimes of DWI and public intoxication in Texas are very different.  Specifically, the statutory definitions of the term “intoxicated” are not equal in regard to the two charges.  The DWI intoxication definitions (loss of normal mental or physical faculties and/or BAC .08 or more) require a
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What is the debate over the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN’s accuracy and reliability?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is the debate over the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN’s accuracy and reliability? Very few law enforcement offices in Texas are using the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN devices and virtually all have adopted the Intoxilyzer 9000 machine.  However, some of the the 5000 EN machines are still in use. Police say that the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN will show only a result
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How accurate and reliable are the police dwi tests used to determine alcohol concentration?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 How accurate and reliable are the police dwi tests used to determine alcohol concentration? When we talk about police DWI tests, Texas law provides that alcohol concentration testing can be performed by analysis of a DWI suspect’s urine, blood, or breath.  All three of these testing methods, however, leave much to be desired. Police DWI Tests Urine testing is
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Is it .08 or more when I drive or .08 or more at the time I’m tested, or both, that will make me guilty of DWI?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Is it .08 or more when I drive or .08 or more at the time I’m tested, or both, that will make me guilty of DWI? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 Our DWI law in Texas requires the prosecution to prove that you were .08 BAC or blood alcohol content at the time of driving in order to convict you.  A subsequent breath
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If I take a breath and/or blood test and the alcohol concentration (BAC) is LESS THAN .08, can I still be convicted and/or lose my license?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 DWI BREATH TEST & TIME https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 Yes. Where a DWI breath test does not show intoxication (i.e., it shows .00, .02, .06, etc.), it is often the case that the prosecution will still proceed under the theory that intoxication was present and caused by a drug, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcohol with the drug or controlled
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How can a DWI Specialist challenge the Results of a Field Sobriety Test (FST)?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 How can a DWI Specialist challenge the Results of a Field Sobriety Test (FST)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ0JhLPC5pE The Field Sobriety Test (FST) consists of three tasks that a police officer administers to a driver who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.  These guidelines are issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  According to defense attorneys in
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What is a no-refusal weekend?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is a no-refusal weekend? The term “ no-refusal weekend ” is a misnomer.  It was coined by law enforcement to advertise that police agencies would ask for a search warrant to seize a blood sample from a driver where a breath test was refused.  Here, it is important to note that Texas does allow you to refuse a
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How long will a DWI arrest or a DWI conviction in Texas stay on my record? How will it affect my automobile insurance rates?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 How long will a DWI conviction in Texas stay on my record? A DWI conviction produces a permanent record.  It is also important to note that a DWI probation, which is also a final conviction, will remain permanently on your criminal record.  If, however, your DWI conviction case results in a dismissal, then the arrest record can be expunged,
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What is .08 alcohol concentration?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION What is .08 alcohol concentration? https://youtu.be/J1tKoCHulQ4 Alcohol concentration in DWI is defined by the statute as: 1) the number of grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or 2) the number of grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath; or 3) the number of grams of alcohol per 67 milliliters of urine. As per the two statutory
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What is an administrative license revocation (ALR) Hearing, and why is it important?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important The best reason to request an administrative license revocation hearing or ALR hearing, first and foremost, is to try to save your driver’s license.  The ALR Program is “a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings, in which individuals arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or
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What does “intoxicated” mean?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What does “intoxicated” mean? You need not be drunk to be “intoxicated,” but if you are drunk, you must be intoxicated. “Intoxicated” Defined “Intoxicated” is defined by the DWI statute in three ways: First, you are “intoxicated” when you have lost the normal use of your mental or, second, physical faculties by ingesting an alcoholic beverage, a drug, a
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Whose “normal mental and physical faculties” are we judged by, and what is “normal”?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What Is normal mental and physical faculties? According to the Texas DWI statute, “normal mental and physical faculties” refer to those of the particular person who has been arrested.  The term does not refer to the normal faculties of the arresting officer, of the jurors, or of a fictitious average person.  Indeed, the term “normal” actually refers to a
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What are the penalties for driving with a suspended Texas drivers license?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 What are the penalties for driving with a suspended Texas drivers license? If you have a suspended Texas drivers license because you declined a chemical test or because you were convicted of DWI, the penalties can vary. Driving while license suspended (DWLS) is a misdemeanor and: has a punishment range of 3 days to 180 days in jail and/or a fine
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Do I need a lawyer to help me in a DWI prosecution and an ALR proceeding?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 Do I need a lawyer to help me in a DWI prosecution and an ALR proceeding? https://youtu.be/hv7u8oQ1u_g Absolutely! You should have legal representation in your Administrative License Revocation or ALR hearing. According to the State of Texas, the ALR Program is “a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings, in which individuals arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or
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What Are The Penalties For A DWI In Texas?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR A DWI IN TEXAS? Here are the Penalties for a DWI in the State of Texas which last changed on September 1, 2019: For first time DWI offenders with less than .15 BAC have the possibility of a fine not to exceed $3,000.00 and/or a jail sentence from 3 days to 180 days. For a
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What is DUI and its potential punishment?

(713) 524-1010 713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION DUI Punishment in Texas https://youtu.be/jLtrDxaIgZ4 Before 1983, DUI meant driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics, but now it only pertains to minors.  In Texas, it is never permissible for minors to have any alcohol in their body and drive.  DUI punishment as a result of a charge does not require proof of impairment; rather, it requires only
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What is DWI and its potential punishment?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 DWI Punishment & Penalties DWI is a criminal offense which prohibits you from operating a motor vehicle in a public place.  while “intoxicated” is defined as having lost the normal use of either mental or physical faculties, or having a .08 alcohol level in either your breath, your blood, or your urine. The DWI statute does not require you
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How is breath testing done?

713.524.1010 24/7 FREE CONSULTATION (713) 524-1010 HOW IS BREATH TESTING DONE? Police perform breath alcohol testing on a machine named Intoxilyzer 5000 EN.  These devices are old and will soon be replaced.  When new, sometime in the late ’90s, they cost approximately $7,500.  According to the manufacturer, the device works on the basis of infrared light absorption by alcohol detected in a person’s breath. According

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