On April 13, 2011 an officer of the Houston police department crashed his personal pickup truck into a school bus, while on his way to work. A blood test on this officer showed that his blood alcohol content was over double the legal limit. According to eyewitness accounts, several other officers arrived on the scene within minutes and proceeded to deny that alcohol was involved. One officer literally covered up several open bottles of alcohol in the intoxicated officer's personal car. The other officers also threatened to arrest anyone who took pictures of the scene.
Soon after, the officers involved in trying to cover up the scene, and trying to hide or twist evidence to disguise the truth were disciplined. One officer received a written reprimand for his conduct, two officers were suspended without pay for 24 hours, and three others were given counseling or supervisory interventions. However the officer who was driving drunk, and caused the accident involving a school bus, was fired from his position for his conduct. It is obvious that these penalties are not harsh enough for this kind of behavior, and the only reason the punishment is not greater for the unscrupulous officers is that they are in law enforcement. If a regular civilian were to try and cover up evidence there would be severe consequences for his/her actions.
The Martinez Law Firm is built upon ethics and adherence to the law; our attorneys are skilled in the area of driving while impaired. The penalties for being convicted of a DWI charge can be very serious, and it is apparent that there are police officers in Houston who will twist evidence to change the circumstances of your case in the eyes of a judge and jury. If you have been charged with a DWI it is imperative that you
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