The DWI legal process is actually comprised of two separate processes: 1) a criminal proceeding…
If a friend or family member have been arrested for DWI, it can be very difficult to get updates on their well-being or see what the next steps are to get them released. The DWI legal process is convoluted and even they don’t get all the information you would expect while incarcerated. Above all, you need to find out if they’ve been arrested and start making plans to bail them out of jail.
Can My Loved One Call Me From Jail After a DWI Arrest?
Inmates may use the phone. However, it’s not as simple as it sounds. To begin with, they take your cell phone away so any number you want to call you better have memorized. Sounds funny until you realize you’ve never had the need to memorize your wife’s phone number.
Additionally, the phones provided are often tied up by others or don’t function properly. For instance, the phones in Harris County Jail don’t even have a handset, so you’re forced to press your ear against the phone. Meanwhile the noise from your other cellmates that is amplified by the concrete jail walls that surround you makes it nearly impossible. In short, it’s frustrating for all involved, and is just one of the many reasons you should consider hiring a DWI Lawyer.
Finding an Inmate After a DWI Arrest
After arrest, a DWI suspect begins the booking process. If arrested by Houston Police, you will start at the City of Houston Jail. The booking process takes several hours but you will be able to find their information shortly after. They will remain in the Houston Jail for about 24 hours. After 24 hours, they will be transferred to the Harris County Jail.
Houston DWI Arrest Lookup (Online)
The City of Houston and Harris County offer online searches to help track down a person after they have been arrested for DWI (or any other crime).
The lookup can be found HERE
Search by System Person Number (SPN). All inmates are assigned an SPN and it is the most important number you’ll have moving forward.
You can also look up inmates with:
- Social Security Number
- Last name & First Name
- Date of Birth & Last Name
If you use any combination of the above options, you will also be provided the SPN at that time.
Houston DWI Arrest Contact Information
If the online search tool is not finding your contact, you can contact the facility the old-fashioned way. The physical location and contact information for these locations is below:
Harris County Jail Facility
|700 N. San Jacinto (JA14)||700 N. San Jacinto Houston, TX 77002|
|701 or 711 N. San Jacinto (JA07)||701 N. San Jacinto Houston, TX 77002|
|1307 Baker Street (JA04)||1307 Baker St. Houston, TX 77002|
|1200 Baker Street (JA09)||1200 Baker St. Houston, TX 77002|
Outsource Jail Facility
|Bowie County Correctional Center (XB55)||105 West Front Street Texarkana, TX 75501||903-798-3505|
|Jack Harwell Detention Center (XM55)||3101 Marlin Hwy Waco, TX 76705||254-759-5900|
|Jackson Parish Correctional Center (X287/X289)||327 Industrial Drive Jonesboro, LA 71251||318-259-8799|
|Jefferson County Downtown Jail (X281/X282/X283)||1001 Pearl Street Beaumont, TX 77701||409-434-4653|
|Limestone County Detention Center (X147)||910 North Tyus Groesbeck, TX 76642||254-729-2674|
|Fort Bend County Jail (X284/X285/X286)||1410 Williams Way Richmond, TX 77469||281-341-4619|
What Should You Do Next?
Your next step is to call a qualified DWI lawyer
Texas courts do not treat DWI lightly. There are significant DWI penalties, DWI costs and collateral consequences of a DWI that may have the most affect on your life now and moving forward. This is true even in the case of a first time DWI.
The DWI legal process is both confusing and intimidating.
A DWI attorney is not cheap. That said, having somebody who can walk you through the entire process provides peace of mind with a clear defense strategy. Hiring a qualified DWI lawyer will help you save your license at an ALR Hearing – a hearing you can only request within 15 days of getting arrested.
To clarify: The cost of a DWI lawyer is a LOT less than the cost of a DWI in Texas.
Call Clyde Burleson to Help You Today!
Contact Clyde today for a free DWI case consultation at 713-628-1503