Criminal Attorney in Fort Bend Texas
DWI / Intoxication Offenses

DWI and Intoxication Offenses

Arrested for drinking and driving in Fort Bend?


Do you need a lawyer for a DWI charge in Fort Bend County? As a DWI attorney and former state prosecutor, I recognize the severity of a drunk driving arrest, whether it is for misdemeanor DWI, felony DWI, felony intoxication assault, or felony intoxication manslaughter. I have prosecuted all of these types of cases. Because I know how to put these cases together, I also know how to take them apart. Without proper representation, you could immediately lose your driver's license, be wrongly convicted, be subjected to expensive Department of Public Safety-imposed surcharges, and suffer a drastic increase in your automobile insurance for years to come. If you have been arrested for a DWI in Fort Bend, it is pertinent that you obtain the proper legal defense immediately.

Immediate Consequences

If you have been charged with DWI in Fort Bend or other surrounding cities, you need to be aware that the state of Texas has an administrative license revocation (ALR) process. Essentially, you have a mere 15 days to contest the automatic suspension of your driver's license, which will occur independent of any criminal proceedings. Don't wait another moment before contacting the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. to begin the process of defending your driving privilege.

Background as a DWI Prosecutor

As a prosecutor, I tried dozens of DWI cases. During my tenure, I received specialized training in the examination of expert witnesses for field sobriety testing and the procedures of the Intoxilyzer machine, which police use to measure the alcohol concentration in a suspect's breath. In addition, I personally examined and cross-examined experts on blood toxicology, which is especially helpful for those cases in which the State has alleged that someone's ability is impaired due to the ingestion of drugs as opposed to the consumption of alcohol. Few defense lawyers can offer this hands-on experience and knowledge regarding the laws governing driving while intoxicated and proper law enforcement procedures.

In preparing a client's case, I take a proactive approach, similar to what I did as a prosecutor. I visit and examine the scene and photograph the exact area where the field sobriety tests occurred. Records relating to the police officer's case file and the Intoxilyzer machine are exhaustively reviewed and scrutinized for mistakes. I work to reveal those mistakes to the prosecutor and, if necessary, expose them to the jury.

Ready for Trial

My goal is to dissect the State's case, expose police errors, and force the prosecutors to lay their cards on the table. Sometimes this will result in a reduced charge, such as reckless driving or obstruction of a highway; sometimes it will result in a total dismissal of all charges against you. To vindicate your rights, we may need to have a trial by jury, which I am totally prepared for as evidenced by my winning trial record. Please know that I will move forward with your case from day one as if your case was going to trial. That means tireless preparation on my part in order to cross-examine the arresting officer on his procedures for field sobriety and Intoxilyzer testing.

In addition to my vast experience in DWI trials, I decided to go the extra mile in defense of my DWI clients by voluntarily submitting to rigorous training in the administration of the standardized field sobriety tests promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During that 24-hour course, I learned exactly how to administer these tests and recognize the common mistakes that police officers make while giving these tests. At the end of the course, I was awarded a practitioner's certification, which is the same certification required of DWI enforcing peace officers. Let me use the knowledge I gained to show off my skills and put your cop through the wringer.

From my time as a prosecutor for the state of Texas, I developed good working relationships with my peers. I use that knowledge and network to negotiate the best deal possible or go forward and force the State to prove its case. I recognize that not all clients require legal services during standard business hours, so I make myself available evenings and weekends to residents in Fort Bend, Richmond, Rosenberg, Katy and the surrounding cities.

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