Dallas County DWI Defense Attorney Reports: Former Texas Sports Writer and Well-Known Author Racks up 10th DWI and More

Texans who hear the name “Jim Dent” may remember him as a sports writer who once wrote for newspapers in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. Some may even recall the decade Dent spent covering the Dallas Cowboys football team. However, in recent years, Dent has become most well-known as an author, writing books about football. Some of Dent’s more well-known works include “Twelve Mighty Orphans,” “The Kids Got it Right: How the Texas All-Stars Kicked Down Racial Walls,” and the New York Times best seller, “The Junction Boys.”

Despite what would be considered a successful writing career to most people, to law enforcement officials, Dent is even more infamous for his history of drunk driving. Over a period of 32 years, the 62-year old has wracked up a total of ten DWI convictions. Dent has been arrested for and convicted of drunk driving in four states including Arkansas, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. In Texas alone, Dent has been convicted of DWI in five counties, namely: Brazos, Collin, Dallas, Denton and Williamson.

Dent’s most recent DWI charges occurred in October 2012 and May 2013. In the October 2012 case, Dent apparently tried to pull his ex-girlfriend from her car. When he was unsuccessful, he crashed his pickup truck into her car—sending the vehicle crashing into the neighbor’s garage door. In the May 2013 incident, Dent was reported to police by a witness who had noticed Dent driving recklessly. Dent was arrested outside a Walgreens pharmacy after he had purchased wine and beer.

In November 2013, Dent pled guilty to the two DWI charges. However, fearing the stiff penalties he would face as a habitual offender, Dent fled to Mexico while out on bond in late January 2014. While in Mexico, Dent lived partially on profits from sales of his previous books. Dent also published and started promoting his newest work—“Manziel Mania”—about former Texas A&M college football player Johnny Manziel. Dent stayed in Mexico until late January 2014.

About one year after he first fled to Mexico, Dent was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents near San Diego, California. Thereafter, Dent was transported to Texas in mid-February where he has remained without bond. Finally, in mid-April, Dent was sentenced for his 2012 and 2013 DWIs.

For the October 2012 charge, he was sentenced to 8 years in prison and 10 years—the maximum for his May 2013 DWI. Dent also picked up additional felony charges for bailing jumping and failure to appear in connection with his fleeing the country to avoid prosecution. Dent received 10 years for each of those charges. Fortunately for Dent all four sentences will be served at the same time. Therefore, Dent will only have to serve half his sentence, or 5 years, before he will become eligible for parole.

If you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving as a habitual offender, the first thing you need to do is to make an appointment to meet with a seasoned Dallas County DWI Defense Attorney. The stakes are much higher for individuals who are considered “habitual offenders,” and you could be facing a lengthy time behind bars. Only an experienced Dallas County DWI Defense Attorney understands the law and can work to protect your rights. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Pettit knows the stiff penalties habitual offenders can face. Mr. Pettit will draw upon his experience to make sure that you receive the quality and aggressive representation you need. To schedule a free consultation, contact the Law Office of Jack Pettit today at (214) 521-4567. Our office provides services to clients in both English and Spanish. Major credit cards are accepted as well.


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