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It is no secret that drunk driving is extremely irresponsible and dangerous. Part of the reason the United States government takes drunk driving so seriously is because drunk drivers endanger themselves as well as everyone else on the road. Not all drunk driving cases are the same, though. In fact, DUI may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. There are a variety of factors that contribute to the severity of a DUI penalty, including:
- The presence of children
- The driver's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
- Injuries sustained by other drivers
In most states, DUI cases are considered "extreme" if the driver is found operating a vehicle with an unusually high BAC. In all fifty states, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC higher than .08%. In Texas, DUI charges and penalties may be increased if the driver operated a motor vehicle with a BAC of .15% - nearly twice the legal limit.
FIRST TIME OFFENDERS
If a driver is caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the state of Texas, his/her license will be suspended for at least 90 days. If the driver's BAC is high (.15% or more) or the driver refuses to submit to a breathalyzer test, the license may be suspended for 180 days. In Texas, first time DUI offenders may be sentences up to $2,000 in fines, one year of probation, and 180 days of jail time.
If a driver is caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol a second or third time, the court may enact much stricter sentencing. The driver may have to pay exorbitant fines and spend time in prison. In Texas, ignition interlock devices, which only allow the motorist's care to start after he/she has passed a breathalyzer test, are required if the driver has been arrested for DUI before.
Where Zinda Law Group Practices:
As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.
Types of Cases We Handle:
We also have a team of attorneys that have experience serious injury cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and truck accidents. We also have experience handling more complex cases such as gas explosions and drug injury cases, such as the Taxotere® Lawsuits.