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By Jim Adler February 18, 2016

The most reliable DUI attorney Houston residents look for is one who is familiar with the impact that drunk driving has on families. No organization exemplifies the effects of drunk driving on families more than Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). This is an organization familiar to every drunk driving lawyer in the country and an organization with a fascinating history. Any DUI lawyer Dallas residents rely on is going to be familiar with MADD, and they may even call on the organization for help from time to time. But when it comes to talking to a knowledgeable DUI attorney, Houston citizens look for an expert who understands and respects the history of MADD and the organization’s impact on the entire country.

The Beginnings

MADD was founded in May of 1980 by Candace Lightner in response to her daughter Cari being killed by a drunk driver. At the time Candace Lightner started the organization, it was estimated that nearly 660,000 people per year were being injured in drunk driving accidents, and one-third of those injured had died. What angered Lightner the most was that her daughter was walking on a sidewalk and not behind the wheel of a car when she was killed. It was the resolve of Lightner that launched MADD and helped to turn it into an international organization.

Law firms that wanted to fight for the rights of drunk driving victims found themselves handcuffed by a legal system that simply did not put a strong emphasis on punishing drunk driving. But by 1983, MADD had grown to more than 100 offices around the world with a rising number of members. The group’s message was getting across, and the average drunk driving lawyer now had the tools they needed to get justice for victims.

A Growing Movement

In 1983, MADD moved its international headquarters to Dallas, Texas. One of the goals of the organization was to make the work of prosecuting drunk drivers easier for every DUI lawyer. Dallas was a growing metropolitan area that was experiencing its fair share of drunk driving accidents, and MADD wanted to bring its resources to the Dallas area, and the entire world, to help victims get justice.

By 1984, MADD had 330 offices located in 47 states throughout the country. Thanks to the work done by MADD, President Ronald Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which brought the drinking age throughout the country up to 21 years of age. On May 14, 1988, MADD enhanced its public image by offering crisis counseling services to the families of 24 young people in Tennessee who had died in a drunk driving accident that involved a bus from a church group. The country quickly learned about MADD, and the organization grew.

Taking On Today’s Challenges

By 2000, an official Gallup poll showed that an astonishing 97 percent of all Americans recognized MADD’s name and knew the basic intentions of the organization. In 2002, MADD brought together lawmakers and other authorities from all over the country to discuss drunk driving at the first National Impaired Driving Summit. In 2003, MADD president Wendy Hamilton was asked by Congress to testify on the subject of drunk driving as lawmakers prepared to draft a six-year highway funding bill. It was the government’s way of showing that the work MADD has done matters when it comes to keeping people safe on American highways.

The organization continues to grow and have a strong say in what happens with drunk driving legislation throughout the country. Lawmakers credit MADD with saving lives because of the group’s progressive ideas on drunk driving prevention and ability to reach out to communities and educate people. The organization is going strong, and the results of its work can still be felt all over the world.

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Erick Becker
Erick Becker
01:20 06 May 17
I am a Patrol Deputy for the Sheriff Office and while working one night, a drunk driver crossed the center stripe on the highway and struck my patrol vehicle head on with his pick up truck. Needless to say we (the drunk driver and I) were both lucky to survive, as the accident occurred at highway speeds. Following my release from the hospital, I knew that I would need to have someone represent me. My employer was happy to represent me in regards to prosecuting the driver for criminal charges but, can do little in respect to the recovery of financial losses for medical bills, pain and discomfort, time lost from work etc... This is how my relationship with Jim Adler and Associates began. Yep, you probably guessed correctly when you think of what made me choose the "Texas Hammer" to represent me. Those half obnoxious, half way entertaining commercials and radio announcements most Texans have been seeing and hearing on the TV and radio for years instantly came to mind. Yes, I wanted to "hammer" this S.O.B. for trying to kill me but, more importantly I was worried about the costs associated with the life long injuries I had sustained as a result of this drunk driver's negligent behavior. I contacted Jim Adler and Associates and so began our relationship. I was immediately surprised by the prompt attention and the expression of genuine concern for my well being that I received from the employees of Jim Adler's office. Now as you can imagine, lawyers are not a breed that is held in very high regard by people in my profession but, my experiences with Jim Adler's office and his employees have forced me to amend my way of thinking, at least on the civil side of the house anyway. I have to chuckle when I say that because my experience as a client of Jim Adler's firm has been exceptionally pleasant. So before I venture down one of the stereotypical and infinite number of rabbit holes associated with the relationship between members of law enforcement and lawyers; I will do my best to stay focused on my experience with Jim Adler & Associates. Upon being informed that my case had been accepted by Jim Adler's office; I was contacted by Iris Sanchez who informed me that she was to be my case manager and any questions, comments and concerns could be directed to her. I was pleasantly surprised to receive regular calls from Iris assisting with my medical appointments and future follow up appointments. Iris had informed me that Jim Adler's son, Bill Adler would be handling my case and I was even more surprised to receive several calls from Bill to discuss my case. Now you might be thinking "what's the big deal" with the person who is representing you contacting you? In reality, you are correct in that it isn't a big deal but, what is noteworthy and what separates Jim Adler's Office from the multitude of other lawyers is the genuine expressions of concern and the desire Bill Adler conveyed to me to do their best to help me. I felt an immediate connection and instantly realized I had made the correct choice in contacting Jim Adler & Associates to handle my case. One thing I think lawyers and police officers can agree on is the proverbial wheels of justice turn very slowly. Months go by and our professional relationship is never neglected. Through the unwavering attention of Iris Sanchez and Bill Adler himself, I never felt "out of the loop" so to speak and always had a clear understanding of where my case was at in regards to the legal process. In conclusion, I know my brief description of my experiences with Bill Adler and, his assistant Iris Sanchez, cannot provide the credit they deserve. Together they have done an outstanding job representing their firm/employer. If you are seeking a great firm to represent your legal interests and, take comfort in establishing a professional relationship that feels more like a friendship than a casual business acquaintance, then I highly suggest Jim Adler & Associates.
Tierra Clark
Tierra Clark
18:52 19 May 17
My lawyer Bill Adler and case manager Iris Sanchez are amazing! They constantly call and check on you . They keep you up to date through the process. They care about you as a person and not just a client. The wreck was a life changing experience that I've never been through before. I'm just glad I had the right people like Bill Adler and Iris Sanchez to help me through it. Truly satisfied.Thanks and God bless y'all!
Lorenzo Preston
Lorenzo Preston
17:23 26 Jan 17
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Tori Barroga
Tori Barroga
14:17 11 May 17
I was dropped from a previous law firm regarding my case before I called Jim Adler. They immediately took up my case and worked hard on it - I was always up to date with each step they took and the benefits or consequences of each. In the end, I am highly satisfied with the outcome and would not have it any other way. It took some time but I truly appreciate and want to thank everybody who helped me on this journey and worked tirelessly on it.
Bernard Orozco
Bernard Orozco
17:16 23 Feb 17
I am very happy with Jim Adler & Associates. I did not know anyone who has ever used the Law Firm before. The staff is very friendly and treated me as if I were family. At times it got very stressful being without a job. They helped me when I was confused about the process. Mrs. Theresa Rodriguez stayed in contact with me constantly. Checking on me to see how I was doing and to let me know how things were going on there end. The Attorneys that handled my case know exactly what they are doing to take good care of me. Thank You so much Attorney's Mr.Michael Gomez and Mr.Trey Smith.
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