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DWI: A Matter of Opinion
In the absence of a chemical test to determine alcohol concentration, the issue of whether a person is intoxicated is ultimately a matter of opinion. Police exercise great power when making the decision to arrest. Challenging the basis for the officer’s opinion is fundamental to a sound defense. Researching the officer’s DWI training is crucial. If the investigation was videotaped, a thorough analysis of the officer’s administration of field sobriety tests may reveal mistakes which can be used to explain how the officer came to the wrong conclusion.
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The state has already started the process to suspend your driver's license. You have only fifteen days from the date of arrest to challenge the automatic suspension of your license.
"I Have Helped Hundreds of People Avoid A DWI Conviction in Fort Bend County"
An arrest for DWI has serious consequences that can last a llifetime. You need a lawyer experienced in handling DWI litigation. DWI Defense attorney Anthony R. Segura is that lawyer. Mr. Segura is knowledgeable, aggressive, professional and a zealous advocate with a proven track record for obtaining favorable results for his clients in high stakes cases. Mr. Segura attributes his success to hard work, dedication and a duty to his clients, "I realize that clients come to my office in a time of need. When someone entrusts me with their case, I take that responsibility very seriously. Their freedom, reputation and livelihood may be on the line. Each client deserves my best and that is what I strive to deliver."
Drink, Drive, Go to Jail:
A Police Mindset that Puts Sober People Behind Bars
You are probably familiar with the slogan "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail." It is an ad campaign sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation. TXDot's website proclaims "if you drink and drive you're going to jail." In Fort Bend County, that is a true statement. Police routinely arrest people simply because the person consumed alcohol before driving. The problem is that such a policy is a violation of constitutional rights. The law is clear. It is not a crime to drive a car after consuming alcohol, so long as the consumption does not result in intoxication. Moreover, the law recognizes that mere consumption of an alcoholic beverage does not give police, or anyone else, reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is intoxicated. Yet the arrests continue. Law enforcement officers have been trained to enforce the law of "Drink, Drive, Go to Jail." They are conditioned to believe that every person with the odor of alcohol on his breath is intoxicated and a danger to the public. This results in not only wrongful arrests, but unjust convictions as well. That is where I can help.
Experienced Fort Bend County DWI Defense
I Have Helped Hundreds of People Arrested for DWI
My practice is devoted to the defense of persons charged with intoxication offenses in Fort Bend County, Texas. During the last few years I have helped hundreds of people arrested for DWI. I earned my reputation in the courtroom where I vigorously challenge the prosecution's evidence and contest the State's ability to meet the constitutional burden of proof. My litigation skills have enabled me to obtain outstanding results for my clients. Perhaps the greatest measure of success is the steady stream of referrals I receive from clients, lawyers, judges, prosecutors and even police officers. I am ready to help you as well.
DWI is a highly specialized and technical area of law. It is for this reason that I devote my practice to the defense of intoxication offenses, including DWI, Felony DWI, DUI, Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger, Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault.
One Arrest May Result in Three Cases
One of the first things you need to understand is that a single arrest for DWI may result in three separate and individual cases. In Fort Bend County, each case will be assigned to a separate court and will proceed with a different judge. The cases are as follows:
As part of our comprehensive DWI representation, my office handles all three cases for a single fee.
Do Not Assume Your Case is Hopeless
I am not going to tell you that an arrest for DWI will be easy to defend and I can not guarantee you a result. What I can tell you is that in a high percentage of cases I am able to avoid a DWI conviction for my clients. A successful defense begins with a careful analysis of the prosecution's evidence. First we must determine whether the police had a lawful basis for coming into contact with you to begin with. Second, did the circumstances justify a DWI investigation. We must then examine all the evidence for facts supporting sobriety as well as identifying those the state will use to argue intoxication.
The police report usually tells only part of the story - the part that makes you look bad. A successful defense must tell the whole story. The officer can usually be forced to admit that a person did a lot of things in a normal manner. Yet, those things are almost never recorded in the officer's report and the officer may not have considered anything you did normally in making the arrest decision but instead focused only on things that were done imperfectly. It is at this point that the jury must be reminded that the issue is what was "normal" for you on the night of your arrest. Such an analysis must take into account all the circumstances, including nerves, fatigue, weight, age, medical history, etc.
If you provided a breath sample, the reliability and accuracy of the breath machine are suspect. You may be surprised to learn that the machine does not directly measure the amount of alcohol present in the specimen. Instead, the machine purports to estimate the amount of alcohol that would be present if 210 liters of breath were collected and the alcohol extracted. The processes and calculations the machine performs remain a closely guarded secret. Moreover, the breath specimen is not preserved for future testing. Thus it is impossible to check the machine’s accuracy.
An aggressive defense should identify police mistakes, exaggerations and incompetence. The limitations of the breath machine will be exposed. Ultimately, the jury’s attention must focus on facts establishing sobriety.
Finding the Right Lawyer
Who is the right lawyer for you? The answer depends on your goals and expectations. If you simply want to plead guilty and accept the prosecutor's offer of punishment, then I am not the attorney for you. The courthouse is full of lawyers who have no interest in mounting a vigorous defense. These lawyers will gladly assist you in confessing guilt in return for a small fee. Rest assured, the prosecutors know who these attorneys are and generally the plea bargains offered to these attorneys are unduly harsh. If the prosecutor does not respect your attorney, your case will not be given serious consideration.
My practice is litigation-driven. I interact with the office of the district attorney on a daily basis. I have earned the respect of that office and the judiciary as a result of my trial work. Prosecutors know that when I set a case for trial, the case will be tried a jury. There will be no last minute plea of guilt. I understand that my client's future is on the line. Similarly, every time I walk into the courtroom, my reputation is at stake. I am not going to let either of us down.
You may feel overwhelmed after reviewing the information provided at this and other sites. DWI is a highly specialized area of the law and it may take a while for you to fully understand the process. You have taken the first step by visiting this site. Your next step is to find a DWI attorney you feel comfortable with. My office offers a free telephone or in-person consultation. Call now to schedule an appointment with Fort Bend County DWI attorney Anthony R. Segura.
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