Driving while Intoxicated Cases
Many people's first experience with the criminal justice system is related to a Driving While Intoxicated case. Believe it or not, few criminal offenses are as complex and involved as Driving While Intoxicated cases. The impacts felt from a DWI conviction are real, are long-felt, and are significant. In 1983, the Texas Legislature changed the law to remove the option to accept responsibilty for, but avoid a final conviction for a one-time-mistake that did not result in anyone being injured or otherwise harmed. In most DWI cases, people are left with only two options: give up and plead guilty and accept the standard, one-size-fits-all punishment that the prosecutor is offering, or fight the case all the way through jury trial.
People hire the JCH Firm for our knowledge and unique training related to DWI cases. We can help you with all steps along the way--from fighting to keep your driver's license from being suspended or helping you secure a license if it is suspended, to discussing trial strategy and preparing the case for jury trial.
Founding attorney, Justin Harris, took and passed the same 24-hour training course that law enforcement officers all around the State of Texas are required to take to become certified investigators in DWI cases. From start to finish, Justin has the training and resources necessary to independently investigate a DWI case including all three phases of a DWI investigation. Additionally, Justin's training allows him to evaluate the so-called Standardized Field Sobriety Tests that officers use to try to determine intoxication.
Justin can determine whether, first, the officer administered the tests properly. In some circumstances, failure by the officer to follow correct procedure can result in certain tests not being admissible in trial. Next, Justin's own evaluation may reveal that the officer improperly scored or interpreted someone's performance of these tests. Justin uses that information to demonstrate that his client may have actually performed better than the officer noted. Finally, our approach to defending people accused of DWI includes tracking down evidence that can provide a fuller picture of how our client was behaving at the time of the arrest. When necessary, this includes travelling to the scene of the arrest to take measurements as well as inspect and photograph the area. We also investigate what video-recording devices may have been in use that captured our client's activity and work to secure copies of all recordings.
Make no mistake: The negative effects of a DWI conviction will be felt for a long time. Higher insurance premiums, annual driver's license surcharges, possible driver's license suspension (including suspensions for Commercial Driver's Licenses), employment issues, immigration issues (even for US citizens), increased sentences for future DWI charges, not to mention the fact that a conviction stays on your record forever. To be clear: if someone is convicted of DWI in Texas your conviction will always be public information. While there are no guarantees as to the outcome of any criminal case, you want to hire an attorney to represent you who you trust will do everything legally possible to protect your record, your name, and your freedom. Contact us immediately and let us show you that we are the firm for you!