According to data collected and organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Texas is the fourth-highest DUI state in the nation. Statistics show that there are about 124,662 three-time DWI offenders in the state of Texas, and 18,271 five-time offenders. Because most DWI accidents happen with a multiple-time DWI offender, the amount of people that fit this category in the state is concerning. This past year, there were 1,213 DWI fatalities in Texas. About 40% of all traffic fatalities included a DWI driver who was somewhat at fault for the accident. Thankfully, there has been a 4.5% decrease in the amount of DUI fatalities from the previous year, but this is still a number that can be reduced if the law enforcement are able to arrest and charge offenders effectively.
In Texas the Legislature rejected ignition interlock legislation and sobriety checkpoint legislation, leaving DWI offenders relatively unchecked after they serve their sentence. Still, Texas upholds the primary belt law and dram shop liability law, which are two ways that the police able to hold people accountable for their action. If you are arrested for a DWI, then you will want a hardworking Houston DWI lawyer there to assist you.
With the right attorney on your side, you may be able to argue that you were not driving with a BAC over 0.08%, or show that you were arrested under false pretenses. As well, maybe you were taking a medication for your health or have a condition that caused your BAC test to read incorrectly, or maybe the breathalyzer was not accurate. If you want more information about DWI defenses or you want to try and prove your innocence, then contact a lawyer at The Martinez Law Firm. With a former prosecutor on your side, you have a better chance of proving your innocence and avoiding serious punishment.