Consequence for driving while intoxicated or drugged

Driving while intoxicated is a crime that affects the lives of those who have been arrested and families of those involved.

Each year, approximately 10,000 people die in car crashes where alcohol or drugs were factors or causing them. The disappointing thing is that this type of crime is one of the few that can be avoided. People can choose not to drive while intoxicated. Either a minor or adult person can be arrested for driving in this state.

A minor can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol if any index is detected alcohol in her system. The consequences for a minor to commit this crime can have the following penalties or a combination of any of the following:

  • Fine up to $ 2,000.00
  • Between 20 to 60 hours of community service
  • License Suspension (60 days to 2 years)

Importantly, the Texas Penal Code dictates that it is forbidden to operate or be in control of a vehicle while under the effect of alcohol or drugs. A person who has lost his mental and physical faculties due to consumption of alcohol or drugs will be arrested for driving while intoxicated. State law dictates that a person is legally intoxicated when the level of alcohol concentration in the body exceeds 0.08.

The following are penalties or sentences to be applied to adults arrested for this offense: 

First Offense

  • A fine up to $ 2,000.00
  • Between 72 hours to 6 months in jail
  • Suspension of license (90-180 days)

Second Offense

  • A fine up to $ 4,000.00
  • Up to one year in prison
  • Suspension of license (1-2 years old)

Third offense

  • A fine up to $ 10,000.00
  • Between 2-10 years in prison
  • Suspension of license (1-2 years old)
  • Provide blood sample (required)

A person can be arrested for physical assault while under the effect of poisoning, if it causes an accident where any result (s) person (s) seriously injured (s). The person conducting aviation, automotive, and water transport under the influence and cause accidents resulting in serious injury, may be arrested for this crime.

The penalties that can be applied are: 

Physical aggression under the effect of poisoning

  • A fine up to $ 10,000.00
  • Provide blood sample (required)
  • Between 2 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) years in jail (required)
  • License Suspension (1-2 years old)

Anyone who drives a car under the influence of intoxication and causing a car accident that causes death could be arrested for manslaughter.

The following are the penalties that can be applied:

Manslaughter while under the effect of poisoning

  • Fine up to $ 10,000.00
  • Provide blood sample (required)
  • Between 2 (minimum) to 20 (maximum) years in jail (required)
  • License Suspension (1-2 years old)

Anyone who drives a car under the influence and carrying a passenger less than 15 years can be arrested. This crime is classified as a felony (State Jail Felony).

It is important to inform the community that is also illegal to drive any kind of water transport under the influence of intoxication. The police officer may ask the driver to provide a breath or blood sample to determine whether the person exceeded the levels of intoxication.

In car accidents where people are seriously injured or killed, the official force the driver to provide a breath or blood sample to determine the level of alcohol concentration in the body. The following describes situations that entitle the police officer to demand a breath or blood sample.

Any person operating an automobile and water transport under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causing accidents with the following results as:

  • Death or fatal injuries from the accident
  • Serious injury
  • Injured people have been transported to the hospital or medical facility for treatment
  • The crime for which the police officer is arresting the person is under Section 49.045 of the Texas Penal Code.

During the arrest, the officer receives information from people who witnessed the accident:

  • If the arrested person has been previously convicted or under community supervision of any crime involving driving while intoxicated on.
  • When the person has been arrested more times, and has been previously convicted or under community supervision for crimes related to driving while drunk on. Importantly, the breath or blood samples are sent to be analyzed; however, they do not determine guilt and is only presumptive evidence.
  • It is important to educate the community about the consequences that may result because of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of these. Thousands of people die every year in car accidents for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and many more are seriously injured.

Individuals and families of those arrested people are affected emotionally and financially after an arrest for this crime. Additionally, the victims and families of those killed or seriously injured in such accident suffered emotional trauma the rest of their lives.