The state of Texas takes it seriously when drivers get behind the wheel of their cars after drinking. Because of this, many of the state's law enforcement agencies make it a priority to initiate traffic stops regarding vehicles they believe may be driven by an impaired driver. Drivers always have the right to challenge DUI or DWI charges, but in some cases, they do not make it easy on themselves.
For instance, a man was recently pulled over for speeding in a 30 mph zone at approximately 2:20 a.m. The officer suspected the driver of being impaired. At some point during the traffic stop, the driver allegedly punched the officer and took off running.
The officer gave chase and ultimately caught up to the man and placed him under arrest. A search of the man's vehicle supposedly revealed the presence of two baggies containing a substance the officer claimed to be cocaine. A records search also revealed the man may have outstanding warrants. The man faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, assault on a peace officer and driving while impaired.
The potential consequences associated with DUI or DWI can be harsh enough without any added charges. However, that does not mean that a conviction is a done deal. Challenging the charges could reveal weaknesses in the prosecution's case that could result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges. Anyone in Texas facing similar circumstances would more than likely benefit from seeking the assistance of an attorney as soon as possible in order to review the evidence, explain his or her rights and explore all of the potential options leading to the best possible outcome to the charges.
Source: kvia.com, "EPPD: Drunk Driver punched police officer, attempted to run away", Aug. 29, 2017