DWI – While it is not illegal to drive after drinking in Texas, it is illegal to Drive While Intoxicated. What that means is a person has either been found to have been .08 or higher through a breath sample or blood draw sample – OR – in the opinion of the arresting officer has lost the normal use of their physical or mental faculties. That is generally determined through a series of tests called Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST).
How DWI affects your Texas driver’s license: DWI carries with it, among other things a license suspension through the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) process. That process starts the day of arrest for suspected DWI, when the suspect is informed of the charge and the fact that they have 15 days to request a hearing.
At the Tausk Law Firm, we use a team approach to attack those findings.
Other unforeseen consequences of DWI are:
– Intoxication Assault – A Third Degree Felony is generally a DWI that causes serious bodily injury to another. May be enhanced to a Second Degree Felony if it is found to have caused serious bodily injury to a firefighter, peace officer, or emergency medical services personnel, during the course of their official duty.
– Intoxication Manslaughter