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DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR A DWI IN TEXAS

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DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR A DWI IN TEXAS

Do You Need A Lawyer For A DWI? 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 things that goes on in your case that you are not going to be prepared for. 

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GREGORY HOULTON JOINS TRICHTER & LEGRAND

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GREGORY HOULTON JOINS TRICHTER & LEGRAND

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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 Time.

“Gregory Houlton Is A Great Attorney And Person Of Substance And Character,” Said J. Gary Trichter, Founder And Partner With Trichter & LeGrand And DWI Specialist By The National College For DUI Defense.

“He Has A Passion For The Law And Our Clients Will Benefit Greatly From His Extensive Experience As A Prosecutor. We’re Very Honored That Greg Is Now Part Of The Trichter & LeGrand Team.”

Greg Brings Almost Ten Years Of Experience To Trichter & LeGrand Having Tried More Than 50 Jury Trials As An Assistant District Attorney Including Capital Murders, Murders, Adult And Child Sexual Assaults, Aggravated Robberies, Large Quantity Drug Possession Cases, And DWI’s.

“The Attorneys At Trichter & LeGrand Are Known All Over Houston For Their Aggressive Approach To Defending Their Clients’ Rights,” Houlton Said. 

“As A Former Prosecutor Having Encountered Them On Many Occasions, They Are Relentless And Deliberate In Pursuing The Best Possible Outcome For Their Clients. I’m Looking Forward To Being Part Of This Great Group Of Lawyers.”

Prior To Joining The HCDA, Greg Was A Summer Law Clerk At The Welscher Law Firm In Houston Where He Worked In Civil Litigation In All Areas From Conducting Initial Client Interviews To Drafting And Editing Both An Appellant And Appellee Brief In A Dual-Appeal. 

He Served As An Intern With The First Court Of Appeals, Was An Account Manager With The MedLeh Group And Served As A Legislative Aid With The State Of Texas Where He Performed Detailed Bill Analysis Used For Recommendation Of The Senator’s Vote During The 78th Legislative Session.

Greg Received His J.D. From The South Texas College Of Law Where He Graduated In The Top 10% Cum Laude, Order Of The Lytae. 

He Also Holds A Bachelor’s Of Science Degree In Business Marketing With A Minor In International Studies From The University Of Houston Where He Also Played Football For The University Of Houston Cougars.

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The Law on DWI

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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.

The Law on DWI

In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). 

However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

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DWI with a Child Passenger

You can be charged with child endangerment for driving while intoxicated if you’re carrying passengers younger than 15 years old. 

DWI with a child passenger is punishable by:

  • A fine of up to $10,000
  • Up to two years in a state jail
  • Loss of your driver license for 180 days

What Happens if You’re Stopped

If you’re stopped, be ready to show your driver license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. 

If you refuse to take a blood or breath test, your driver license will be automatically suspended for 180 days.

Punishment for DWI varies depending on the number of convictions:

First Offense

  • A fine of up to $3,000 BAC less than .15
  • A fine of up to $6,000 BAC more than .15
  • Three days to 180 days in jail
  • Loss of driver license up to a year
  • Annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license

Second Offense*

  • A fine of up to $4,500
  • One month to a year in jail
  • Loss of driver license up to two years
  • Annual fee of $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license

Third Offense*

  • A $10,000 fine
  • Two to 10 years in prison
  • Loss of driver license up to two years
  • Annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license

*After two or more DWI convictions in five years, you must install a special ignition switch that prevents your vehicle from being operated if you’ve been drinking.

How to Stay Safe

  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Designate a driver.
  • Call a cab.
  • Spend the night where you are, if possible.

Source: Texas Department Public Transportation

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Man Got a DWI Even Though He Wasn’t Drinking

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Can You Get A DWI Without Drinking?

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(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 alcohol level was found to be 0.2% — about 2.5 times the legal limit and the equivalent of consuming 10 drinks an hour. Despite the man swearing up and down that he hadn’t had anything to drink, doctors didn’t believe him either.

But researchers at the Richmond University Medical Center in New York eventually discovered that the man was telling the truth. He wasn’t downing beers or cocktails — instead, there was yeast in his gut that was likely converting carbohydrates in the food he ate to alcohol.
In other words, his body was brewing beer.

The findings were reported in a study in BMJ Open Gastroenterology. The man, whose identity has not been revealed, had a rarely diagnosed medical condition called auto-brewery syndrome (ABS), also known as gut fermentation syndrome.

Gut fermentation syndrome occurs when yeast in the gastrointestinal tract causes the body to convert carbohydrates ingested through food into alcohol. The process typically takes place in the upper GI tract, which includes the stomach and the first part of the small intestine.

“These patients have the exact same implications of alcoholism: the smell, the breath, drowsiness, gait changes,” Fahad Malik, the study’s lead author and the chief internal medicine resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told CNN. “They will present as someone who’s intoxicated by alcohol, but the only difference here is that these patients can be treated by antifungal medications.”

Researchers treated him with antifungal medications

Things weren’t the same for the man after he completed a course of antibiotics to treat a thumb injury. His personality started to change, researchers wrote in the study, and he experienced episodes of depression, ‘brain fog,’ memory loss and aggressive behavior that was out of character for him.

Three years later, after his suspected drunk driving arrest, the man’s aunt bought a breathalyzer to record his alcohol levels. She had heard about a similar case that had been successfully treated by a doctor in Ohio and convinced her nephew to seek treatment there too.

His basic lab tests turned out normal. But doctors found two strains of yeast in his stool: Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast commonly used in beer brewing, winemaking and baking, as well as another fungus.

The man was successfully treated at the Ohio clinic and told to stick to a strict carbohydrate-free diet along with some special supplements. But after a few weeks, his symptoms started to flare up again. This time, no treatment seemed to work despite visits to numerous medical professionals.

At one point, the man became so inebriated that he fell and experienced bleeding in his brain. He was taken to a neurosurgical center where he spontaneously recovered in 10 days, researchers said.

“In this institution, his blood alcohol levels ranged from 50 to 400 mg/dL,” the researchers wrote. “Here too, the medical staff refused to believe that he did not drink alcohol despite his persistent denials.”

Finally, the man sought help from an online support group and got in touch with the researchers at the Richmond University Medical Center, who said in the study that they believed the antibiotics he took years ago altered his gut microbiome and allowed fungi to grow in his gastrointestinal tract.
The researchers then used antifungal therapies and probiotics to help normalize the bacteria in his gut, a treatment that he has continued. And aside from one relapse that occurred after he binged on pizza and soda without telling the researchers, it seems to be working.
And he can eat pizza again.

“Approximately 1.5 years later, he remains asymptomatic and has resumed his previous lifestyle, including eating a normal diet while still checking his breath alcohol levels sporadically,” the authors wrote in the study.

The condition is rarely diagnosed

There have only been a few studies documenting cases of gut fermentation syndrome and the condition is rarely diagnosed, Malik said. In the past, it’s even been regarded as a myth.
Gut fermentation syndrome was described in 1912 as “germ carbohydrate fermentation,” and was studied in the 1930s and 1940s as a contributing factor to vitamin deficiencies and irritable bowel syndrome. A group of 20 to 30 cases popped up in Japan in the 1970s and the first US cases were reported about 10 years later.

There have been a handful of reported cases in recent years. A 2013 study described a case of a 61-year-old man who for years seemed to be drunk all the time before he was diagnosed with gut fermentation syndrome. In 2015, a woman in upstate New York had a DUI dismissed after presenting evidence that she had the condition.

The authors of the Richmond University Medical Center study recommend that doctors investigate for the condition especially when a patient shows elevated blood alcohol levels despite denying that they consumed alcohol.
Early signs of gut fermentation syndrome can include mood changes, delirium and brain fog, the researchers wrote, even before a patient starts exhibiting symptoms of alcohol inebriation.

The study says more research should be done on the use of probiotics as a treatment for the condition.

“This is a condition that is treatable with dietary modifications, appropriate antifungal therapy, and possibly probiotics,” the researchers wrote. “The use of probiotics and faecal microbiota transplantation could be considered for future studies.”

CNN’s Sandee LaMotte contributed to this report.

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