A Leading Firm In DWI Defense
Joe Hoelscher joins a panel of DWI lawyers to challenge Bexar County's DWI blood draw program. Forensic alcohol testing is expensive but often slipshod, causing the innocent and guilty alike to be treated unfairly. Joe Hoelscher continues to attack DWI blood draw cases both in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion.
Joe Hoelscher, the creator of our DWI and intoxication offense program, is not only the best DWI lawyer at our firm, he literally wrote the book on DWI/DUI defense in Texas. Hoelscher's "Texas Drunk Driving Law" was published in 2017 by LexisNexis, a major legal publisher, as a Practice Guide for other DWI/DUI lawyers. Hoelscher has been recognized as one of the "Best DWI Lawyers" in San Antonio and one of the "10 Best DWI/DUI Attorneys" in Texas.
Our Experience Is Your Best Defense Against A DWI/DUI
Fighting Back Against Faulty Forensic Alcohol Testing
Since its founding, Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, has been on the cutting edge of DWI defense. We have repeatedly forced District Attorneys to reinvestigate not only our clients' cases, but those of other persons accused of Driving While Intoxicated and other intoxication cases. For example, Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, was the first to discover major errors by Bexar County Breath Test Technical Supervisor Deb Stevens. In 2012, Stevens performed maintenance on a breath test device (Intoxilyzer 5000) in San Antonio, Texas that had a bad computer chip, compromising its results. Stevens failed to realize that the breath test machine was defective, leaving it in operation for more than a month.
Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, discovered the defective Intoxilyzer and forced the Bexar County District Attorney's Office to place Brady disclosures in the files of affected defendants by forcing them to release an email from their leadership admitting that prosecutors had knowledge of the issue but had failed to alert criminal defense lawyers. Hundreds of cases were affected and Deb Stevens' error, now documented, forms a regular part of DWI defense lawyers' cross examination of this frequent expert witness in DWI/DUI cases in Bexar County.
In late 2014, Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, forced Elizabeth Feller of Integrated Forensics Laboratory ("IFL"), the Bexar County DWI blood testing lab, to testify about irregularities in IFL's blood testing procedures. During that suppression hearing, Feller repeatedly perjured herself (lied under oath) in order to avoid responsibility for lab errors. Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, obtained proof of her perjury. As a result, then-newly elected District Attorney Nico LaHood publicly announced that his office would no longer use IFL's blood test results to prosecute DWI cases. Thousands of cases have been affected.
We Handle Every Kind Of DWI Case
Whether this is your first DWI arrest or your third or more, we can help you fight the charges. Our knowledge of both science and procedure has led to uncommon results. Some common types of cases we see pertaining to DWI/DUI include:
- Multiple or felony DWI/DUI
- Intoxication manslaughter
- Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearings
- Intoxication assault
- License suspension and revocation
- Seals and expungement of DWI/DUI history, including DWI convictions
Mistakes Happen, But You Shouldn't Have To Pay For Them For The Rest Of Your Life
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI/DWI, one of the first calls you should make is to an experienced criminal defense attorney handling DUI/DWI defense. Although it's a stressful time, having a skilled lawyer by your side can ease your worry and help mitigate the potential consequences.
Whether you are in the military, a commercial driver or work in any other field, you don't want to lose your driving privileges or suffer the consequences an arrest can have on your record. Not only will your ability to get around be compromised, but your profession may be on the line as well. Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, works diligently with a variety of specialists to assist our clients with their unique needs, whether they are protecting a Commercial Driver's License or Nurse's License, are veterans or active duty military personnel, or just concerned about their reputations and freedom. Every client is unique to us. We will work hard for the second chance you need, even if we have to challenge the criminal justice system to protect your future
Drunk driving cases are not as simple as prosecutors would have you believe. From the traffic stop to determining whether forensic evidence should be allowed in court, there are specific procedures that police and prosecutors must follow to secure a conviction.
At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC, we know how to investigate DWI cases, and our San Antonio law firm has earned a reputation for holding police officers and district attorneys accountable.
To arrange a confidential consultation regarding your case, contact us today. We develop aggressive DWI/DUI defense strategies for clients throughout Bexar County and all of Texas.
- Defective Breathalyzers or Intoxilyzers
- Poorly calibrated breath test machines
- Contaminated blood or breath samples
- Poor blood draw procedure
- Unsanitary blood draw environment
- Lab errors in DWI blood testing
- This is your first DWI arrest.
- Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was shown to be less than 0.15.
- You did not cause an accident or injuries.
- You behaved politely toward police.
- You agree to the "Taking Responsibility" plea within 90 days.