The legal argument was creative, if not entirely convincing: After receiving his fourth driving-while-intoxicated (DWI) conviction, a San Antonio man filed an appeal that claimed Texas’s drunk driving laws are unconstitutional because they discriminate against alcoholics.
Prosecuting attorneys can use many “tools” when they put on or negotiate a DWI case. For example, to show your BAC was above 0.08, they can use the results of tests and show a video demonstrating a defendant’s slurred speech. Witnesses can testify as to a driver swerving and drinking constantly at a party before getting behind the wheel.
An El Paso woman is facing serious charges following an arrest in the early morning of Oct. 19. The 22-year-old is facing DUI/DWI charges after she was pulled over by Texas police with a child in her vehicle. So far, no court date has been announced in connection with this case.
When you are arrested on DWI charges, many things are likely running through your mind. You worry about being able to keep your driver’s license and perhaps even your job. Longer term, you could be concerned your career will suffer.
A 50-year-old man lost his life in a pedestrian versus car accident. Regardless of the circumstances, that is a tragedy. However, that does not mean that the driver believed to be involved in the crash does not have the right to challenge the charges he may face in connection with the accident. Police suspect the man of DUI, and he was booked into the jail in the Texas county where the incident occurred on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter, along with other charges relating to drugs.
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.
Dashboard cameras in patrol cars are there to protect the officers as much as they are those who are pulled over by police. The footage from those cameras often ends up in court in both criminal and civil proceedings, depending on the circumstances. The videos can be compelling, but they may not tell the whole story. For instance, the “dash cam” of a Texas police officer shows an accident that ended in the arrest of a driver for DUI.
If a law enforcement official charges you with driving while under the influence in Texas, you can expect the severity of your punishment to vary based on several factors. Your age, whether you had children in your car and whether you have ever received a similar charge in the past may impact how much you must pay, how much time you may have to serve and so on.