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What are the important facts about DWI offenses in Texas?

While it's known that driving under the influence is illegal in Texas, there's often confusion as to what constitutes being drunk, how one can be charged with DWI offenses and the potential consequences for a conviction. There are certain laws in place to try and preclude drivers from driving after drinking and to impart punishments if they do commit the act, are caught and convicted.

Even with the laws, there will still be people who choose to drink and drive. People who have had a drink or two might not realize the affect that can have on their reactions when they're operating a motor vehicle. It depends on the size of the person drinking and other factors. The level of blood alcohol content to warrant an arrest is 0.08 percent. This can be measured with a breathalyzer machine or via blood test.

Man faces charges on multiple DWI offenses after fleeing police

For drivers in Plano, Texas DWI offenses can lead to serious penalties. Because driving while intoxicated can result in injuries and even death, law enforcement officials are constantly watching for drivers who are committing the act. When there is an arrest, drivers charged with a crime for DWI will be confronted with the possibility of a jail sentence and other punishments. Depending on the circumstances, these penalties can be very harsh.

A 40-year-old man with DWI offenses in his past was arrested for allegedly driving drunk again. The police began pursuing the driver at almost 2:15 a.m. He tried to flee and made it an estimated three miles before he was caught. He went through a backyard and almost crashed into a home. He then hit a trailer before he was finally stopped and arrested. The man has previous convictions for DWI and other criminal acts going back almost 20 years.

If possible, seeking DWI expungement is a wise decision

People in Collin, Texas who are arrested on a DWI charge might not be concerned about the arrest and possible consequences they face alone. They might be worried about the long-term stigma of having the arrest on their record even if they're acquitted. While a person who is acquitted of the charges doesn't have to worry about fines, a driver's license suspension and possible jail time, there is still a record of the arrest. This could have an influence on getting the job of their choice or being admitted to a school.

A common way in which people have their records cleared is known as expungement. This can be used to clear criminal records. In fact, a recent case in the news highlighted the story of an heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune who was charged with DWI, had the charges dropped and requested that the record be expunged. The request was eventually granted.

Man faces felony DWI charges after crash with child passenger

For drivers in Plano, the consequences for driving while intoxicated can be severe. If there is a conviction, it may result in serious penalties that will have a significant influence on their lives and the lives of their families. When the charge is felony DUI/DWI, the penalties are much more substantial.

Shortly after 5:00 p.m., a law enforcement officer tried to make a traffic stop after seeing a Nissan SUV hit a parked vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot. Instead of stopping, the driver of the Nissan attempted to escape. The driver then crashed his vehicle at an intersection and tried to get away on foot. Upon investigating the vehicle, a three-year-old boy was found inside. He was unhurt. The 52-year-old man was caught a short time later and faces multiple charges for driving while ability impaired with a child in the car.

When will a driver be charged with breath test refusal?

For drivers in Texas, being stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence is a traumatic event that will leave many wondering what their rights are and what they should do. Conflicting information is the foundation for mistakes and that holds true when a driver is asked by a law enforcement officer to take a test to determine their blood-alcohol content. Often, drivers believe that the Constitution affords them the right to refuse a breath test. This is not the case and if they refuse, they will add to the charges they already face.

According to state law, drivers are subject to the law of implied consent. This means that there is an automatic understanding that part of driving legally includes submitting to a breath test when asked to do so. If the driver refuses, there will be an automatic license suspension. In the event that a driver is stopped by law enforcement for operating a motor vehicle or a boat while intoxicated, he or she is required to take the test or face a license suspension for breath test refusal as per the terms of the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program.

Man arrested for driving while intoxicated with kids in vehicle

In Collin, drivers might not be aware of what constitutes a felony DWI and its accompanying penalties in the event of a conviction. Driving while intoxicated is known to be against the law and has certain punishments along with it, but when the charge is a felony DUI/DWI, drivers will face major life changes and serious penalties if convicted. These are far worse than for a conventional DWI. One specific circumstance that can lead to a felony DWI charge is driving under the influence while children in the vehicle.

Recently, police stopped a 41-year-old man because of a traffic infraction. During the stop, they found evidence that the man was driving while intoxicated with three children in the vehicle. When the officer spoke with the driver, the officer smelled alcohol. The driver was given field sobriety tests and failed. Two of the children were age 10 and the other was age 9. The driver was arrested.

Woman charged with vehicular manslaughter after alleged DWI crash

For drivers in Plano, impaired driving can lead to serious charges with significant penalties. With a drunk driving accident, the charges will be much worse. If there is a fatal drunk driving accident, the person who has been charged can have their entire lives turned upside down if there is a conviction.

A 26-year-old woman was arrested and faces charges for vehicular manslaughter after an accident that led to a man's death. According to the investigation, the woman was driving as SUV when she rear-ended a truck. The force of the impact sent the truck into an 18-wheeler. In the ensuing fire, the driver of the truck that was rear-ended was unable to escape his vehicle and died. A woman passenger in the truck was severely burned and hospitalized.

Two sisters face DWI offenses after they switch places in truck

In Collin, law enforcement officers are on alert for drivers who might be committing DWI offenses. Since drunk driving is treated so seriously, drivers need to be cognizant of the potential consequences they will face if they're caught and charged with the act. In some instances, drivers are keenly aware of the ramifications of being charged with a crime for DWI and make mistakes that will only make matters worse.

Two sisters were arrested for DWI offenses when they tried to switch seats to trick the officer as to who was driving their pickup truck. At shortly after 2:40 a.m., a 2009 Ford F-150 was seen speeding. An officer pulled the vehicle over and the 21-year-old driver switched seats with her 24-year-old sister who was in the passenger seat. When tested to determine their blood alcohol content levels, both were alleged to be drunk, registering BAC levels higher than 0.15 percent.

Driver faces DWI charges after crashing into road sign

If a driver faces DWI offenses in Plano, simply because there were no injuries in an accident doesn't mean there are no potential consequences in the event of a conviction. Driving while intoxicated is still treated seriously whether there is an accident or not. Law enforcement is constantly on the lookout for drivers committing DWI offenses and an arrest can result in significant problems for the alleged perpetrator.

In an overnight crash, a pickup truck hit an overhead sign and caused it to fall to the ground. The sign blocked the roadway making closure necessary until the sign could be cleared. Officials stated that the sign is approximately 50 to 60 feet off of the main road. All lanes heading north were blocked for several hours. The driver of the pickup truck was said to have suffered minor injuries and taken to the hospital. The driver is facing DWI charges for this accident.

Man charged with vehicular manslaughter after alleged DWI crash

When there is a fatal motor vehicle accident in Plano, a driver is often investigated for impaired driving. The road can be a dangerous place and if there is an accident, a driver operating the vehicle while intoxicated can make it more so. With a drunk driving accident and a fatality, the driver will likely face charges of vehicular manslaughter. A conviction on these charges can have significant ramifications.

A 67-year-old dump truck driver was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter after he crashed his truck into a Nissan. The truck hit the passenger side of the car and killed the 83-year-old female passenger. The 77-year-old driver was hospitalized. When police investigated, they claim that the truck driver was found to have a bottle of vodka with him. He was subsequently arrested and now faces felony charges.

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