Driving under the influence is one of the most common reasons people find themselves under arrest in Texas and across the United States. Often, these individuals are not accustomed to being in legal trouble and they are unsure of what the future holds. Common questions they will have center not just on whether they will be convicted and face jail time and fines, but how it can negatively impact their lives in other ways. Even after an arrest, there are options to fight the case and achieve a positive result. It is important to think about them and try to prevent the worst-case scenario.
Study says Texas fifth-worst for drunk driving
According to a recently published study by the driver’s education resource Zutopi, Texas came in fifth for the most drunk drivers on the roads. The only states ahead were the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana. This counts the number of people who were placed under arrest for drunk driving and how many fatalities there were in crashes.
The age group that is arrested for drunk driving most often is under 34. Statistically, as people get older, they are less likely to be confronted by this issue. It is believed that recent health challenges across the nation contributed to DWI and DUI.
Considering these numbers, it makes sense to believe that law enforcement and legislators in the Lone Star State will take steps to try and catch drivers who might be under the influence. With that will come arrests and people in this unfamiliar situation Increased enforcement will inevitably lead to more arrests. However, not every arrest automatically means there will be a conviction.
An effective criminal defense can avoid the worst consequences of DWI/DUI charges
Potential outcomes after a drunk driving arrest include driver’s license suspension, jail time and fines, as well as family disapproval and professional ramifications. This can affect people of any age and at any station in life.
There are ways to address the charges including questioning the breath and blood tests, checking to see if the traffic stop itself was done legally, or presenting possible reasons why the driver might not have been under the influence. Before making the mistake of automatically thinking there will be a conviction, it is imperative to have legal assistance to craft a defense.