At some point, many of us have had a sip of wine – during the holidays, after work, with our meals, etc. Actually, numerous individuals in the Bible indulge in the occasional appreciation of wine. In fact, Jesus’ first miracle entailed turning water into wine to celebrate a wedding (John 2:3-11). There is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol if done responsibly. However, teenagers should not partake in this pleasure because it is against the law. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” (Romans 13:1). Those that disobey the law are also disobeying God. Again, there is nothing wrong with indulging in the pleasures of alcohol. On the contrary, this does become a problem when done irresponsibly and when laws are broken:
And Solomon, one of the wisest men who’ve ever lived, said, “Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.” (Proverbs 23:31)
A wise mother told her son, “It is not for kings, O Lemuel – not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.” (Proverbs 31:4-5)
Consider the following example that occurred recently. Police officers arrested a 32-year-old man for driving while intoxicated. He already had two warrants for assaulting his wife and another man.
Police officers charged Darrell Gilley with a class A misdemeanor, driving while intoxicated. Moreover, he had two warrants for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony that occurred on September 25, 2018.
On Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:46 p.m., Gilley was driving erratically in a green 2007 Jeep Sahara. He pulled into a Whataburger parking lot. Afterwards, he started driving, again. Consequently, police officers witnessed his erratic driving and initiated a traffic stop.
According to the Odessa Police Department affidavit, Gilley had an overwhelming smell of some type of alcoholic beverage. In addition, his speech was slurred, he had watery bloodshot eyes, and an unsteady balance. As a result, police officers administered a field sobriety test, and Gilley failed multiple tasks.
Law enforcers had previously issued two warrants for Darrell Gilley’s arrest for reportedly assaulting both his wife and another man with a screwdriver and bat on September 25, 2018. This mishap occurred at the Summertree Place Apartments. According to the Ector County Sheriff’s affidavit, Gilley and his wife were arguing. Gilley violently responded by threatening his wife, Laurie Gilley, 38, by placing a screwdriver against her throat. Additionally, Gilley forcefully grabbed his wife several times, which led to bruising on her arm. Laurie Gilley attempted to receive help by calling Dustin Nettles, 34, and asking for his assistance. Nettles attempted to help Laurie; however, he was met with the violent attacks of Darrel Gilley who assaulted Nettles with a screwdriver and attempted to strike him with a bat.
Jail records indicate that Gilley remains in police custody, as of Friday, February 22, 2019. Furthermore, he has three bonds totaling $105,000.
The consequences of drunkenness can be hard-hitting – time spent in jail or prison, expensive bonds, high attorney fees, and/or worse – loss of life! Without a doubt, drunkenness, is a sin. God specifically says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:6). Despite the negative consequences and warnings from God, some individuals still over indulge in alcohol and partake in reckless driving while engulfed with liquor.
What should be done if you or someone that you know has been charged and arrested for driving while intoxicated? Quickly, contact an attorney – not just any attorney – but an attorney with years of experience – an attorney who will fight diligently to ensure that you are treated fairly – an attorney who is up-to-date with all laws pertaining to this particular offense.
You need to contact our law office and invest your trust in me, Attorney at Law, Craig Greaves. I will inform you of all factors involved when developing a drunk driving defense, and I will update you on all of your alternatives. In addition, I will thoroughly investigate the case to adequately uncover any and all evidence that would support your innocence. Last, but not least, I will develop the best case possible to help you to avoid conviction.
“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11)
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthey 7:12)
No one is perfect. We all make mistakes – some more devastating than others. Regardless, we all have a right to legal representation, despite the offense. In fact, the sixth amendment
guarantees the rights of criminal defendants. This includes the right to a public trial without unnecessary delay, the right to a lawyer, the right to an impartial jury, and the right to know who your accusers are and the nature of the charges and evidence against you.
If you or someone that you know has been arrested for driving while intoxicated, do not delay. Call an attorney, today!
Call our law office at (979) 779-9388, or you can visit our office at 118 B. South Main St, Bryan, TX 77803. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Moreover, you can set up an appointment online at greaveslaw.com.
You do not want to procrastinate. Driving under the influence is a serious offense that can have a negative impact on both your future and employment. I may be able to persuade the courts to allow the opportunity for a plea bargain – plea to a lesser charge, or I may be able to persuade the prosecuting attorney to reduce the sentence. Don’t delay! Call visit, or email our office, today!