Drunk Driving Accidents: Civil and Criminal Consequences If being pulled over for intoxicated driving is an emotional rollercoaster, being involved in a car accident while intoxicated is an emotional train wreck. You’ll not only have to grapple with the fear of possible criminal charges, but you’ll also likely be held accountable in the civil courts … Read moreDrunk Driving Accidents: Consequences You May Not Have Considered
It’s Spring Break and, if you’re a college student, jail is probably the last thing your mind. But unfortunately, many students will find themselves in handcuffs during this week-long break. Here’s a look at the top five college student crimes and what you should do if you do find yourself behind bars. Possession of Marijuana … Read moreCollege Student Crimes: How to Avoid a Criminal Conviction in College
Did you know boating while intoxicated is a criminal offense in Texas? Did you know the criminal penalties for boating while intoxicated are as severe as the penalties for driving while intoxicated? Did you know that officers from Texas Parks and Wildlife do not need a reason to stop you or board your vessel while you are … Read moreBoating While Intoxicated in Texas
Operation of a Vehicle in TexasWhen most people think of Driving While Intoxicated as an offense in Texas, they think of exactly that: a person driving a vehicle while they are intoxicated. The term “DWI” is somewhat of a misnomer in Texas. A person does not have to “driving” a vehicle in order to be … Read moreOperation of a Vehicle in Texas
Search warrants are required for nonconsensual DWI blood draws Just hours ago, the Court of Criminal Appeals in Texas determined that police officers must obtain a search warrant to draw blood from suspected intoxicated drivers if the suspect does not consent to provide a specimen voluntarily. Blood search warrant In State v. Villarreal, the Court of … Read moreNo consent? DWI blood search warrant required
Reasonable Suspicion for a Stop In order for an officer to stop your vehicle and temporarily detain you, they must have at least reasonable suspicion a crime was, is, or will soon be occurring. Evidence for reasonable suspicion is generally gathered through an officer’s first-hand observation of your activity. Stopped Based on Anonymous 911 call … Read moreCan you be stopped based on an anonymous 911 call?
Are DWI Roadblocks Legal in Texas? We are often asked if police roadblocks or sobriety checkpoints are allowed in Texas. In short, no. DWI roadblocks and sobriety checkpoints are illegal in Texas. However, there are instances where roadblocks have been permitted in the past. What is a DWI Checkpoint? DWI checkpoints are police roadblocks set up … Read moreRoadblocks and Sobriety Checkpoints in Texas