A string of arrests and changes in DWI laws
One of the worst repeat drunken drivers in Bexar County is Carlos Faz, who was
arrested April 1 on his 12th charge of driving while intoxicated. Here is his record
juxtaposed with changes in DWI laws.
12 ARRESTS CHANGES IN DWI LAWS
Feb. 22, 1975 1975 1984
Faz is arrested for the ﬁrst time for a charge of Texas bans DWI offenders from
driving while intoxicated, a class B misdemeanor. He eligibility for deferred adjudication.
was given deferred adjudication probation. 1977
Jan. 16, 1983, June 4, 1983, and June 26, 1983 1978
Faz is arrested three times in 1983 on DWI charges. 1979 1995
Because he had no prior “conviction” before any Texas legislators pass a law that
of the new charges were resolved, they were all 1980
requires anyone convicted of a
categorized as ﬁrst arrests, class B misdemeanors. 1981 second DWI within ﬁve years of their
He pleads guilty to all three and is given concurrent ﬁrst DWI to have an ignition interlock
60-day jail sentences. 1982 installed in their vehicle.
May 18, 1984 1983
Although it was his ﬁfth DWI arrest, for reasons 1984
unknown, Faz was charged with DWI like it is his ﬁrst 2001
arrest. He pleads guilty and spends 20 days in jail.
Texas bans open containers of
1986 alcoholic beverages in vehicles.
Dec. 25, 1986
Faz is charged with “DWI 2nd,” a class A 1987
misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty and is placed on 1988
Nov. 12, 1988 Texas legislators eliminate the
1990 10-year rule. Until the change,
Faz violates his probation and is again arrested on
a “DWI 2nd” charge. He pleads guilty and receives 1991 prior drunken driving convictions
two concurrent 90-day sentences for the probation didn’t count toward offenders’
violation and DWI charge. 1992 punishment if they went for 10 years
without a DWI conviction.
Dec. 20, 2001
This is Faz’s eighth DWI arrest, but because of the 1994
“10-year rule” in effect then, it counts as his ﬁrst 1995
arrest because his last DWI conviction was more Memorial Day, 2008
than 10 years earlier. 1996 Bexar County District Attorney
Susan Reed starts the county’s ﬁrst
May 8, 2002 1997
no-refusal weekend during which
Faz’s 2001 DWI charge is pending when he is 1998 judges sign warrants to draw the
arrested for the ninth time, again it is counted as a blood of suspected intoxicated
ﬁrst DWI charge, a misdemeanor. He pleads guilty 1999 motorists who refuse to give a
to both in 2003 and receives 22 days in jail and two 2000 breath sample. For several years,
years of probation, the ﬁrst 90 days of which was in the no-refusal policy is enforced on
a treatment facility under intensive supervision. 2001 holiday weekends only.
May 25, 2003 2002
Arrested again, Faz is charged with “DWI-3rd,” a 2003
felony. He is found guilty and sentenced to four years January 2011
in prison. In 2005, Faz was released on parole under Reed orders that every weekend is a
mandatory supervision; his parole ended in 2007. 2005 no-refusal weekend in Bexar County.
July 21, 2008 2006
He is charged again with DWI-3rd. The charge was 2007
dismissed in 2011 because of a missing witness. September 2011
April 1 No-refusal in Bexar County is now
2009 every day.
Faz is arrested on a DWI-3rd charge. Although there
is no higher charge than DWI-3rd, his punishment 2010 A new Texas law stipulates that
range would be enhanced to two to 20 years, if drivers with a blood alcohol level
2011 of 0.15 or higher — nearly twice the
convicted, because of his prior prison time. Faz is
now under house arrest. 2012 legal limit — face harsher penalties.
Sources: Bexar County court records, Express-News research Harry Thomas / San Antonio Express-News