What Is A Drunk Driving Crime?
Few people realize that drinking before driving is not against the law in Texas. You have every right to drink alcohol in moderation. Unfortunately, if you are stopped by the police and you admit to drinking, the chances are good that you’ll be arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), regardless of whether you are intoxicated or not.
Each US state has its own set of drunk-driving laws, but there are certain concepts and features common to most states’ drunk-driving jurisprudence. Basically, as we all know, it is illegal and a crime for a person to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs to a degree that impairs his or her safe driving ability and judgment.
- Loss or suspension of license
- Large fines
- Substance-abuse treatment
- Jail or prison time
- Community service
- Criminal record
- Restrictive probationary license programs, including ignition interlock devices and Cinderella licenses
In addition, the social stigma and effect on your career may have lifelong negative consequences.
What Should I Do if I’m Pulled Over?
If you have been stopped for, arrested for, or charged with drunk driving, it is in your best interest to discuss your options and rights as soon as possible with an experienced criminal defense attorney, like ones from The Law Office of Ramos & del Cueto in San Antonio, Texas. Drunk-driving law is complex and the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer can make a significant difference in a defendant’s experience and in the outcome of his or her case.