DWI Task Force
The DWI Task Force consists of prosecutors, investigators and an advocate dedicated to investigating and prosecuting alcohol and drug related crashes. Since its inception, the DWI Task Force has strived to aggressively seek justice for victims and their families.
Offenses Prosecuted by the DWI Task Force:
- Murder: A Defendant can be charged with Murder if a defendant has been twice previously convicted of DWI and commits a third DWI plus an act clearly dangerous to human life. Felony DWI Murder is a First degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years, or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.
In April 2013, a Bexar County jury convicted a habitual drunken driver of Felony Murder for the first time, rather than intoxication manslaughter, for the death of a 10-year-old girl and her mother
On March 22, 2012, 28-year-old Jessica Rodriguez and her daughter, Kaylee Flores, were killed on I-10 and Fresno. Rodriguez's fiancé was changing a flat tire on their car, when it was hit by a Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Christopher Lamar.
Jurors sentenced Lamar to 30 years in prison, which is more than the maximum sentence of 20 years for intoxication manslaughter
- Intoxication Manslaughter: A Defendant can be charged with Intoxication Manslaughter if a Defendant operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated and as a result of such intoxication causes the death of another individual. Intoxication Manslaughter is a Second degree felony, punishable by 2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.
- Intoxication Assault: A Defendant can be charged with Intoxication Assault if a Defendant operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated and as a result of such intoxication causes Serious Bodily Injury to another. Intoxication Assault is a Third degree felony, punishable by 2-10 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.
- Failure to Stop and Render Aid: A Defendant can be charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid if knowing an accident occurred the Defendant fails to stop, return, or remain at a scene, and render reasonable assistance to an injured party. The range of punishment is dependent upon the level of injury sustained.
No Refusal Policy: Since October of 2011, Bexar County has had a "No Refusal" policy for individuals suspected of driving while intoxicated. Whenever a driver is arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the driver will be asked to voluntarily provide a specimen of the driver's breath or blood for forensic testing to determine its alcohol concentration. If the arrested person refuses to provide a voluntary specimen, the arresting officer will obtain a search warrant from a judge to obtain a blood specimen for forensic testing. This Policy applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.