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Houston DWI Lawyer, Criminal Defense Lawyer in Houston, TX and Texas Drunk Driving Defense Attorney


You are not guilty of a Texas DWI just because an officer says you are. Every day, Harris County juries acquit citizens accused of drunk driving.  

You've seen the signs throughout Houston:  Drink, drive, go to jail.  They make it seem cut and dry.  Well, it's not.  Let me decide how well you performed on the field sobriety tests.  Ask me to double-check your breathalyzer results.  Knowledge is power, and in DWI cases, my knowledge is your power. 

You've Been Charged with a DUI: Now What?

1. Don't Panic...Prepare - Collect any paperwork the officer gave you, and put it in a file folder or envelope. You'll want to take this to your first meeting with a lawyer. Before meeting with your lawyer, take time to note all the details surrounding the day or night of your arrest. Every detail is significant and could provide the evidence needed to beat your drunk driving charges.

2. Find a Lawyer Whose Specialty is DUI Defense - When it comes to handling DWIs, not all lawyers are created equal. Driving while impaired defense is a highly specialized, highly technical field. You need a lawyer who's demonstrated success at every level of the DWI process, from pre-trial motions all the way through trial. Your lawyer should be an expert in field sobriety testing administration and interpretation, and should know the tests better than the officer.

3. Prepare for the Realistic Costs of Defending Your DWI Case - I know you weren't planning on this expense, but it does cost money to defend your case.  The right lawyer can prevent you from going to jail, losing your job, paying higher insurance rates, and everything else that can go along with getting a DWI.  I offer my services at a flat rate. That means you will know my total fee from the very beginning, so you can budget accordingly. For your convenience, I accept all major credit cards as payment.

Houston Texas Drunk Driving Defense Law Firm

Jim Butler is one of the few attorneys in Houston to focus exclusively on drunk driving defense.

“I chose DWI because I really want to help people,” says Butler. “My clients are good, hardworking people. When they come to me, they’re worried about the future—they’re afraid of losing their jobs, they’re concerned that their insurance rates will go up. My goal is to help these people return to normal, productive lives.”

Butler believes that while DWI laws are good laws that should be enforced, he also believes that many innocent people end up arrested. “Many people don’t realize that it’s perfectly legal for an adult in Texas to drink alcohol and drive—as long as that adult maintains his or her mental and physical faculties. And the problem with most field sobriety tests is that they don’t give you the whole picture—if a person is nervous or tired, or even if they have a medical condition, they might ‘fail’ a test, even if they’re not intoxicated," he says.

During his more than 20 years as a DUI criminal defense attorney, Jim Butler has helped hundreds of clients avoid harsh punishments such as jail time and hefty fines. Butler takes his DUI training very seriously. He is a certified field sobriety test instructor, and he remains up-to-date on all new tools and methods used to evaluate driving under the influence evidence.

It really isn't that hard to contest your DWI / DUI. But you do need to act now. In every DWI case that my law office handles, our first step is to request an Administrative License Revocation hearing to fight your potential driver's license suspension. Remember, you have just 15 days after your arrest to request a hearing to save your driver's license.


Call us today at (713) 236-8744, and we'll set up your initial consultation, where I'll walk you through your defense options for your specific case.

Texas DUI Defense

Note: If you have a copy of your DWI arrest video, bring it with you and I'll analyze it as part of your initial evaluation . If you don't have a copy, call me and I'll tell you how you can obtain one.

Remember, all it takes is reasonable doubt to get your case dismissed.  I can help raise that reasonable doubt.

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