Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk Driving Accidents in Carrollton
If you plan on driving in Carrollton, Texas, you’d better be serious about the drunk driving laws, because Carrollton is. In fact, the entire state takes its drunk driving charges very seriously. A DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) can bring serious penalties. Drunk driving causes at least one-third of all traffic accidents in the United States each year.
If you are stopped for suspected drunk driving in Carrollton, a police officer may have observed reckless or erratic driving. After checking your license, you may be required to take sobriety and breathalyzer tests. The officer may ask you to walk a straight line or keep your eye on a waving flashlight. You may refuse, but if you do and your case later goes to court, the refusal may go against you. A breathalyzer test involves breathing into a machine that shows the amount of alcohol in your blood. A blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher may result in a DUI or DWI charge. Texas has an implied consent law, meaning that if you refuse to take this test, you will be fined and will lose your license for a specified period.
Your first DWI conviction in Texas will mean a class B misdemeanor on your record. A second conviction becomes a class A misdemeanor. Your third conviction means a third degree felony. That could mean two years in jail, a fine up to $10,000, and a suspended license for 180 days to two years.
If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI offense in Carrollton, the first best advice is not to handle your case alone. Drunk driving is serious business. In any case that involves driving and alcohol, you want and need the best defense possible. You can find that at zindalawgroup.wpengine.com. We are well experienced in DUI and DWI charges in the state.
Drunk drivers should not be on the road, nor should any drivers be falsely charged. As your personal defense lawyer, we can try to determine, for instance, whether the breathalyzer test was correctly administered. If you need us, make the call. We can help.