What is BAC?

Blood Alcohol Content

BAC Explained BAC is the percentage of alcohol in your blood. BAC testing estimates the level of a person’s alcohol intoxication. In simple terms, the higher the BAC number, the greater the impairment. Are you curious as to how many drinks it really rakes to reach the legal limit? Try our BAC calculator for an… Read more »

Open Container Laws in Texas

The general Texas Open Container law is in Texas Penal Code Section 49.031. TPC 49.031 is not technically a DWI enhancement. Rather, it is a separate offense that’s punishable by a fine of up to $500. It is generally handled like a traffic ticket as opposed to an arrestable offense. In fact, the Texas Transportation… Read more »

What Will Happen at Your First Court Date?

What to expect at your first court date

After the initial shock of a DWI arrest wears off, many people get very scared. The mound of paperwork they received talks about conditions of release, license suspension, and other concepts that are difficult to understand. A brief Internet search of phrases like “DWI consequences” reveals more bad news. Making matters even worse, many DWI… Read more »

Some Common DWI Enhancements in Texas

DWI Enhancements in Texas

Prosecutors always bring the most aggressive charges that the facts can possibly support, mostly to obtain leverage during pretrial settlement negotiations. So, it is very common for DWI charges to include one or more enhancements. Here are some of the ones we see most frequently. Open Container This infraction is technically a separate offense and… Read more »

The Texas DWI-Drugs Two Step

Texas DWI-Drugs Two Step

A growing number of people are arrested for driving under the influence of prescription painkillers, over-the-counter sleep aids, and other legal drugs. While it is legal to take these substances in Texas, provided that one has a prescription if needed, it is illegal to drive under the influence of these drugs under Texas Penal Code… Read more »

Some Issues in DWI Checkpoint Cases

DWI Checkpoint Cases

Mostly during holidays that are linked with drinking and driving, such as the summer bookends Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend, many law enforcement agencies in the Houston area set up DWI roadblocks. Officers and prosecutors love checkpoints, because they are exempt from the reasonable suspicion rule. Checkpoint officers may detain drivers simply due… Read more »