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.
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.
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.
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.
With legalized cannabis taking center stage over the past decade, it may come as no surprise that the number of drivers thought to have marijuana in their systems has risen substantially. At the same time, increased opioid activity has also driven up the number of people thought to drive with opioids in their system, according to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
A breathalyzer is a breathalyzer, right? You might be under the impression that all breath testing machines are the same, but they're not. Each one is manufactured for profit by a private company. Intoxilyzer, Breathalyzer, Alcotest, Intoximeter -- each brand must meet certain standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the exact details of how they operate are considered the intellectual property of the producer.
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.
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.
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.