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Can I plea bargain for drunk driving charges?

Some people in Texas do not think twice before getting behind the wheel after having a drink or two, not realizing that they might have had enough alcohol to render them legally intoxicated. Depending on how long it has been since a person consumed alcohol, how much someone ate while drinking, their size and their tendency to digest alcohol, everyone's system is different and can be affected by alcohol differently. This means it may take more for a tall heavy man to cross the legal limits of intoxication than it would a short thin woman.

How are field sobriety tests conducted?

If you have been pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, officers may conduct a field sobriety test to prove that you are intoxicated. The standard field sobriety test, as sanctioned by the United States National Highway Safety Administration, consists of three parts - a horizontal gaze nystagmus test, a walk and turn and a one-leg stand.

What to expect if you get pulled over after drinking at the lake

The weather is warming up, and you are ready to head out to the lake with your friends. Maybe you are planning to drink alcohol while you are out for the day or weekend. While there is certainly no harm in drinking with your friends-if you are of legal age-you should certainly not drink and drive afterward.

Penalties for DWI with a child passenger

In Texas, penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) increase if there is a passenger under the age of 15 in the car. This ramps up the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. Parents often take their children with them to family barbecues or dinner with friends where they consume alcohol before driving back home.

What is an 'ignition interlock device' in Texas DUI

Th past three decades or so have seen the rise of an awareness with regard to the dangers of drinking and driving. Beginning in the 1980s, both official agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations have been creating public service campaigns warning about drunk drivers, and urging changes in the law. With this pressure have come tougher sentencing guidelines and a decrease in the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) needed to convict someone of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Recently, there has also been a movement to add certain other penalties to the legal regime under which those convicted of DUI can be sentenced.

Does a DUI arrest stay on my record?

Texas residents may not think much of having a few drinks and getting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, that one decision has the possibility of ruining a drunk driver's life, both in the short term and the long term. Much has been said previously about the penalties associated with a DUI conviction-license suspension and fines and the escalation of penalties with multiple offenses. But many people may not understand the long term consequences of a DUI in their background.

Texas BUI laws to know before going out on the lake

Summer is fast approaching, and that means more time out on the lake to beat the Texas heat. There are many water sports to enjoy, from speedboating to water skiing to kayaking. These are best enjoyed with family and friends, which can prompt the drinking of alcohol.

Field sobriety testing during a DUI/DWI stop

Field sobriety tests are administered by law enforcement officials to individuals suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol. In Texas and other jurisdictions throughout the country field sobriety tests are often administered on the sides of the roads where the suspected drunk drivers are stopped. This post will generally discuss the types of tests individuals may face when stopped for suspected drunk driving and what those tests attempt to prove.

Breath tests and "no-refusal" policies in Texas

If a driver in Texas is pulled over and accused of driving while intoxicated, the police may ask that the driver submit to a breath test to determine their blood alcohol content level. Drivers in this situation may be tempted to refuse to do so, for a variety of reasons. However, per Texas implied consent laws, there could be negative consequences that follow a breath test refusal, including the loss of a driver's license. That is because driving is considered to be a privilege and in exchange for the privilege of driving, a person must submit to a breath test if asked to.

The penalties for a OUI offense in Texas are serious

In Texas, just like every other state in the nation, if a person gets behind the wheel of a car with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or above, that person may be charged with drunk driving. Operating under the influenceis a serious offense in the state, so it is important to understand what penalties are associated with such charges.

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