Monday, June 30, 2008

Houston Galveston Criminal Defense DWI Website Launched --

The Jones Law Firm has launched its website.

The Jones Law Firm with its principal office in Houston, Texas handles criminal defense in cases ranging from DWI Driving While Intoxicated to Murder in Houston and Galveston state and federal courts.

Jeth Jones can be reached at

Houston Driver Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter in Death of Houston Police Officer

Veteran Police Officer Gary Gryder was killed when Hung Dasian Truong drove through a barrier where the HPD Officer was directing traffic. Truong has been charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter.

Officer Gryder was a 23 year veteran of HPD and father of a 13year old son. A link to the news video regarding the incident is included below.
L. Jeth Jones, II
Houston / Galveston
Criminal Defense Attorney

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


A Midland, Texas man has been accused of Criminally Negligent Homicide in a traffic accident on Highway 191 near the Midland International Airport. See attached link for the story:

The posted speed limit was 55mph in the area where the accident occurred and it is alleged the Defendant was going approximately 80mph. There is no allegation that the man was intoxicated at the time of the accident or that anything else caused him to lose his mental or physical faculties (such as driving while on a prescription meds that may cause him to be impaired).

This is a cautionary tale of the police seeking charges when there a death in a motor vehicle accident. Most of us do not think that it is possible to be charged with injuring another person when we are speeding and get in an accident. The DA's office will proceed under the theory that the man should have been aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk when speeding at an excessive rate of speed.

This is a really tough case for the Midland D.A.

Jeth Jones
Jones Law Firm
Houston / Galveston

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Jeth Jones Comments on Cedric Benson DWI Arrest in Austin Texas

This whole Cedric Benson DWI arrest has started to bother me. Why couldn't the Travis County Sheriff's Office just leave him alone when he was out on Lake Travis with his friends. Is it fair to do a "life-jacket" check every time he goes out in his boat??

I hope they have video of him driving the boat at the time of this latest arrest. I am sure the Travis County Police and the Travis County District Attorney's District Attorney's office haven't forgotten they have to prove "operating" under Chapter 49 of the Texas Penal Code. See the attached article with picture of Cedric recently published in the Chicago Sun Times. This picture was taken around an hour before the arrest where Cedric Benson allegedly "operated" the boat while intoxicated. Cedric is just hanging out in the boat eating potato chips in the picture. There may be alcohol on the boat (see background of picture) but none in his hands. It is likely that Cedric Benson's attorney will force the Austin D.A.'s Office to Trial on this case. .

Link to Article:,051008bear.article

Can't the Austin Police and the Travis County Sheriff's Office just let Cedric enjoy the rest of his summer until he reports to training camp in a month or so? And Cedric, since you've gotten another DWI arrest since the boating incident, hire a driver for your car and your boat. They are relatively cheap if they are not your friends but actual employees.

Please let me know your thoughts on the whole Benson BWI affair.

Jeth Jones

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

News in Mont Belvieu, Texas Not Shocking

The headline regarding police officers giving Class C Misdemeanor tickets instead of charging folks with DWI out of Mont Belvieu, Texas and other surrounding small counties in Texas did not and does not shock me.

The reason for this problem is very Small cities do not generate revenue on par with the revenue generated in municipal court when they arrest individuals for Class B and higher crimes in Texas. Let me be clear. If a police officer in a small city such as Mont Belvieu, Texas charges someone with Driving While Intoxicated, the charge is referred to the District or County Attorney for further prosecution. When and if the defendant is ultimately convicted, any fines that are paid go to the county and the state. However, if the person were instead charged with a class C misdemeanor all of the money paid in fines goes to the City. There you have it.

If MADD or anyone else is angered by this, talk to your legislator or the folks in Austin. It's not that it is a real problem but I just feel need to point out that the reason this happens is very simple. The blame should be focused on the Mayor or the Chief of Police.

See the attached link for the recent story: