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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.

Alcohol related offenses can have a significant impact on a person's lifestyle. Another arrest and conviction following a first driving while intoxicated conviction increases the seriousness of the charges and the severity of the penalties a judge is authorized to impose at sentencing.

A criminal defense attorney could possibly help a person who is charged with DWI in Texas by implementing a DWI defense with a goal of obtaining a dismissal or reduction of the charges. This can be done through court motions challenging the accuracy of the Breathalyzer test results or other method used to measure the BAC level of the accused individual.

The district attorney, in announcing the charges against the country music star, stated that his office was engaged in negotiations with the defense attorney. Those negotiations may continue as the defense attorney seeks to achieve a favorable resolution of the case through plea bargaining.

Source: KENS 5-TV, "Texas blood alcohol report shows Randy Travis was drunk," Jan. 11, 2013

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