Category Archives for Felony DWI

Spike in DWIs During Holiday Season

Houston has long been known as a city with a high DUI rate, but with the 2012 holiday season statistics released, it’s become apparent that 2013 needs to see a serious change. According to MyFoxHouston, 105 people were arrested on suspicion of drinking while intoxicated on New Year’s Eve in the eight-county region surrounding Houston. Fifteen of those, according to Fox, “happened in Montgomery County, the same place where six people lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes over the Fourth Read More


Texas Woman Faces Murder Charges After DWI Death of San Marcos Teenager

A Gonzales County woman faces murder charges after hitting and killing a San Marcos teen over the summer with her truck. Alice Ramos was accused of driving drunk. The KVUE Defenders uncovered it’s Ramos’ fourth DWI arrest. Now the teen’s mother questions if the justice system failed her son. “I don’t understand how I don’t remember anything, but it’s probably best I don’t,” said Scott Hamm, who doesn’t remember the August morning when a SUV hit his truck head-on on 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


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


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


Texas Woman Facing Felony DWI Charges

One young Texas woman has been charged with felony intoxication after a DWI accident that injured a police officer. Early on the morning of April 22, 2012, 25-year-old Calli Dretke rear-ended a Blood Alcohol Testing Van that was parked on the side of the road. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, the van had responded to an officer’s call for back-up in dealing with an unruly prisoner that was being transported. After hitting the van, causing extensive damage, Dretke Read More


Texas DWI Accident Results in Unique Sentencing for Houston Man

In addition to prison time, one Houston man is being forced to serve an unusual punishment for his drunk driving conviction and DWI accident that killed another man. According to abcnews, in June of 2011, 39-year-old Michael Giacona ran a red light while drunk, hitting a car driven by 20-year-old Aaron Pennywell. Pennywell was thrown from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. Like many who are convicted of drunk driving in Texas, Giacona was sentenced Read More


Multiple DWI offender facing murder charges after deadly drunk driving accident

The Fort Bend County, Texas, Grand Jury recently indicted a 24-year-old man on multiple charges based on a December 2011 drunk driving accident that killed  Nancy Krenek, a mother of six. According to an article from abc 13, Sean Michael Adams is facing charges including intoxicated assault and murder. Although it’s relatively uncommon for a drunk driver to face a murder charge in Texas, prosecutors say they chose to proceed with the murder charge because the defendant had three prior Read More


Sunday Morning DWI Mayhem in Texas

During the morning of November 13th, two accidents occurred around the same time and in the same place.  At 1:30 am on Sunday just outside of Palestine, Texas two crashes occurred that left one dead, four injured and three in jail for drinking related charges.   At that time a Chevy Tahoe driven by Erik Shawn Green drifted past the center lane of highway 287 and crashed into a Nissan Xterra.  Betsey Salazar was pronounced dead on the scene by Read More


Plea Deal for Honor Student in DWI Trial

Bethany Leigh Denman was by all counts a very intelligent girl.  She was a Sam Houston State University honors student.  She was a biological science major there and made the dean’s list and had taken the MCAT test to go to medical school.  Despite all of her accomplishments she made a stupid decision to drink and drive in February 2010. Authorities reported that Denman left a San Antonio Chili’s restaurant after consuming too much alcohol and decided to drive herself Read More


‘Tis the Season to Have a Safe Holiday in Texas

Holidays are always a nice time.  Visions of carolers, gingerbread houses, family visits and holiday parties dance in our heads when we think of the holidays.  Texas Department of Transportation is making an effort to advertise the benefits of keeping these holidays safe for people on the road.  Throughout the month of December, office break rooms, convenience stores, bars and restaurants, gas stations and movie theaters will use advertisements from TxDOT, urging Texans to celebrate responsibly. “The holidays can mean Read More


Texas Extreme DWI Law May Have You Think Twice About Drunk Driving

With the holiday season in full swing, Austin, Texas police will be sure to enforce the new “Extreme DWI Law”, that went into effect on September 1st, 2011. Before the new DWI law was passed, motorists that were caught driving under the influence of alcohol with a .08 BAC level and above were only charged with a Class B misdemeanor, facing 6 months maximum jail time. Now if you are charged and arrested for being “extremely drunk”, meaning your blood Read More


Statistics Rank Fort Bend County as Drunk Driving Capitol in the United States

According to a recent article that was published by online news source, fortbendstar.com, agencies like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have considered Fort Bend County, Texas “the drunk driving capitol of the United States”. Nowhere else have there been more injuries, deaths, and arrests than in the Southeast Texas region. The article states that in 2009, Fort Bend had 16 fatalities, which accounted for 37 percent of all traffic fatalities in the surrounding areas. The Texas Department of Transportation reported Read More


Texas DWI Suspects Appear on Social Media Websites

Texas DWI Suspects Appear on Social Media Websites Being arrested for suspicion of DWI is bad enough.  Names are released in newspapers and in some cases on billboards in Texas.  Relatively untapped were the social media websites such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter Texas District Attorney Brett Ligon raised eyebrows when he decided to Tweet all DWI arrests through his public Twitter account. Former County Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor and current Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam thought of doing this as Read More


DNA Test Closes 17 Year Old DWI Case

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing, also referred to as genetic fingerprinting, is a powerful technology used by prosecutors to identify criminal suspects and may be used in robbery, attempted murder and homicide cases.  Every person, with the exception of an identical twin, possesses a unique DNA structure which scientists use for identification. The probability of two individuals sharing the same DNA pattern is less than one in 30 billion under ideal testing conditions.  DNA testing thus provides a virtually certain positive Read More