Category Archives: DWI

Not Guilty on Dallas County DWI charge

Mr. Lowe’s client was stopped by Cedar Hill Police department for Driving While Intoxicated.  The police officer found alcohol in the car and later determined that Mr. Lowe’s client failed at 3 of the stand field sobriety tests.  Mr. Lowe tried the case in Dallas County Criminal Court #5 and obtained a Not Guilty Verdict….


Success in Intoxication Manslaughter Case Before Fort Worth Court of Appeals: Patterson v. State of Texas

The Fort Worth Court of Appeals (panel of Justices Walker, Gabriel, and Sudderth) has issued its opinion in an appeal of an intoxication manslaughter case coming out of Cooke County, Texas.  Michael Lowe was not on board for the criminal DWI / manslaughter trial court proceedings; he began representing the defendant, Steve Patterson, afterwards in…


Dallas .25 Blood Case Dismissed

Dallas Judge throws out DWI blood warrant.


Texas Millionaire John Goodman Retrial For Drunk Driving Vehicular Manslaughter: Lessons in Zealous Criminal Defense

This story starts in February 2010 over in Florida, in a town about the same distance north of Miami as Austin is to San Antonio. John Goodman, a Texas native and heir to a huge family fortune built by his daddy down in Houston, was driving his convertible Bentley extremely fast when he crashed into…


More Texas DWI Convictions Will Be Overturned Because of Warrantless Blood Draws

Over in Tyler, somebody had a very good day recently – specifically, Samuel Gentry who saw his lawyer win a DWI appeal before the Tyler Court of Appeals and get his 3d DWI conviction overturned along with the Life Sentence he was serving.     Warrantless Blood Draw in DWI Case What happened? The police…


TEXAS DWI DEFENSES TO B.A.C. BLOOD TEST RESULTS (MAY WORK FOR OTHER STATE DRUNK DRIVING DEFENSES, TOO)

Criminal defense challenges to BAC blood test results in Drunk Driving prosecutions If you have been arrested or charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the State of Texas, and your blood test result comes back at 0.08 g/dL or higher blood alcohol content (”BAC”) , then what’s left for your defense? Once you’ve had…


What is the Texas Driver’s Responsibility Surcharge for DWI Cases and Why (Hopefully) Its Days may be Numbered

This week down in Austin, some Texas legislators gave us all hope that something may be done sometime in this decade about the Texas Driver’s Responsiblity Surcharge Program. Fingers crossed. We’ve been discussing the unfairness of the Texas Driver Responsibility Surcharges for years now; check out our prior posts for a history of this state…


Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent DWI Intoxication Manslaughter Trial Provides Lessons in Police Drunk Driving Blood Testing and Privacy Rights

This week, lots of people are following a trial here in Dallas as the intoxication manslaughter criminal trial of recently retired Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent got underway this week. For those of you who don’t know what’s going on here, pro football player Josh Brent and his best friend Jerry Brown, Jr., were in a…


Texas DWI Arrests: Drunk Driving Crackdown by Police and Prosecutors Just Keeps Getting Bigger as Paramedics Do Roadside BAC Tests and Feds Push for Lower .05 BAC Limit

Make no mistake, Texas law enforcement – from troopers on the road to district attorneys heading up offices filled with prosecutors in counties all around the state – are focused upon arresting and charging people for DWI.  And things are getting tougher out there for anyone on the road with even a single glass of…


Dallas County DWI Breath Test Case Dismissed

Mr. Lowe’s client was visiting Dallas for the Superbowl from the East Coast.  Mr. Lowe’s client was stopped leaving a restaurant on Belt Line in Addison, Texas.  The client was asked to perform all three standardized field sobriety tests.  The Addison Police Officer claimed that Mr. Lowe’s client failed all of the test and he…