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How a DWI conviction can impact your family

Texas has seen a substantial drop in the total number of recent DWI arrests. Over the last 12 years, the DWI arrest rate has declined by 40.6%. That decline may not be as high as other states, but it is a step in the right direction. 

More people have become aware of the dangers of operating a vehicle while under the influence. There are jail times and heavy fines to consider, but there is also the psychological impact that comes with letting loved ones down. The ramifications of a DWI conviction extend well beyond what the judge hands down. Before you think about getting behind the wheel after a night out, consider the potential full effects of such actions.

Key terms for any drug charge

Over the years, law enforcement has cracked down on both drug users and distributors. However, in those efforts, sometimes, innocent parties get caught in the crossfire.

For those facing criminal drug charges, it can be beneficial to understand the case's important aspects. To that extent, parties should know a few key terms for any drug charge.

4 things not to say during a DWI stop

As summer slowly turns to fall, you may be looking forward to Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. While there are a variety of ways to celebrate these holidays, you may choose to imbibe a little. If you do, you must be careful not to drive under the influence of alcohol. 

For several reasons, driving while intoxicated is a mistake. If you want to avoid a DWI charge, though, you must think about what you tell a police officer during a traffic stop. Here are four things you probably should not say: 

Should you refuse DUI and DWI testing

Operating a vehicle while under the influence can be quite dangerous for all parties involved. As such, lawmakers and law enforcement work diligently to crack down on those who partake in such activities.

If you or a loved one are pulled over on suspicion of a DUI or DWI, such charges can have hefty penalties. One way of avoiding them may be to refuse testing; however, you should know a few things about asserting that option.

Understanding bail bonds

Anyone arrested needs to quickly learn about what steps are necessary to get out and start building a defense. From stealing backpacks to driving while intoxicated, a single arrest can quickly turn a life upside down, so there is no time to waste. 

A way to get out of jail as you await trial is through a bail bond. It is essentially your way of promising the court you will attend all preliminary hearings and trial dates. It is different from having the charges dropped, as you still need to build a defense. It is possible you will go back to jail, but for the time being, you should familiarize yourself with how bail bonds operate

3 ways you may accidentally incriminate yourself

Facing criminal charges is overwhelming and complicated, especially if this is your first time in legal trouble. There is a lot to worry about to ensure you can obtain the best possible outcome. You may feel desperate to do anything that will make it be over as quickly as possible.

However, being too cooperative or open can work against you. You may end up unintentionally incriminating yourself in any of these three ways.

Underage drunk driving laws in Texas

In Texas, an adult (over the age of 21) can face charges of driving while intoxicated for having a BAC of at least 0.08%, or lacking the necessary physical and mental capabilities to drive due to alcohol or drugs.

However, Texas has specific laws for underage motorists who drink and drive. 

Alternatives to juvenile pleas

Juvenile crime is serious business in Texas. You probably do not want your child to plead to any of these types of charges — there could be a better way to address the problem.

Kids make mistakes, and the Texas justice system provides a few considerations for children who break the law. Knowing the benefits that the system could provide may mean the difference between lifelong consequences and a speedy resolution for your case.

An overview of Texas shoplifting laws

Shoplifting is a common crime that virtually everyone knows about. Hardly anyone needs to be told that shoplifting is a criminal offense that may come with costly fines and jail time. However, there are many details to the theft laws in Texas that a lot of people do not know about. 

For example, Texas shoplifting laws fall under general theft according to the state penal code. Shoplifting can range from a Class C misdemeanor up to a first-degree felony, depending on the value of items and any previous conviction. 

What are the options when your teen is in legal trouble?

The teen years are hard on everybody, but for some, this challenging time can lead to criminal behavior. The reasons are numerous: a desire to fit in, a way to get attention, curiosity. Even the best of parents can have teens who get into a brush with the law.

Whether this is your teen's first criminal charge or you have dealt with this situation before, you may feel overwhelmed and not know what to do. The legal system for juveniles is different from that for adults, so it is important to have an understanding of how things may go, so you can try to get the best outcome for your child.