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.
The Harris County District Attorney’s office notified defense lawyers on Wednesday that a crime-scene investigator made errors in 65 cases.
In a newly obtained video, a Houston Police officer is seen balling his fist, punching a woman in the face and slamming her to the floor of a drunk-tank cell after she swung her elbow at the officer while questioning the no-refusal blood test.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office has dismissed 90 pending misdemeanor and felony drug cases after a deputy improperly destroyed evidence at the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office is forced to throw out more than 140 cases so far after it was discovered over 21,000 pieces of evidence was destroyed by the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
The Harris County District Attorney's office is re-evaluating a decade's worth of DWI cases. This comes after the credentials of an expert witness, a toxicology analyst, were called into question.
There are over 1,000 cases under review because of the misuse of evidence. While 142 have been dismissed thus far, there has been a high number of cases in which evidence has been destroyed - most of the cases involving drug crimes.
After and expert's qualifications have been questioned, there are nearly 10 years of DWI cases being under review in Harris County.
After being questioned about her credentials in DWI cases, a woman responds publicly.
Expert witness has been accused of lying on the stand and moved down to a lower level position.