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The danger of drunk driving in Texas

Being charged with drunk driving, typically referred to as DUI or DWI charge, can result in a range of consequences for defendants. Those consequences can include incarceration, fines and administrative license suspension. The consequences are often particularly severe in cases of repeat offenses and in cases where injuries were suffered as a result of the defendant's actions while under the influence.

Despite that, many people are stopped and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Texas every day. That happens in big cities and small rural areas, with police setting up what are called sobriety checkpoints in order to stop vehicles at an array of locations. These checkpoints, as their name implies, exist to give police officers an opportunity to determine if drivers are under the influence. To do so successfully, they may focus on vehicles that seem to be driven too fast, are driven erratically or otherwise appear to be driven in an unsafe manner.

How a criminal defense attorney helps your case

Were you charged with a crime in Edinburg, Texas? If so, the most important thing you can do for your rights and freedom is to hire a criminal defense attorney. Why? A criminal defense attorney has plenty of experience handling all types of criminal cases and can ensure that your rights are not taken advantage of in court or when placed under arrest.

When you work with a criminal defense attorney you will be able to understand all of the following:

  • The charges levied against you
  • The defenses to those charges you can use
  • The plea bargains that can be offered
  • What you can expect following a trial or conviction

How do Texas authorities define human trafficking?

The Office of the Attorney General of Texas (AGT) describes human trafficking as a type of slavery. It involves children, women and men being forced to work or perform sex acts for someone else's financial gain.

Data published by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 showed that there were 234,000 victims of labor trafficking in Texas then. There were approximately 79,000 minor sex trafficking victims.

What are the penalties for drunk driving in Texas?

Going out for a drink with friends is something everyone does now and then. After a few drinks one may assume that they are safe to drive home, especially if they live close. However, if the police pull you over you could be facing serious consequences.

Individuals who live in Texas report that they drive after drinking too much at a higher rate than the national average. Drunk driving puts everyone on the road in danger, which is why it is always best to call a friend or order an Uber. What penalties will one face for a first offense DWI? Are there more serious penalties?

The problem with illegal reentry: What immigrants need to know

If you've been here in the United States for a significant amount of time, it's possible that you've overstayed the limit of your visa. While that is a problem, it becomes a much bigger issue -- and an actual crime -- if you leave the country and try to reenter it again illegally.

Generally speaking, being in this country without the proper documentation can get you detained and deported, but it is treated more like a civil offense. Reentering the country after you've been deported and banned, however, is a felony. Similarly, it's considered a crime if you enter the United States after having been officially denied admission, excluded, removed, or if you departed on your own while an order of exclusion, removal or deportation is pending.

Can I get my criminal record cleared?

If you have been arrested in the past, you may experience lasting anxiety over your criminal record. Whether or not you were convicted of the charges leveled against you, your arrest record is permanent and may appear on background checks throughout your life.

However, in the state of Texas, there are opportunities for expungement, which might be able to effectively wipe your record clean of arrests and misdemeanors. This provision is important for those who don’t want their past to affect how they can set themselves up in the future.

Criminal and Legal Consequences of DWI

 

Many clients facing charges for driving while intoxicated do not realize there are separate administrative and criminal penalties. The criminal charges are adjudicated in court; the administrative penalties are processed by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. For a first-time offender, the criminal sentence may be up to 180 days in jail, and/or a fine up to $2,000. On the administrative side, the offender’s driver’s license will be suspended by 90 days.

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