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How to Calculate Your Own Blood Alcohol Level

Alcohol DWI

Blood Alcohol Content, or BAC, is one of the most crucial components of determining DWI arrests. BAC is a measure of the ratio of alcohol in your blood. The most accurate way to measure your BAC is to take an actual blood test, because this will give you an exact percentage. Luckily, there are other ways to calculate your own BAC that will give you a very close estimation. Knowing different ways to calculate your…
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What is the Difference between DWI and DUI in Texas?

Alcohol DWI

You’ve probably seen the terms DWI (driving while intoxicated) and DUI (driving under the influence) used somewhat interchangeably in news stories. But why do we have two terms for the crime of drunk driving in Texas? Do they really mean the same thing, or is one worse than the other? The difference, in Texas, is primarily a matter of age. If you are pulled over for drinking and driving and you are 21 or older,…
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Avoiding DWI During the New Year’s Season

Alcohol DWI

It’s almost 2018, and New Year’s is one of the largest celebrations of the year. New hopes, new dreams, new resolutions – but as you prepare for the New Year, know that it is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. Alcohol flows like water on New Year’s and there will no doubt be a slew of Texans experiencing their first DWIs this year. We’re here to make sure you don’t –…
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Most Common Crimes During the Holiday Season

Traffic Violation

It’s not uncommon for crime to spike during the holiday season. Here are four of the most common types of crimes that occur around the holidays and some advice for what to do if you are arrested for any of them. Shoplifting and pickpocketing. As shoppers descend on stores for sales and holiday gifts, these two theft crimes often spike. Burglary of vehicles often spikes for similar reasons as shoplifting and pickpocketing. People often leave…
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To Blow or Not to Blow: Refusing DWI Tests in Texas

Alcohol DWI

If a police officer pulls you over this holiday season under suspicion of DWI, what should you do? Under Texas’s implied consent law, drivers who are lawfully arrested by an officer that has probable cause to believe the drivers are intoxicated are required to submit to chemical testing. The key words, however, are “lawfully arrested.” Often prior to an arrest, police officers will ask drivers suspected of driving under the influence to submit to a…
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How a New System Expediting Blood Draw Warrants Changes Drunk Driving Stops

Per KXAN-TV, recently, Texas law enforcement began using a new system that expedites blood draw warrants for driving while intoxicated (DWI) stops. The system is still in the testing phase, but if the testing phase proves successful, this new system could drastically change drunk driving stops going forward. How Does Expediting Blood Draw Warrants Impact Drunk Driving Stops? KXAN-TV reported that Law Enforcement Advanced DWI/DUI Reporting System (LEADRS) representatives are training municipal court judges about…
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What Do I Do If I Get Caught Driving on a Suspended License in Texas?

Revocation of your driver’s license is common after certain offenses, such as DWI, repeated traffic violations, driving without insurance and even failure to pay child support. The legal term for this is Administrative License Revocation, or ALR. If you are caught driving on a suspended license, you can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. This comes with a maximum fine of $500 and no jail time. However, certain situations can result in increased penalties….
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Texas DWI FAQ, Part 4: How Much Does a DWI Cost Me?

Simply put – DWIs are expensive. There are several financial costs associated with drunk driving convictions, the most obvious of which is fines. Your first offense can cost up to $2,000 from the fine alone. A second offense can run you $4,000, and a third can result in a steep $10,000 charge. And those are just the fines – there are plenty of other hidden costs associated with DWI. For example, you will have to…
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Texas DWI FAQ, Part 3: DWI Myths Busted

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding DWI charges in Texas. For this week’s DWI FAQ blog, we will bust some of these myths. Myth: You must answer the police officer’s questions. Fact: This could not be further from the truth. You have a right to protection against self-incrimination and a right to remain silent. You are not legally required to speak to a police officer. In fact, it’s often best to keep…
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Texas DWI FAQ, Part 2: Can I Say No to Field Sobriety Tests?

The Standardized Field Sobriety Test is a series of tasks police officers like to use when a person is suspected of drunk driving. It consists of three parts: The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, where the officer checks the driver’s eyes for jagged, erratic movement The Walk and Turn, where the officer asks the driver to walk in a straight line, turn, and walk back The One Leg Stand, where the driver is asked to stand…
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