If you are facing a criminal traffic offense in Texas, it is important to seek out an experienced attorney with Ashmore & Ashmore Law Firm. Not only are certain traffic offenses considered criminal offenses, but depending on the circumstances, you could face jail time, big fines and lengthy suspension of your driver’s license. You could be subject to serious penalties and unforeseen ramifications of any conviction for a major traffic offense, which can be either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the offense, prior convictions and aggravating factors. At Ashmore & Ashmore we can advise you where you stand and fight for you to prevent the worst consequences.
Driving while license suspended or revoked
If you drive a motor vehicle while your driver license is suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled you are driving while your license is invalid (DWLI). Source
Leaving the scene of accident (hit and run)
Hit and run is a serious criminal charge in Texas when a person is accused of not stopping after a car crash involving death, injury, or property damage. It is also known as leaving the scene of an accident.
The Texas Transportation Code defines reckless driving broadly as operating a vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Source
Texas Transportation Code defines street racing as:
-A speed competition or contest between vehicles
-An acceleration contest or drag race
-A test of a vehicle operator's physical endurance in conjunction with a drag race, a show of speed or acceleration, or an attempt to make a speed record.
Alcohol Related Driving Offenses (DUI/DWI)
Driving while intoxicated means you can have alcohol in your system while driving, but cannot be intoxicated. According to Texas DWI laws, the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent. Anything above that limit is considered intoxicated. This limit only applies to anyone 21 years and older.
When found with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system, a driver under the age of 21 will be charged with driving under the influence. A driver does not need to be visibly impaired for an arrest to happen. In the state of Texas, it is legal for persons under the age of 21 to consume alcohol with a parent present but it is not legal for them to operate a vehicle after alcohol consumption.
Being under 21 does not exempt a driver from being charged with a DWI. In certain cases, a driver can be charged with both DUI and DWI.