Attorney Clyde Burleson Warns of New Legal Tactics Used in DWI Crackdown

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Blood Tests Trump Breathalyzer

Prominent DWI Lawyer Clyde Burleson warns motorists to think again before getting behind the wheel after a few drinks because of the alarming new legal tactics increasingly used by law enforcement.

Representatives from the law firm explained that Lubbock County is now the first County in Texas to utilize search warrants in their fight against motorists driving while intoxicated. Search warrants enable law enforcement to obtain a blood sample from those drivers that refuse to take a breathalyzer.

Since law enforcement is not allowed to force a driver to take a breathalyzer, the driver can refuse -- accounting for nearly 75 percent of all stopped on suspicion of DWI.

If a driver refuses a breathalyzer, the arresting officer can take their license on the spot and it can be suspended for six months.

According to Attorney Clyde Burleson, currently the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers to provide a blood sample only if an accident involved a fatality or a serious injury potentially resulting in a death. For a routine DWI, the driver is required to give only a breath test. But Counties like Lubbock are changing this.

"The practice of forcibly drawing blood is alarming. Worse yet, it's not just limited to Lubbock County, it's spreading throughout Texas. This is an issue the legislature needs to put an end to," stated Burleson.

Burleson has served as an Assistant District Attorney and as one of the chief prosecutors for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, giving him firsthand knowledge of how the prosecution process for DWI convictions works.

DWI Lawyer Clyde Burleson represents clients in Houston and throughout the state of Texas, helping with motor violations while under the influence, DWI defense, and Texas driver's license suspension.

To learn more about current DWI laws and what to do if charged with a DWI, log onto Or, call 713-628-1503 for a free consultation.


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