Dumbest Criminals - Drunk Driver Arrested after calling 911 on herself

A Wisconsin caller dials 911 to report a drunk driver - the conversation with dispatch is a s follows:

     Caller: Somebody's really drunk driving down Granton Road."

     Dispatch: Okay are you behind them, or...

     Caller: No, I am them.

     Dispatch: You am them?

     Caller: Yes, I am them.

     Dispatch: Okay so you want to call and report that you’re driving drunk?

     Caller: Yes.

Dispatch then asked the caller to pull over and turn the car off, which she did.  Police officers arrive and arrest the caller for Driving While Intoxicated / Drunk Driving.  According to reports, the caller's breath test was over twice the legal limit.

As Jamie Spencer points out, let's hope she gets credit from the prosecutors for "doing the right thing."  Knowing the system and how it works, I doubt the prosecutors will give her any credit for doing the right thing.

Do Houston DWI cases ever get dismissed?

The simple answer is, Yes.  According to the Harris County Office of Court Management statistics, in 2008 there were 1100 Houston DWI cases dismissed.  Simple advice - hire a Houston DWI attorney that devotes the majority of his/her practice to defending Texas DWI cases.

As a Houston DWI lawyer responsible for many of these DWI dismissals, I know that there are a plethora of reasons that these DWI cases are dismissed.  However, at the root of just about every one of these DWI dismissals is a competent and dedicated DWI attorney that is fighting each and every step of the way. 

HIRE A QUALIFIED DWI LAWYER - QUESTION YOUR LAWYER ABOUT HIS/HER EXPERIENCE - ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS

You can rest assured that the DA's office is doing everything they can to convict anyone arrested for DWI in Houston, Texas.  You must have someone just as dedicated to fight for you if you have been arrested for DWI.  That advice again, HIRE A COMPETENT DWI LAWYER.

Harris County DWI Acquittals - the reason for DIVERT

According to statistics released from the Harris County Office of Court Management department, the number of Harris County DWI acquittals grew from 3 in 2002 to over 100 acquittals in 2007 and 2008.  These numbers were given to the Harris County Court Judges by the district attorney's office when the district attorney's office was proposing the DIVERT program.

We now have a better idea of why the Harris County DA's office is "offering" the DIVERT program.  The DIVERT program is a creative alternative to the mounting losses the government is sustaining in Houston DWI cases.  Unfortunately, simultaneously, the DA's office changed its offers on DWI cases to only offer jail time.  This seems to create a coercive environment in which a person charged with DWI would accept the DIVERT program. 

The offers are essentially, take our DIVERT deal or we will only offer you jail time.  Sounds pretty coercive to me.

Police using threat of forced blood draws to fight DWI / Drunk Driving

As I wrote last week, Houston Police officers are being trained to draw blood on those suspected of drunk driving / DWI.  According to an AP report on September, 13 2009, cops are on patrol with tasers, guns and  now syringes.

Police officers are increasingly looking at needles as a new weapon to fight driving while intoxicated cases.  Instead of looking objectively at the results of rediculous balancing tests, the police are now relying on citizens blood to gather evidence.

Again, for the record, this type of search is in my opinion unreasonable and violates the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  We should not allow Houston Police Officers to draw blood fo Houston citizens in a Houston DWI arrest.