When facing a DUI/DWI or public intoxication charge in Texas, there are avenues for reducing the severity of the charge.
The process involves several key steps, and your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) plays a role in determining the potential outcomes.
Understanding the charges
In Texas, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are serious offenses. According to the Texas Department of Safety, in 2021, nearly 90,00 people faced DUI/DWI charges. DUI applies to minors, while DWI is for individuals of legal drinking age. Public intoxication pertains to alcohol or drugs impairing your actions in a public area to the point of endangering yourself or others.
Factors influencing reduction
One of the primary factors that can influence the reduction of a DUI/DWI or public intoxication charge is your BAC. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08%. If your BAC is only slightly above this limit, it may be possible to argue for a reduction in the severity of the charge.
The process of reduction
If your BAC is close to the legal limit, there are steps you can take to potentially reduce the charge. Demonstrating a commitment to making positive changes, such as enrolling in alcohol education programs or attending counseling, can strengthen your case.
Completing probationary periods
In some cases, a judge may offer a probationary period as an alternative to harsher penalties. During this time, the court requires individuals to adhere to specific conditions, such as regular check-ins, attending counseling or abstaining from alcohol. Successfully completing this period can lead to a reduction in the charge.
When facing a DUI/DWI or public intoxication charge, it is important to know what your BAC was at the time of arrest and what steps you can take to reduce the charge.