Law enforcement officers have the right to pull over any driver they suspect is driving while intoxicated (DWI) from drugs or alcohol. It is illegal under Texas state law to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level that exceeds the 0.08% legal limit. When BAC levels reach 0.08% or higher, a person’s physical and mental capabilities are impaired, decreasing his/her level alertness and abililty to concentrate. Any individual that is found driving with a BAC over 0.08% will be arrested and charged with DWI.
There are a number of steps law enforcement will take to determine if a driver is intoxicated beyond the legal limit. Most officers will look for general signs that alcohol or drug use has occurred, including slurred speech, blood shot eyes, disheveled appearance, open containers of alcohol, alcohol on the breath, and loud behavior. In addition, law enforcement officers almost always require drivers to perform standard field sobriety tests, which challenge the driver’s mind-body coordination. After the driver has performed those tests, law enforcement will typically test the driver’s blood or breath to get a more accurate reading of the amount of alcohol or drugs in the body.
Because driving under the influence increases the chances of causing an accident, injury, or death, judges and prosecutors seek harsh punishments for DWI offenders. Individuals convicted of DWI face multiple legal penalties, including monetary fines, probation, jail, rehabilitation, community service, driver’s license suspension, and a mark on their permanent record. If you have been charged with a DWI, it is important to hire an experienced Austin DWI attorney. Attorney Charles Johnson can protect your rights and make sure you receive the legal justice you deserve.
Austin DWI Defense: The Charles Johnson Law Firm
DWI laws can be very complex, and the attention and guidance of an experienced attorney can drastically improve your chances in a court of law. The Charles Johnson Law Firm has successfully defended hundreds of clients charged with a DWI. When we commit to a case, we conduct our own investigation, interview eye witnesses, negotiate with prosecutors, and challenge evidence brought against our clients. Furthermore, we keep all of our clients up-to-date by providing them with viable options, multiple resources, frequent communication and compassionate care.