Would you be willing to get arrested? Go to jail? Drive around in Barbie Jeep? There are lots of un-glamorous consequences of getting convicted of a DWI. The headlines of DWI cases from the Houston area are a good indication of what can happen to those convicted, regardless of their social standing. These characters eventually needed the help of a Houston attorney for DWI .
Stewart Richardson, a 51 year-old Arlington man, faced anywhere between two and 99 years in prison for the death of a toddler who was left in a vegetative state after drunk driving in 2009. The toddler, Abdallah Khader, lived for six years after the incident before dying in January 2015. Richardson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with bodily injury. Last July, Richardson was sentenced to 50 years behind bars.
Justin Moore, a 28 year-old Dallas man, and former Dallas County prosecutor, was arrested for drunk driving and fired from his job in January 2015. During his arrest, Moore threatened to get the officers questioning him fired, and accused them of being members of the KKK. He also called the officers â€œidiotsâ€ who worked for a â€œsad department,â€ and allegedly called the black sergeant who arrived on the scene an â€œUncle Tom.â€ Mooreâ€™s case is a great example of when a suspect forgets to use their right to remain silent when being arrested.
James Sapp, a 47 year-old Austinite and former Travis County detective, also lost his job in January after being arrested for driving while intoxicated, possessing a controlled substance and unlawfully carrying a weapon. Officers found prescription medicine in Sappâ€™s pocket, as well as a fully loaded pistol in the vehicle. With Sapp, these extra charges along with the DWI likely exacerbated his case, increasing his bail and punishment.
Karen Gallagher, a 57 year-old former San Antonio news anchor, was arrested last July on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. A witness recounted Gallagherâ€™s car hitting a median, jumping a curb and sideswiping a car. She even tried driving away from the scene before the owner of the sideswiped car took the keys from her ignition. Her bail was set at $1,000. This is the second time she has been arrested in four years (the first was for prescription drug fraud), which will likely factor into her case.
Last but not least, Texas State University student Tara Monroe attracted the limelight after she began getting around in a Barbie Jeep after being convicted of a DWI in the fall of 2015. After deciding she didnâ€™t want to bike around campus, she bought her Barbie Jeep off of Craigslist and was quickly noticed by users and news outlets on social media. Taraâ€™s father, Monte Monroe, said his daughterâ€™s new attention should signal to college students the consequences of driving drunk. â€œI donâ€™t think she anticipated the publicity that would come from it,â€ her father said. â€œBut Iâ€™ve told her, I said, â€˜Use this to be an example for other people not to make the same mistake so they wonâ€™t be where you are,â€™â€ Monroe said in an interview with KHOU.
If you or your loved ones have recently been accused or arrested for driving while intoxicated, you might be in a similar situation as some of these people mentioned above. If you are, you should contact the Law Office of Collin Evans. Contact Collin Evans Law Office for a free consultation at 713-225-0650.