Despite decades of public awareness campaigns and increased penalties for violations, thousands of people are arrested in Texas every year for driving while intoxicated (DWI). According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), more than 65,000 individuals were arrested for DWI (referred to in DPS Crime Reports and many other jurisdictions as driving under the influence or DUI) in 2015.
While some people who have been arrested for drunk driving in the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area immediately assume that they will have to plead guilty and hope for the mercy of the court, it is important to remember that convictions in DWI cases are not automatic. A prosecutor must prove every element of an alleged crime beyond a reasonable doubt, and certain errors by police officers during the investigation and arrest process can often lead to criminal charges being reduced or dismissed.
Attorney for DWI Arrests in Brownsville, TX
Were you recently arrested in South Texas for alleged DWI offense? You will want to contact The Gracia Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible.
Jonathan Gracia is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Brownsville who aggressively defends clients facing drunk driving charges in communities all over Cameron County, Hidalgo County, and Willacy County. You can have our attorney provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation as soon as you call 956-504-2211 today.
Cameron County DWI Crimes Information Center
- How does a person commit a drunk driving crime?
- Which types of DWI cases does your firm handle?
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Under Texas Penal Code § 49.04, a person commits a DWI offense if he or she is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. Texas Penal Code § 49.01(2) defines intoxicated as meaning:
- not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or
- having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.
Texas Penal Code § 49.01(1) defines alcohol concentration (also known as blood or breath alcohol concentration or BAC) as the number of grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, 100 milliliters of blood, or 67 milliliters of urine. While the BAC limit for most drivers is 0.08, certain individuals may be arrested for drunk driving offenses even if they have lower BAC levels (the limit for commercial drivers is 0.04, while minors can face DWI charges for any detectable amount of alcohol in their systems).
The Gracia Law Firm, P.C. handles a wide variety of drunk driving cases. No two cases are ever the same, and Jonathan Gracia investigates all of the unique circumstances surrounding a DWI arrest to determine the strongest possible defenses.
Some of the most common kinds of drunk driving cases our firm handles include, but are not limited to:
- Third Offense
- Fourth Offense
- Chemical Testing
- Field Sobriety Tests
- Drug Impairment
- Under 21
- DWI with Property Damage
- DWI with Serious Bodily Injury
- Commercial Drivers DWI
- Penalties for DWI
- Parking While Intoxicated
Brownsville Police | Texas | BrownsvillePD.com — The Brownsville Police Department (BPD) “is committed to providing proactive, professional and effective public safety and community service, employing integrity and fairness through community partnerships for the enhancement of the quality of life in the City of Brownsville.” On this website, you can view recent news, learn more about services provided, and find answers to frequently asked questions. You can also find additional information about the five different Commands of the BPD.
Brownsville Police Department
600 E. Jackson St.
Brownsville, TX 78520
Cameron County Sheriff Department — The mission statement of the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office states that the agency, “in partnership with our citizens, will enforce state laws, deter criminal activity, protect life and property, maintain order, and operate a safe and secure constitutional jail system.” Visit this website to view a current inmate list as well as lists of Texas and Cameron County’s most wanted suspects. You can also learn more about the agency’s Jail, SWAT, Training, Patrol, Bike Patrol, and K9 Divisions.
Cameron County Sheriff’s Department
7300 Old Alice Rd.
Olmito, TX 78575
The Gracia Law Firm, P.C. | Brownsville DWI Defense Lawyer
If you were arrested anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley for an alleged drunk driving offense, it is in your best interest to not say anything to authorities without legal counsel. The Gracia Law Firm, P.C. represents residents of and visitors to communities throughout Willacy County, Cameron County, and Hidalgo County.
Brownsville criminal defense attorney Jonathan Gracia was born and raised in Brownsville, and he also serves as a Justice of the Peace in Cameron County. Call 956-504-2211 or complete an online contact form to have our lawyer review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.