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 […]

DWI suspected in N. Loop crash with street sweeper

Suspected drunk driver has been arrested after crashing his SUV into a street sweeper on the NW Fwy. KHOU: “Police said a man was driving an SUV eastbound on the North Loop Freeway at Ella when he crashed into the back of a street sweeping convoy truck. The SUV rolled over after the crash. The […]

Crash in west Houston lands 3 in hospital

A man is under investigation for drunk driving after slamming his Audi into a vehicle in west Houston. According to Police, the man had been speeding on Sam Houston Parkway near Clay when he crashed into the other car. The other driver was transported to the hospital in serious condition, and 2 people from the […]

DWI arrests in Montgomery County surge for Labor Day weekend

Although Labor Day weekend delivered some much needed cooler temperatures for most in the Houston area, the holiday did bring the heat others as it was also a no-refusal weekend.  During no-refusal weekends, motorists do not have the choice to decline testing to check their blood-alcohol level. This Labor Day’s no-refusal weekend prompted officers to […]

Breathalyzers installed in some San Antonio bars

San Antonio bars are installing Alcobuddy machines in an effort to keep drunken customers off the roads. For $2 per test, the devices will allow patrons to blow into a disposable tube, just like the “breathalyzer”, to test their BAC level – the Alcobuddy will then tell patrons if they are over the legal limit. […]

Drunk driver charged after causing fatal crash on Northwest Freeway

According to HPD, Stephen Guy Ellis was charged with intoxication manslaughter for causing a fatal crash on Highway 290. Ellis was reportedly under the influence while speeding in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix, eastbound near the 23000 block of the NW Freeway around 9 p.m. Mr. Ellis was trying to change from the far right […]

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 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 […]