Texas Criminal Defense Archives

How Long Does a DUI Stay on My Record?

A DUI or DWI conviction is a criminal conviction and can cause as much difficulty in your life as any other conviction. In today’s internet-connected society, your DUI can pop up on a job search or background check at the most inopportune times, even if it was years ago and you had forgotten all about […] Read more

How to Beat a DWI 

The easiest way to beat a DWI in Texas is to avoid drinking and driving. The law takes driving while intoxicated cases seriously. A conviction for DWI can send an individual’s personal and professional life into turmoil. You don’t have to beat yourself up over a DWI arrest. You certainly don’t have to let law […] Read more

Five Ways to Avoid a DWI During the Holidays 

The holiday season has almost become synonymous with overindulgence. The holidays mean one more Christmas cookie, one more slice of pie, another helping of turkey, and just one more cocktail. It can be hard to stop yourself when joy and merriment are in the air and holiday spirits are freely flowing. However, stopping yourself from […] Read more

Court says no to testing where blood is drawn after DWI arrest

The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas reversed Dallas County Judge Nancy Mulder’s decision that allows the examination of a chair and room for diseases at the Dallas County jail. The chair in question is where blood is drawn from people who have been arrested for DWI charges. The ruling argued that the tests were not […] Read more

12-time DWI offender appeals 10-year sentence

Carlos Faz, who has repeatedly been arrested for drunken driving charges, is appealing for probation and rehabilitation instead of jail time, according to KENS-TV on June 5. Faz was sentenced in April 2015 to 10 years of imprisonment after he was convicted in Bexar County for his 12th driving while intoxicated charge. In Texas, each DWI offense can result […] Read more

Dallas police officer may have lied in DWI case

Sergeant Stephen “Tiny” Baker of the Dallas Police Department is currently facing serious allegations that he lied and fabricated evidence in a 2012 drunk driving case, according to wfaa.com. Baker claimed that he had pulled Marshall Salazar over initially for running a red light along the intersection of South Carroll and Columbia Avenues on July […] Read more

Police looking for intoxicated and reckless drivers over spring break

A Dallas County Sheriff’s public information officer Raul Reyna said the police force will be focusing its efforts on catching unsafe drivers using the roads and tollways this spring break and St. Patrick’s Day weekend in keeping with its bid to promote highway safety, the Shorthorn reported on March 4. Reyna noted that they will […] Read more

Mesquite man held for fatal DWI in uptown Dallas

Twenty-three-year-old Mesquite, Texas resident has been taken into custody by members of the Dallas Police Department and was charged with intoxication manslaughter on Wednesday, February 1, according to cbslocal.com According to preliminary police investigations, Travis Elwell had been driving at a high speed on McKinney Ave. February 10 at around 5:30 p.m. when he crashed […] Read more

DPD officer on leave after DWI charge

Police Officer Aaron Rodarte of the Dallas Police Department in Texas was charged with driving while intoxicated and evading on foot on November 30 after his arrest in Highland Park, WFAA8 reported. The Highland Park Department of Public Safety did not give specific details concerning the circumstances of Rodarte’s arrest. Rodarte, who is assigned to the South Central Patrol […] Read more

Buddy Valastro from TLC’s Cake Boss arrested for DWI

The New York City Police Department reported they arrested Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro, Jr., a reality television personality featured in Cake Boss, for driving while impaired in Lower Manhattan, according to a November 13 Associated Press article. The New York police said they noticed Valastro’s yellow 2014 Corvette swerving in and out of traffic while heading north […] Read more