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Naked woman with child in car arrested on DWI offenses

Law enforcement in Collin takes DWI offenses very seriously and drivers need to be aware of the potential consequences. Because the dangers of driving while intoxicated are so well-known and there are frequent stories in the news of the aftereffects of a DWI incident, the punishments are intentionally harsh to dissuade drivers from getting behind the wheel after drinking. In many instances, there are other circumstances occurring during the alleged DWI that will raise the charges to felony DWI.

A 28-year-old woman was recently arrested for DWI offenses after she was witnessed removing all of her clothes before driving off. When police stopped the vehicle, they found the woman nude. In addition, she had a 3-year-old child in her lap while she was driving. The woman was arrested and the child was placed in the custody of his father.

Knowing what to do when facing felony DWI charges in Texas

When a driver in Texas is facing charges for driving while intoxicated, it can be a trying time with many issues to worry about. If the situation is severe enough with an accident and injuries or death to others, the charges can be raised to felony DWI. This can lead to major life changes, massive expenses and issues that will be a challenge long after the case has been decided. It's important that those who are confronted with the serious penalties accompanying a felony DWI understand what they're up against and know how to combat the charges and possibly win acquittal.

Felony DWI can be charged for numerous reasons including a prior record for DWI. If there is a third or more arrest for DWI, it will constitute a felony. With an accident that injures or claims the lives of others, this too can constitute a felony. The penalties for a conviction are severe. There can be a fine of up to $10,000. In addition, the accused can face a jail sentence of between 2 and 10 years. Furthermore, the defendant's driver's license can be suspended for up to 2 years. These are just the basic penalties for a felony DWI conviction, but it gets worse.

Man charged with vehicular manslaughter after alleged DWI crash

Impaired driving is taken very seriously in Plano and this is especially true when there is a fatal DWI crash. With any drunk driving accident, there is the potential for there to be severe injuries and even death. This is why law enforcement is constantly on the lookout for drivers who might be driving impaired. When there are charges for DWI, it's important that the driver knows his or her rights under the law especially if there is a vehicular manslaughter charge.

A 37-year-old man was arrested for vehicular manslaughter after a crash that claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman. The man, who is a prominent realtor, had been charged with DWI five other times before this incident. Witnesses stated that the driver was spotted weaving in and out of his lane on the road before having a head-on crash with the decedent.

Alleged intoxicated driver causes crash that breaks woman's arm

Whenever there is an accident in Collin, law enforcement will conduct an investigation to determine if there are any extenuating circumstances or laws being broken. In some cases, the accident was caused by a driver who got behind the wheel while intoxicated. If there is an injury or fatality as a result of the crash, the allegedly intoxicated driver will likely face intoxication assault charges. These charges carry with them severe penalties in the event of conviction.

A 34-year-old woman is facing a felony DWI charge after an accident broke the other driver's arm. The woman was driving south when she turned her vehicle and was hit on the passenger side of her car by a vehicle heading north. The allegedly drunk driver suffered minor injuries. She was arrested for DWI after the police investigated.

Variables in determining blood alcohol content via breath test

When a driver in Collin is stopped by law enforcement for suspicion of driving under the influence, a breath test is one of the common ways by which the officer will determine whether the driver surpasses the legal limit for blood-alcohol content. Acquiescing to a request for a breath test falls under the law of implied consent, meaning that the driver is required to take the test or face penalties for refusing a breathalyzer. It must be understood, however, that a person can register above the legal limit even if they haven't been drinking. This can be due to the use of several products that the driver might have believed were innocuous.

A driver who might have been drinking and is unaware as to whether he or she is over the legal limit might consider refusing to take a breath test. The penalties for refusal can be an inconvenience with fines and a driver's license suspension, but they are not as onerous as the conviction for driving under the influence. If a driver has used cough medicine, lip balm, a breath spray, cold medicine or has simply burped, that could result in a positive test when the driver hadn't been drinking or hadn't had enough to drink to surpass the legal limit.

Driver faces felony DWI charges after crash with children in car

For drivers in Plano who get behind the wheel after drinking, the penalties they will face if they're caught and convicted will vary depending on the situation. Depending on the circumstances in the driving while intoxicated incident, there can be multiple offenses charged and serious penalties. If the allegations are enough to result in charges for felony DUI/DWI, such as when there are children in the vehicle, a conviction can have a major influence on the driver's life.

Recently, a 42-year-old man who hit a woman's vehicle and refused to stop was arrested for DWI. The woman whose car was involved in the crash followed the car that hit her and contacted police. Police stopped the vehicle in question and he refused to exit the vehicle. They smelled alcohol on the man and gave him a sobriety test, which he failed. A warrant to take a blood test was granted and he registered over three times the legal limit. In addition, he had three children - age 5, 3 and 2 - in the car with him.

DWI one of the most common reasons for arrest in Texas

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were 89,256 arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2012, making drunk driving arrests the third most common type of arrests in the state. Only public drunkenness (114,436) and drug possession (124,766) outnumbered drunk driving as the stated cause for an arrest in our state that year. By comparison, aggravated assault, the No. 4 most common crime cited in arrests, was involved in only 22,155 arrests.

There could be many reasons for the high number of drunk driving arrests in Texas. Safety advocates say that the high number indicates that drunk driving is frighteningly common in our state. Indeed, the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving claims that Texas had more drunk driving-related fatalities than any other state in 2011.

Weighing the options with Texas DWI breath and blood tests

When Texas police officers suspect a driver of being intoxicated, they may pull over the driver's vehicle and administer certain sobriety tests. One of the most common -- and most controversial -- of these is a chemical breath test using a Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer machine. They may also order a blood test, in which technicians extract a blood sample with a needle.

Under Texas law, all drivers imply their consent to submitting to a breath or blood test when they accept their driver's license. If you are pulled over and then refuse to submit to one of these tests, you may have your driver's license suspended for at least 180 days. No doubt, this potential penalty is enough to make many drivers submit to a breath test without hesitation. However, there may be limited circumstances in which refusing to take the test is the better option.

Man crashes into road workers and faces felony DWI charges

Drivers in Collin who are charged with driving while intoxicated after having an accident with injuries will face the prospect of a felony DWI. If there is a conviction on these charges, there can be significant criminal penalties. When there is a vehicular assault, those who have been charged can see their entire lives turned upside down even before they are convicted and punished. It's imperative that they know their rights and how to lodge a strong defense.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on multiple offenses after crashing into members of a road crew and leaving the scene. The driver allegedly ignored an off-duty law enforcement officer who was signaling for him to stop. The man was driving a pickup truck that subsequently crashed into a paving machine. He then allegedly hit two workers as well as three other employees. The man was arrested at his home a short while later and he was later released on $50,000 bail.

What punishments do commercial drivers face for DWI charges?

In Texas, the punishments for a conviction on DUI/DWI charges can be harsh. Because the infraction is taken so seriously, it's a significant hardship on those who are charged with a crime and convicted. For ordinary drivers, the potential consequences are bad enough, but what happens for commercial drivers who rely on his or her driver's license to be able to work?

First, note that under Texas law, license suspension and revocation is handled not by the criminal justice system, but through a system known as Administrative License Revocation. This system involves hearings that are similar to those in the criminal courts in many ways, but not the same.

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