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There are many questions that surround driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges. To classify as intoxicated in Texas, one must have a .08 blood alcohol content level. DWI charges can result in strict penalties based upon the circumstances of the case. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2014 there were 952 deaths resulting from fatal car crashes involving an intoxicated driver.

Consider the following when you are facing DWI charges:

A Texas teenager, Ethan Couch, recently appeared in court after causing the death of four people in a fatal 2013 DUI accident. The night of the accident, Couch played “beer pong” with his friends. Some of his friends supplied the beer. As Couch drove his family’s pickup truck home that night, he lost control and caused an accident. Authorities found that Couch was traveling 70 mph in a 40 mph zone when he collided with a disabled people killing four individuals. It was also found that Couch had a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit for an adult. At Couch’s sentencing, his psychologist suggested Couch had affluenza and blamed Couch’s parents for teaching him a system that is far from rational. Ultimately, despite the attempted affluenza defense, a judge ordered Couch to serve nearly two years in jail.

Defenses to DUI

In February, a top Texas firefighter was pulled over for drunk driving. The firefighter, Trevor Joseph Stokes, was spotted by police driving erratically on Texas 183A. He was allegedly swerving in and out of lanes. It was then discovered that he was drunk driving and unlawfully carrying a weapon. Upon being pulled over, an officer approached his vehicle’s window and instantly noticed an overwhelming odor of alcohol and saw that Stokes’ eyes were glassy and bloodshot. The officer asked Stokes how many alcoholic drinks he consumed prior to driving. Stokes answered two. Yet, a receipt in Stokes’ car listed a total of 14 alcoholic drinks purchased that night. With his charges, Stokes could be fined $2,000 and receive a sentence of 180 days of in jail for his Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”) charge. In addition, he could serve up to a year in jail and face a fine of up to $4,000 for his gun charge.


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Wheeler Law Office
Denton Criminal Defense Lawyer
Located at: 101 S. Woodrow Lane, Suite 102
Denton, TX 76205
Phone: (940) 465-3178