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No Refusal Weekends

What Is a No Refusal Weekend? During certain holidays or major events, many law enforcement agencies will advertise so-called “No Refusal Weekends,” drunk driving prevention efforts in which motorists are told that they cannot refuse chemical testing requests. Police officers may be authorized to conduct forced blood draws during these weekends when alleged offenders do…
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Increase in Drugged DWI

Drug DWIs Are On the Rise in Texas In April 2017, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) released a comprehensive update of their 2015 report about drug use on our nation’s roadways, “Drug Impaired Driving: A Guide for States.” The report highlighted the first time that the…
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What Happens If This Is My Second DWI?

Second DWI Charges in Texas Many people who have been arrested for their first driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense in Texas hope that their lack of a prior criminal record will be a mitigating factor that convinces prosecutors to reduce the criminal charge. A person is not afforded this luxury when he or she is…
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Getting a DWI Reduced

Reducing DWI Charges in Texas The term “wet reckless” typically refers to a reckless driving offense that was originally charged as a driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest. Wet reckless charges are often the result of plea bargaining between a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. While guilty pleas are more common in cases that have…
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Sealing DWI Convictions in Austin Texas

First-Time DWI Offenders Get Second-Chance New Texas Bill, House Bill 3016, was recently signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbot, allowing individuals with certain nonviolent criminal convictions to have those convictions sealed from their records. The new “second chance” law, as it is being called, is a drastic step forward for Texas citizens, especially…
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Tips to Avoid DWI Arrest during SXSW

How to Avoid a DWI Arrest during SXSW South by Southwest (SXSW) is an event that is synonymous with the city of Austin. Locals and tourists from across the nation flock to the nine-day annual event, which showcases interactive media, music festivals, and conference. SXSW is perfectly scheduled during Spring Break and attracts a large…
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Driving While Intoxicated Law in Texas

DWI Laws in Texas Driving While Intoxicated is defined under Texas Penal Code Section 49.04. In most cases, DWI is classified as a Class B Misdemeanor under Texas law. However, depending on the circumstances, a DWI case can be enhanced to a Class A Misdemeanor or even a felony. Even a first time arrest for…
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