August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- There is nothing wrong with going out for a few drinks with friends or family. However, as tempting as it can be to get behind the wheel after a night out, it's a decision that can have severe legal, financial and emotional consequences. Being convicted for a DUI in Texas will result in fines of potentially thousands of dollars. It can also result in jail time and even felony charges, depending on the number of prior DUI arrests. In addition, every time someone makes the decision to drive while intoxicated, he or she endangers the safety of everyone else on the road. Causing a drunk driving accident that results in someone else's injury or death will be devastating and result in lifelong consequences
The Century Council reports that 85,715 drivers were arrested for DUI in Texas in 2011. Most of these people probably faced hardship and difficult issues as they dealt with the consequences that followed.
Penalties for drinking and driving
According to I Drive Safely, people under the age of 21 who are arrested for driving under the influence in Texas will face a fine and have their licenses suspended. Any adult driving with a minor in the vehicle faces a felony charge, which includes a hefty fine of up to $10,000 and a revoked driver's license.
Losing a license is a serious matter. DMV.org says that people convicted of a DUI can lose their license for up to two years. During this time, people who have lost their licenses face challenges that can make it difficult for them to go to work or school and go about their daily lives. After paying a substantial fee to have their licenses reinstated, drivers must then pay for expensive high-risk SR-22 insurance. Esurance warns drivers that receiving a drinking and driving conviction can result in expensive insurance issues that can last for years.
Preventing the legal problems of a DUI
The Texas Department of Transportation advises that drivers protect their licenses, keep others safe and avoid the legal and financial hassles of a DUI by simply:
Designating a sober driver
Arranging a ride home from a friend, family member or cab
Spending the night somewhere safe
Despite taking precautions, many people will still make the decision to drink and drive. Some may feel they're not intoxicated enough to be a danger to others, but if a police officer feels he or she has probable cause to arrest for DUI, it will still happen.
Contacting an attorney
People who are facing DUI charges have the right to be represented in court. Depending on the charges, some may be lessened or even dropped. It's important to contact an attorney with experience handling drunk driving cases.