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The importance of challenging field sobriety tests when necessary

Field sobriety tests can commonly form the basis of drunk driving charges, making it important for accused drivers to understand what field sobriety tests are and how they can challenge them when needed. Challenging a field sobriety test performed by a police officer can be an important part of a

Potential challenges to DUI charges

DUI charges in Texas can be damaging for the accused individual and their reputation and can affect their personal and professional lives. As a result, it is essential for accused individuals to understand criminal defense protections related to charges of driving under the influence.

Drugs don’t have to be illegal to get you a DUI

Texas residents often think about driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit substances when the topic of facing a DUI comes up. However, as we at the Kyle Law Firm understand, you can face charges even for driving after taking a legal medication. Any substance that compromises your ability to drive a vehicle safely may result in authorities giving you a DUI, and these can include prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

How much does a Texas DUI affect auto insurance rates?

As a Texas resident facing a possible conviction for driving under the influence, you may have concerns about how you might get to work, pay your fines and otherwise grapple with the potential repercussions associated with the act. While these matters are certainly worth considering, many people facing DUI or DWI charges forget that they may also face consequences for their actions that come from outside the justice system, such as those brought on by insurance providers.

What are factors affecting breath test accuracy?

If you have ever been pulled over on suspicion of drinking and driving, you may have been asked to submit to a roadside breath test. These devices are used by law enforcement officers in Texas and across the United States as a way to measure a driver’s blood alcohol content level. The problem lies in the fact that the blood alcohol content level read off of a breath test device may differ considerably when compared to the BAC level taken from an actual blood test. In some cases, the BAC level obtained from a breath test device may cause you to be mistakenly charged with a DUI.

What is the true cost of a DWI in Texas?

If you were stopped and arrested for drinking and driving in Texas, your reputation and your wallet may be at stake. DWIs come with several intangible consequences, including but not limited to difficulty finding gainful employment, tarnished character, interrupted family life and other costs. They also come with a number of tangible consequences, the greatest of which is actual cost. 

New 'pot breathalyzer' could test for marijuana impairment

With marijuana legal for medical or recreational purposes in a number of states, the need has arisen for an easy, reliable test for marijuana impairment. Drug-impaired driving is still illegal in all 50 states, but the current blood and urine tests only indicate whether someone has used the drug in the past month or so. Since marijuana's "high" only lasts for a couple of hours, the tests come out positive in many cases where the driver is long past that "high" stage.

Caught up in enhanced DWI enforcement over the July 4 holiday?

Law enforcement from Austin to San Antonio and across the state have been cracking down on drunk driving over the Fourth of July holiday period. Starting June 28 and continuing in some cases until July 15, Sheriff's Offices and the crackdown includes enhanced DWI enforcement, extra attention to speeding and seat belt violations, and "no refusal" breath testing initiatives in some parts of the state.

Actor Vince Vaughn arrested for drunk driving, resisting officers

The plucky star of such hits as "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," "Wedding Crashers" and "True Detective" was recently pulled over near Los Angeles and arrested for drunk driving, along with resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. An unidentified male passenger was also arrested, charged with obstruction and public intoxication.

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