Harris County DWI Resource
DWI Info by City
There are many Criminal Defense Lawyers out there but there are very few good HARRIS COUNTY DWI LAWYERS. If you are charged with a DWI in Harris County, choosing your lawyer is the most important factor in determining the outcome of your case.
There are so many lawyers who tell you what you want to hear and they sound like they know what they are doing but the reality is that they don’t.
Some things to look for that distinguish good DWI lawyers from the others are:
- Membership in the National DUI Defense College.
- Certification in Field Sobriety Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- Instructor Certification in Field Sobriety Testing by NHTSA
- Certification as a Drug Recognition Expert by NHTSA
- Extra education in the science surrounding Forensic Toxicology
- DWI Trial Experience
- Number of DWI Dismissals
- Extensive Experience with Administrative License Revocation Hearings (ALR)
The biggest mistake a person charged with DWI can make is to simply hire an inexpensive lawyer thinking that they will just take probation and get it over with, not wanting to fight the DWI. Upon taking probation in Harris County, a person will have a conviction for DWI, be required to pay fines and court costs, perform community service hours, attend a 3 night DWI education class, attend a Victim Impact Panel, submit to random drug testing, pay a donation to Crime Stoppers, and potentially be required to have a breath testing device on the ignition of their vehicle also known as an Ignition Interlock Device.
Harris County DWI cases, many times, even bad DWI cases can be dismissed or won at trial. Its important to note that even cases where there is an abundance of damaging evidence, such as a breath test, vehicle accident, poor video or incriminating statements can still be successfully defended if you hire a competent and experienced DWI attorney.
A DWI, most of the time is not about whether or not the person was intoxicated, but rather about what the State of Texas can prove. Determining the strength of the State’s evidence is the key role an experienced DWI lawyer can play. Many cases can be won based procedural issues or administration issues that will keep the evidence out of the jury’s consideration. Good DWI lawyers will take the case, look at the evidence and then begin to deconstruct the State’s case so that they are forced to dismiss it for fear of losing at trial.