Texas officially uses the term “driving while intoxicated” (DWI) instead of “driving under the influence” (DUI). However, some people still use DWI and DUI interchangeably to refer to drunk or drugged driving.
Texas’s DWI laws prohibit all motorists from operating a motor vehicle:
- with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more, or
- while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
Generally, you are considered “intoxicated” if you “lack the normal use of mental or physical faculties” as the result of ingesting alcohol, drugs, or any other substance. (It’s also illegal to operate a boat while intoxicated (BWI) in Texas.)
For underage drivers (those under 21 years old), Texas has “zero tolerance” laws making it illegal to get behind the wheel with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system.
Getting a DWI Without Actually Driving
In Texas, a motorist can get a DWI even without actually driving: The statute defines DWI as “operating” a vehicle while intoxicated or with a prohibited BAC. So while driving is sufficient for a conviction, it isn’t required.
Texas courts have said the term “operate” is very broad and includes any action to “affect the functioning” of a vehicle in a manner that “enables its use.”
Conroe DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Texas is a state that takes DWI charges very seriously. You will want to work with an attorney to protect yourself following an arrest, in order to navigate this charge and get through your case. Creating a strong defense can greatly impact the outcome of your charges.
Attorney Lanease Fuller has decades of experience representing a wide range of clients with DWI charges. She understands that you may have been driving without realizing you had even consumed enough alcohol to be over the limit. Charges like this do not make you a bad person, however, they need to be handled in a serious manner to minimize the negative impact they will have on you and your future.
The weight of criminal charges and legal consequences can be overwhelming and leave lifelong consequences in their wake. No one wants to have their future limited or to have permanent criminal charges on their record for every future employer to see.
When you work with DWI Attorney Lanease Fuller, you do not have to face this difficult problem on your own. Attorney Fuller will help you to build your case and take the necessary steps to help you move on from this without permanent consequences. If you have been arrested for drinking while under the influence contact us for the best DWI lawyer in Conroe, Texas. We provide legal advice to help you avoid jail time.
Our law firm will work with you, providing quality legal representation in your DWI case. Let us help you overcome these charges and move forward with your life. Drunk driving is a serious charge but our law office will help you through your criminal case.
Affordable Texas DWI Attorney
Attorney Fuller is a seasoned attorney with nearly three decades of experience representing a wide range of clients. This includes individuals who have suffered an injury due to another’s actions, individuals facing criminal charges, those who have been arrested for DWI, individuals who have found themselves in a civil litigation dispute, and those looking for legal guidance in business.
After filling out a client intake form, Attorney Lanease D. Fuller will take appropriate action in your case to help you get the results you are looking for. This includes but not limited to gathering evidence, going to trial, and earning a settlement that is appropriate for your specific situation. Reach out to us today to take the first step towards settling your case.
LANEASE D. FULLER LAW
4615 S. Frwy St. 820
Houston, TX 77051