Complexities of the Law
The laws defining driving under the influence in Texas (Texas DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas are very complex. These laws are intended to keep motorists safe from those who would drive while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. These well-intentioned laws are vital for maintaining road safety; many thousands of people every year are the victims of accidents caused by alcohol or other substances. For those charged and convicted of these offenses, however, the penalties can be severe and can even affect your ability to earn a living.
Understanding DUI and DWI Charges
In Texas, DUI and DWI charges are based upon a factor called blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The limits for BAC vary based on classification. For a normal adult, 21 years of age, the legal BAC is under 0.08%. For those driving commercial vehicles, the level is considerably lower, 0.04%.
For minors under the age of 21, any detectable amount of alcohol in the bloodstream is enough for arrest and conviction for driving while intoxicated. This means a single beer can create severe problems under the Zero Tolerance Law.
Other Alcohol Crimes
Beyond DUI, officers can charge offenders with other crimes related to alcohol and vehicles. At The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, we defend every kind of alcohol-related crime. These include, but are not limited to:
Hire a DUI/DWI Attorney Immediately
Alcohol and DUI in Texas are serious business. Those who face these charges should not take them lightly or attempt to resolve the issues on their own. If you are being detained and questioned by police, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.
Only a qualified criminal defense attorney can help you defend against complex DWI legal codes. If you have been arrested or charged for DUI and DWI in Texas, call us immediately for a consultation.