Hidalgo County DWI Cases

Hidalgo County DWI Cases

It’s time for serious professional help with your Hidalgo County DWI case.


You will live with the result of your case for the rest of your life.  Getting the best possible DWI defense lawyer for your case should be your priority. It will be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. 

Choose a fighter who knows Driving While Intoxicated defense thoroughly, not just a great criminal defense lawyer.  You can bet the Hidalgo County District Attorney's office will take your DWI seriously.  You need a lawyer just as determined as the prosecution.


Attorney Phillip W. Goff is relentlessly intense, deeply experienced, and highly trained specifically in the science and legal strategy of DWI defense. He has defended countless clients and is passionately committed to defending your future. The best decision you can make is to hire DWI defense attorney Phillip W. Goff.  


DWI defense is extremely demanding on lawyers. Few lawyers fully commit to doing it right. Phillip W. Goff knows the law and commits his time and energy to DWI defense.


A "Good Lawyer" Isn't Good Enough


Some “good" lawyers could actually make your DWI situation worse.  Many lawyers who take on clients with DWI charges treat DWI defense like it's just another criminal case.  It's not.  


Even misdemeanor DWI cases demand far more expertise than most felony criminal cases.  Successfully defending a person against a DWI charge requires understanding much more than law alone.  Command of DWI-specific knowledge is essential. 


Most DWI cases involve expert testimony.  Knowing how to handle expert witnesses can be the difference between winning and losing.  Asking the right questions is essential.  Not knowing the answers or asking the wrong questions can kill your chances.  You must have an attorney who has exceeding familiarity with the experts' knowledge, training, and testimony. Phillip W. Goff meets those qualifications. 


A DWI defense lawyer must possess a working knowledge of science and specialized training specific to DWI defense to get it right. Pick a real DWI defense lawyer who has faced off with cops and so-called scientists in DWI defense trenches for a long time.


Extensive Experience Combined with Extreme Commitment


Attorney Phillip W. Goff has successfully defended people like you for decades.  Some cases need a tooth-and-nail jury trial; others may require a delicate negotiation to avoid trial. He’s done both. His fights for his clients, and they appreciate him.  He has the reviews to show for it.  He greatly enjoys helping people, and his criminal law practice focuses primarily on DWI defense. 


He has been a proud member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) since 2001. He is one of the first DWI defense attorneys in the United States to complete NCDD's Serious Science curriculum, which trains trial lawyers to better understand laboratories and blood testing.  He is also currently pursuing the "Attorney-Scientist" designation from the American Chemistry Society – Chemistry and Law Division.  Fewer than 100 attorneys nationwide have completed either one of those trainings. Both of those organization's elite trainings require dedication, extensive travel for hands on training, and tens of thousands of dollars in expense. All of Phillip W. Goff's efforts are focused on one goal: to provide you the best possible defense against your DWI charge.


He constantly stays on forefront of DWI defense law, eagerly learning the latest information to help his clients.  You owe it to yourself to hire DWI defense attorney Phillip W. Goff. 


What Your DWI Defense Lawyer Knows Makes All the Difference

Fellow lawyers regularly call him to consult on their DWI cases, and with good reason.

Every day, Phillip W. Goff tracks developments in DWI defense throughout the country.  His growing library includes an extensive collection of police manuals and other books and resources to help win your DWI case. Many of these specialized publications are used to confront and cross-examine witnesses who regularly testify for the state in DWI cases. He frequently attends the very best legal training specific to DWI defense lawyers. 


Field Sobriety Tests, Blood Tests, and Breath Tests


Phillip W. Goff can readily identify errors cops make with so-called "field sobriety" tests. He has a copy of every training manual on the topic ever published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. His training and familiarity with these manuals enable him to frequently demonstrate the falsity of cops' testimony claiming they conducted testing by the book. He even graduated from the very same course your arresting officer took, so he won't be fooled by their testimony and can expose it for what it is. 


His understanding of breath testing is based upon decades of study and familiarity. He knows the cops' regulations, the special rules and laws associated with the breath test machine, and how the CMI Intoxilyzer 9000 works in principle and in practice. (It's not a Breathalyzer. That's a brand of device simply not used in Texas.)


Blood testing is more important now than ever.  Phillip W. Goff knows how your blood sample was supposed to be collected from your arm, stored, and transported to the lab. He knows how your blood sample was supposed to be treated when it arrived at the lab.  He has prepared samples in labs just like the lab's expert witness at your trial.  He's performed maintenance on the same type of machine the lab used to analyze your blood.  He even knows how the gas chromatography machine measuring your blood alcohol level works. 


Consequences and Details Beyond Your Criminal Case


DWI cases have special consequences other charges don't. Some have life-long effects. From the day of arrest to the rest of your life after a conviction, DWIs must be handled by a lawyer who has a well-rounded grasp of the entire situation. 


Driver license suspensions from DWI convictions are common knowledge, but few know how extensive driver license consequences are.  Some suspensions may be avoided or lessened, while some are mandatory. Lengths of suspensions depend on many factors.  Commercial driver license (CDL) holders face the very real possibility of literally being out of that job forever.  Your lawyer absolutely must know what makes some suspensions different than others. One of the most important things DWI defense lawyers must do well is Administrative License Revocations hearings.


Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearings are a huge challenge and a potentially great opportunity.  ALRs are available in almost every DWI case, and the rules for even requesting a hearing are strict.  Few lawyers handle ALR hearings well; some lawyers don't understand ALR hearings at all. Phillip W. Goff has an excellent grasp of ALR hearings and using the hearings to help defend against the criminal case.  


Bond conditions like alcohol interlock devices for DWI are intense. Eligibility for Occupational Driver Licenses can mean the difference between keeping and losing a job.  Surcharge payments of $3,000.00 to $6,000.00 and related license revocation due to nonpayment are a shock to many lawyers.  Potential relief from such fees is possible, but not if your lawyer doesn't know whether you qualify or how to apply for the break.


Some people facing DWI charges have permanent professional consequences.  Commercial drivers sometimes face immediate devastation for obvious reasons. Pilots, doctors, teachers, and many other professionals may see their careers hang in the balance over a DWI case. 


Make the Right Choice


Don't ruin your future by hiring the wrong lawyer. Hire Phillip W. Goff, instead.  His command of topics specific to DWI sets him apart from other lawyers. 


The odds are stacked against you. You need someone truly experienced and successful defending you in your DWI case.  Now is NOT the time to take a chance with a lawyer who considers DWI just another criminal charge.  Your decision can be the difference between a terrible outcome or a great one. Phillip W. Goff's DWI defense ability and knowledge is vast.  Whatever your DWI case involves, he is capable of fighting for you like few lawyers can imagine. 


He's ready and able to help you. Call now.