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Fort Worth Texas DWI Attorney | The Dunham Law Firm


Representing DWIs and ALRs at the law firm of Dunham & Jones

Mission & Goals

Our superior reputation with the courts, the prosecutor's office, the DPS and future clients is dependant on our vigorous and zealous advocacy in every case we handle, including and especially your case. We will be working vigilantly and tirelessly to resolve this matter in the best way possible.

ALR Side of the Case

For the information regarding your driving while intoxicated, we will initially be contacting the The State Office of Administrative Hearings, if you had contacted our office within 15 days of your arrest, to set up an Administrative License Revocation hearing to challenge their projected suspension of your driving privilege in the State of Texas. Almost always, we like to subpoena the arresting officer to this hearing to cross-examine him/her regarding their background, training, experience in DWI cases as well as the specific procedures or lack thereof that were adhered to or not in your individual case. Usually, there is only one DPS hearing but sometimes we may have several depending on the number of witnesses and issues involved in the particular case. Appearance at the DPS hearing is your choice but if you do want to attend we ask that you please notify us and you appear dressed in a professional manner.

Criminal Side of the Case

In terms of the criminal case, your first court appearance is known as your arraignment. This is the hearing wherein the judge advises what charges are filed against you and requests a plea to be entered on your behalf. Our office may decide to continue the arraignment. Depending on the court we may continue your arraignment to allow more time for our investigation and analysis of the facts in your case. If we enter a plea as opposed to continuing the arraignment, we will enter a "not guilty" plea on your behalf. We will then obtain the complaint and police report which we will copy and forward to you within a couple of days for your review. The judge, in concluding the arraignment, will decide whether any conditions should be imposed on you while the case is pending. Usually, in Texas, first time offenders with no enhancements, accidents and non-lethal blood alcohol levels would not have any conditions other than no drinking and driving. For those more serious cases such as multiple offenders, accident cases, injury cases, the judge could order you to attend alcoholics anonymous meetings, a higher bail, a treatment program, and an ignition interlock on your car. These are some of the possibilities.

We will then schedule a future court appearance known as a pretrial conference. A pretrial conference is a conference prior to trial wherein a number of things are going on including evidence being requested and provided, negotiation of strengths and weakness of the case, scheduling of future court appearances, etc. In between the first and second court appearance, we will be making a discovery request on the law enforcement agencies, crime labs and prosecution offices involved in your case. This discovery request is the method attorneys utilize to obtain the evidence pertaining to your case. This process may take several appearances and a number of months before we secure all the significant items of evidence so that we may be able to give an informed opinion regarding the strength of your case. We will be exploring resolution of your case at these pretrial conferences. In terms of the number of pretrial conferences, there may be as few as a couple or as many as a dozen depending on a variety of factors.

Pretrial Motions

Before trial we may want to file some pretrial motions that may or may not require your attendance to challenge the admissibility of the prosecutors evidence, and a ruling in your favor can result in evidence being excluded from your trial, including evidence of a blood or breath test, the results of some or all of the field sobriety tests, or adverse statements you may have made. Successful pre-trial motions often compel the prosecutor to make an advantageous plea bargain offer, or can result in the dismissal of the charge based on an unconstitutional stop.

Jury Trial

Finally, we may even schedule a jury trial date whether or not you desire to go to trial. This additional court date will give us one final chance to resolve the case. Typically, jury trials with our firm last about two to four days. The jury trial process is a lengthy one. The first thing we deal with is the motions in limine to exclude/preclude or limit evidence. The next thing we do is start the jury selection or voir dire process. In Texas, we have twelve person juries and usually one or two alternate jurors as backup. All twelve must agree in order to convict and it will take only one to hang the jury requiring a mistrial. Questions are posed to prospective jurors regarding their bias, prejudices and fitness to stand as a juror in a DWI case. After the jury is selected then both the prosecutor and defense attorney has the option of delivering an opening statement. After the opening statement, the prosecution, since it has the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, starts calling their witness against you. Usually, the first witness is the police officer that made the arrest and possible their partner officer. Following the law enforcement officer or officers is usually the person who administer the breath test or who collected the blood test. Following that witness is the state's forensic toxicologist. This person will be questioned regarding alcohol's effect on the body, field sobriety tests, objective symptoms, the chemical test and the state rules for chemical testing. After that witness the prosecution rests. After each witness of the prosecution and before their next witness is defense counsel's opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses the state places against you. Like a skilled surgeon cutting open a patient to expose the problems, our cross-examination of the cop and forensic toxicologist should do no less. Rigorous cross-examination is the only engine for truth in a criminal trial. The people will rest after their last witness and the defense may or may not put on a case. Depending on the state of the case, we may or may not call any witnesses to stand. If we do call any witness it will be the people who were with you that evening, in your car when pulled over, one of the officers not called by the prosecution, a private investigator and our own forensic toxicologist. After we put on our case, the prosecution has an opportunity to call rebuttal witnesses. After that, the prosecution and defense will argue about jury instructions on the law to the judge. Once that has been accomplished both counsel will engage in closing argument. After closing argument, the jury will then be sent to deliberate and attempt to reach a verdict. Sometimes during deliberations, jurors will pose questions to the court and counsel will argue about the appropriate responses. The deliberation process will yield one of two outcomes, a verdict or and inability to reach a decision resulting in a hung trial/mistrial. Depending on how the vote went the prosecutor has the option of re-trying the case at a future date, offering a plea bargain to a reduced charge, or dismissing the case. The court could also dismiss the case should the prosecutor not want depending on the split of the jurors.

Court Attire

When you are required to make court appearances, please dress appropriately. Please wear a suit, pants with a shirt and jacket, or pants with a shirt to court and professional dress for women. Please do not wear sunglasses, a baseball cap or shorts. When going to court dress and act like you would when applying for a job or attending a funeral.

Client Notice

Please note that after each court appearance a letter will be forwarded to you regarding when the next court appearance is scheduled, copies of any documents relating to your case obtained from the appearance as well as important information which may be needed on your end. In other words, you will be informed throughout this process of all that is going on with your case. If you still have any questions regarding your case that our letters do not address, please do not hesitate to contact our office. My legal assistants can usually answer the basic questions such as confirming court dates, confirming payment due dates, confirming DPS dates, and verifying certain information in the file. If you need to speak with me directly and I am not in the office at the time you call, please leave a detailed message with my staff so that I can return your phone call promptly with a response. For your information, I am usually in court every morning and the best time to reach me directly would be the afternoon.

Remember that you are not to discuss your case with anyone except our DWI laywers, our office staff, and those people I have directed to speak with you. If you have any questions concerning this, please call our office immediately. Furthermore, if you have any documents relating to this arrest, please forward them to our office at once.

Client Responsibilities

In a DWI case with our office, other than reviewing the police report, making your payments, reviewing DWI transcripts/video, completing the questionnaire, providing documents and witnesses, there may not be a lot for the client to do and that may be a bit frustrating but please be assured that we are working vigorously and diligently on your case so your patience, understanding and consideration will be requested and appreciated.

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Dunham & Jones
Attorneys at Law, P.C.
1-888-DISMISS (347-6477)
Forth Worth, Texas

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Fort Worth DWI Not Guilty
I was arrested for a DWI and Submitted to a breath test. My breath test results were .116. I did not want a conviction on my record and wanted to protect my future. I called 1-888-DISMISS. The attorneys at the law firm of Dunham & Jones took my case with no money down and set up an affordable pay plan. We went to trial and I was found NOT GUILTY.

I highly recommend the law firm of Dunham & Jones. They did exactly what they said they could do!! - Bianca M.

DWI Breath Test Not Guilty
I was arrested for DWI and submitted to a breath test. I was pulled over by the police because of a flat tire. I cooperated with the police and submitted to a breath test. My breath test results were high (.17). I then received a flier from the law firm of Dunham & Jones and called 1-888-DISMISS and set up a free consultation. During my free consultation it was explained to me that just because I did a breath test did not mean the State could prove their case. The attorneys filed pretrial motions and at the hearing, my attorney discovered information that was used to convince the prosecutor to dismiss my case.
The attorneys at Dunham & Jones did exactly what they said they could do. They were very thorough and professional. The Firm even set up a pay plan to work around my budget.
I strongly recommend the law firm of Dunham & Jones if you are facing a DWI. - Joah M.

Not Guilty - Texas DWI
I was arrested for DWI. I did not do a breath test, but admitted to drinking 12 beers. I told the police that "I had messed up." I was pulled over because I was going the wrong way on a one way street. I realized I had a lot to drink, but I did not feel intoxicated. I called Dunham & Jones and they immediately prepared for a trial. They made me feel comfortable and at the same time confident that I would win my case. Everything worked out like they said - NOT GUILTY.

- Javier H.

Breath Test Not Guilty DWI
I was arrested for DWI and submitted to a breath test. I failed the breath test by blowing .094. Because I am a licensed nurse, a conviction could have resulted in the loss of my nursing license. I called 1-888-DISMISS. The attorneys at the law firm of Dunham & Jones took my case with no money down and setup an affordable pay plan. We went to trial and I was found NOT GUILTY.

I highly recommend the law firm of Dunham & Jones. They did exactly what they said they could do!

- Mary B.