Celebrate Safely: A Criminal Lawyer’s Guide to a Fun and Responsible Fourth of July in Fort Bend County


As a criminal lawyer serving Fort Bend County, I understand the excitement that comes with Fourth of July celebrations. It’s a time for family, friends, fireworks, and fun. However, it’s also a time when we see an unfortunate spike in accidents and legal issues related to drinking and driving. My goal is to help you enjoy a safe and joyous holiday while avoiding the severe consequences of a DWI.

The Risks of Drinking and Driving

Driving while intoxicated not only endangers your life but also the lives of others. In Texas, a DWI conviction can result in hefty fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record. According to recent statistics, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays for traffic fatalities involving alcohol.

Tips for a Safe Celebration

  1. Plan for a Designated Driver: Ensure someone in your group stays sober to drive.
  2. Use Rideshare Services: Fort Bend County has several rideshare options like Uber and Lyft. Have these apps ready on your phone.
  3. Public Transportation: Check out any local public transportation options available during the holiday.
  4. Host Responsibly: If you’re hosting, provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks. Arrange transportation for guests who may need it.

Understanding Texas DWI Laws

In Texas, the legal BAC limit is 0.08% for adults, and there’s a zero-tolerance policy for drivers under 21. Driving under the influence of drugs, including prescription drugs, is also illegal and can lead to similar penalties as a DWI for alcohol.

What to Do if Stopped by Police

Know your rights and remain calm. You have the right to remain silent and the right to refuse certain tests until you have legal representation. Always be respectful to law enforcement officers.

Community Resources

Fort Bend County offers various programs aimed at promoting safe driving. Participating in these can be both educational and rewarding. Consider volunteering to help spread awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.


Celebrate responsibly this Fourth of July. Remember, the best celebrations are safe ones. If you or someone you know needs legal assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me. Let’s work together to make this holiday memorable for all the right reasons!