Whether cited for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), Texas and other states impose strong penalties for all kinds of impaired driving. The terminology often varies from one jurisdiction to the next, but it all adds up to impaired driving being illegal no matter where you go. For some, the penalties can be even tougher than for others.
Intoxicating substances trigger impaired driving offenses
Some states use both DUI and DWI but apply them to different substances. Generally, alcohol intoxication will trigger a DWI charge when your blood alcohol content exceeds the allowed limits. In most states, that is 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. A DUI might occur due to drug intoxication, such as imbibing in marijuana or taking opioids and other drugs that affect your physical and mental reactions. Even if a substance is not readily identified, a DUI charge still can occur if the police and prosecutor have reason to believe you were under the influence of some type of intoxicating substance.
Arrests protect vulnerable motorists
Even if you are not under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs, if a police officer has reason to believe you are not mentally fit to drive, you might be charged with impaired driving. You, likely, will be given a breathalyzer test and might have to undergo an evaluation to check for impairment.
Many costly penalties for DWI offenses
Anyone accused of impaired driving faces a costly legal battle and the potential loss of driving privileges. In cases of repeat offenders or when personal injuries or extensive property damage occur due to impaired driving, the penalties can reach serious criminal offenses and potential time behind bars. Whenever facing DWI charges or, otherwise, being accused of impaired driving, an attorney experienced in handling DWI cases is a great asset for affirming your rights and building the best possible legal defense.