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Kyle Lowe, Criminal Defense Attorney

Kyle Lowe Criminal Defense/DWI Attorney

Licensed to practice law since 1993 in New Mexico, and since 1997 in Texas, Kyle Lowe has been trying cases for 16 years. His only focus is Criminal Law. Beginning his career as an Assistant District Attorney in New Mexico, Kyle quickly worked his way up to Deputy District Attorney and became the designated DWI Prosecutor for the office.

 

In his 5 years as a prosecutor Kyle tried more than 60 cases to juries to include the first State prosecuted wiretap conspiracy case in New Mexico history...

 

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Posts Tagged ‘austin drunk driving arrest’

Increased demand for DWI blood testing cited as one cause of Austin Crime Lab backlog

March 8th, 2013 by Kyle Lowe

The Austin Police Crime Lab, started nine years ago in response to severe delays in DPS forensics analysis turnaround time, is now experiencing it’s own serious backlog.  The reasons?  According to an article in the Austin American Statesman, an increased demand for blood analysis in drunk driving cases, an increase in the collection of forensic evidence in general, and staffing that is the same today as it was nine years ago.  The chronic delays caused Travis County’s 13 criminal court judges and both the District and County Attorneys to request immediate funding from the City Council to hire three new forensic chemists.  It’s considered a band-aid, but the City Council responded with $181,000 for three new hires and lab equipment to ride out the rest of the budget year.  The in-house testing of blood, DNA, fingerprints, ballistic and narcotic samples was aimed at shortening the turnaround time experienced by sending everything to the Department of Public Safety.  Instead, it is now causing the delay of criminal cases.  Since 2008, forensic samples sent to the crime lab has increased 25%.  Astonishingly, the number of blood samples sent to the crime lab over the same period of time rose 355%.  The increases align with a greater push by the Austin Police Department on DWI cases as well as “no refusal”  initiatives which allow officers to obtain blood search warrants on suspected drunk drivers.  The average wait time for blood testing is now 200 days, six times longer than it was three years ago.  The new staffing should ease the current backlog, however, forensic testing is an extremely careful process that takes time.  The hope is that the increased staffing will help ease the bottleneck of pending criminal cases.

Texas Baseball Coach Suspended After DWI Arrest

January 21st, 2009 by Kyle Lowe

Augie Garrido, coach of the University of Texas at Austin baseball team, has been suspended indefinitely without pay because of his Austin DWI arrest. Once school officials gather more information, they’ll decide what to do in regards to his position at the university.

Garrido was stopped near downtown Austin when he was driving a Porsche Cayenne with the headlights off just before 1AM. Garrido failed a field sobriety test and also admitted to having five glasses of wine and being intoxicated. He had apparently spent the evening at J. Black’s on 6th Street and Eddie V.’s on 5th Street, both in the downtown Austin area. He was booked into the Travis County Jail that night.

The Longhorns’ first baseball game is coming up fast on February 20, when they’ll play the University of Illinois-Chicago. The last time Garrido missed a baseball game was back in 2006 when he was suffering from dehydration symptoms. For now, the Longhorns’ associate head coach and pitching coach will be taking over the team.

Garrido is the highest paid college baseball coach, earning a salary of about $800,000. In 2012, Garrido is expected to be the first college coach to make $1 million or more, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Though he has a five-year contracts that says he’d receive $300,000 per year for each year left on his contract should he be dismissed, this stipulation may not apply if he’s fired for breaking UT’s standard of conduct rules.

Austin DWI Arrests: Know Your Rights

Augie Garrido’s DWI arrest is a great example to us all that you need to know your rights when it comes to Austin DWI arrests. Mr. Garrido admitted to the police officer that he was intoxicated. If you are questioned by a police officer and asked incriminating questions, know your rights. Tell the officer that you respectfully decline to provide any answers until you’re able to consult with your Austin attorney, Kyle Lowe.