Monthly Archives for June 2011

Texas Considering Creation of DWI “Lite”

Texas Considering Creation of DWI “Lite” Drinking and driving is never a good idea.  Soon it may be an even worse idea in Texas.  Austin police chief Art Acevedo has given his support for the creation of a DWI “lite” classification for drivers that have a BAC of .05 to .07.  For some drivers, this is equal to drinking a few beers with dinner and then driving home.  Acevedo has gone so far as to petition the Senate Committee for Read More


Texas DWI Offenders Gets Life Sentences in Williamson County

After multiple offenses a DWI charge can change from a blemish on your record into a life altering felony DWI conviction.  On June 16th, a Texas man was sentenced with 99 years in prison.  Arthur Ortega, a 48 year old from Austin Texas, was pulled over by an area police officer and was found to have a BAC of .25 which is triple the legal limit.  Ortega got behind the wheel after a night of drinking and almost killed the Read More


DWI News From Austin

For this legislation term, there were a total of six DWI laws reviewed. They included bills for ignition interlock devices for 1st time offenders, sobriety checkpoints, deferred adjudication, license revocation for 2nd time offenders, and alcohol detection devices for those on probation.  These were all in an attempt to persuade Texas drivers to stop driving under the influence.  In 2009 Texas led the nation with 1,235 deaths from DWI accidents but has decreased in recent years. Out of the bills Read More


Texas Safe Harbor Protection

Texas has government agencies in place to protect all of its constituents.  At a time when people aren’t spending a lot of money, bars and restaurants need safety nets.  However, what happens when an established business allows a customer to harm others or themselves?  This leads to possible legal action or loss of business. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is just one of these agencies designed to police alcohol licensees.  The TABC has enacted the Safe Harbor policy to protect Read More


Texas Field Sobriety Test

If you are pulled over for a possible DWI in Texas, you will have to take a field sobriety test. A variety of tests is available that you will be asked to complete.  You should be aware of them and their varying degrees of accuracy. The first is the one-leg stand test.  This is a straight-forward test on the surface.  The subject taking the test must keep one foot six inches off of the ground while keeping their arms at Read More