A night of partying or one too many drinks could lead to a fatal accident, a criminal charge, high fines, jail time and/or the loss of a driver’s license. Due to the high numbers of deaths because of drunk driving accidents in Texas, the legislature has made the laws more severe for criminal charges and administrative penalties.
With the loss of so many lives, police officers will regularly observe drivers and watch for any signs they may be drunk or under the influence of a substance. The police don’t hesitate to pull someone over and charge them as quickly as possible.
Can a Person Be Arrested Even If They’re Below the Legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)?
Very often, individuals will be arrested even when their BAC is well below the legal limit. An experienced DWI attorney in Tyler, TX can fight aggressively to prove the individual was pulled over without cause and use the testing to fight against the charges. Even if an individual is taking a prescribed drug, their inability to safely drive a vehicle could affect their driving privileges and their criminal record.
Should a Driver Talk to the Police at the Scene?
A driver should never discuss the situation with the police at the scene about their medication or where they previously were. The person may not want to agree to perform any type of police DWI tests or consent to any type of testing without speaking with a lawyer first. Many things can affect the outcome of a test, even when an individual isn’t over the legal limit and wasn’t under the influence of drugs.
A first offense for a DWI could result in imprisonment for up to 180 days in jail, license suspension for 90 to 180 days, and high fines. If an individual was with a person under the age of 15 in the car, a jail sentence of 180 days to two years could be imposed against the driver. This is why it is very important to immediately contact a DWI attorney in Tyler, TX.
The Law Office of Holmes & Moore P.L.L.C. have all of the experience an individual needs for fighting a DWI charge in Texas. They know the legal system and understand how to cast doubt in the mind of the prosecutor.