DWI – Driving While Intoxicated

How to Fight a DWI Charge in Texas

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious crime in Texas, and carries serious penalties with it. Since DWIs can often lead to severe, fatal car accidents and property damage, the state can impose harsh jail sentences, fines, and administrative penalties on drivers who drink or use drugs before getting behind the wheel. Facing these charges… read more

Texas Open Carry Laws

Open container laws might seem unnecessary to those who practice responsible drinking habits. However, not all individuals are discriminatory when it comes to behaviors like drinking and driving. When a police officer pulls over a vehicle, they have no way of knowing if the passengers of the vehicle are acting responsibly. Open container laws exist… read more

Everything You Need to Know About Pretrial Intervention

Pre-trial intervention in Harris County is similar to a probation arrangement during a criminal case. The goal is to give the defendant an opportunity to clear his or her criminal record with full case dismissal, as long as the defendant fulfills the terms of the pre-trial intervention. Pre-trial intervention serves to rehabilitate the convicted individual… read more

What Is a DWI Surcharge?

In Texas, a driving while intoxicated (DWI) surcharge is an administrative penalty. It is a fee the Department of Public Safety charges as a requirement for maintaining your driver’s license post-DWI conviction. A DWI surcharge can bring the total costs of your DWI conviction much higher than the initial penalties, as the surcharge applies per… read more

Can I Get a DUI for Being Under the Influence of Medical Marijuana?

The Compassionate Use Program in Texas permits medicinal use of marijuana, but under tight restrictions that make it legal for only about 600 people – patients who have intractable epilepsy. Even those who can use marijuana legally, however, cannot drive under the influence of this drug. It is illegal in every state to operate a… read more

Can You Get a DWI on an Electric Scooter?

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have grown increasingly popular over recent years, and now rideshare programs for electric scooters and bicycles offer an ecologically responsible alternative to public transportation or driving in large cities. While these programs and services help alleviate traffic congestion and limit the consumption of fossil fuels, there are significant issues… read more

What Is an ALR Hearing in Texas?

If a Texas driver commits a serious moving violation, a driving under the influence (DUI) offense, or any of the following traffic offense, the driver will face an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). Some of the possible reasons for an ALR include: Failing a blood or breathalyzer test during a police stop. In such a case,… read more

What Is a No Refusal Weekend in Texas?

Texas has one of the highest death rates due to drunk driving of any state. While drivers get behind the wheel intoxicated throughout the year, some holidays and other major events tend to plead to more drunk drivers on the road. During these time periods, the state of Texas holds “No Refusal” weekends. If you’ve… read more

When Can Police Search Your Car?

What Rights Do You Have When You Get Pulled Over? Having a cop car pull you over is stressful, but you shouldn’t have to worry about an officer unlawfully searching your vehicle. The Fourth Amendment protects against unlawful search and seizure, which means that any arbitrary car searches conducted without a warrant are illegal. Courts… read more

Can You Get Deported For a DWI in Texas?

If Texas lawmakers are strict about two things, it’s immigration laws and driving while intoxicated (DWI). It may surprise you to learn that a connection exists between DWI and deportation or immigration status in the state of Texas. It’s imperative to discuss your case with an attorney immediately after a DWI charge as an immigrant… read more