We don't represent drunk drivers, we sue them.

 

WE DON'T REPRESENT DRUNK DRIVERS, WE SUE THEM! DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

June and July traditionally are the most active months for drunk drivers. With independence day coming up this weekend, consider the following drunk driving statistics compiled by the NHTSA, the FBI, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Over the past 25 years, 51% of all deadly crashes on 4th of July weekend are alcohol-related.

On 4th of July weekend in 2008 (most recent study by the NHTSA), drunk driving statistics show that 43% of the 491 fatalities on the road were a result of alcohol-impaired driving.

On average, an individual drives drunk about 80 times before an arrest.

Individuals between the ages of 21 and 24 are involved in 36% of fatal alcohol-related car accidents.

66% of car accidents occurring between midnight and 3am involve an alcohol impaired driver.

4 out 5 people who drink and drive are male.

Wisconsin has the most alcohol-related traffic violations, where 23.7% of drivers over the age of 16 drink and drive.

900,000 people are arrested every year for DUI; One-third of those are repeat offenders.

90% of drunk driving happens after drinking with co-workers, family, or friends.

 

TEXAS STATISTICS

Drunk Driving Statistics for Texas in 2015 published by MADD

 1,446 representing 40.9 % of all total traffic deaths, a 8.2% increase from last year.

 15,687

 25,479

 99,195

 71,030

 Not Available

 $6.2 billion

 

PUNISHMENT (taken from DMV.org/tx)

DWI Penalties: Minors

TX DWI laws distinguish anyone younger than 21 years old as a minor.

Minors and DWI

Like many states, Texas has a Zero Tolerance Law for minors and alcohol; this means drivers younger than 21 years old can't operate motor vehicles with any amount of alcohol or drugs in their systems.

For a 1st offense, you face:

  • License suspension not to exceed 1 year.
  • Up to a $500 fine.
  • An Alcohol Education Program at least 12 hours long (see below).
  • An additional 180 days of license suspension if you don't complete the Alcohol Education program.
  • 90 days of license suspension if your judge gives you community service. This means you'll also have an ignition interlock device (see below).

Expect to also pay fines, court costs, and legal fees, should your parents hire an attorney for you.

Minors and Other Alcohol Offenses

Pretty much any involvement you have with alcohol can affect your driving privileges in Texas―including non-driving alcohol offenses.

Examples of non-driving alcohol offenses include:

  • Purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol.
  • Lying about your age in an attempt to obtain alcohol.
  • Presenting a falsified document stating that you're 21 years old in an attempt to obtain alcohol.
  • Consuming alcohol.
  • Possessing alcohol.
  • Public intoxication.

Penalties for these offenses are as follows:

  • 1st offense: License suspension for 30 days.
  • 2nd offense: License suspension for 60 days.
  • 3rd offense: License suspension for 180 days.

Based on your situation (and possibly even your age), your judge also might order the Alcohol Education Program and community service.

DWI Penalties: Adults

Just like it does for minors, Texas assigns DWI penalties for drivers 21 years old or older according to the offense number and other situation-specific factors.

Offenses: DWI Alcohol or Drugs

1st Offense

  • Up to a $2,000 fine.
  • Jail time between 3 days and 180 days.
  • License suspension for up to 2 years.
  • Annual surcharge up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license.
  • DWI intervention or education program (see below).
  • Possible ignition interlock device (see below).

2nd Offense

  • Up to a $4,000 fine.
  • Jail time between 1 month and 1 year.
  • License suspension up to 2 years.
  • Annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license.
  • DWI intervention or education program (see below).
  • Possible ignition interlock device (see below).

3rd Offense

  • Up to a $10,000 fine.
  • State prison time between 2 years and 10 years.
  • License suspension up to 2 years.
  • Annual surcharge of up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license.
  • DWI intervention or education program (see below).
  • Possible ignition interlock device (see below).

DWI with a Child Passenger

If you're driving while intoxicated with a child younger than 15 years old in your vehicle, you face:

  • Up to a $10,000 fine.
  • Jail time up to 2 years.
  • License suspension for 180 days.

Extreme DWI Crimes

All DWI offenses are serious, but some are extremely grave, such as intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.

We've outlined some details about the serious crimes below; please refer to Chapter 10 of the Texas Drivers Handbookfor more information specific to your situation.

Intoxication Assault

You can be charged with intoxication assault if, while drunk driving, you cause serious bodily injury to another person.

For these purposes, Texas considers serious bodily injury to be an injury that causes:

  • A significant risk of death.
  • Serious and permanent disfigurement or loss.
  • Damage that impairs function of a body part or organ.

If you're convicted, you'll have a 3rd degree felony.

Intoxication Manslaughter

As the name suggests, intoxication manslaughter involves killing another human being while you're operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

If you're convicted, you'll have a 2nd degree felony.

Commercial Drivers and DWI

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that any commercial driver operating a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher is considered to be driving under the influence.

If you're a CDL holder and you either refuse a chemical test or take one and have a BAC of―

  • 0.04% in your commercial vehicle
  • 0.08% or higher in any vehicle

―your CDL is disqualified for 1 year. If you drive a commercial vehicle placarded for hazardous materials, the penalty is 3 years.

 

 

Aside from being prosecuted criminally for drinking and driving, you can also be sued for causing personal injury or for wrongful death. Please be safe this weekend and if you are going to drink do not drive. If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver contact our firm for questions or a free consultation. Some lawyers represent drunk drivers, but we sue them. 

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