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Texas football player's DUI bond is revoked

Houston residents may be interested to know that even high-profile celebrities are not immune to DUI charges. According to Fox Sports News, prosecutors intend to revoke the bond previously issued to Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle, Josh Brent, after he was charged with DUI manslaughter. Prosecutors report that Josh Brent consumed alcohol and then attempted to hide its presence in his body, thereby violating the conditions of his bond.

Fatal North Harris County crash results in DUI charges

A man driving a black Mercury Grand Marquis collided with a tanker truck at approximately 11:50 p.m. A passenger in the back seat of the Mercury was killed in the crash. The driver and a second passenger were transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Mercury is alleged to have been driving drunk at the time of the accident.

Driver arrested for DUI in fatal Mongtomery County crash

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on May 6 at approximately 1:15 a.m., a 25-year-old man was driving on FM 1774 when his 2008 Dodge Ram pick-up left the road, driving into a ditch. The vehicle collided with two trees before coming to rest on its side.

Drunk driving charge following three accidents

Police charged a 31-year-old man in Midland, Texas, with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of three accidents. Officials identified the man as an oilfield worker featured on a reality TV show about oil drillers in West Texas.The man is alleged to have a prior driving while intoxicated conviction. Under Texas, a prior DWI conviction can increase both the severity of the charges and the penalties a judge can impose at sentencing. Police did not say if the motorist submitted to either field sobriety tests or a Breathalyzer test to measure his blood-alcohol content at the time of the accidents.

Probation rejected for intoxicated manslaughter conviction

A 21-year-old motorist was sentenced in a Harris County courtroom to eight years in prison for his role in the death of a nun in 2011. A jury returned a guilty verdict to the drunk driving charge of intoxicated manslaughter and recommended imprisonment. Included with the testimony and other evidence was test results showing the motorist's blood alcohol content level to have been more than two and a half times over the .08 percent legal limit at the time of the accident.Evidence that the accused motorist spent one night in jail for public intoxication four months before the fatal accident might have been a factor in the jury's decision to recommend imprisonment rather than probation. According to police, the motorist drove through a stop sign and struck the victim's car. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter because his BAC level was .20 percent during the accident.

Defendant pleads no contest in Texas DWI case

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.

Country singer charged with driving while intoxicated

A blood alcohol content level that was almost twice the legal limit in Texas led prosecutors to charge Randy Travis with driving while intoxicated. The drunk driving charge against the country singer is the latest development in a story that began last summer when he was arrested after being involved in a traffic accident. Texas residents who find themselves facing such serious charges may wish to look into the laws surrounding the specific offenses they have been charged of. The seriousness of the charge to a Class A misdemeanor and increases the potential penalties to include a prison sentence of up to two years and fines up to $4,000. A conviction may also lead to a driver's license suspension.

Drunk driving-related offense in Okinawa ends in Texas courtroom

What began as a drunk driving-related offense that left one man dead and another with serious injuries in Japan four years ago came to a resolution recently in a federal court in Texas when the driver of the vehicle entered a plea of guilty to involuntary manslaughter. The now 24-year-old could receive up to eight years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on Nov. 30.The defendant, who now lives in Spring, Texas, was the dependent of an active-duty sailor and worked at Camp Foster on Okinawa in 2008. On the night of the accident, the defendant and two of his friends consumed large amounts of alcohol and cough medicine along with two other men in a hotel in Okinawa. The defendant left the hotel with a 17-year old and 18-year old who were also dependents of active-duty military members living on the base.

Flaws in new alcohol breath-test device concern legal advocates

Occasionally, we report concerns about the reliability of the breast-test technology used to gather evidence against individuals suspected of driving while intoxicated. Recent reports, however, clearly indicate that flawed technology may be putting the freedom of many Texas residents accused of drunk driving at risk.

Texas drunk driver forced to wear victim's name as punishment

Fairness is the cornerstone of our justice system. Without the guarantee that everyone is treated fairly under the law or the ability to provide a defense against criminal charges, people would be without the legal protection they deserve. Recently, a Texas man has been handed a rather unusual punishment for a drunk driving related charge.

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