Archive for February, 2016

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Describes the Events That Happen After a DWI Arrest

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Former University of Texas and NFL quarterback Vince Young was recently arrested and charged with misdemeanor DWI. Fortunately for Young, he has been able to work with his employer, the University of Texas, to remain an employee of the University. In his job as a diversity and community engagement officer in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Young establishes and leads fundraising efforts that support the school’s educational programs.

Vince Young is fortunate to have been able to work with his employer to keep his job. Other, less well known DWI defendants are also able to work with employers and others to keep their jobs, their families, and other aspects of their lives intact during and after their DWI cases. The DWI defendants who ultimately come through their DWI cases with some of the important things in their lives intact do not accomplish those things by sheer luck. In order to give yourself a fighting chance at protecting the things that are the most important to you, it is essential that you begin working with a DWI defense attorney as soon as you are arrested. Each DWI case begins with an arrest and passes through a sequence of events during which the defendant needs support and guidance as they weigh options and make decisions about how they will work through the situation.

Working with an attorney can begin as soon as you are permitted to make a phone call or two, which is usually after you have been removed from the scene of the traffic stop, brought to the magistrate’s office or the county jail, and booked into the system.  The sooner that your attorney knows that you have been arrested the better, because they can begin to help you at that point in time by letting you know what to expect as the next events unfold as well as how to navigate those events, such as posting bond, filling out paperwork, and waiting for your release.

During the initial conversation with your attorney and during conversations after that, it is important that you let your attorney know what is important to you. If, for example, your attorney knows that keeping your job is very important to you, they may be able to think of a way to help you work with your employer so that can happen. If keeping your driving privileges is important so that you can care for an elderly relative or bring your children to and from school and extracurricular activities, your attorney may be able to help you try to do that. Whatever it is that you hold dear, it could be threatened by DWI charges, so let your attorney know what your priorities are so that they can best assist you.

The path to resolving your DWI case in a way that will work for you and protect what is most important to you begins when you are arrested. If you are arrested for DWI, use one of your phone calls to contact a Texas DWI Defense Attorney. Texas DWI defense attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has helped many clients work through their DWI cases and it is possible that he may be able to help you, too. Please call our office at 214-521-4567 today, to learn more.


Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks about DWI with Child Passengers

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Recently, a woman was arrested for DWI in Corpus Christi when her vehicle was found at a stop sign. Other drivers had called the police after they stopped behind the car and it did not move through the intersection. When law enforcement officers approached the vehicle, they found the woman passed out in her vehicle. Her seven year old daughter was sitting in the back seat of the car. The woman was arrested, and she was charged with driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, as well as the additional offense of possession of a controlled substance because a pill had been found in her vehicle.

If you are a parent or if you ever transport children in your vehicle, please know that DWI with a child passenger is a different and more serious offense than a simple DWI charge. If you are arrested for DWI and there are one or more passengers under the age of fifteen in your vehicle, you will be charged with the offense of DWI with a child passenger. In Texas, the penalties for DWI with a child passenger include a sentence of between one hundred and eighty days and two years in a state jail and a fine of up to ten thousand dollars. There are also other possible consequences associated with this offense if you are convicted, including loss of voting rights, inability to hold public office, ineligibility for certain types of government assistance, restriction in or disqualification from certain professions, and the loss of your gun possession and ownership rights.

As serious as the penalties and consequences for DWI with a child passenger may seem, the impact of a DWI with a child passenger can extend even further into your life and the life of your family. Many people who are convicted of DWI with a child passenger find that the consequences that are the most difficult to bear are those that affect their home life. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services can remove children from the custody of anyone who is arrested for DWI with a child passenger. This can have devastating impacts on the entire family. When children go into the custody of the Department of Family and Protective Services, even on a temporary basis, each person in the family can experience trauma that is difficult to heal. In some situations, the child or children can be released into the care of a family member, which may be less disruptive but at the same time still frightening and upsetting for the children and for everyone in the family. Unfortunately, many families who are separated by the Department of Family and Protective Services face a long and difficult road to reunification with their loved ones. The Department can also pursue a child endangerment case against any driver who is charged with DWI with a child passenger

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit – Support for DWI Defendants

The offense of DWI with a child passenger is a serious offense with far-reaching consequences. If you are charged with this offense, you need knowledgeable and experienced counsel to support you every step of the way. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has been providing high quality DWI defense services to his clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks about Situations Involving Multiple Offenses

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Sometimes, drivers are arrested and charged with more than just a DWI. When a driver is charged with multiple offenses at the same time as DWI, the penalties can really add up. From running stop signs to speeding, defective equipment, resisting arrest, and more, some drivers face incredibly serious consequences from their DWI and the additional offenses that are associated with it.

Some of the behavior that leads to non-DWI offenses can catch the eye of the police and result in charges for the offense that the officer initially pulled the driver over for as well as DWI if during the traffic stop the officer suspects that the driver is intoxicated. For example, erratic movements like sharp turns and excessive speed are things that law enforcement officers have been trained to look for as they sit watching traffic pass by.

One recent incident in Plano started when a police officer tried to stop a speeding vehicle that was weaving in and out of traffic on the North Central Expressway. Unfortunately, the driver made choices that resulted in much more than a speeding ticket. He fled, leading the officer on a high speed chase. When the driver got off of the highway, he lost control of the vehicle while attempting to navigate a curve and he crashed the car into a gate. When the driver was located, he was charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid license and reckless driving.

In another incident in College Station, a drunken man tried to fight with a police officer when the officer approached his vehicle. The man had been driving erratically, and someone had called the police to alert them. By the time officers located the vehicle, the man had fallen asleep at the wheel. After trying to start his vehicle with a pair of scissors, the man, who had been naked, pulled on a pair of pants and ran from the scene. Officers eventually caught up with him and arrested him. The man now faces DWI charges, as well as charges for evading and resisting arrest.

All drivers are at risk for being stopped by the police any time that they go out on the road. Sometimes, it is difficult to understand why you have been singled out for a traffic stop. Other times, you may know why you caught the officer’s attention. Whatever the reason for the traffic stop, it is best for you to remain calm, provide the officer with any documents that they request, and say as little as you possibly can. Drivers who maintain their composure and say very little are less likely to be investigated for DWI than drivers who talk a lot, answer a lot of questions, or take on a defensive or disrespectful attitude. If you are arrested for DWI, call  Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, at 214-521-4567 right away. Attorney Pettit may be able to help you with your Texas DWI case.


Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks about DWI Charges Related to Accidents

Monday, February 1st, 2016

While many DWI charges are made in conjunction with traffic stops, there are others that are associated with car crashes. Some of the drivers that are charged with DWI in connection with car accidents are injured in their wrecks, while others are not hurt. Drivers who are involved in car accidents and who are also arrested for DWI face a dual burden of healing from their injuries and/or dealing with charges related to any injuries and property damage that they may have caused during the accident and dealing with their DWI charges.

Each car accident is unique, and the charges that are associated with each accident are different. A recent single car accident in New Jersey resulted in drunken driving charges against a driver whose vehicle ended up in a gully. The vehicle remained in the gully for hours, until someone finally noticed the car and called for help. The man who was driving the vehicle was critically injured in the accident, and his girlfriend, who was also in the vehicle, was also critically injured. In addition to facing a lengthy recovery from his injuries, this driver has been charged with third-degree unlicensed operation, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, and second-degree vehicular assault.

Another man has been charged with drunken driving after he backed his car into a ditch. Fortunately, this driver was not injured in his accident, but he has been charged with unsafe backing of his vehicle in addition to drunken driving.

When you are facing DWI charges in addition to charges from a car accident and recovery from your injuries, you may feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, you do not have to take on all of these things on your own. Yes, there is a lot at stake, but you do have options. A skilled DWI defense attorney can help you with your DWI charges and provide guidance and/or referrals on other legal matters.

The variety of accident scenarios involving DWI charges adds to the complexity of DWI cases that result from automobile accidents. Experienced DWI defense attorneys are able to sort through the details of these complicated cases and formulate comprehensive plans for defending their clients. When you retain an attorney, you will be able to shift your focus to healing from your injuries while your attorney helps you navigate the path through your DWI case. Your attorney can help you understand the charges that have been brought against you and the potential consequences of a conviction. Your attorney can also help you understand your options, because there may be multiple ways in which you could resolve your DWI case.

Life after an automobile accident can be difficult, and life after an accident involving DWI charges can be even more so. The stakes are high, but there are options available to you that can help you move through this difficult time in your life. A highly skilled Texas DWI Defense Attorney can help you address your DWI case while you recover from your injuries. Texas DWI defense attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, is here to assist you. Please call 214-521-4567 today, to learn more.