It’s an unfortunate fact, but Texas leads the nation in drunk driving deaths. In 2015, almost 1,500 people died due to drunk driving, which was an increase of more than eight percent from the previous year. There were also more than 25,000 DUI accidents and close to 100,000 arrests, resulting in more than 70,000 convictions.
The statistics are sobering, but they are also a grim reminder that alcohol-related accidents are a common occurrence in Texas.
An attorney specializing in DWI or DUI (driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence, they are the same but may be referred to either way) cases may be able to work with the courts in some instances, but it’s best to understand the law so that you don’t put yourself in an undesirable, yet fully preventable situation.
In Texas, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% for drivers 21 years and older. That drops to 0.04% for commercial drivers. Drivers under 21 can be charged if there is any detectable amount in their system at all.
Even if you are not arrested for being over the legal limit, you may still be cited for driving with an open container of alcohol, or refusing to take a BAC test.
And in situations where you may be charged and convicted, the penalties can be rather harsh. You can lose your license for up to two years and wind up paying fines and either being put on probation or spending time in jail. Multiple convictions will result in even harsher penalties.
Minors face harsh penalties as well, even if they are convicted of non-driving offenses related to alcohol. Driving privileges can be affected if a person under 21 attempts to buy alcohol, lies about their age to buy alcohol, uses a fake ID to try and buy alcohol, or is caught possessing or drinking alcohol.
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