Both the City of Houston and Harris County offer online searches to help you find where someone is after they are arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or another offense.
If the police arrested your friend or family member, it can be difficult to know where they take them and how to help them get out of jail. By using an online search, you can confirm you are in the correct place before you begin the process of figuring out if you need to post bail. We also recommend you reach out to a Houston, Texas, DWI defense attorney during this process. You can reach a member of our team at 855-600-6695.
Finding Your Loved One After a Houston DWI Arrest
Generally, following a traffic stop or accident that results in a DWI, the arresting officer will take your family member back to the police station for booking. If the officer is from the Houston Police Department, they will likely book your family member into the City of Houston Jail.
The booking and intake process may take a couple of hours, but once the police process them, you will see their information appear on the City’s online search. For a DWI charge, they will remain in the city jail for about 24 hours unless released earlier. After 24 hours, they will transfer to the Harris County jail.
Helping Your Loved One While They Are In Jail for a Houston DWI
Once you located your friend or family member, we recommend reaching out to an attorney on their behalf. Give us a call, and we can be there to protect their rights during interrogation and represent them during their arraignment. We can go to work for them at this early stage of their case and help them navigate the entire process. They do not have to fight this alone.
We can also help you figure out bail. We may be able to get them released on their own recognizance, but sometimes the Court requires them to post bail before their release. You may be able to post bail for your loved one or work with a bail bondsman to post their bail.
Consequences of a Houston Drunk Driving Conviction
Texas takes drunk and impaired driving seriously. The consequences of an arrest and conviction are significant. Even first-time offenders could face several days in jail, a driver’s license suspension of up to two years, fines, mandatory enrollment in an Alcohol Education Program, and more.
These DWI penalties could impact your loved one’s life in a number of ways, including making it difficult to get to work or school or care for their family. We may be able to help them clear their name, negotiate a lesser charge, or get their sentence probated.
Everyone cited for a DWI in Texas also receives an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). This loss of driving privileges occurs regardless of the outcome of the criminal case. They only give a short period to appeal the ALR, but we can go to work on requesting an appeals hearing for your loved one.