This past Fourth of July may have been filled with food, fireworks and fun, including having a couple beers during the festivities. But an enjoyable holiday can turn into an awful evening if on your way home from the party you are pulled over by police and accused of driving while intoxicated. If this happens to you it is important that you have a basic understanding of DWI laws in Texas.
The two levels of DUI in Texas
Texas recognizes two levels of intoxication. Under Texas law, a motorist is prohibited from driving while intoxicated. The type of intoxication most of us are already familiar with is driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or above. However, there is a lesser level of intoxication under Texas law. Under Texas law a motorist may be deemed to be intoxicated if due to alcohol consumption they do not have the normal control of their mental or physical faculties, even if their BAC is below the legal limit.
How can your BAC affect your driving?
Motorists with a BAC of 0.08 or above can be charged with DWI, and it is easy to see why. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person with a BAC of 0.08 may have poor muscle coordination, short-term memory loss, may have difficulties concentrating and may have impaired perception.
However, what if your BAC is only 0.05? Can this affect your driving abilities? Possibly. A person with a BAC of 0.05 may find it more difficult to steer their vehicle, track moving objects and they may experience a reduction in their coordination and ability to respond to emergencies. Any of these effects could easily make it unsafe to drive.
Learn more about DWI in Texas
No one wants a holiday ruined by a DWI. If you were charged with DWI this past Fourth of July weekend you will want to make sure you understand your rights and options. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. We encourage our readers to explore our firm’s website to learn more about DWI in Texas.