December 10, 2012
It happens every year and it is tragic every time. Drinking and driving is a re occurrence during the holidays. Not only are we cheering on our favorite football teams, we are celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years with our friends and loved ones. It is supposed to be a celebration. However, when a person takes the partying too far and drives after one too many brandy laced egg nogs, then the consequences can be devastating. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Texas is a serious matter and should be treated as such. DWI’s caused hundreds of deaths each year and thousands of alcohol related accidents. Statistically, someone dies every 5 hours in Texas due to a drunk driver. During the holiday season, law enforcement steps up their enforcement with added patrols, more traffic shifts, drunk driving checkpoints, and mandatory blood draws (otherwise known as “No Refusal”).
While we never want anyone to drink and drive, we understand that it happens. If it happens to you, it is important you first get quality legal representation and understand what you are facing in the long run. There are more to DWI’s in Texas than merely being arrested and taking a probation. In addition to the criminal charge of DWI, you face the suspension of your driving privileges for up to a year. You may have to install an alcohol ignition interlock on your car in order to drive. You may need an occupational license because you will not be able to drive to work and home legally. In order to fight the suspension, you need to timely request a hearing and make a competent case at an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing to try and save your license. If your license cannot be saved or you fail to request the hearing in time, you will likely need to petition the court for an occupational license.
It is not rocket science, but drinking and driving is not a very smart thing in the first place. When and if it happens to you, the important thing to do is hire someone you trust to tell you the whole story and all your options. You do not want to be cornered into taking a deal you do not want unless you feel it is in your best interest. Likewise, there is no need to expend energy, time, and resources into fighting a losing case. Its all about balance. But balance only comes from knowledge. Call our office to setup your free consultation. We can explain your potential problems from a DWI and arm you with the information you need to make the best decision.