DWI Court Conferences

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Misdemeanor Sentencing Chart

For a reference chart generously provided by Marshall Shelsy, Staff Attorney, Harris County Criminal Courts


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Impaired Driving Risk Assessment: A primer for practitioners

Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is pleased to announce the release of ‘Impaired Driving Risk Assessment: A primer for practitioners.’

The report offers an overview of available research regarding the profile of male and female first offenders in relation to repeat offenders and highlights the inability of existing theories of behaviour to adequately disentangle the heterogeneous nature of the impaired driving offender population. It also provides a summary of relevant risk factors that have been linked to repeat impaired…
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Recent News

Court overturns Arlington man's conviction in boy's DWI death

(Fort Worth Star Telegram, 02/21/2015)

The 2nd Court of Appeals has overturned an Arlington man’s conviction for killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring his mother while driving drunk because his blood was improperly drawn for testing.…

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Felony DWI charge drinking vanilla extract

(13WHAM-TV , 01/09/2015)

Wayne County, N.Y. - Commonly used for baking cookies or cake, Macedon Police arrested and charged a Seneca Falls woman for Felony DWI after she drank two hand sized bottles of pure vanilla extract.

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TX court rules warrants needed for DWI blood draws

(KENS 5 TV, 11/27/2014)

The job of a police officer trying to combat drinking and driving just got a little more difficult. That's because Wednesday the state's highest criminal court ruled, blood draws without a warrant are unconstitutional.

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Upcoming Conferences

DWI Summit

April 9, 2015

Courtyard Victoria | Victoria, TX

Cost: No Cost To Attend

Regional A Conference - Regions 2, 6, 7, & 9

April 23-24, 2015

Hilton Anatole | Dallas, TX

The Traffic Safety Grant Program will sponsor two one-hour impaired driving breakout sessions

Cost: $60.00

Regional B Conference - Regions 1, 3, 4, 5, & 8

May 14-15, 2015

Hilton Anatole | Dallas, TX

The Traffic Safety Grant Program will sponsor two one-hour impaired driving breakout sessions

Cost: $60.00

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Judicial Resource Liaison

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Judge Laura A. Weiser

The Judicial Resource Liaison provides Texas judges with up-to-date information and training regarding laws concerning impaired driving, license suspension, breath interlock devices and other alcohol monitoring technologies, courtroom evidence and the sentencing and supervising of offenders. 

Judge Weiser served the County of Victoria as Judge of… Read more >>

Program Director

Holly Doran

Holly is a native of Southern California; however, she now considers Austin home. She first moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where she played volleyball for the Longhorns and earned her B.A. in English. Before joining the Texas Center for the Judiciary in December of 2010, Holly… Read more >>