Obstructing a Highway

On the surface, the charge of obstructing a highway might seem to be completely unrelated to DWI or DUI charges, but the two are actually often linked in prosecution in Texas. Individuals who have no prior criminal record and perform well in field sobriety tests may find their DWI charges reduced to that of obstructing a highway, which is considered in Texas to be a Class B misdemeanor.

Individuals who have been pulled over under suspicion of DWI or DUI face serious fines, court fees, education obligations, and even jail time. If you have been accused of DWI and would like to know more about your legal options, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.

More Information on Obstructing a Highway

The knowing, willing, or reckless obstruction of a highway, sidewalk, street, aisle, or exit may be considered obstructing a highway. The penalties for this Class B misdemeanor include:

  • Fines of up to $2,000
  • Imprisonment in county jail for up to 180 days

Obstructing a highway is the same level of criminal offense as DWI, but does not carry the same level of punishment that a DWI conviction does. DWI convictions are recorded as such on an individual ‘s criminal record and often include the revocation of the offender ‘s driver ‘s license, significant fines, probation, and alcohol classes. Occasionally, prosecutors may offer to reduce a DWI charge to an obstruction of a highway charge if the details of the case warrant such a deal.

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If you or someone you know has been charged with DWI, contact experienced Dallas DWI attorney Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case.


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