Archive for December, 2016

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Reveals the Lies That Drunk Drivers Tell Themselves and Others

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

The best way to avoid a DWI during the holiday season or at any time of year is to avoid driving while you are intoxicated. We understand that alcohol consumption and intoxication are fluid concepts, but the law relies on hard numbers when it comes to enforcing the rules for drunk driving – you’re either over the legal limit or you’re not. In other words, when you drink alcohol and then make a choice about whether to drive based on what you or other people say or think, you’re not working with actual numbers – you are taking a chance.

There are several ways that people justify their decisions to drive after consuming alcohol. It is important that drivers understand that although these scenarios are common and happen all of the time, DWI arrests are also common and happen all of the time. Here are a few of the common things that people tell themselves or others in an attempt to justify their decision to drink and drive:

  • They say, “I’m OK to drive.” Usually, this statement is not made out of the blue; it comes as a response to someone else who is asking the person whether they should be getting behind the wheel.
  • They say, “I’ve only been drinking beer.” Beer is alcohol. Alcohol makes people intoxicated. It is easy to see how this statement could get someone into trouble if they choose to drive after “only drinking beer.”
  • Sometimes, people say, “I have eaten plenty of food.” While this may or may not be true, sometimes people are less than honest with themselves and others about how much they ate and when they ate it. Perhaps more importantly, while food does help our bodies to assimilate alcohol, driving after eating and drinking is still driving after drinking. There’s still a risk that you will get a DWI.
  • You may hear yourself or someone else says that they only have a short way to drive. This statement usually means that the person speaking is aware that they have been drinking, but that they think they will make it to their destination without being stopped by the police. Fortunately, people in this situation often have the option of walking to wherever they are going, which would eliminate the possibility of a DWI.

There are plenty of other things that people tell themselves or others in attempts to justify their decision to drive after drinking alcohol. If you catch yourself or someone that you know saying any of the aforementioned things or something similar, it may be time to stop and think before you drive. Remind yourself, your friend, or your family member that while there’s a chance that you or they will make it to wherever you or they are going safely and without incident, there is also a chance that an accident or an arrest could occur. A DWI conviction has serious consequences for the driver, consequences that reach into every area of their lives. Be sure to factor that into any discussion that you have with yourself or others about drinking and driving.

If you are arrested and charged with DWI, get help from an attorney right away. Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has helped many clients with their DWI cases. It is possible that he could help you, too. To learn more about Texas DWI cases, please call 214-521-4567 today.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Describes Drug and Alcohol Treatment Courts

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

In some areas, defendants charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol have access to a unique approach to addressing DWI cases. Drug and alcohol treatment courts aim to help drivers overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol in the hope of preventing repeat offenses. These programs are often quite successful, so it is important that DWI defendants know about them in case they are available to them.

It is no secret that jail time does not do much to prevent repeat DWI offenses. Many offenders, whether they serve time or not, find a way to get back out on the road after they have been convicted of DWI. They might drive without a license; they might drive in a vehicle that does not have the ignition interlock device that they were supposed to use, but they do continue to drive, and they often continue to use drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, It is not unusual for drivers who have been convicted for DWI to be arrested a second time, a third time, or even more times after that.

One reason that many drivers continue to offend is that the health problem that lies at the root of drug and alcohol use – addiction -remains unaddressed. Drug and alcohol treatment courts are just that – programs that are designed to help offenders overcome addiction and restore their health and well-being. DWI defendants who have access to these programs work towards recovery by participating in meetings and counseling. They are held accountable for their progress with drug and alcohol testing. Recovery from drug and alcohol use is a life-long process, but successful treatment gives people who were addicted to drugs or alcohol the tools that they need to remain sober and make good choices.

In the areas where drug and alcohol treatment courts are available, DWI defendants win because they avoid jail time, but even more importantly than that, they win because if they are successful in treatment, they gain victory over addiction. The programs also save taxpayers money, as compared to sending DWI offenders to jail.

If you have been arrested for DWI, it is important that you seek the assistance of an attorney who specializes in DWI defense. Your Texas DWI Defense Attorney can help you understand your options, including drug or alcohol treatment court if a treatment court program is available in the area where your case is being handled.  Drug and alcohol addiction can have serious consequences for your life above and beyond the penalties that are associated with a DWI conviction. It is important that you get the help that you need, whether or not there is a special drug or alcohol treatment court program available to you. Your attorney may be able to direct you to resources that could help you get on the path to recovery from addiction. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has served DWI clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Please call his office today, at 214-521-4567.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Warns Drivers about No Refusal Period during the Holidays

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

All drivers who will be going anywhere in Texas during the next couple of weeks will want to be aware that the Texas Department of Public Safety will be conducting a no refusal period through the holiday season. Law enforcement officials will be out on patrol in increased numbers throughout the state, and officers do not need much justification at all to stop a vehicle. Speeding, suspicion of a seat belt violation, burnt out lights, and many other things can attract the attention of an officer and bring you and your vehicle to a stop on the side of the road

Drivers who don’t yet know what a no refusal period is need to know that a no refusal period is a time during which if a driver who is suspected of DWI refuses to participate in roadside blood or breath testing, police officers can apply for a warrant that would enable them to draw the driver’s blood involuntarily.

Last year, during the eight-day no refusal period, officers arrested over four hundred and fifty drivers under suspicion of DWI. They issued nearly ten thousand speeding tickets and almost nine hundred seat belt or child safety seat tickets. Over three hundred fugitives were arrested, and officers made nearly three hundred felony arrests.

Fortunately, there are things that drivers can do to stay safe and keep themselves out of the spotlight this holiday season. Planning ahead for transportation to and from events where you will be enjoying alcohol can go a long way towards making your holiday season safe, enjoyable, and free of the headaches and hassles that come along with a DWI arrest. If it has been a while since you assessed the public transportation options in your area, you might learn that there are more choices than you might expect. You might also choose to ride with a designated driver or even spend the night at or near the celebrations that you plan to attend.

When you do drive, keep in mind that even if you are completely sober, certain behaviors are likely to draw attention to you and your vehicle. For example, driving while you are tired or fatigued can give the appearance that you are driving while you are intoxicated, even if you have not consumed a single drop of alcohol. A drowsy driver can look so much like a drunk driver that this is perhaps the most important driving behavior other than drunk driving itself to avoid during the no refusal period. Drowsy driving could not only get you noticed and stopped by law enforcement; it could lead to a DWI investigation and even to an arrest depending upon how your traffic stop proceeds.

Common sense driving and safety tips can also go a long way towards keeping you free from unwanted law enforcement attention. Always wear your safety belt, and ask all passengers to wear theirs too. Drive with the flow of traffic, adjust your speed for road conditions and avoid distractions, especially cell phones. Also, be sure to move over or slow down if you see a police car, disabled vehicle, or emergency vehicle on the side of the road.

If you are arrested for DWI during the holiday no refusal period or at any other time, let Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, help you with your Texas DWI case. Texas DWI Defense Attorney Pettit has assisted a number of Texas DWI clients with their cases, and he would like to help you. To learn more, please call 214-521-4567 today.