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Can drunk driving charges prevent me from visiting Canada?

If you have been charged with operating a motor vehicle while drunk, you may have many types of questions about the charges and how they could affect your future. Whether you are worried about a prison sentence, losing your ability to drive, or costly fines, these charges can make life hard for people in Houston, and all over Texas. However, you may want to realize that these charges could affect your life in other ways. For example, they may create problems if you plan on visiting Canada.

The one-leg stand test for drunk driving

An important thing for anyone who drives in Texas to understand is what may happen to them if they are stopped by police officers. There are many reasons you might be pulled over ranging from basic speeding to even having a tail light that is out. Once you are stopped, however, a law enforcement officer may well be able to pursue other issues if they feel there is reason. Drunk driving is one of these issues. 

DWI and the breath test versus the blood test

Most Texas residents are aware of two primary scientific tests, blood and breath, used by law enforcement as evidence to support a DWI charge. However, what may not be evident is the very different procedural aspects of these two tests and the implications on the laws governing their use.

The one-leg field sobrity test

If you are like many people in Texas, having a casual beer or glass of wine when out at dinner or after work with colleagues is not uncommon. You may also commonly drive home after these events. Anyone who drives after drinking even a small amount of alcohol should know about the types of tests officers may use when determining whether or not to arrest someone for driving under the influence.

Analyzing how quickly alcohol can leave one's system

Being convicted of driving while intoxicated in Houston can not only leave one facing potentially harsh criminal penalties, but it can also carry with it a stigma that affects one's relationships, social standing, or even his or her career. Given all that is potentially at stake should one face such charges, it seems more than reasonable that he or she ensure that any supposed evidenced implicating him or her be reliable.

What are the penalties for DWI in TX?

In Texas, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is taken very seriously by law enforcement. Not only can drunk driving lead to serious physical injury or even death for yourself and others, it can also result in significant legal reprisal. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you could face many years in jail, exorbitant fines and a lengthy revocation of your driving privileges.

What are the penalties for boating while intoxicated in Texas?

Driving a boat while intoxicated is a crime in Texas. According to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, the law about this is found within the Water Safety Act. You would be considered under the influence if you have a .08 or higher blood alcohol level. In general, you will be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor for a BWI. If you are involved in an accident while under the influence and someone dies as a result, you can be convicted of a second-degree felony.

Can you trust a field sobriety test?

Field sobriety tests are frequently used by law enforcement officers in Houston and elsewhere after pulling over a suspected drunk driver. During a field sobriety test, you might be asked to perform such actions as balancing on one leg, walking in a straight line and following simple directions. These actions sound simple enough, but being able to pass a field sobriety test can be anything but simple for some people, even when sober. The result might be a false arrest.

North Texas “no refusal” operations designed to nab drunk drivers

Law enforcement agencies across North Texas ramped up their efforts to nab drunk drivers in recent weeks, and they called in some help from local courtrooms and hospitals in order to do so. Per CBS DFW, state grants were used to finance what is known as a “no refusal” weekend. In no refusal operations, those who are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving can be given a blood test to determine intoxication, even if they refuse to take a breathalyzer or a blood test at the scene.

Auto-brewery syndrome explained

While some people may be worried about being charged with drunk driving after consuming alcohol, others need to be concerned even when they have not been drinking. New cases of auto-brewery syndrome have been noted in Texas and other states across the country and are pushing researchers to put more effort into discovering the cause of and cure for this condition.

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