Factors Affecting DWI Convictions

When a person is charged with a drunk driving offense, he or she is given the opportunity to defend his or her case in the court. Regardless of the skill of the DWI defense lawyer, there are a number of factors that will play a role in convincing a jury that the person should or should not be convicted.

In a 1982 highway safety research center study, the top factors influencing whether a person was convicted or not were the individuals blood alcohol concentration at the time of the arrest or incident and the number of prior or previous DWI convictions. These were the facts that most strongly influenced the jury. In both instances, the higher the number, the higher the chance of conviction.

Once the effects of these views of juries were adjusted for and taken out of the study, it was shown that race and sex also played a strong role in the case disposition of persons arrested for DWI. For example, a jury was much more likely to acquit a female driver with no previous DWI convictions than they were to convict a male with no previous DWI convictions.

This study shows that while juries may not know it, they are prone to want to punish individuals who have a prior conviction or arrest for DWI more than they would want to punish a person without a prior arrest or conviction. The study also shows that there might be some benefit to being a female charged with DWI.

Contact a Dallas DWI Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), contact the Dallas DWI defense lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your situation and to determine the best plan for a successful defense.


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