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Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A. Nelson

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Houston DWI Attorney Tad A Nelson

Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A. Nelson

Houston DWI Attorney Tad A NelsonIf you need to talk with an experienced attorney about a DWI case, call Tad Nelson today. We offer 100% free & confidential case reviews, affordable legal counsel, and outstanding services to our clients. Let us help you.

*Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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Why Choose Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A. Nelson?

Attorney Tad A. Nelson is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and holds the best possible rating for Houston DWI Lawyers (per If you’re ready to learn more about the legal process and take advantage of our legal services, let’s establish an attorney-client relationship and get started on your individual DWI case today.

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  • Aggressive, Innovative Trial Strategies
  • 27+ Years of Courtroom Experience
  • 325+ Jury Trials
  • Proven & Verifiable Results


  • ACS/CHAL Lawyer-Scientist
  • Training: Gas Chromatograph
  • (Multiple Breath-Test Machines)
  • Masters in Forensic Science

Understanding DWI Charges

A Specialized Criminal Justice Concept

Houston DWI lawyer Tad A. Nelson, and fellow members of the National College for DUI Defense, feel that DWI & DUI defense should be treated as a specialty area of criminal law practice due to the scientific nature of the evidence and basis for allegations. The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates is a leading DWI defense law firm based in Houston, TX, which embodies this concept via training, continuing education, and courtroom debate.

Our Houston law firm primarily focuses on defending persons accused of DWI & DUI-related crimes by law enforcement officers. Attorney Tad Nelson brings over 30 years of experience in criminal justice to the table. If you’re seeking a lawyer that has extensive experience fighting DWI charges, give us a call and schedule your free consultation so we can discuss your individual case today.

Our law firm is operated by Texas DWI defense attorneys Tad Nelson and Amber Spurlock. Both of the attorneys on our staff hold credentials as ACS/CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientists and are former prosecutors. Such a distinction puts The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates head and shoulders above the average DWI focused law firm in Houston and at the forefront of the top 10% of practicing Drunk Driving attorneys in the state of Texas.

Our Legal Team

About Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A. Nelson

Tad A. Nelson, a top Houston DWI Defense Lawyer After beginning his career as a prosecutor for the State of Texas in 1991, Texas criminal defense attorney Tad A. Nelson has remained consistently engaged in the practice of defending people accused of drunk driving since 1995. Tad is an experienced DWI defense lawyer who is Board Certified® by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law.

With DWI defense in focus, he holds credentials as an ACS/CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, Board Certification in Criminal Law, and maintains his traditional small-town values.

Are you facing prosecution in Harris County, TX, or elsewhere in the Greater Houston area for DWI charges related to drunk driving? Are you hoping to avoid a DWI conviction? Tad Nelson is one of the best Houston DWI attorneys to consult about your case.

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About Attorney Amber Spurlock

Attorney Amber Renee Spurlock, Defense Lawyer

DUI lawyer Amber Spurlock is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and was recently recognized as one of Houston’s Super Lawyers. Attorney Spurlock offers her experience with Harris County criminal cases and those set for hearing in federal courts, to our clients.

Along with Tad, she’s included in the small fraternity of other practicing criminal defense lawyers that has earned certification as an ACS/CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist. She’s always instrumental in helping people avoid convictions for DWI cases in both Galveston & Harris County and also provides legal representation for other criminal charges.

Amber Spurlock is known and respected for her steadfast approach to defending the interests of her country & clients. If you or a loved one were subjected to a DWI arrest, she’s one of the best criminal lawyers for fighting DWI charges and examining evidence in DWI cases.

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Regardless of your Guilt or Innocence…

Regardless of whether you think you’re guilty or innocent of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), having the right criminal lawyer on your side can mean the difference between being convicted (with ease) by Harris County prosecutors, serving the maximum possible prison sentence if the jury reaches a guilty finding during a trial, being allowed to take advantage of deferred adjudication options for Houston DWI offenders, or being acquitted of all allegations of criminal charges entirely.

Only an experienced DWI lawyer that’s trained and educated on the methods of scrutinizing the nuances and evidence applicable to your case will be able to make a sound judgment about the best way to proceed in the court of law. If you’re represented by Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A. Nelson, you’ll have his nearly 30 years of experience and training on your side. Also worth noting, once you’re charged with DWI, you’ll have to contend with the suspension of your license to drive. This begins the moment you’re arrested via the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) process.

A Recent Client Review

I can’t thank you and Amber enough for seeing that my case was dismissed. I was told “you should see him in court”. Having the opportunity to do so was a memory that I will never forget. You had the DA scrambling the entire court room laughing and the judge. Mr. Nelson.,, simply put you know the law and apparently every aspect that needs to be covered down to making the prosecution team look incompetent. That E.F. Hutton commercial when he speaks everyone listens. In the court room your name is mentioned and the attorneys start looking around. I believe several occasions the judge stated Amber are all these people with you? And you smerked and said yes your honor. Tad you and your staff did an amazing job, I would suggest if anyone needs or knows of anyone who needs legal counsel to contact Tad Nelson!! as they say it ain’t braggin if you can back it up!

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We Fight Harris County Prosecutors

No Houston DWI attorney can make guarantees about the potential outcome of any given case. However, even if you’re admittedly guilty, working with DWI lawyers on our level of experience & training, or better, will appeal to your best interests. We know what it takes to provide effective legal representation to a person with DWI charges. We know how to win.

Our veteran legal team could be the difference between you serving 2 years to 20 years TDCJ (in the case of serious felony DWI offenses) and a case dismissal. A lifetime of hard-luck resulting from Driving While Intoxicated charges appearing on your criminal record, defining you as a criminal, can be avoided.

If you have questions about your blood test, DWI charges, or other criminal charges, we’re here for you. Call us at 713-489-7373.

Highly Trained DWI Trial Attorneys

Whether it’s one or multiple DWI cases, we can help you. Houston criminal defense lawyers Tad Nelson & Amber Spurlock are committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for your situation. We undergo vigorous training to ensure that our defense strategies remain prudent as times change and science and technology advance.

We’ve earned a plethora of credentials and certifications to comfort our clients in our abilities & learned skill as DWI defense lawyers. We’ve invested an above-average amount of time & resources into becoming the best DWI & DUI lawyers we can be for our clients. Whether this is the first time you’ve been arrested in your life, or if you’ve had trouble with law enforcement before, we’re here to help you. Aside from alcohol-related crimes, we have other practice areas.

Consequences of a DWI Conviction

In Texas, especially in Houston & Harris County, DWI charges are serious legal matters. These criminal offenses carry numerous consequences for individuals who receive guilty verdicts resulting in DWI convictions in Harris County Court.

(We also defend people facing DWI charges in Fort Bend County and Galveston County.)

If a police officer determines that you’re operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated on alcohol or drugs, you’ll be arrested and taken to jail. The officer may make this determination visually by conducting a breath test with a breathalyzer test kit or other types of field sobriety tests. Often, the Assistant District Attorney or the District Attorney may order a blood test. They’ll collect a blood sample to assist them in securing a DWI conviction by proving in court that your blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.

Outlined below are the consequences of not only a DWI arrest but a conviction for driving while intoxicated in the usual order of occurrence.

Jail Time

As with any criminal offense resulting in criminal charges, the first step following a DWI arrest is taking that ride to the local county jail. If you’re arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in Houston or anywhere else in Texas, you’ll be immediately taken into custody by the arresting officer. Then, you’ll be detained in county lock-up pending a bail bond hearing.

Once a bond is set, you’ll be able to bond out of jail. Afterward, you’ll be responsible for appearing in court on the date assigned for you on the docket. If you’re convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, the consequences will largely vary between first-time offenders and habitual offenders, misdemeanor and felony offenders, and the details of your case. Below, we’ve outlined the most common DWI-related offenses and penalties as defined by Texas DWI laws.

DWI – First Offense

First offense drunk driving offenses are Class B Misdemeanor crimes. The consequences of a conviction for this crime include a county jail sentence of up to 180 days with a fine of up to $2,000.00. However, most first-time DWI offenders can avoid jail by participating in a community service program. Also, their Texas Driver’s License will be suspended for a period ranging from 90 days to 6 months.

DWI – Second Offense

If a person is convicted of DWI a second time, they’ll face the consequences as defined by Class A Misdemeanor guidelines. The penalty for a 2nd DWI conviction includes a county jail sentence of anywhere from 30 days to 1 year and a Texas Driver License suspension period of 180 days to 2 years.

DWI – Third Offense

Should an individual be arrested for DWI a third time, following two previous convictions, their offense will be classified as a Third Degree Felony. The court will consider them a habitual offender. A conviction under 3rd Degree Felony guidelines could result in a prison sentence ranging from 6 months (180 days) to two years, a fine of up to $10,000.00, and the suspension of their license for up to two years following their release from incarceration.

Special Note: It’s not uncommon for Habitual DWI offenders to be sentenced to life in prison. If you’re arrested for a felony offense in Texas or have previous DWI cases on your record, hire a criminal defense lawyer.

DWI – Child Passenger Present

At a minimum, drunk driving with a child passenger present is a State Jail Felony criminal offense in Texas. A conviction for this offense will result in a state jail sentence of 180 days to 2 years, a maximum fine of $10,000.00, and suspended driving privileges for up to 2 years.

Special Note: Any previous conviction or criminal history could result in an enhancement, which would mean the potential for a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Intoxication Assault

Intoxication assault is generally defined as when a person injures another party as a result of driving while intoxicated. This is a serious felony charge. This typically happens when a drunk driver strikes a pedestrian or collides with another vehicle resulting in personal injury. This is a 3rd Degree Felony offense as ordered by Texas laws, which could mean a 10-year prison sentence if convicted.

Intoxication Manslaughter

Intoxication manslaughter is the charge you’ll face if you cause the death of another person as a result of drunk driving. These are serious charges. These homicide offenses are classified as Second Degree Felonies in Texas. A conviction can result in a 20 year prison sentence with a fine of up to $10,000.00. If you or a loved are charged with intoxication manslaughter, it’s important to become aware of your legal rights quickly.

Open Container Violations

An open container violation occurs when an officer finds any kind of container which holds alcohol in a vehicle. The vehicle doesn’t have to be in motion and provides probable cause for the police officer to arrest you for DWI and conduct a full vehicle search. However, the “open container” violation itself isn’t a DWI charge. This offense is an unjailable Class C Misdemeanor offense. If convicted, can be resolved by paying a small fine of up to $500.00.

Special Note: Fighting this charge and beating it is essential to avoiding an enhancement later, should an arrest for a DWI offense occur in the future. Also, a convicted party may be liable for court costs. Talk with a lawyer for more information.

Suspension of Texas Driver’s License

Once you’re arrested for drunk driving, the State of Texas will automatically start the process of Texas Drivers License suspension. This process is called Administrative License Revocation or “ALR” for short. ALR is an automatic process that’s initiated the minute your driver’s license is taken from you by the arresting officer. Once you receive Notice of Suspension in the mail, you’ll know the suspension of your Texas Driver License is complete.

To contest the suspension of your driver’s license, you’ll need to schedule an ALR hearing. At which time, the arresting officer will appear as a witness for the State of Texas, and your legal representation will appear to argue against the suspension of your drivers license. Oftentimes, and if the defendant hired an experienced Houston DWI attorney, the court will grant the accused party an occupational license pending the outcome of the DWI cases.

Higher Insurance Rates

If a person is unlucky enough to be convicted of a DWI offense, they’ll likely get a notice from their insurance carrier notifying them of higher auto insurance rates. For general information purposes, insurance companies charge higher rates to insurance customers they consider high risk. If you suffer a DWI conviction, your car insurance rates could skyrocket due to you being designated as a high-risk motorist.

The same could be true of your life insurance, health insurance, and homeowners insurance. Insurers are always looking for ways to pilfer more money from their policyholders, and a DWI conviction will give the perfect excuse to exploit your criminal record and driving history for their gain. To avoid this fate following an arrest for DWI, you’ll get the best results by securing the representation of an experienced Houston DWI lawyer.

Limited Career Opportunities

An arrest record for any crime has the potential to limit a person’s economic viability for most corporations, and the same is true for persons with DWI convictions. For individuals who operate complex & dangerous machinery for a living, a DWI arrest record or a DWI conviction could prove fatal for their career.

The potential for a negative professional impact is especially true for commercial drivers like bus drivers, truckers, hot shot & delivery drivers, and others who work as professional drivers. If you’re in trouble with the law based on a police officer’s opinion that you were driving drunk or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, contact our office for help. We have extensive experience ensuring that our clients can avoid not guilty verdicts. We’re among Houston’s most experienced lawyers should you need legal advice.

Our Clients’ DWI Cases Get The Attention They Deserve

Although a police officer may have arrested you for drunk driving, DWI charges are not open and shut criminal cases. A DWI arrest doesn’t mean you can be convicted in Harris County. Many times, after a careful review of the evidence and the arrest record, we find opportunities to challenge prosecutors in court. It’s not uncommon for law enforcement to ruin the District Attorney’s case.

Often, the arresting police officer may make mistakes or even neglect critical details. Sometimes, there are problems with the blood test, assuming they drew blood and have a blood sample. If we uncover errors in your case, it could be grounds for an immediate case dismissal. If you have questions regarding whether or not your DWI charges qualify for dismissal, contact our attorneys for legal advice by calling 713-489-7373. Our goal is the best possible outcome for your case. To learn more, talk with a lawyer today.

The Difference Between DUI & DWI Cases

DWI Cases

DWI is the acronym for Driving While Intoxicated. The state of Texas considers DWI a serious crime. This criminal offense is defined as operating a motor vehicle while over the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit. Per Texas Law, the legal limit for a motorist’s Blood Alcohol Content is %0.08 while driving.

It’s not illegal to have a few drinks and drive unless you’re over the legal limit. Furthermore, during our practice as defense lawyers, we’ve found that some folks were not over the legal limit and were arrested solely based on the opinion of the police officer. In DWI cases like these, we often get them dismissed in Harris County & Galveston County.

Keep in mind that an arrest for suspicion of DWI will result in the immediate suspension of your Texas Driver’s License via the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) process. If you’re in this situation, talk with a lawyer on your legal team.

DUI Cases

DUI is the acronym for Driving Under The Influence. DUI charges are usually applied to minors who are driving while intoxicated on alcohol and adults who are intoxicated by substances other than alcohol. So, if a person is arrested for driving while intoxicated on marijuana, other controlled substances, prescription medications, or another chemical compound, they’ll be charged with DUI.

A DUI charge also results in the immediate suspension of your Texas Driver License via the Administrative License Revocation process. For more information on ALR hearings, criminal charges of this nature, or if you need our help, call our law office today at 713-489-7373.

You’ve Got 15 Days To Fight Driver License Suspension

Following an arrest for DUI or DWI, you’ll have 15 days or two weeks to request an ALR hearing to fight the suspension of your Texas Driver License. This legal setting is not directly related to the originating criminal charges for driving while intoxicated (or under the influence). If you fail to hire an attorney and request an ALR hearing within 15 days, your Texas Driver License will be automatically suspended.

It’s important to request an ALR hearing if you use your vehicle to commute to work or school. In Texas, driving with a suspended license is a separate, immediately jailable criminal offense. If you’re arrested for DWLS (Driving While License Suspended), you’ll be jailed, vehicle towed and stored, and will have a new criminal charge to address.

We Are Tad Nelson & Associates. A Houston law firm with experienced DUI attorneys you can trust. We provide legal representation for DWI charges and other criminal charges in Harris County, Galveston County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Houston, and surrounding areas.

If you need talk with an experienced criminal attorney about an situation involving you, a family member, or a loved one that may be incarcerated, contact us today by calling 713-489-7373.

Houston DWI Attorney Tad A Nelson

Meet Attorney Tad A. Nelson

Attorney Tad A. Nelson is a Texas Board Certified® criminal-law attorney, an ACS/CHAL Lawyer-Scientist, founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association and a member of the National College of DUI Defense. If you need to discuss a serious criminal case with an aggressive defense attorney that’s training and experience is optimized for DWI defense in Houston, call Tad Nelson or Amber Spurlock at 713-489-7373. All consultations and initial case evaluations are free and 100% confidential.

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