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Texas DWI Defense Attorney Explains Mental Health Court

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Explains Mental Health Court

In Montgomery County, a new court will begin hearing cases next month. The Montgomery County mental health court is part of a national trend of sending nonviolent offenders who have severe mental illnesses to treatment rather than to prison. Mental health courts are designed to address the underlying mental health needs of defendants, not just the criminal charges against them. Addressing mental health is an important mission because many of the participants in mental health courts nationwide struggle with addiction in addition to mental illness. Some of them are also homeless.

There is a demand for mental health courts because many people who are incarcerated nationwide have underlying mental health needs. Approximately one in five people in local jails have a recent history of mental illness. Mentally ill inmates with prior convictions are more likely to end up in prison again than those who were not convicted.

The first mental health court began in Florida in 1997. Since then, they have been implemented across much of the United States. Mental health courts are modeled after drug courts, in that they seek to provide treatment instead of, or sometimes in addition to, punishment. When the program begins in August, Montgomery County will be the eighth county to start a mental health court. Experts claim that mental health courts cut incarceration costs, and they could reduce recidivism.

The new mental health court lasts a year or two and it includes psychiatric treatment, medical care, and access to public benefits and services like housing and job placement. Defendants must be found legally competent before choosing to enter the program.

As part of the mental health court program, prosecutors will dismiss minor charges if a defendant completes the program’s requirements. Drug courts have improved outcomes by reducing the number of subsequent jail days, and it reduces the instances of violence.

Most of the participants in the new mental health court will enter the mental health court after being referred by their defense attorneys. A defendant may participate in mental health court if they are accused of a misdemeanor or a nonviolent felony and they have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or a major depressive disorder. The court may also be able to accept some people with PTSD, severe anxiety or intellectual disabilities. Prosecutors will make decisions about which individuals fit the criteria for mental health court, including whether their mental illness caused the crime that they are charged with committing.

Defendants who choose to participate in mental health court will be represented at no cost by one of the two defense attorneys who are volunteering their time until funding is found. Participants will leave jail on probation or bond supervision. The mental health court program will start with creating a treatment plan that may include substance abuse treatment, psychiatric counseling, and medications. For indigent participants, the advice will be free through the Tri-County Behavioral Health program. Individuals who are enrolled in drug court will appear regularly before the judges for updates on their progress through the program’s four stages. If clients complete the requirements of mental health court, they may qualify for a reduced sentence or a dismissal of the original charges.

Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law has plenty of experience with DWI cases. He has helped many DWI clients resolve their cases, and he may be able to help you with you, too. Whether this is your first DWI or not, you deserve the support of a skilled Texas DWI Defense Attorney. Call us at 214-521-4567 today, to learn more.

Dallas County DWI Attorney Explains Your Options If You Are Asked To Take A Chemical Test

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Texas has an implied consent law on the books. Implied consent means that you, as an operator of a motor vehicle on a public place in Texas, have given your agreement to take a chemical test if a law enforcement officer has reason to believe you are driving under the influence (DUI).  You have the right to refuse to take the test; no one can force you to take the test, most of the time. There are circumstances when the law enforcement officer must take a blood sample from you even if you refuse to give one. In that case, the officer must get a search warrant; that is authority from a judge to take a sample of your blood and deliver it to a lab for testing. Dallas County DUI attorney Jack Pettit can guide you through the process.

Upon arrest for DUI in Texas, a law enforcement officer will ask you to take a chemical test. Under Texas’ implied consent law, every person operating a vehicle in a public place consents to take a chemical test. Law enforcement officers want you to take the test, such as a breathalyzer or blood-draw because it is very likely that those tests will make matters worse for you.  People very rarely beat a breathalyzer test or a blood-draw simply because 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a very low number and you do not need to drink a lot to get there.  You may not even feel intoxicated at 0.08% BAC, which is known as the “legal limit.”  The blood test also allows law enforcement to search your blood for drugs or other substances in addition to alcohol.

Refusal to take the test has consequences as well. The arresting officer must inform you of those consequences. For instance, your refusal to take a chemical test can be used against you in the prosecution of the case. A prosecutor will argue that you did not take the test because you knew you would fail it.  Additionally, the state will suspend your license for 180 days if you refuse to take a chemical test.  The officer must inform you that if you take the test but fail it, then your license must be immediately suspended for 90 days if you are older than 21.

The police are obligated to force you to take a blood test aggravating circumstances are present. The officer must take a specimen if the officer believes that a person suspected of DUI causes a crash and another person may die as a result of injuries caused by the accident.  The officer must take a sample if a person other than the one arrested was seriously injured or simply injured and sent to the hospital.  Similarly, if the police arrested the driver for DUI and a child was in the car, then the officer must force a sample.  The officer must also compel the driver to provide a sample if the driver was previously convicted of DUI twice before or once convicted of DUI with a child passenger or intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter.

The officer may not force a person to take a blood test without a court order.  The law enforcement officer must obtain a search warrant to take the blood sample. A judge or magistrate must review the search warrant request to make sure that there is probable cause to grant the police officer’s request to take your blood.  If the judge signs the warrant, then the police must take you to a hospital and have the blood drawn by a qualified medical professional.

Contact An Experienced Lawyer If You Have Been Arrested For DUI

Dallas County DUI attorney Jack Pettit is an experienced DUI attorney. Attorney Pettit will zealously represent you every step of the way. Call Attorney Pettit today at 214-521-4567 and let experience and determination fight for you.

Dallas County DWI Attorney Warns That Police Can Pull You Over Without Much Evidence You Did Anything Wrong

Friday, June 10th, 2016

A recent Texas Criminal Appeals Court ruling gives police greater authority to pull you over, even if there is not much evidence that you did anything wrong.  Police are supposed to have evidence that you are about to commit, are committing, or have recently committed a crime or a motor vehicle offense before they pull you over.  The officer must be able to specifically state, or articulate, why he stopped you.  The law enforcement officer must have more than a mere hunch that you are doing something wrong before pulling you over. Once the officer pulls you over, he is free to investigate how you were driving. Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit is an experienced DWI attorney who knows how to prove that the police did not have enough evidence to pull you over and get your case thrown out of court.

These days, almost every person on the road has a cell phone. Many people use their phones to notify police when they see a driver operating dangerously. Police can stop a person simply based upon a phone call if the person gives their name and the investigating officer objectively believes that the driver is committing a crime based on the information police received from the caller.  The fact that the caller gives a name lends the caller credibility with the police. A person who gives the police their name is more likely to be telling the truth rather than making up a story about someone else. Police can tell if the caller is telling the truth by observing the driver for themselves. Even if the caller gave a fake name, the police could use the information the caller gave to stop a driver if the police make their observations of dangerous driving.

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that dangerous behaviors such as weaving back and forth and crossing the center line are indicators of DWI and pulling someone over based on those behaviors is justified. DWI is not the only explanation for weaving or crossing the center line.  A driver could have an unruly child in the backseat, sneezing, or some other innocent reason that explains why they were not driving properly.  Even if that is the case, the police can pull you over to investigate why you are weaving or crossing the center line. The investigating officer must let you go if there is an innocent explanation why they saw you driving dangerously. But, the police do not have to know why you are driving dangerously before they pull you over.

Once police have a reason to pull you over, then the investigating officer is free to observe you and how you are acting. The officer can see for himself if you have bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, or speaking with a thick tongue, and have the smell of alcohol coming from within the car. The officer will make other observations such as watching how you get your license and proof of insurance and answer the officer’s questions. Also, the officer will look inside your car while talking to you. The officer is looking for open containers of alcohol in the car, or other evidence such as illegal narcotics.  The officer is looking for signs that you cannot think straight and therefore cannot drive a car safely. The officer is trying to gather evidence that you are drunk rather than dispel any innocent explanation for your poor driving.

Do Not Delay In Contacting An Experienced Dallas County DWI Attorney For Help

Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit is ready to fight for you if police arrested you in Dallas County for DWI. Attorney Pettit has years of experience successfully fighting to vindicate his clients from wrongdoing. Call Attorney Pettit today at 214-521-4567 to get experience on your side.

Dallas County DWI Attorney Explains Your Options If You Are Asked To Take A Chemical Test

Monday, June 6th, 2016

You have the right to refuse to take a chemical test after police arrested you for driving while intoxicated (“DWI”). The refusal comes with consequences, including mandatory license loss of at least 180 days. You can appeal the decision law enforcement made to suspend your license. You must file a notice of appeal within fifteen days of the date you receive notice that the Department of Transportation suspended your license. You will have a hearing to determine whether the arresting officer followed the correct procedure after you file the notice of appeal. Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit has the experience and the track record of success you need to get your license back.

You have a right to a fair and impartial hearing to determine whether your license should be reinstated after an arrest for DWI. You must file your notice of appeal timely, and it must be in writing. According to Texas law, the Department of Transportation must receive your appeal in their offices in Austin no later than the 15th day after you received notice that your license was suspended.  The law allows you to file a hearing request by facsimile. Filing a request for a hearing timely “stays” your license suspension. The Department of Transportation will provide you with documentation that will allow you to drive if the arresting officer took your license immediately upon arrest.

An administrative law judge presides over the hearing.  Texas law limits the issues that the administrative law judge can decide. The issues are:

  1. Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to stop you while driving or probable cause to arrest you?
  2. Did the officer have probable cause to believe that you were operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated?
  3. Did the arresting officer request that you give either a breath or blood specimen after he arrested you?
  4. Did you refuse to give the specimen as requested by the arresting officer?

The administrative law judge does not find you guilty or not guilty like a judge or jury would in a criminal trial. The administrative law judge simply answers those four questions.  The administrative law judge takes evidence offered by the Department of Transportation by offering a police report or the arresting officer’s testimony. You have a right to be represented by an attorney, and that attorney can cross-examine any witnesses who testify against you. You have the right to present evidence in your defense as well. The administrative law judge reviews the evidence and rules on it. If the administrative law judge rules that any one of the four questions is “no,” then your license will be reinstated. If the judge answers “yes” to all four, then the decision to suspend your license if final.

Winning the suspension hearing does not mean you automatically win in criminal court. A license suspension hearing is a “civil” proceeding. That means the decision an administrative law judge makes on your license suspension has no bearing upon what occurs in criminal court. The state can continue with the prosecution of your DWI charges even if the administrative law judge finds the officer did not have probable cause to stop or arrest you. A criminal court judge could see things differently. However, an acquittal on the criminal charge will result in the immediate return of your license if it remains suspended. Even if the period of suspension has run, the Department must expunge any record of your license suspension from its records if you the judge or jury finds you not guilty of DWI.

Do Not Try To Take On This Challenge Alone

Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit has the experience and determination and vigorously defends his clients. Trying to get your license back is filled with potential pitfalls. Let knowledgeable and successful DWI attorney Jack Pettit do the fighting for you.  Call Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567 to schedule a consultation.

Dallas County DWI Attorney Explains Why You Should Not Represent Yourself If You Have Been Arrested For DWI

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

An arrest for driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) can have wide-sweeping ramifications. The legalese involved is difficult to wade through and not easily understood. Procedural rules must be followed to protect your rights. Failure to follow those rules will cause you to miss an opportunity to have your license reinstated or have a judge throw out evidence against you because the police made a mistake. How can you make the police pay for a mistake you do not know they made? The potential penalties you face are very serious. Those penalties include jail time and hefty fines. Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit would stand by your side and fight for you if you were arrested for DWI.

The potential penalties for a DWI conviction are severe. A judge can sentence you to jail for up to one year for a conviction for DWI. Seventy-two hours is the minimum the jail sentence the judge can impose. The judge has the option, depending on whether you have a prior criminal history, to probation instead of jail for a specified term of years. The judge can order you to pay a fine of $4,000. The judge can order you to jail and pay a fine. These are the potential penalties for a first offense DWI, which is a Class B misdemeanor.

The potential penalties increase with the severity of the crime. For instance, driving drunk with a child passenger is called a state jail felony. A judge can sentence you the state jail for up to two years but not less than 180 days. The child passenger need not be your child by lineage but means any passenger 15 years of age or younger.  Having an open container of alcohol in your car while driving drunk is a Class B misdemeanor. The minimum jail sentence is six days, and the maximum sentence is 180 days in jail.

Previous DWI convictions increase potential jail time. A second DWI offense requires the judge to sentence you to 30 days in jail with a maximum of one year. Two previous DWI convictions is a third-degree felony. The judge must sentence you to the state prison for no less than two years and no more than ten years. The convictions are not limited to Texas courts. Any conviction for an alcohol-related offense in the United States suffices for an alcohol-related conviction. The judge can also impose a $10,000 fine.  In addition to incarceration, a person convicted of two prior offenses within a five-year span must install a breathalyzer in their car.

Facing a conviction for DWI, even a first offense, has the potential for disaster. There are defenses to a DWI charge. A seasoned DWI attorney will evaluate your case and determine if there are motions to file that could potentially reduce the evidence against you, or get the case thrown out entirely. For instance, if the police did not have a valid reason to stop you, then the police violated your right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Your lawyer can show the judge how the police violated your rights and get all of the evidence of intoxication thrown out. The state cannot go forward if there is no evidence against you. You waive the right to a hearing if you do not file the right motions. Also, your lawyer will work to get your license reinstated. But, you forfeit your right to a hearing on whether you should get your license back if you miss the filing deadline.

Facing A DWI Charge Is Daunting

Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit is an experienced and zealous DWI attorney. His track record shows he knows how to win in court. Get a proven winner on your side. Call Dallas County DWI attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567 today to schedule your consultation.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks about Ignition Interlock Devices

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

A law that recently went into effect in Texas could prevent drivers from accumulating multiple DWI convictions. Since September 1, 2015, any driver who wishes to continue driving after being arrested for DWI with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher can choose to either apply for an ignition interlock device for their vehicle or have their driving privileges revoked. Drivers must file the application must within fifteen days of the arrest.

Ignition interlock devices prevent people from driving after consuming any amount of alcohol. Before starting a vehicle with an ignition interlock device on it, the driver must breathe into the apparatus. If the machine measures any alcohol in the driver’s breath, the engine will not turn on. Authorities hope that these devices, which must remain attached to the vehicle for a certain length of time depending on how many previous DWI convictions a driver has had, will prevent situations in which drivers continually get behind the wheel while intoxicated despite having a suspended license or numerous prior DWIs.

The following story illustrates what could happen under the old laws, which enabled offenders to apply for restricted driver’s licenses. A man who recently got arrested for drunk driving will have a total of six DWIs if his latest arrest leads to a conviction. It would also be his third felony DWI conviction. The man nearly caused an accident when he ran into construction barricades in a work zone. Law enforcement officers who were present in the area were able to stop the driver and take him into custody before a more serious accident occurred. Authorities noted that the driver was so intoxicated that he did not know where he was when he got arrested.

The recently enacted law that requires DWI offenders with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater is much different than the old rules, which only required interlock devices for repeat offenders and offenders with blood alcohol levels of .15 or higher. The new regulations also carry harsher penalties, so there is even more at stake if you are arrested and charged with a DWI. Since a DWI conviction could affect several areas of your life, including your transportation options and job security, it is essential that drivers take DWI charges seriously.

Because a DWI conviction could significantly impact your freedom, it is important that you consult with a seasoned Texas DWI Defense Attorney. Your attorney can help you to pursue an outcome in your DWI case that will protect your freedom and those things that are most important to you. Do not try to fight your Texas DWI on your own; there is too much risk involved in defending yourself. 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 navigate your Texas DWI case. To learn more about how Attorney Pettit may be able to help you, please call our office at 214-521-4567 today.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Discusses DWIs with Additional Charges

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

A driver who is suspected of driving while intoxicated caused a fatal accident when he failed to stop at a red light while he was fleeing from police in north Houston. Police were pursuing the driver because he had been driving erratically. The chase proceeded through a U-turn, a parking lot, and northbound, onto the North Freeway Service Road where it ended at Tidwell, where the crash occurred. The wreck claimed the life of a teenage girl who was driving home from prom. Her prom date sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.

In many cases involving a traffic stop and DWI investigation, a driver is arrested and charged with DWI and nothing more. Some cases involve more than a traffic stop, though. Some drivers break other laws while they are violating the drunk driving law. Fleeing from police in a vehicle or on foot, assaulting police officers, having drugs in their possession, and driving with a suspended license are just some of the offenses that drivers may be charged with in connection with their conduct around the time of their DWI traffic stop.

A DWI carries grave consequences for a driver who is convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. License suspension, fines, incarceration, and potential risks to job security, housing security, and other important things can have a variety of impacts on a person’s life. The other charges that can accompany a DWI, especially in particularly tragic situations like the fatal accident described above, can have consequences even more severe than those associated with a DWI. It is, therefore, possible that a series of choices made by a defendant within a short period can lead to a series of charges which, if they result in convictions, can completely change the trajectory of that driver’s life.

All DWI defendants can benefit from the assistance of experienced counsel, and defendants who are facing one or more other charges in connection with their DWI are no exception. With so much at stake, defendants who are facing multiple charges need someone in their corner who can look at all of the facts and formulate a strong defense. DWI and criminal cases proceed through various stages from beginning to end, and a skilled DWI defense attorney can help you know what to expect and answer your questions at every step of the way. If you learn of options for resolving your case, your attorney can help you understand whether those options are the right choice for you.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit – Comprehensive Assistance for Texas DWI Defendants

Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, is a Texas attorney who has developed an effective strategy for his DWI defense clients over the thirty years that he has been practicing law in the Dallas area. Whether this is your first DWI, a subsequent offense, or you are facing other charges in connection with your DWI, it is important that you seek assistance from a Texas DWI Defense Attorney. Contact Attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Says DWI Cases Are Not Always Resolved Quickly

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

If you were to ask a DWI defendant what they would like to see happen with their DWI case, they would, of course, wish to avoid a conviction. They would also be likely to tell you that they want to get through their case as soon as possible. The amount of uncertainty that accompanies any legal proceeding can be uncomfortable. In a DWI case, the defendant is waiting to learn the fate of things that are central to their livelihoods, such as their personal freedom, their ability to drive their vehicle, and their ability to keep their job. These high stakes make the waiting process extremely tough for DWI defendants. It is natural to desire certainty and even DWI defendants whose cases do not end as they had wished that they could move forward with their lives, integrating whatever consequences are attached to their conviction into their reality.

There are some DWI defendants in some parts of Texas who are not getting the swift resolution of their DWI cases that they had wanted. These defendants are experiencing delays that cause their cases to take longer than a typical DWI case would. The reasons for the delays are often related to waiting times for blood test results. For example, there was a scandal involving the laboratory that Bexar County was using to test blood samples of DWI suspects who had refused breath testing. The scandal resulted in a need for another lab to test the samples, and since that lab at the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin, already had a large volume of samples coming in for testing, it took quite some time to work through all of them.

It is also important to note that prosecutors seek certainty in their affairs just like defendants do. Rather than waiting for blood test results, prosecutors have gone forward with some DWI cases without them. In these cases, prosecutors use breathalyzer test results when available in addition to eyewitness testimony and field sobriety tests to present their cases. Surprisingly, the result of this practice has been an increase in DWI convictions. The increase in DWI convictions is disconcerting for defendants, especially for those whose blood test results would show that they were innocent.

The DWI defendants in counties where blood test results are slow to come are unable to know when they will get any certainty about when their cases will end or how they will conclude. Many of these defendants have attorneys working with them to navigate the delays and to help the defendants present the best cases that they possibly can with the evidence that is available.

Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, is a Texas DWI defense attorney who has helped many DWI clients resolve their DWI cases. Attorney Pettit may be able to assist you with your DWI case, too. Whether this is your first DWI or not, you deserve the support of a skilled Texas DWI Defense Attorney. Call us at 214-521-4567 today, to learn more.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Suggests DWI Defendants Avoid DIY Defense

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

One of the first things that many DWI defendants ask themselves is whether they should contact an attorney. Fortunately, many DWI defendants do, after a bit of research and some serious thought, decide to retain a DWI defense attorney to represent them in their Texas DWI case. A DWI conviction can have an effect on many areas of your life, and an attorney is a valuable ally can help you in many ways throughout the duration of your case.

Skilled DWI defense attorneys understand the DWI case process, and they know what to look for in the facts of their clients’ cases to determine which defense strategies they will use to pursue the results that they desire. There are many ways to do DWI defense incorrectly, including doing it yourself or claiming that you should not be convicted of DWI for a tenth time because you just consumed beer battered fish. While this may seem odd, it happened. A DWI defendant attempted to explain away the small of alcohol noticed by the arresting officer by saying that he had been to a fish fry, and the alcohol smell came from the beer battered fish that he had eaten there. DWI defendants sometimes get creative with their defense strategies, especially if they are representing themselves and they wish to avoid the possible consequences of a conviction. Fortunately, defendants who choose to be represented by attorneys work with experienced professionals who know which types of defenses are likely to be the most effective based on the unique facts of a case, and which defense strategies are unlikely to succeed.

In addition to the confidence that comes with knowing that your attorney understands how to defend DWI cases, you can benefit from working with a DWI defense attorney in numerous other ways. For example, while you are busy trying to manage the logistics of your everyday life like arranging transportation to and from work and dealing with other issues that have followed your DWI arrest, your attorney will complete your case paperwork correctly and file it appropriately, by the applicable deadlines.

In a DWI case, the State must prove certain things before you can be convicted. Your attorney has an in-depth understanding of the elements of DWI, and they are skilled at identifying areas of the state’s case against you which may not be strong. Your attorney’s experience in representing clients in situations that are similar to yours helps them to build a strong defense on your behalf.

If you face Texas DWI charges, you may have some pressing questions and concerns. Since there is a lot at stake, including your driving privileges and your freedom, you are likely to want to do everything in your power to preserve the things that are most important to you. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, might be able to help you do that.  Texas DUI Attorney Pettit has helped many Texas DWI clients with their cases, and he might be able to help you. To learn more, please call 214-521-4567 today.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Explains that Court Cases Don’t Always Follow a Straight Line

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Sometimes, DWI cases do not follow a path that goes straight through from start to finish. There are multiple steps that each case passes through from its filing until its conclusion, and there are additional things that can happen after a defendant is either convicted or acquitted. In some cases, this is a good thing, like when a convicted driver appeals their DWI conviction and obtains an acquittal on appeal. Unfortunately, appeals work both ways, and sometimes defendants who were initially acquitted may have to go back to court if the prosecutor contests the court’s decision.

Drunk driving cases against a Baylor University employee and her husband got reinstated by an intermediate appeals court, which ruled that the judge who initially dismissed the cases because of a clerical error did not have the authority to do so. The judge who made the initial ruling which acquitted the defendants ruled that the prosecution failed to prove an essential element of the state’s case, among other things. The prosecution appealed the decision, claiming that there was no authority for the trial court to dismiss the cases without the state’s consent.

In testimony her during the original trial, a law enforcement officer said that when she pulled over a vehicle driven by the female defendant on a routine traffic stop, she could smell alcohol on the woman’s breath. The driver initially denied drinking, but later said that she drank one mixed drink and that her husband, who was riding in the vehicle with her, drank several beers. During the traffic stop, the female defendant failed three field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test. The officer arrested her and brought her to jail, and the man made arrangements for a ride home. After the woman’s husband had gotten home, he got on his motorcycle and headed to the jail to pick up his wife. On his way there, he was stopped. The officer who stopped the motorcycle said that he noticed that the man smelled of alcohol. The officer arrested the man after a blood test and took him to jail.

The errors in the charging documents went unnoticed until the judge took a break to consider the case. After the errors in the documents had come to light, the special prosecutor did not file amended charges because she believed that it was not necessary because other information and testimony in the record supplied the dates that were missing from the paperwork.

This pair of husband and wife DWI cases has attracted a lot of attention because of the defense attorney attempt to disqualify the special prosecutor from her judicial appointment to handle the cases. The special prosecutor had been appointed to the pair of cases after the district attorney recused his office because he thought he might have represented one of the defendants in a previous matter.

Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, is a Texas DWI Defense Attorney who helps plenty of DWI clients work through their DWI cases. Attorney Pettit might be able to assist you with your DWI case, too. Whether this is your first DWI or not, you deserve the support of an experienced Texas DWI defense attorney. Call us at 214-521-4567 today, to learn more.