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Driving While Intoxicated

Recently a Texas teenager appeared in court accused of causing a crash that killed two women. The fatal accident occurred near Colorado Boulevard and Arapahoe Road in Centennial. The teen, Jones, was driving a blue sedan when he collided with two women in a silver car. Following this accident, Jones was charged with DUI and two counts of vehicular homicide. Jones admitted to having consumed three beers.

It is critical that you contact an attorney immediately if you have been accused or arrested of either DUI or DWI. Your lawyer will be able to help you much more if you contact them as soon as you can. Please remember that the police are not your friends and are not trying to help you out of your situation. For this reason, never speak to them without an attorney present. If you live in Denton County and have been arrested for a DWI or a DUI in Northern Texas, UNT, or any Suburb of Denton County, contact Wheeler Law Office today for a free initial consultation!

DUIs in Texas and the Law

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.

Incidents of drunk driving, unfortunately, continue to run rampant here in Texas. Many times drunk driving leads to a fatal accident. Just recently, right here in Denton, Texas, a drunk driver caused the death of four innocent people. Wilson Rene Molinares, a 22-year-old student at Texas State, was driving his car in the opposite direction down I-35 northbound. He then collided with a van killing its four occupants. This accident was so bad that it took four two hours to pry the van apart to get the deceased out. A blood search warrant was ordered to determine if alcohol was involved in this incident. If so, Molinares may then be charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter.

The Relevant Texas Law

Unlike many states, Texas does not use the terms involuntary manslaughter and voluntary manslaughter. Instead, Texas combines the two into one broad charge with enhanced penalties in some circumstances. In general, in Texas, manslaughter exists when a prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged (“Defendant”) recklessly caused the death of another person. Unlike first-degree murder, this crime does not require premeditation or deliberation beforehand.

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