Galveston County DWI Lawyer

Top Galveston County DWI Lawyer Fights for You.

With so much to see and do for both adults and families, it’s no wonder there were more than 500 DWI arrests in Galveston County in 2016 according to local police data. Many of them turned to the a top Galveston County DWI Lawyer with Trichter and Murphy to aggressively defend their rights.

At Trichter and Murphy, we’ve been defending concerned citizens arrested for DWI for more than 30 years. When you’ve been arrested for DWI, you may think your life is over, but there’s hope in a Galveston County DWI lawyer who knows the courts and will help you get your license back and through this difficult time. Call us at (713) 524-1010 24/7 to talk to a lawyer.

Facts about Galveston County (SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau):

Drinking on the beaches in Galveston
Drinking on the beaches in Galveston is a favorite pastime, but sometimes can lead to a DWI arrest.

Known for its bays and beaches, Galveston County is located on the Texas Gulf Coast plains and is home to residents who love life by the water. With a total population of  291,309, the county is where Texans on Gulf
Drinking on the beaches in Galveston is a favorite pastime, but sometimes can lead to a DWI arrest.

Coast come to work, live and play.

  • Total area: 874 square miles
  • Land Area: 378 square miles
  • Water Area: 495 square miles

Galveston County DWI Lawyer Resources:

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
601 54th St, Galveston, TX 77551
Galveston County Jail
5700 Ball St, Galveston, TX 77551

Texas Penal Code, “Title 10. Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, and Morals; Chapter 49. Intoxication and Alcoholic Beverage Offenses”

Sec. 49.01. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

1) “Alcohol concentration” means the number of grams of alcohol per:

(A) 210 liters of breath;

(B) 100 milliliters of blood; or

(C) 67 milliliters of urine.

(2) “Intoxicated” means:

(A) 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

(B) having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

(3) “Motor vehicle” has the meaning assigned by Section 32.34(a).

(4) “Watercraft” means a vessel, one or more water skis, an aquaplane, or another device used for transporting or carrying a person on water, other than a device propelled only by the current of water.

(5) “Amusement ride” has the meaning assigned by Section 2151.002, Occupations Code.

(6) “Mobile amusement ride” has the meaning assigned by Section 2151.002, Occupations Code.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 234, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1364, Sec. 8, eff. Jan. 1, 2000; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 14.707, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 49.04. DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED. (a) A person commits an offense if the person is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place.

(b) Except as provided by Subsections (c) and (d) and Section 49.09, an offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor, with a minimum term of confinement of 72 hours.

If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this section that at the time of the offense the person operating the motor vehicle had an open container of alcohol in the person’s immediate possession, the offense is a Class B misdemeanor, with a minimum term of confinement of six days.

(d) If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this section that an analysis of a specimen of the person’s blood, breath, or urine showed an alcohol concentration level of 0.15 or more at the time the analysis was performed, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 14.55, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 960 (H.B. 1199), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.

Galveston County Cities We Serve

  • Algoa
  • Bayou Vista
  • Bayview
  • Bacliff
  • Bolivar Peninsula
  • Caplen
  • Clear Lake Shores
  • Crystal Beach
  • Dickinson
  • Friendswood
  • Galveston
  • Gilchrist
  • High Island
  • Hitchcock
  • Jamaica Beach
  • Kemah
  • La Marque
  • League City 
  • Port Bolivar
  • San Leon
  • Santa Fe
  • Texas City Villages
  • Tiki Island

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Texas DWI Questions

  • What is DWI and its potential punishment?
  • What is DUI and its potential punishment?
  • What are the penalties for DWI in Texas?
  • What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment?
  • What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important to have an ALR hearing?
  • What is a felony DWI?
  • What is a DWI 3rd or more and the potential punishment?
  • How long will a DWI arrest or a DWI conviction in Texas stay on my record? How will it affect my automobile insurance rates?

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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...

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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...

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Generally speaking the penalties for DWI in Texas DWI are: A First-Offense conviction will less than a .15 BAC includes the possibility of a fine not to exceed $2,000.00 and/or a jail sentence from 3 days to 180 days, and...

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DWI 2nd is a serious charge. According to the State of Texas, a DWI 2nd charge is when you are arrested for DWI and have previously been convicted once of driving while intoxicated. There is no limit to how old...

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  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...

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Felony DWI in Texas charges are very serious and can have a major impact on your life beyond just the punishment stated. Felonies can disqualify you from voting, obtaining certain jobs, renting certain apartments, and owning a firearm. There are four intoxication-related...

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According to the State of Texas, a DWI third offense is when an individual is arrested for DWI and has previously been convicted two times of DWI. If you are convicted of a third DWI, this third-degree felony can result in...

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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,...

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Past Results from actual DWI clients

President of brokerage firm was arrested driving home after a meeting with colleagues. Registered a .19 blood test. - DWI Case Dismissed.

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Business owner was arrested for DWI while driving home after company birthday party. - DWI Case Dismissed.

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College student was arrested for DWI on beach over spring break. Failed blood test. - DWI Case Dismissed.

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Retired dentist was arrested for DWI after meeting up with friends at local bar. Failed breath test. - DWI Case Dismissed.

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