Dallas, TX-Do you know how many DWI officers are on Dallas’ drunk driving task force? Ten officers? Five officers maybe? Those would seem like a bare minimum in a city the size of Dallas, but the reality is far more surprising.
For the whole city of Dallas, there is only ONE DWI officer. Only one officer on the force is specially trained to conduct DWI stops and arrests, leaving the task of keeping the roads safe to patrol officers who should be handling other more serious crimes. That’s a significant reduction over the past several years when there were close to ten DWI officers working for the Dallas Police Department.
And the reduction in DWI officers is showing as DWI arrests in Dallas have fallen drastically, roughly 50 percent. WFAA reports that in 2009, DPD arrested 3,481 for drunken driving, but in 2015, DPD officers only arrested 1,598 drunk drivers.
That decrease in DWI arrests concerns many in Dallas, according to WFAA, including the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Dallas Police Association. Both agencies noted that other communities have larger DWI task forces and manage to take more unsafe drivers off of the road. Take Austin, for example, which has 15 DWI officers and five supervisors.
The fact that there is only one officer dedicated solely to DWI enforcement means mistakes and wrongful arrests are going to happen. A patrol officer who doesn’t regularly conduct DWI stops can misinterpret the results of standardized field sobriety tests.
If you are charged with driving while intoxicated in Dallas, USAttorneys recommends you contact a DWI lawyer immediately and discuss your case. If you don’t fight and are convicted of DWI, you face a minimum of three days in jail and up to 180 days depending on the circumstances of your arrest. A first DWI conviction also carries fines up to $2,000 and a license suspension period of at least 90 days. And those are just a few of the legal consequences.
On top of the legal headaches, overtime a DWI conviction can cost you your job and several thousand dollars. That is why you should fight your DWI charges by retaining a DWI lawyer in Texas to work on your defense. If you live in Dallas, USAttorneys recommends you contact the law office of Robert Gregg and set up a time to discuss your case.
As a criminal defense attorney with over two decades of experience, Robert Gregg, and his legal team can provide you with an aggressive defense, so you can avoid conviction or minimize the potential consequences you are facing. You would be doing yourself a disservice by not retaining a skilled and assertive defense attorney to work on your case. A DWI conviction will have a bigger impact on your life than you can imagine. We urge you to speak with a lawyer first, then decide how you want to pursue your case. Contact the law office of Robert Gregg today and get the legal advice you need.