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This legislative session in the Texas Legislature saw a flurry of bills related to Driving While Intoxicated. Some of the proposals including creating a brand new crime for failing to install an ignition interlock device when ordered by the court, mandatory ignition interlock devices for those convicted of even a first driving while intoxicated offense, and deferred adjudication […]

DWI Blood Draw Warrants in Collin County

A blood draw warrant is a search warrant requested by a law enforcement officer and signed by a judge. It is a search warrant that specifically authorizes the police to have blood drawn from the person of a Driving While Intoxicated suspect. In almost all cases in which the police seek a search warrant for blood, […]

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Mandatory Interlock Devices For First Time DWI Offenders

A new law proposed this week by Texas State  Rep. Bill Callegari, would change the current law to require that persons convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in Texas have a so called Ignition Interlock Device installed on the car that they own, operate or “most regularly drive.” For those who don’t know, an Ignition Interlock device is […]

Texas Driver Responsibility Program Changes Approved

Finally, there appears to be relief on the immediate horizon for Collin, Dallas and Denton County Motorists who are subject to the so called Driver Responsibility Program.  The Driver Responsibility Program was established in 2003  as a means of increasing revenue by requiring persons convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in Texas to pay a surcharge […]

Dallas News: Eliminate DWI Surcharges

In 2003 the Texas Legislature, while casting about for a new source of revenue, came up with the idea to create a surcharge program for those convicted of, among other crimes, Driving While Intoxicated The law provides, essentially that a person convicted of driving while intoxicated will be required to pay a $1,000 annual surcharge for the […]

Warrantless Blood Draw Bill Becomes Law in Texas

Motorists in Collin and Dallas Counties, and throughout Texas, will now have fewer protections against having forcible blood draws. A few months ago I blogged about SB 261, a bill that sought to expand the authority of police to obtain a sample of blood from driving while intoxicated suspects. The changes proposed to the law in that bill have […]