In Texas, the legal limit for alcohol in your blood is .08% while driving. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or greater, then you could face a DWI for driving while intoxicated.
Did you know that you could face accusations of a DWI for any amount of alcohol in your system, though? Any reckless behaviors combined with alcohol in your blood could result in an arrest and charges being filed against you.
If you’re under 21, the risks are even greater. There is no alcohol allowed in any person’s blood if they’re under 21, so if your test comes back positive, you could face significant penalties for driving with a BAC above 0%.
It’s essential to protect yourself if you are accused of drunk driving. If you are convicted of driving while drunk in Texas, you could face penalties such as:
- Significant fines
- Job loss
- Jail or prison time
- Vehicle forfeiture
- Vehicle immobilization
- Alcohol assessment and treatment
- Community service
- Higher insurance rates
- License suspension
- License revocation
With all these, and other, possibilities that could affect you, it’s important that you have an opportunity to defend yourself. If you don’t attempt a defense, then the outcome of the case is completely up to the prosecution and judge. It’s a better idea to work with your attorney to discuss what happened and why, to find errors in how you were stopped, arrested and tested for a DWI or to negotiate to reduce the penalties.
Our website has more information on what you can do if you’re accused of a DWI.