In Texas, holiday weekends have been renamed “No Refusal Weekends.”
Created through the cooperative efforts of police, judges, and prosecutors,
Texas drivers pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated may
have blood forcibly taken from them for testing. All an officer has to
do is apply for a warrant from the night judge while the suspect sits in jail.
According to a
press release, no refusal DWI arrests in Galveston County have risen dramatically over
previous years thanks to an increased law enforcement presence focused
on preventing drunk driving throughout the County. In 2016, officers made
44 DWI arrests during the hours of No Refusal operations over both weekends
of Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day. Defendants consented to providing
breath samples in nine cases, and police obtained warrants or obtained
consent to test blood samples in the remaining 35 cases.
For comparison, last year there were 14 No Refusal blood evidence warrants
issued over both weekends of Spring Break. There were 11 warrants issued
during the first weekend of Spring Break in both 2013 and 2014.
The blood samples collected during this year’s operations will be
sent to the Texas Department of Safety’s Crime Lab and will be used
as evidence in prosecuting these cases.
Strategic DWI Defense in Houston, TX
Texas law enforcement is cracking down on drunk driving and making more
arrests than ever before. If you are being accused of DWI, there is no
time to waste in contacting a Houston DWI attorney at The Law Offices
of Jed Silverman. Mr. Silverman is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
(TBLS) with years of experience handling DWI cases. He is also a certified
breath test operator and field sobriety test conductor, so he is familiar
with testing procedures and the strict guidelines police must adhere to
when conducting an arrest. When you work with our firm, you can expect
that our knowledgeable team will protect your best interests in any way possible.
To speak with a criminal defense attorney in Houston, please
contact our firm at (855) 510-8946.