What You Need to Know about DUI Charges in Texas

If you were arrested for a DUI in Texas, it can have devastating consequences, such as imprisonment, harsh monetary fines, a permanent criminal record and more.   Unfortunately, many people who face DUI charges never thought it would ever happen to them.  In fact, when pulled over by law enforcement under the suspicion of a DUI, people attempt to convince themselves and the arresting officer that they are not impaired.  They also tend to think that they are “ok” to drive after having had a few drinks or better yet, that they drive better while intoxicated.   Notwithstanding, these situations are what leave most people vulnerable to arrest and potential conviction for a DUI in Texas.

            In light of the above, there are many people who do recognize that they have had too much and as a result, choose to pursue what they think are “safer” alternatives to driving the distance home or elsewhere. However, this can still lead to DUI charges in Texas.  Here’s how:

  1. Unbelievably, many people are pulled over for a DUI but were not driving a car at the time of their arrest.  In fact, people have been arrested for driving drunk while on a lawnmower, electric wheelchair, and on a bicycle.  DUI means “driving under the influence”, which does not require that a person be in a car to warrant an arrest.  Hence, do not drive a bicycle or some other vehicle instead of your car while drunk, as it could still lead to potential DUI charges in Texas.
  2. If you have already started driving and realize that you are too impaired to continue, pulling over to the side of the road to “sober up” may not necessarily preclude arrest.  While pulling over is definitely a much safer alternative to driving while impaired, a Texas police officer can still arrest you for a DUI since you already got behind the wheel and exercised control over your vehicle.  In other words, thousands of people are charged with a DUI, even if they were not driving at the time law enforcement spotted them.  Under Texas law, one of the main reasons why people are charged with a DUI is due to the fact that they were physically in control of their vehicle at the time of their arrest.  Hence, people who get behind the wheel yet never take off could still be charged with a DUI since they appeared to be in control of their car at the time they were stopped by police.  This includes putting your keys in the ignition or doing other things that demonstrate to law enforcement that you operated your vehicle while intoxicated.
  3. If you have had a few drinks and are too impaired to drive, it may not be a good idea to wait it out and then get behind the wheel later on.  In other words, finding a ride home may be the best option since your blood alcohol level could remain elevated for an extended period of time after drinking.  Therefore, even if you “feel better” and more able to drive, your blood alcohol content may provide otherwise.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Texas, it is essential to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney that knows the nuances and complexities associated with these types of cases.  Attorney Jack Pettit will take the time necessary to investigate the facts of your case and mount a strong legal defense on your behalf.  If you wish to discuss your case with Mr. Pettit, contact our firm today by calling 214-521-4567.  We accept most major credit cards and provide bilingual services in Spanish.


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