With the rise of the annual office party and an increased number of people traveling to spend the upcoming holidays with family, it should come as little surprise that Texas law enforcement, specifically law enforcement agencies in North Texas, are looking to crack down on intoxicated drivers during the holiday season.
The death of a 24-year-old motorcyclist in 2009 resulted in intoxicated manslaughter charges against the 27-year-old law student whose vehicle ran over her. The case against the now-graduated law student ended Jan. 25 with his no contest plea to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Sentencing is slated for February. Evidence showed that both the motorcyclist and the 27-year-old were intoxicated. The driver had a blood alcohol content level of 0.13, according to a blood test performed after his arrest. The prosecutor handling the case told the judge that it would have been difficult proving intoxicated manslaughter because police officers at the scene were not convinced of the link between the man's intoxication and the accident. The defense attorney was prepared to argue that the motorcyclist might have been able to control her motorcycle had she not been intoxicated.
Texans who have to deal with drunk driving related charges should have a firm understanding of all the related legal issues. First, a drunk driving related offense can and often does carry serious consequences, which means those facing such charges, in order to receive the best protection, should be aware of all the relevant facts concerning this area of criminal law. One aspect of being charged with such crimes is that sometimes individuals who may have been injured in a drunk driving related accident are eager to see those suspected of drunk driving punished.