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Texas Man Gets 45 Years In Prison For Fifth DWI

NYDailyNews.com reported a story by CBS Dallas about a Texas man who got a sentence of 45 years in prison for his fifth drunk driving conviction. Stephen Andrew Hall, 59, received the punishment in May, and he will have to serve at least a quarter of his sentence before a parole hearing. Tarrant County Assistant Attorney Erin Cofer commented on the matter saying that “the 45-year sentence was fitting considering his prior DWI history.” “The sentence ensures that he will Read More


Harris County District Attorney Wants to Destroy Evidence

In DWI and other criminal trails, DNA evidence is often integral to the final ruling of innocence or guilt.  DNA has also been important evidence in exoneration and appeal cases for the wrongly accused.  Yet, in a much criticized effort to clean up space for other DNA samples, Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos wants to destroy thousands of vials of blood. “These blood vials simply sit, unused and unwanted, in secure refrigeration units, taking up valuable space and requiring Read More


Texas Strip Club to be Sued Over DWI Death of Teenager

Lawsuits arising from DWI charges  are generally against the driver of the vehicle. But in this case, the suit is against a strip club in Texas that served the driver, Erasmo Ramirez, too much alcohol. Ramirez left the club with a blood alcohol level of at least 0.295 on the night of the accident. The problem for the club, Rick’s Cabaret, is that they allegedly served alcohol to Ramirez after he became intoxicated. The proof, plaintiffs say, is in their Read More


Dean of Texas A&M School of Government Arrested for DUI in Washington

The dean of Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq has been arrested for driving under the influence. KREM, the CBS affiliate in Spokane, Washington, reports Ryan Crocker was arrested August 14. His blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit, according to Spokane Police. Crocker is a native of Spokane. According to authorities, the 63-year-old attempted to make a right-hand turn from a left-hand lane and hit a Read More


Drunk Driver Severely Injures Girl in Vehicle Collision

A 29-year-old Cleveland man is facing intoxication assault charges in the Harris County District Court after he allegedly drove drunk at least 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit and caused a collision that led to significant injuries. Witnesses reported that Charles Christopher Roberts was driving his black 1998 Saturn at about 70 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone when he flipped off another driver and sped past him. The story in the Houston Read More


Country Star Randy Travis Arrested Naked in Texas DUI

Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated and threatening law officers after the country singer crashed his car and was found naked and combative at the scene, Texas officials said last week. It was the second arrest this year for Travis, who was cited in February for public intoxication. A photo released by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office shows a battered-looking Travis in a T-shirt, with a black eye and dried blood on his face. He later walked out Read More


Texas Woman Seen Driving Unsafe, Causing Accident

Police were trying to perform a routine traffic stop after noticing an unsafe turn on the night of August 4th.  Around 11:40 pm, a white Pontiac Grand Prix was driving in Corpus Christi late on a Saturday night.  The police turned on their sirens, which is when the driver tried to flee the scene. The driver sped away at a high rate of speed and refused to stop for the police officers.  After the car nearly hit another vehicle on Read More


Drunk Driver Kills Three in Head-On Crash on Texas I-45

Sunday morning, just after 1:30 am a Montgomery County Dispatcher with a sense of urgency in her voice, reported a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of I –45 approaching Research. Shenandoah Officers jumped the median and stopped all traffic on I-45 southbound with the intention of taking the vehicle as it got to them. But within seconds, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy called for an ambulance and fire equipment at I-45 just north of Woodlands Parkway. He reported Read More


Alcohol-Related Collision with Horse-Drawn Carriage Leaves One Dead, Four Injured

KRIV Fox Houston recently reported that 21-year-old Michael Shane Grayson has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and four counts of intoxication assault after his car collided with the back end of a horse-drawn carriage in Galveston. As a result of the accident, a Sugarland man who was a passenger in the carriage was killed, and the remaining four occupants of the carriage were all taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. Witnesses report that Grayson initially tried to flee Read More


Texas Man Receives 4th DWI and Child Endangerment

A Texas man has been arrested for 4th Offense DWI and Child Endangerment. On June 19 around 7:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling the area of Highway 27 North in Sulphur when he was flagged down in reference to a man who appeared to be intoxicated, later identified as Allen W. Robinson, Sr., 53, 1671 Sawmill Road, Dayton, Texas, allegedly beating on the gas pump at a nearby gas station. Upon arrival, the deputy was advised Read More


Man Pleads Guilty of Intoxication Manslaughter and Assault

  Almost two years ago, a bad decision cost a teenage girl her life.  Hector Gramajo was recklessly speeding and ran a red light in his pickup truck on July 26th 2009.  Driving north on Saint Cloud St.  in San Antonio, Gramajo slammed his truck into the side of a carful of teens.  15 year old Andrea Blanco was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima with her stepsister, April Davila, who was 13.  In the backseat was a boy named Jose Read More


Second Offense DUI in Texas

Texas is a state where first time DWI offenders can go to jail. Going before the court a second time for a charge of driving while intoxicated is certainly not a matter to be taken lightly. A second DWI inTexasis a Class A misdemeanor with harsh penalties. Criminal Penalties: –          When an individual is found guilty of a second DUI in a criminal court, their driver’s license will be suspended for an additional period ranging from 180 days to two Read More


Driver Convicted of Four DWIs Involved in Fatal Accident

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that 64-year-old Casimiro Campos is facing his fifth DWI accusation over a 20-year period. This time, however, his allegedly drunken driving took the life of his passenger, 46-year-old Amelia Perez, and Campos is facing felony murder rather than DWI charges. On May 23, 2012, Campos was driving his Chevy Suburban when he was involved in a minor wreck with some other vehicles. Instead of stopping, Campos sped up and crashed his vehicle into a nearby Read More


Felony DUI in Texas

Generally, only your third and subsequent DUI offense results in felony charges in the state of Texas. A standard first offense DUI is a Class B misdemeanor, and a second DUI charge will escalate to a Class A misdemeanor. However, this is not always the case. If you aren’t on your third offense, don’t simply assume you are safe from felony DUI. There are certain aggravating circumstances in the state of Texas DUI code that will escalate even a first time DUI Read More


Prosecutors Seek Prison Time for Illegal Immigrant in Fatal DWI Case

According to the Houston Chronicle, the punishment phase has begun for twice-deported Mexican citizen Johoan Rodriguez, who has now pled guilty to intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer. On May 29, 2011, the 27-year-old Rodriguez was driving with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit when he barreled through an area that was blocked off by flares and police cars due to an earlier car wreck. Going an estimated 90 mph at the time of the Read More