Full Cooperation in DWI Investigation Leads to Innocent Man Being Arrested

I have heard police officer after police officer testify that a DWI client really is not arrested for DWI until the DA makes a decision to charge them with DWI.  My clients have told me that the police sometimes tell them, "It (the DWI arrest decision) is out of my hands, it's up to the DA."

Let's set the stage.  Client is pulled over for speeding on Loop 610 here in Houston.  The Houston Police officer approaches client and claims he smells alcohol.  He does the HGN and guess what - he sees 6 of 6 clues.  He then has the client do the walk and turn test and claims he observes 2 of 8 clues (video would show differently).  Client then was asked to do the One Leg Stand and scored a whopping 1 out of 4 clues (for those that don't know - that is a passing score).  After this terrible performance on the field sobriety tests, the officer arrests client and takes him to the jail.  By the way, there is no allegation of drug use in this DWI arrest.

Here is the kicker.  At the jail he asks for a breath test and again my client cooperates fully.  He blows a whopping .026 less than 45 minutes after he was "operating" his motor vehicle.  The legal limit is .08.  While I'm not a mathematician, I do know that .026 is a lot less than the legal limit of .08. 

Presumably, if the cops tell the truth on the witness stand (see first paragraph), the arresting officer called the district attorney's office to have the DWI charge approved.  I would like to assume that the police officer told the truth about the excellent performance on the field sobriety tests and the breath test.  I would also like to assume the prosecutor used his best judgment and made the call he thought was right.  I guess that is why we need jury trials?

So where does that leave us?

Innocent people are being arrested for DWI in Houston, Texas.

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