If you have been arrested for drunk driving (DWI/DUI) in San Antonio, you realize the serious implications the charges hold for you both personally and professionally. To avoid a possible suspension of your driver's license or jail time, you want to secure representation from a skilled attorney. At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, we will step in on your behalf and explore all available options for pursuing a dismissal or a reduction of the charges against you.

A Leading Firm In DWI Defense

Joe Hoelscher joins a panel of DWI lawyers to challenge Bexar County's DWI blood draw program. Forensic alcohol testing is expensive but often slipshod, causing the innocent and guilty alike to be treated unfairly. Joe Hoelscher continues to attack DWI blood draw cases both in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion.


Joe Hoelscher, the creator of our DWI and intoxication offense program, is not only the best DWI lawyer at our firm, he literally wrote the book on DWI/DUI defense in Texas. Hoelscher's "Texas Drunk Driving Law" was published in 2017 by LexisNexis, a major legal publisher, as a Practice Guide for other DWI/DUI lawyers. Hoelscher has been recognized as one of the "Best DWI Lawyers" in San Antonio and one of the "10 Best DWI/DUI Attorneys" in Texas.

Our Experience Is Your Best Defense Against A DWI/DUI

Having handled numerous DWI/DUI cases for over a decade, we know what to look for when gathering evidence to fight the charges. If the results of a Breathalyzer test are inconclusive, tampered with, or otherwise brought into question, we may be able to have the results thrown out as evidence. Additionally, law enforcement officials can make mistakes, such as pulling someone over without reasonable suspicion or improperly conducting Standardized Field Sobriety Tests ("SFSTs"). If the circumstances around your arrest signal an opportunity to challenge the state's evidence, we have the investigative and forensic resources to explore violations of proper procedure, poorly maintained or calibrated Breathalyzers, and potential violations of constitutional rights.

Fighting Back Against Faulty Forensic Alcohol Testing

Since its founding, Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, has been on the cutting edge of DWI defense. We have repeatedly forced District Attorneys to reinvestigate not only our clients' cases, but those of other persons accused of Driving While Intoxicated and other intoxication cases. For example, Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, was the first to discover major errors by the Bexar County Breath Test Technical Supervisor, Deb Stevens. In 2012, Stevens performed maintenance on a breath test device (Intoxilyzer 5000) in San Antonio, Texas, that had a bad computer chip, compromising its results. Stevens failed to realize that the breath test machine was defective, leaving it in operation for more than a month.

Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, discovered the defective Intoxilyzer and forced the Bexar County District Attorney's Office to place Brady disclosures in the files of affected defendants by forcing them to release an email from their leadership admitting that prosecutors had knowledge of the issue but had failed to alert criminal defense lawyers. Hundreds of cases were affected and Deb Stevens' error, now documented, forms a regular part of DWI defense lawyers' cross examination of this frequent expert witness in DWI/DUI cases in Bexar County.

In late 2014, Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, forced Elizabeth Feller of Integrated Forensics Laboratory ("IFL"), the Bexar County DWI blood testing lab, to testify about irregularities in IFL's blood testing procedures. During that suppression hearing, Feller repeatedly perjured herself (lied under oath) in order to avoid responsibility for lab errors. Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, obtained proof of her perjury. As a result, the then-newly elected District Attorney, Nico LaHood, publicly announced that his office would no longer use IFL's blood test results to prosecute DWI cases. Thousands of cases have been affected. For more information on the Bexar County blood lab scandal, read here.

We Handle Every Kind Of DWI Case

Whether this is your first DWI arrest or your third or more, we can help you fight the charges. Our knowledge of both science and procedure has led to uncommon results. Some common types of cases we see pertaining to DWI/DUI include:

To learn more, see our page with further information for Bexar County arrestees.

Mistakes Happen, But You Shouldn't Have To Pay For Them For The Rest Of Your Life

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI/DWI, one of the first calls you should make is to an experienced criminal defense attorney handling DUI/DWI defense. Although it's a stressful time, having a skilled lawyer by your side can ease your worry and help mitigate the potential consequences.

Whether you are in the military, a commercial driver or work in any other field, you don't want to lose your driving privileges or suffer the consequences an arrest can have on your record. Not only will your ability to get around be compromised, but your profession may be on the line as well. Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, works diligently with a variety of specialists to assist our clients with their unique needs, whether they are protecting a Commercial Driver's License or Nurse's License, are veterans or active duty military personnel, or just concerned about their reputations and freedom. Every client is unique to us. We will work hard for the second chance you need, even if we have to challenge the criminal justice system to protect your future.

Contact our San Antonio, Texas, law office after an arrest to learn how we can put our experience and resources to work protecting your rights and interests. Call 210-570-9902 or complete our online contact form.