According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, law enforcement officials found off-duty Harris County Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Henry Ervin Williams passed out drunk in his idling pickup truck with his four-year-old son last week in a residential area. EMS workers initially were unable to rouse Williams, who eventually awoke and appeared intoxicated as he stumbled out of the vehicle and was unable to speak clearly. Williams was taken to an area hospital where blood test were performed. The results of those tests are not yet available.
The court has arraigned Williams on charges of driving while intoxicated with a child, a state jail felony that can result in a maximum sentence of two years in jail. Williams remains free on $10,000 bail. Williams, a four-year veteran of the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office, has been suspended without pay from his duties as a peace officer for an indefinite period of time.
This case illustrates the severe consequences that can result from a DWI charge in Texas, not just legally, but also personally and professionally. Not only is Williams facing substantial jail time and other legal repercussions, but he also has been suspended from his job. In some career fields, a DWI conviction is likely to result in serious discipline or even termination of employment, which can be devastating for a family dependent on a person’s income. Additionally, the embarrassment and public shame that inevitable results from a DWI arrest can have a negative psychological effect on any person in a similar situation. What’s more, depending on his family situation, Williams may face allegations that he is unsuitable or unable to properly care for or supervise his young child, given the fact that he had his son with him in a running vehicle while intoxicated.
If you are facing DWI charges, do not attempt to handle them on your own. Contact an experienced Fort Bend county DWI defense attorney at your earliest convenience in order to have the best chance of successfully fighting your Texas DWI charges.