The DWI Arrest That Never Happened

I remember way back in 1997 when a friend from Galveston, and I, went out to party in southwest Houston right after we graduated college. I think we may have left early that night, at maybe around 8:30pm or 9ish, so we could grab some liquor get a good few hours of prepartying in prior to our debut on the club scene.

And there we were. Speeding like maniacs in our cars, following each other quasi-racing, as we left the east side, took I-10 West towards downtown Houston, then swung south at downtown on Highway 59 on our way to a nightclub on Bissonnet St. Before you know it, it was 10:30pm and we wouldn’t have too much time to hang out with our buddy, that we normally visit, who lived in the area near the club we were visiting.

We had a few drinks and were on our way out the door, on the way to the club which was about 2 blocks up the road. We took my car since I was the least buzzed.

The DWI Arrest in Houston that Never Happened

We passed the first traffic light, then we noticed red and blue lights flashing behind us.

You know what it is. Its the police.

A Houston DWI Arrest in the Making

We looked at each other and it seems we had the same thought; “There’s no way we’re drunk, so we’re good.”

After stopping for the police, they claimed to have smelled what they assumed was alcohol on our breath. Both of us being law students, we realized that if we try to beat the rap, we won’t beat the ride. However, there was a local attorney that visited our class and said to always be polite and honest with police, but with judgment.

The reason he said to use good judgment was because sometimes you can talk yourself into an arrest, and other times not talking can be construed as a refusal to cooperate.

Dealing with the Houston Police Department during DWI stops is a delicate situation which deserves care. We told the Houston police officer that we were from the east side of town, as evident by the address on our drivers licenses, and stopped by a friends house before heading to the club.

He asked us if we had been drinking, and I said yes, but I was not intoxicated because I intended to get sloppy drunk at the club and was saving some space. He laughed and let me off with a warning for running a stop sign 2 miles back before we got back on Bissonnet. Seems he had been following behind us in his squad car for a while.

Arrested for DWI in Houston or Galveston?

If you or a family member has been arrested by police for a DWI offense in Houston, Galveston, or League City, and are facing a court date in Harris County, or Galveston County, contact a lawyer who can help you fight the charges in the court of law. DWI can be charged as a felony offense, or a misdemeanor depending on the details. Talk with an attorney for information about what can do if you’ve been charged with a DWI.

The DWI Arrest That Never Happened

Cocaine and Related Criminal Penalties in Texas

The highly potent stimulant substance commonly referred to as cocaine is derived from the leaves of a South American plant. The plant is called the coca plant and the leaves of the coca plant are used to create the illegal drug known as cocaine.

Crack cocaine is a cheaper version on the drug based on a formula that some say was created by a government (USA) chemist during the CIA’s trafficking of cocaine into America and black neighborhoods during the 60’s and 70’s.

Cocaine hydrochloride is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant (Erythroxylon coca), which is indigenous to the Andean highlands of South America. In its extracted and purified form, it is one of the most potent stimulants of natural origin (Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA], 1995). For thousands of years, the Native Americans in the Andean region have chewed coca leaves to relieve fatigue, much as present-day Americans chew tobacco. Just as tea and coffee are brewed as refreshments or “pick-me-ups,” the Andean natives brewed coca leaves into a tea. Furthermore, Andean groups have historically burned or smoked various parts of the coca plant as part of their religious and medicinal practices (Siegel, 1982). However, none of these other uses has had the same impact as purified cocaine hydrochloride.

Excerpt From History of Cocaine Use in America

Trafficking Cocaine Into America

At the outset of the crack epidemic, cocaine was trafficked into America by the Central Intelligence Agency during the Reagan Era of the 1980’s. The main method of getting cocaine into America today is by submarine, and to a much larger extent, either over or under the Mexico-USA boarder. Some statistics indicate that between 60 and 70% of all cocaine that enters America comes in via the south west boarder. However, some cocaine does come in via human mules, big rig trucks, and via private aircraft.


The main suppliers of cocaine to the United States and the rest of the world are the drug cartels and drug lords in Columbia. Colombian drug lords enter into deals with Mexican drug cartels or drug smugglers to get their loads into the United States.

The bulk of the American cocaine trade, in major cities, are controlled by South American drug lords who are also the reason behind the creation of Mexican drug lords/traffickers who have begun to control major cities in the southern U.S.

Despite the best efforts of the Unites States’ “War on Drugs”, the cost of cocaine is lower than ever and the availability is greater than it was 25 years ago. Source

As you can see, the corrupt federal government of the United States has no measurable interest in curving the flow of cocaine in America. Why should they? I believe that if we remove every dollar from the drug trade out of the economies of the world the corrupted world financial establishment would collapse with the quickness. Its important to understand that cocaine, or illegal drugs, are never going anywhere and are here in part to the best efforts of factions within the United States power structure.

Effects of Cocaine on Its User

Low Dosage Addicts

  • Feelings of euphoria along with an immediate rush.
  • The cocaine high also provides for feelings of super strength, high confidence, and invincibility.
  • Users of the drug also feel a sense of well being when on the drug.
  • Cocaine users will often become more loquacious or either quiet.
  • Along with an increased libido, cocaine users will often have higher levels of anxiety, agitation, and panic.
  • Other side affects are unpredictable violence, aggressive behavior, paranoia, and dry mouth.
  • Some coke heads and crack-fiends don’t even need as much sleep as a normal person would.
  • Using cocaine also increases the breathing rate and heart pulse of the addict.

High Dosage Addicts

  • Heavy cocaine users may experience a cocaine psychosis in which they begin seeing things, having delusions, and becoming increasingly violent.
  • Strokes, Convulsions, and brain hemorrhaging is commonplace among heavier cocaine users.
  • Kidney failure, hypothermia, chest pains, and sleep disorders are also caused by heavy cocaine users.

Addiction is also a common side effect of habitual cocaine use. Addiction creates crimes which is why Texas takes a harsh approach on drug crimes and the prosecution of such. When people are hopelessly addicted to cocaine, or crack, they tend to steal from and rob their friends and family and in some cases turn to a life of crime to support their drug habits. Its no mystery why there are so many people in jail for drug crimes.

Criminal Penalties For Cocaine Possession in Texas

Amount of Cocaine Offense Classification Penalty
Less than 1 gram State jail felony Up to 2 years in prison – $10,000 Fine
1 gram- 3.99 grams Third degree felony 2-10 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine
4- 199 grams Second degree felony 2- 20 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine
200- 399 grams First degree felony 5- 99 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine
400 grams + Enhanced First degree felony 10- 99 yrs. in prison – $100,000 Fine

In Texas, being found to be in possession of cocaine is a serious criminal offense punishable in accordance with the terms outlined in the chart/table above. You could be in for a jail term of anywhere from up to 2 years – 99 years in prison for a felony offense related to cocaine. All cocaine related criminal offense are felony class crimes due to the harsh stance on cocaine, and other dangerous drugs by the State of Texas.

In Texas, any conviction related to controlled substances will result in a suspension of your drivers license for at least 6 months. Law enforcement officers can also charge you with possession of cocaine if they find drug on your person, of stashed in any of your other possession like a home, vehicle, gym locker, et cetera.

If you’ve been arrested in connection with any type of cocaine related felony offense we strongly recommend talking with a Houston, Texas area criminal justice specialist with regard to representation in the court of law. You will need legal representation for cocaine related criminal cases because a public defender may not have enough time to invest in your case or enough time to provide a strong legal defense. Under the law, you have a right to an attorney, but you don’t have a right to a good one. This is why its always best to invest some time and energy into the hiring of a top criminal defense lawyer with experience fighting drug charges.

Cocaine and Related Criminal Penalties in Texas

Don’t Forget, Crime Leads to Jail Time

My nephew was arrested for public intoxication this weekend at a bar in Houston and feels the cops went to far because he was just out having a good time. I had to explain to him that regardless of how good of a time he was having, it is no excuse to break the law. If being intoxicated in public is illegal, then police are well within their right to execute an arrest if they have probable cause to believe that you are publicly intoxicated.

After talking with a criminal defense attorney, we decided it best for him to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charged so long as he is given deferred adjudication. The prosecutor agreed.

Moral of the story: obey the law, and you won’t have to have any dealings with the criminal justice system in Texas.