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Texas DWI Defense AttorneyHoliday parties are in full swing serving your favorite spiked eggnog or toasting the night away with friends and family over many glasses of champagne. Blurred senses and decreased rational thinking usually follow, which unfortunately bring the possibility of an increased number of drunk drivers on the road.

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are serious offenses that can damage your reputation and criminal record. Although there is never an excuse to drink and drive, here are five myths you need to debunk if you’re ever pulled over while inebriated.

Myth #1: If I don’t blow hard enough in the breathalyzer, it won’t fully read my BAC.

Failing to breathe into a breathalyzer test will only result in an officer asking you to redo the test until an accurate result is recorded. Drivers who unlawfully refuse to take the test face serious consequences. In Texas, the first offense is 180-day license suspension with up to 2 years for a third offense. It’s also important to note that breathalyzers measure the amount of chemical alcohol content in the breath not the amount in your blood. Taking a blood test is an alternate option you could make if you feel you were cheated by a breathalyzer test.

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Texas Criminal Defense AttorneyThe year is 2019 and you most likely noticed the letters "CBD" boldly labeled across the front of new shops while driving down the street or your local grocery store handing out free samples of hemp-infused treats branded with Cannabis plants. What is this new wave sweeping across the nation? Cannabis is finally legal in Texas, but it’s not what you think. Times are changing for Texas residents, which is why it’s important to understand the regulations surrounding this new bill and how it can affect your use of the substance.

No, don’t start lighting up anywhere you want.

The new bill that was passed by President Trump, known as the Farm Bill, left Hemp sale and production regulation up to state lawmakers, which encouraged several states to take steps to address the legalization of Cannabis and related products – and it’s the same for Texas. To be clear, it is legal to purchase, distribute, and consume Hemp products, but it is still very much illegal to consume Marijuana.

Yes, there is a difference between Marijuana and hemp.

Hemp and Marijuana are two terms used to classify strains of the Cannabis plant. The main difference is that an oil, hemp, is derived from the plant containing less than .3% of THC, while Marijuana contains up to 30%. THC is what is known to give off psychoactive effects or that “high” feeling that is not given when consuming hemp but present in Marijuana. Unlike breathalyzers where you’ll get accurate results on the spot, there is no way to test between marijuana and hemp that is readily available seeing as tests are too costly and time consuming to conduct at the moment.

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atascosa county dwi defense attorneyDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in all 50 states. Police routinely look for drivers who break the law, sometimes setting up checkpoints to stop motorists. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Atascosa County, you should discuss your case with a criminal defense lawyer to see if the charges can be reduced or dropped.

DWI Penalties and Fines

The penalties and fines for a DWI in Texas vary depending on the number of offenses a driver has been charged with. Fines range from $2,000 for a first DWI offense up to $10,000 for a third offense. You can spend anywhere from a few days to 10 years in jail if convicted of DWI. Regardless of the number of offenses, you could lose your driver’s license for up to two years. You may also have to pay an annual fee for a few years to keep your driving privileges. Under Texas law, two or more DWI convictions within a five-year period will result in the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device that prevents your vehicle from operating if alcohol is present in your system.

DWI as a Minor

Anyone under the age of 21 is considered a “minor” when it comes to DWI cases. Minors are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol or drugs in their system. A first offense can result in fines, probation, mandatory alcohol abuse classes, community service, and more. These penalties increase with subsequent offenses and may include jail time.

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Okay, so it’s not a date, it's an interrogation by a person with a badge either on the side of your car or in a police station interview room. Unfortunately, most people in this situation make the mistake of thinking that the more you talk, the better off you’ll be. It’s natural. It’s normal. And it’s usually a complete disaster.   

First, let’s begin with the basics: You have a right to remain silent. Those words are in your history books, on every TV crime show, and by now, in your very DNA. The officer will sometimes read you that exact line along with your other Miranda warnings. Then he’ll stare at you for a long time and wait for you to speak. Silence begs to be filled.  Other times, he’ll tell you the infamous line uttered in the title: “This will go a lot better if you just talk to me.” Unfortunately, this is only similar to a date in that you two totally want different things out of it. The officer typically wants to confirm his suspicions (or he wouldn’t be talking to you in the first place) and you just want to go home and forget the whole thing ever happened.  

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Atascosa County DUI lawyer

Whether you are arrested for underage DWI, first-time DWI, or multiple DWIs, the penalties and impact on your daily life can be severe. Those convicted of DWI can have a hard time securing the job they want, getting loans, and other difficulties. When facing any DWI charge, it is critical to enlist the services of a skilled DWI lawyer who can fight for reduced or dropped charges.

Depending on your criminal record and the circumstances of your DWI charges, your attorney may be able to arrange probation, which is beneficial in many ways. 

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Pleasanton DWI lawyers

A DWI conviction in Texas can severely impact your life, including your ability to get the job you want and secure financial loans. Even a first-time DWI leaves a significant stain upon your criminal record, along with the potential for up to six months in jail, a two-year driver’s license suspension, $2,000 in fines, and more. Possible penalties escalate substantially if you are arrested for multiple DWIs.

Regardless of your criminal history, you have rights under Texas and federal law. If you believe the police violated your rights, an experienced criminal defense attorney can conduct a full investigation of your case to find out for sure. They can also determine if law enforcement officers failed in any of their other duties during your arrest.

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Pleasanton DWI lawyer

If you are arrested for DWI in Texas, or you refuse a blood-alcohol test after being pulled over by law enforcement, and you do not immediately take steps to protect your driver's license, it can be suspended anywhere from 90 days to two years. If you are a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, it can be an automatic one-year revocation. 

Often a court will order an individual to have their vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device (IID) as a condition of their bond or as a condition of probation. This device will only allow a vehicle to start once the driver has successfully passed a breathalyzer test. The driver may also be required to provide periodic tests while the vehicle is in operation. 

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Atascosa County DWI lawyer

Like every state, driving while intoxicated laws are aggressively enforced by police and the courts in Texas because statewide, a person is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash every 20 minutes.

Regardless of whether you are a first-time DWI offender or you have multiple DWI charges on your criminal record, a DWI conviction can severely impact your life. As a Class B misdemeanor, a DWI can result in anywhere from three days to six months in jail, a license suspension of up to two years, and $2,000 in fines. A DWI charge can negatively affect your employability, especially if you perform a job that requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

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Have you been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Atascosa County

Have you been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Atascosa County? Wondering what to do next? There are some important things to know and expect when facing a DWI charge in Atascosa County.

Consequences of a DWI

Punishment for misdemeanor DWI cases can be severe, and they can include jail time, fines and a license suspension.

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