Texas law prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If a police officer believes that you are too impaired to drive, he or she may take you into custody and charge you with DUI. Here are some potential implications of being charged or convicted of this offense.
You might spend time in jail
There is a chance that you could spend several weeks, months, or years in jail after being convicted of DUI. This may be especially true if you hurt or kill another person while driving under the influence. It’s important to note that going to jail could put you at risk of losing a job or custody of your children. It may also make it harder to find a job or place to live in the future.
You could lose your license
A judge could suspend or revoke your license as part of your punishment for driving while impaired. Without a valid license, you might be terminated from your job or have a difficult time showing up on time each day. It may also be harder to see your children, friends, or other important people in your life on a regular basis. Even if you do retain the right to drive, your auto insurance premium will likely increase, which may create a financial hardship.
If you are charged with DUI, it is generally in your best interest to hire an attorney to help with your case. A legal professional may be able to cast doubt on the results of a breathalyzer test, witness testimony, or other evidence introduced at trial. In some cases, your attorney will be able to have evidence suppressed, which may create enough leverage to negotiate a favorable plea deal.