In our last post, we mentioned that a new law here in Texas will broaden the use of ignition interlock devices in DWI cases. As we noted, Texas law currently only mandates the use of these devices for drivers who have a blood alcohol content that exceeds 0.15.
A drunken driving conviction can come with a variety of consequences for an offender. In our last post, we mentioned that Texas manages to avoid the extremes in terms of strictness in dealing with DWI offenders. In this and our next post, we wanted to look a bit more closely at some of the specific aspects of Texas law that can impact drunk-driving offenders, particularly ignition interlock devices.
Readers are aware that each states handles drunk drivers a little differently, and are probably aware that some state are harder on drunk drivers than others. A recent report by WalletHub provides a survey of the way each state handles drunk driving, ranking each state according to how strictly it handles DWI offenders.
The juvenile justice system is very different in nature than the criminal justice system, as anybody who works in the field can tell you. The primary approach in the criminal justice system is to punish offenders so as to deter criminal activity and to protect society from those who are dangerous or threatening.
One of the important goals of criminal defense, arguably the central goal, is the effort to minimize the consequences of criminal charges. Depending on the circumstances of the case, this could mean working to have charges dismissed or to have the defendant acquitted, or it could simply mean attempting to reduce the charges or the sentence upon conviction.