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Blog Posts in 2017

  • DWI Checkpoints in Texas

    Nationwide, the subject of DWI checkpoints is a hotly-debated issue, with some contesting that it violates the individual’s constitutional rights. Currently, 38 states allow these checks; however, 12 states do not, Texas being one of the latter. This means that it is illegal to be arrested for DWI based on a roadblock or sobriety checkpoint, which is considered a type of illegal search and seizure ...
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  • How a Prescription Drug Could Lead to DWI Penalties

    Everyone knows that driving after becoming intoxicated with alcohol can lead to DWI charges. What some might not know is that driving after you take your prescription meds could have the same outcome. In Texas, DWI charges aren’t reserved only for drunk drivers, but for drivers who have become impaired due to any substance. Common Prescription Drugs Leading to DWI Charges This doesn’t mean that ...
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  • When Can Your First DWI Be a Felony?

    DWI charges are always a serious issue. In addition to jail time and fines, you could be subjected to other penalties of varying severity. Most first-time DWI charges are misdemeanor offenses; however, this isn’t always the case. The law has provisions for extreme circumstances or the presence of aggravating factors that could cause a first-time arrestee to be charged with a felony crime. Felony ...
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  • Expunging Your Records in Texas

    If you have been arrested, it can have a damaging effect on your reputation and future. Even if the charges were dropped, it can be difficult to obtain certain things in life such as employment, loans, and housing. Fortunately, record expungement or sealing can benefit. What are Expungement and Sealing? Expungement is defined as the overall elimination of your criminal record. This means the file ...
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  • Are Field Sobriety Tests Accurate?

    Since police officers in Texas and across the country use field sobriety tests to establish probable cause in DWI arrests, many people believe that these tests are quite accurate. However, a number of researchers would argue that these tests possess flaws in determining impairment. How Were These Tests Created? During the 1970s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) assigned ...
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  • Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Need to Know

    One of the many consequences that a person may face if convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the mandatory installation and use of an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle. Simply put, an IID is an electronic device which attaches to a vehicle’s ignition and prevents a driver from being able to start their car unless they can provide a breath sample which registers a blood ...
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  • I Passed the Sobriety Tests - Why Was I Charged with DWI?

    You have just left a party with friends when you see it up ahead – a DWI checkpoint. Since you haven’t had much to drink, you feel confident and approach the roadblock. The next thing you know, the police are asking you to step out of the vehicle and perform a series of tests to gauge your level of intoxication. Despite seemingly passing all of these tests without an issue, you are shocked to be ...
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