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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 […]


Collin County DWI Case Buried? Not So Fast.

I’m not the first to blog about this issue, and it has been fairly well covered both by the by the Collin County Observer as well as by Hunter Biederman, but I wanted to share my perspective because I find the WFAA coverage so misleading. For those who are not familiar, WFAA recently broke a story strongly implying that […]


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 […]