Archive for August, 2015

Texas DUI Defense Attorney Talks about Legal Insurance for College Students

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Given the popularity of alcohol consumption among college students in many different settings, it is not surprising that college students sometimes face DUI charges during the time that they are enrolled in college. When this happens, the students who have been accused of DUI may not know where to look for help. They are also likely to be very concerned about the potential impact of the DUI charges on their education, as well as on other areas of their lives. College students who have no experience with the legal system are also unlikely to know much about the court process, and about the different legal terms that are used in DUI cases. Some college students may even be completely unaware or somewhat unsure of their rights as DUI defendants. It is important that all college students acknowledge the possibility of encountering DUI charges while they are in school, so that they can decide ahead of time how they might handle such a situation if it did arise.

For some students, an attorney with whom their family has already built a close relationship can step in at a moment’s notice to defend them against DUI charges. This can be very expensive, and even students whose families know attorneys may not be able to afford to retain them when they need them. It is also possible that the attorney that a student’s family knows may not be available at the time that they need their services. Additionally, many students have no previous relationship with an attorney, and they are unlikely to know where to begin as far as selecting an attorney under the stressful circumstances of being charged with a DUI. Fortunately, there is an option that can enable students to be prepared for DUI charges and other legal issues ahead of time.

A company called Texas Legal offers legal insurance for college students and others who may not have the money to pay for attorney fees on an as-needed basis. As with other insurance products like health insurance, people who buy legal insurance pay monthly premiums in exchange for knowing that they will be able to access legal assistance at no cost when they need to do so.

If you are a college student and you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, you need to align yourself with someone who can defend you against your DUI charges. A DUI conviction could have far-reaching consequences in many areas of your life, including your education. An experienced Texas DUI Defense Attorney can work with you to help you understand court procedure and develop a defense strategy that is likely to bring about the best possible resolution to your case. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has been providing high quality DUI defense services to his clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call Attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.

Texas DUI Defense Attorney Warns Drivers about Increased DUI Patrols

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Summer is almost over, but the Texas Department of Transportation knows that there is still plenty of time left to soak up the sun and enjoy many more good times with your friends. That is why the Texas Department of Transportation has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to carry out an extensive “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” campaign that is aimed at deterring drunk driving.

An increased police presence on the roadways is part of the campaign, but drivers should be aware that law enforcement officers are not the only ones who are “helping” to spot drunk drivers. Drivers have been calling in the license plate numbers of other drivers whom they believe to be impaired based upon things like driving without their lights on or weaving all over the road. While some people may think that this is a good thing, it is not difficult to imagine that it could easily result in stops and arrests being made for drivers who are not actually under the influence of alcohol.

The timing of the increased DUI patrols is based upon a historical need for drunk driving deterrence campaigns during the summer months. For example, last summer nearly seven hundred people were hurt and three hundred and thirty six people were killed in automobile accidents where alcohol was a factor. The “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” campaign targets all drunk drivers, whether it is their first offense or a subsequent offense. County officials have stated that they are in favor of the increased patrols, and that they are especially interested in making sure that repeat DUI offenders receive substantial penalties for their actions. For example, one driver, Wesley Lynn Cravens, was recently sentenced to forty years in prison for his seventh DUI conviction.

If you are convicted of DUI in Texas, you could be fined up to seventeen thousand dollars and you could face jail time. With both law enforcement officers and citizens on the lookout for any behaviors that could possibly indicate impaired driving, there are sure to be many traffic stops to investigate possible DUIs. These traffic stops could result in the arrests of many innocent people. They could also result in the filing of DUI charges against drivers who do not deserve the multiple types of negative consequences that are associated with them.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Texas, it is important that you contact a Texas DUI Defense Attorney immediately, so that your rights can be protected. A Texas DUI conviction could result in a whole range of negative consequences that could have far-reaching effects on many areas of your life. The sooner you have a defense attorney working on your behalf, the better your chances are at obtaining the best possible outcome under the circumstances of your individual situation. If you have questions about your Texas DUI case, call Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, today at 214-521-4567.

Texas DUI Defense Attorney Reminds You to Never Leave the Scene of an Accident

Monday, August 17th, 2015

If you are driving and you get into an accident, that’s not a good thing. However, there are bad things and there are worse things. Getting into an accident is bad, but getting into an accident and then receiving additional charges and penalties because you left the scene of the accident is much, much worse. This simple truth applies whether you were drinking and driving at the time of the accident or not.

Recently, one driver took a bad situation, made it worse, and then made it even worse after that. By the time that he was apprehended after his third crash, he had accumulated a series of charges, including third-offense driving under the influence of alcohol, vehicular assault fleeing the scene of a crash with injury, and collision.

The dramatic chain of events began when the driver rear-ended a pickup truck that was stopped at a red light. Fortunately, the driver of the pickup truck was not hurt in the crash. The driver did not remain at the scene of the accident, and as he fled he rear-ended another vehicle, this time, a car. The driver of the car and his passenger were injured, but the driver did not stick around at the scene of that accident either. He fled a second time, and when he failed to negotiate a right turn, his car went across the road, struck an embankment, flew into the air, and collided with a parked car when it landed. The driver was unable to flee from the third accident because he was trapped in the wreckage. He was also injured, so he was taken to the hospital once he was freed from the wreck.

If you are involved in an automobile accident, be sure to remain at the accident scene, even if you have been drinking. If you are intoxicated, you may be charged with DUI, in addition to violating any traffic laws that you may have violated while causing the accident. It is also possible that even though you were drinking, the other driver was at fault for the accident. Either of these scenarios will add up a set of consequences that are less severe than the consequences that you would incur if you chose to flee the scene of the accident. There are multiple types of charges that can be brought against a driver who leaves the scene of an accident, and, as we mentioned before, those charges and consequences are in addition to whatever charges you would face for DUI and for your role in causing the accident, if you were fully or partially at fault.

If you have been charged with DUI in connection with an automobile accident, a Texas DUI Defense Attorney can help you build an aggressive defense against your DUI charges and pursue the best overall results under the unique circumstances of your case. Call Attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more.

Texas DUI Defense Attorney Discusses an Unusual and Serious Reason for One Woman’s DUI Arrest

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

While many DUI arrests involve people who have consumed alcohol, people who have not consumed alcohol are sometimes arrested because they are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes, the person was simply driving in an irregular manner. At other times, a medication may have caused the person’s driving or behavior to appear impaired. Illnesses and medical conditions are a third category of things that can cause a person to appear as though they are driving under the influence of alcohol.

One woman was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she hit a curb and drove her car into a fire hydrant. Julie Cunningham, who has no recollection of the accident, believes that she lost consciousness while she was driving. She was not driving while fatigued, she had not consumed any alcohol, and she was not on any medications, so none of those things had caused her to lose consciousness. A brain tumor had caused her to lose consciousness, and she was unaware of its existence until after the accident, when she went to the hospital searching for answers.

When Cunningham was arrested, she was given a Breathalyzer exam. The test results indicated that she had no alcohol in her system. A sample was sent for further testing at a toxicology lab, and she spent the night in jail. When her brother picked her up from the jail the day after the accident, he and his wife immediately suspected that something was wrong. Julie could barely move, her speech was slurred, and she could not remember much about the events of the previous day, including spending time in jail.

Julie’s family brought her to the hospital so that she could get checked out, and doctors discovered that she had a brain tumor that was the size of a lemon. She had surgery to remove the tumor, and she is now recovering in the company of family and friends.

Julie Cunningham’s story is a reminder that not every driver who is arrested for DUI was driving under the influence of alcohol. If you were arrested for DUI and you believe that there was some other reason why the law enforcement officers who arrested you may have believed that you were impaired, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away, so that your rights can be protected. A Texas DUI Defense Attorney can help you understand what your rights are, and they can prepare a strong defense case on your behalf. A DUI conviction could result in many negative consequences, and it is in your best interest to get help in defending against DUI charges as soon as possible. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has been serving DUI defense clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call Attorney Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.