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UFC star receives DWI charge

Posted on May 24th, 2012 No Comments

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones has been charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his Bentley into a pole in upstate New York last Saturday.

The UFC star was picked up from jail by his family and issued a ticket to appear in court at a later date.

The 24-year-old former college wrestler went pro in 2008 and has since racked up 16 wins in the league while dropping only one fight. He has been described as a good, responsible person who had never been in trouble with the law before this arrest.

If you have been charged with DWI, there is a chance you may have your license suspended. Contact the DWI lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-523-0404.

Deputy constable charged with DWI after being found asleep at the wheel

Posted on May 10th, 2012 No Comments

A Houston deputy constable was found asleep at the wheel of his parked car on the side of the road in the 12400 block of Stonefield Manor. The off-duty officer’s son was in the car with him.

After being awoken by officers, he was taken to a nearby hospital, where blood tests showed that he was intoxicated.

Even though he was parked on the side of the road, he was charged with DWI because his motor was running. His fellow officers say that this kind of behavior is uncharacteristic for him, and his record has been described as “impeccable” by Precinct 3 Constable Ken Jones.

If you are facing DWI charges, contact the Houston DWI defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-523-0404.

Fatal Houston pile-up caused by alleged drunk driver

Posted on April 13th, 2012 No Comments

A 48-year-old Houston man has been arrested in connection with a five-car pile-up that left one dead.

The multiple-car accident occurred late Wednesday night near the Eastex Freeway service road. The man was traveling north when he sped through a red light, thus beginning the chain reaction of car accidents that claimed a passenger’s life. Two eastbound vehicles were struck, as well as two westbound vehicles.

A passenger in the first vehicle that was struck sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Other drivers received minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals to be treated.

The man responsible for the fatal pile-up was believed to be driving while intoxicated and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

 

Grandson in car with woman as she is arrested for DWI

Posted on March 1st, 2012 No Comments

Houston Police pulled over a vehicle on U.S. 63 after they noticed the car swerving in and out of lanes. The car was being driven by a 64-year-old Houston woman who had her grandson with her in the vehicle.

She was asked to get out of her vehicle at a traffic stop, where she performed field sobriety tests, and, according to the police, failed them. She was arrested and taken into custody.

The Houston grandmother faces several charges, including failure to drive on the right side of the road, endangerment of a child, and driving while intoxicated.

If you have been charged with DWI in the Houston area, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Houston drunk driving defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. by calling 713-523-0404 today.

DWI elevated to felony with child in vehicle

Posted on July 29th, 2011 No Comments

Montgomery County officials recently arrested a mother driving with her 1-month old baby for drunk driving.

According to the Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney, “What would ordinarily be a misdemeanor crime is automatically elevated to a serious felony crime simply because a child was in the car.”

Police reports indicate that an officer found the mother sitting in her car at a traffic light on The Woodlands Parkway.  The traffic light was reported to have changed several times, but the woman’s vehicle never moved.

The mother was reportedly asked to get out of the car but could barely stand up.  Furthermore, the child was said to have not been properly restrained in the back seat.

If you or someone you know has been charged with driving while intoxicated in Houston, contact the Houston DWI defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights to experienced legal representation.

Orioles pitcher arrested for DWI in Houston

Posted on January 25th, 2011 No Comments

25-year old Orioles pitcher, Troy Patton, was arrested this past Sunday for suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Houston.  Houston Police Department officers pulled Patton over after they noticed him speeding at around 8:15 P.M.

The officer that arrested Patton also claims to have witnessed the baseball player drive over a curb, weave in between lanes of traffic without signalling and almost hit another vehicle.  Reports indicate that Patton took a breathalyzer test after being pulled over and registered a blood alcohol content of .14 percent.

Patton was arrested for being over the .08 legal blood alcohol content in Texas and charged with a first offense, class B misdemeanor DWI.  The DWI charge can result in up to a $2,000 fine and up to six months in prison.  Police released Patton after meeting a $500 bail.

To discuss how to best defend yourself if you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, contact the Houston DWI defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 today.

Galveston ADA charged with DWI

Posted on January 5th, 2011 No Comments

Last month, Galveston County Assistant District Attorney Lester Blizzard was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.  Galveston County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested the ADA on December 29th.  Blizzard was subsequently suspended without pay from his position heading the county’s felony division.

A Galveston County deputy was also arrested last month for driving while intoxicated.  Tino Ramirez has been reassigned while officers investigate the charges.  Blizzard and Ramirez were 2 of 30 people arrested in 30 hours on drunk driving charges in Galveston County.  District attorneys say that special prosecutors will be assigned to both men’s cases to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Contact the Houston DWI defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 if you or someone you know has been accused of driving while intoxicated and would like to set up an appointment with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.

Harris County offers program to expunge DWIs

Posted on December 15th, 2010 No Comments

Harris County recently created a program to help drivers convicted of their first DWI to have the charge expunged from their record.  The program, called DIVERT, or Direct Intervention using Voluntary Education Restitution and Treatment, allows drivers to agree to two years of supervision, counseling and sobriety in exchange for having the charges expunged.

In Harris County, approximately 6,000 people are arrested on first-time offense drunk driving charges every year.  Also, the county has the country’s highest annual rate of drunk driving-related fatalities.  The process is very similar to deferred adjudication in that if the program’s participants stay out of trouble for a certain period of time the charges are dropped.

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated there are several options you can pursue to have the charges dismissed.  Contact the Houston DWI attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 today to set up an appointment with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.

TX could adopt DWAI crime

Posted on October 20th, 2010 No Comments

Texas has recently seen a growth in supporters pushing to have the legal blood alcohol content limit  lowered.  Currently, in order to be arrested for drunk driving a driver’s BAC must be .08  percent or higher.

One proponent of the change is Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo who stated, “We have a glaring hole in our system where people that the law presumes to be under the influence, but their cases are being bargained down to non-DWI charges like blocking the roadway or reckless driving”.

The DWAI, or Driving While Ability Impaired, law would make it illegal for drivers to have a BAC between .05 and .07 percent.  This crime would be less than a DWI or DUI but a greater offense than other traffic charges.  Proponents believe that DWAI would allow offenders to face harsher punishment if they are caught driving with alcohol in their system again.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI or DWI, contact the Houston drunk driving defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Drunk driver gets 60 years in prison

Posted on August 27th, 2010 No Comments

Earlier this month, Orvel Wayne Speck was given the maximum sentence of 60 years in prison for driving drunk and killing three Houston residents.  Speck received 20 years for each count of intoxication manslaughter with each sentence to be served consecutively.  46-year old Speck, who has AIDS, will be 106 if he serves all 60 years.  He will not receive parole until he is 76.

Speck addressed the jury before they were sent off to make their decision and stated, “It’s destroyed my life.  I can’t proclaim my sorrow enough….I’m not a monster.  I didn’t intentionally kill anybody”.  Speck testified that he did not remember anything between having drinks at a bar in Galveston and waking up in the hospital.

If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence, contact the Houston drunk driving defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.