Those arrested and charged with
DWI over Super Bowl weekend were likely caught in the net of Houston District
Attorney Patricia Lykos and her No Refusal Program, which works to obtain
blood draw warrants if drivers refuse to give consent for breath testing.
Harris County DWI, there were a total of 13,324 drivers arrested in 2010. In the final month
of the year, 110 warrants for mandatory blood draws were obtained under
the No Refusal Program.
As reported by the Cypress Times, Catherine Evans said, "As with all
special occasions, enjoy the fun, but be smart and make sensible choices.
Designate a driver or use a cab or make other plans. But don't decide
to try to drive drunk."
Evans is an employee of the D.A.'s office and was referring to Super
Bowl weekend and its associated celebrations, which inevitably cause a
sharp uptick in DWI arrests and fatal alcohol-related accidents (intoxication manslaughter)-as it does every Super Bowl-across the country.
But many of the drivers arrested for DWI (perhaps most of them) aren't
those with high blood-alcohol content causing fatal accidents. Many of
these drivers likely tried to be cautious and not drink too much, but
were arrested and charged with DWI anyway, based on blood-alcohol content
that was only slightly over the legal limit.
Many of these same drivers are arrested for
first-offense DWI, and need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help avoid the lifelong
consequences of an honest mistake.
Source: DA's DWI Program Warns Drivers: Don't Make the Big Game
a 'Stupor Bowl'