Welcome to Our Comprehensive Guide of Texas DWI/DUI Laws
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) refers to the criminal offense of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs, including recreational and prescription drugs. Texas law defines this offense as having a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above 0.08% or the loss of normal use of mental or physical faculties. The Lowe Law Office, PLLC, is here to provide extensive legal support to individuals facing DWI/DUI charges, carefully navigating the complexities of Texas law to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients.
Understand the Importance of Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
BAC measures the amount of alcohol in your blood, expressed as a percentage. In the context of DUI offenses, a BAC of 0.08% means there are 0.08 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, indicating a significant impairment of motor control.
Know Your Rights During DWI Traffic Stops to Protect Yourself
If you’re pulled over on suspicion of DWI/DUI, know that you have clear constitutional rights as accorded by U.S. law. You’re under no obligation to answer police questions without an attorney present, and you may decline field sobriety tests or breathalyzers without providing evidence of guilt.
Understanding Refusal: Field Sobriety Tests and Breathalyzers
While you can refuse to take a breathalyzer test or participate in a Field Sobriety Test, your refusal can lead to significant consequences such as potential fines and license suspensions, and, in some cases, could be used against you in court.
Post-DWI Arrest: What to Expect and What You Should Prepare For
If you’ve been arrested for DWI/DUI, the following are potential steps in the judicial process:
- An administrative hearing resulting in potential civil penalties or license suspension
- A criminal process that could lead to charges requiring DWI defense
A conviction could result in fines, license suspension or revocation, imprisonment, and/or mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices.
How You Should Handle a Drunk Driving Conviction
Drunk driving convictions can significantly impact your life—from increased insurance premiums to the potential for loss of employment. The Texas legal system does allow for the overturning of a DWI charge, but this process is far from simple. The Lowe Law Offices stands prepared to assist you in navigating this complex process.
Questions or Concerns About Texas DWI/DUI Charges? Contact Us Today.
Should you find yourself in the distressing situation of dealing with a DWI/DUI charge, or if you have any questions about Texas DWI/DUI laws, The Lowe Law Office is here to help. We advise individuals not to plead guilty until they have received counsel and fully understand their situation.
If you or a loved one are facing DWI/DUI charges or have legal inquiries, connect with The Lowe Law Office, PLLC. We offer a free consultation and will be glad to discuss your case at your convenience. Get in touch with us at (817) 678-5080, and let us walk with you through your legal journey.