History of the Breathalyzer

The following article is provided David Cantor and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Law Offices of Billy Skinner. In 1927, W.D. McNally, a chemist in Chicago, invented the world’s first breathalyzer. While scientists had been experimenting with detecting alcohol in the air for years, McNally’s glass tube containing chemicals that would change […]

What is BAC and How is it Calculated?

The term BAC is most often associated with a Driving While Intoxicated arrest and stands for Blood Alcohol Concentration. A BAC is represented as a percentage after a test of a person’s blood, breath, or urine. For example, a BAC of 0.10 percent means that there is one gram of alcohol for every 1000 grams […]

What is an ALR Hearing?

If you were arrested in the State of Texas for DWI, you may have received a notice that your license is to be suspended whether you submitted to a chemical test or not. This suspension is referred to as an Automatic License Revocation (ALR). In the event that you took a test and the results […]

What is a Field Sobriety Test?

When a law enforcement officer suspects that a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the officer often asks the driver to submit to a series of voluntary evaluations. These tests, commonly referred to as field sobriety tests, are designed to evaluate the driver’s balance and other motor skills. The most common tests, […]

How to Survive a DWI Arrest

In the event that you have a contact with law enforcement, below are five basic rules to surviving a DWI or other police encounter. 1) You should never consent to any type of search for any reason. When the police ask you to consent to a search of your car, or of anything else, politely […]