If you are stopped by the police and you have alcohol on your breath, you WILL be arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), which is also referred to as driving under the influence (DUI). You will be asked to pass field sobriety tests, which even a well-conditioned athlete would have trouble passing sober. You will be asked to take a breath test, which may not be entirely accurate. You may be asked (or required) to give a blood sample, which may not be handled, stored or tested properly. If you fail these tests, you can be convicted of a crime that has very serious and lasting consequences.
Paul J. Goeke, Attorney at Law, is a board-certified* criminal defense specialist with over 30 years of experience providing aggressive drunk driving defense representation to people in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding parts of Texas. He handles DWI / DUI cases with the same zeal and commitment to success that have resulted in a series of acquittals in capital murder cases and other serious offenses. He takes drunk driving cases to trial when necessary.
Mr. Goeke handles all DWI / DUI charges, including charges involving allegations of impaired driving caused by prescription drug use.
Intoxication Assault and Intoxication Manslaughter under Texas Law
While DWI/DUI charges are very serious on their own, if they also involve a car accident that led to someone suffering serious bodily injury or death, they can be life-changing, leading to long prison sentences.
Intoxication assault: This is the crime charged if the alleged drunk driver caused a car accident that led to serious bodily injury, such as paralysis, loss of limb or other protracted or permanent disabilities.
Intoxication manslaughter: This is the crime charged if the alleged drunk driver caused an auto accident that led to a fatality.
Accident Reconstruction and Criminal Defense
Intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter, like DWI / DUI, are not the cut-and-dry cases that prosecutors often want people to believe. These can involve serious motor vehicle accidents in which, after a forensic reconstruction, it was found that the person accused was not at fault or not intoxicated. Mr. Goeke relies on his background in the sciences and the assistance of experts in a variety of fields to build a strong and thorough defense.
Texas Drunk Driving Offense Abbreviations
Official drunk driving charges are often abbreviated and difficult to understand. A few of the more common abbreviations include:
- DUI - driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- DWI - driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
- INTOX MANSL - intoxication manslaughter
- INVOL MANSL - involuntary manslaughter
- INVOL MANSL NEGL VEH - involuntary manslaughter involving negligent use of a vehicle
For a consultation about your charges and your best possible defenses, contact Paul Goeke by calling 210-222-2999, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or using our online contact form. Mr. Goeke works with clients in San Antonio, Austin, and throughout Bexar County, Medina County, and Comal County.
*Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Certification