About The Law Office of Walter M. Reaves, Jr., P.C.
Criminal Defense Attorney Walter Reaves has been practicing law for over 30. During that time he has represented hundreds of people charged with all types of offenses in both State and Federal Courts – from minor misdemeanors all the way to capital murder.
In addition to his membership in the State Bar of Texas, Mr. Reaves is also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Additionally, Reaves is one of the few attorney members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has had an opportunity to serve in leadership positions, including service as an associate director and director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, as well as a member of that organization’s executive committee. He has also twice served as president of the McLennan County Defense Lawyers Association.
As an outgrowth of his commitment to those wrongfully convicted Mr. Reaves is actively involved in the innocence project of Texas. He currently serves as vice-president of that organization as well as a member of the Executive and Litigation committees.
Mr. Reaves has served as an adjunct professor at Baylor Law School where he teaches post-conviction procedure. For the last several years he has also directed that school’s innocence project.
Mr. Reaves has extensive experience in both trials and appeals which has garnered him a distinctive reputation as an attorney who knows the law and how to use it to his client’s advantage. Reaves is a regularly published writer on various legal topics and he is routinely sought out by both law students and attorneys to share his experience and knowledge. His thorough understanding of the judicial process and the law, most especially as it is applied in the state of Texas, has earned him a strong reputation as a zealous advocate for his client.
If you want to take advantage of Mr. Reaves’ experience and reputation please contact us today
Texas DUI Laws and Penalties
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. Laws and penalties vary from state to state. Some states may refer to a drunk driving related offense as DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) OVI (Operating Vehicle Impaired), or OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) but these all refer to the same offense.
An individual suspected of operating a motor vehicle impaired may initially be subjected to a field sobriety test (FST). This is a quick exercise for the driver which is used to determine whether or not they are intoxicated. The police officer may ask the individual to follow a pen with their eyes, recite the alphabet, tip their head back and touch their nose, or walk in a straight line heal to toe. These tasks are difficult to perform for an individual under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If the officer suspects a person is intoxicated after performing a field sobriety test he may subject the driver to a Breathalyzer test on the scene or he may escort the individual to the police station for a blood or urine test to determine the percentage of alcohol in their blood stream. All that is required in Texas, for a person over the age of 21, to be charged with a drunk driving related offense is a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08%. The majority of states have now passed laws which allow the arresting office to revoke the license of drivers who fail or refuse to take a breath test. These laws are referred to as Administrative License Revocation (ALR). All states have adopted zero tolerance polices which prohibit drivers under 21 from having any measurable amount of alcohol in their blood system.
The consequences of drunken driving offenses differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by the driver’s age, BAC, previous DWI convictions, and whether injury or death occurred during the incident.
Hiring an Experienced DUI Lawyer Matters
The penalties of DWI offenses vary from state to state. A(n) DWI lawyer in Texas will be able to explain these variations which include (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DUI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
A DWI lawyer can manage the criminal process completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing an individual at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
Only an experienced DWI lawyer will be able to explain the intricacies of DWI laws in Texas to determine the best resolution to each individual case. And they may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
You Need a DUI Lawyer If:
- You've been arrested for a second DUI (in Texas or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
- Your DUI arrest was the result of an accident or if an injury or death occurred do to your drunk driving incident.
- You are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
- You don't understand your rights or DUI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face.
- You are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, need expert advice before handling the case yourself.