Being charged with a DWI is a serious matter, even if your breath or blood alcohol content (BAC) level was low and you are a first time offender. In addition to the fines, court costs, and criminal penalties you could be facing, a conviction could impact other areas of your life, as well. As the result of these charges appearing on your permanent record, you could face difficulties in obtaining certain types of employment, housing, or student loans.
Drunk driving is a leading cause of car accidents throughout Texas. To help protect the general public and reduce the number of people injured in these crashes, law enforcement officials take an aggressive stance in apprehending drivers who are under the influence.
A criminal charge related to drunk driving is a threat to your freedom and future, but this is especially true if you have a previous DWI or two on your criminal record. While your situation is quite serious, you do not simply have to accept a conviction as your only option.
In Austin, as in Houston, police officers have an extra incentive to make DWI arrests: time they spend in court counts as overtime. Therefore, even if a police officer charges you with DWI and you are acquitted, they still make extra money just by showing up. In some cases, officers are making more than their yearly salary in overtime pay alone.
Criminal charges related to alleged drunk driving are serious charges. A University o Texas Austin volleyball player is facing drunk driving accusations and charges. The 20-year-old standout volleyball player was initially pulled over for driving without her headlights on a following too closely. The woman allegedly admitted to drinking two shots of vodka with soda 6 hours earlier. The woman also allegedly smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test; a breathalyzer test was not administered according to the police report.
Our firm has published a SlideShare to let you know about a new law that gives a second chance to some who have been convicted of DWI. Read on to learn who qualifies to have their records sealed.
Every weekend, drivers are urged to make responsible decisions and to find another way home rather than driving while intoxicated. Most of the time, people make a responsible decision if they have had too much to drink. However, maybe a person lost track of how many drinks they had at a Memorial Day gathering with family or friends. Driving while intoxicated over the legal BAC limit of .08 can result in a person being arrested for DWI.
On a hot Texas summer day, people are focused on staying cool and having a good time with their family. That's why so many head to local lakes or rivers to enjoy a day on the water. With leisure time comes the occasional beer, wine or mixed-drink. However, did you know that those operating a boat or other watercraft can be charged with boating while intoxicated?
Travis County residents have a lot of pride in the University of Texas (UT), and rightly so. It is an institution that has been in existence for over 130 years, and has a proud tradition of both academic and athletic excellence. Students at such a prestigious school are indeed lucky to have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and social skills. Of course, college isn't all about studying, however, and with many students being away from home for the first time, some may get themselves into difficult situations.
It is more common than one might think. You might be out with your friends, enjoying a drink at the local watering hole. Or how about out to dinner with you wife, enjoying a glass of wine with dinner. Even one or two drinks could put a person in a situation they would rather not be in.
DWI's can have a lasting impact on your life. Oftentimes young people are charged with DWI after they are suspected of driving under the influence. Sometimes a person isn't even legal drinking age when they are charged with DWI or a DWI-related crime. For young people especially, a DWI conviction can have a lasting impact on their life.
There is no doubt that being charged with a crime can greatly impact one's life. However, being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted of a crime. Every person convicted of a crime has their opportunity to present their side of the story in court, if they wish.