Imagine you are driving home through the streets of Houston and you see a field sobriety checkpoint. Since you were not keeping well and you were on prescription medication, you take the field sobriety tests, thinking that its a mere formality before you continue on your way home. However, after you have taken the field sobriety tests, the officers determine that you are driving while intoxicated, based on the breathalyzer readings and they charge you with DWI.
According to Texas laws, law enforcement officers are not duty bound to check whether the high BAC is a result of alcohol consumption or because of prescription medication. That is, they can arrest you and charge you with DWI the very moment they detect that your BAC is beyond the legal limit of 0.08. It probably goes without saying that an incident like this can bring about some serious consequences, which can last for long, sometimes the person’s entire lifetime.
It is important for people in this type of situation to seek legal guidance at the earliest opportunity so that the matter can be addressed adequately. Otherwise, the challenges that the person will face are several. For example, a person charged or convicted of DWI can face trouble securing a new job, finding a home on rent, and even in getting a loan. Moreover, the social stigma associated with a DWI charge can make life difficult of that person’s loved ones.
Fortunately, there are provisions in Texas law that can help conceal the records of a DWI arrest from prospective employers, home renters and financial institutions. This process is known as DWI expungement. To know more about how it works, you may want to visit our webpage that details the expungement process in Texas. After all, we know how difficult things can be for someone who is just arrested for an alleged crime but is eventually found to be not guilty.