Per Se Laws

It is hard to believe that a single event in life can be so transformative. An unfortunate example of this is being convicted for DWI—your prospects for the future, both immediate and long-term, are altered tremendously. While most people believe that they can only be pulled over and charged with drunk driving if they are actually exhibiting signs of drunk driving, “per se” BAC laws can doom you even if you are driving safely and capably yet have a BAC of .08 or higher.

When you face charges for drunk driving, you need the help of a Dallas DWI defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we want to help you protect your rights despite the challenge you are facing. Call (214) 845-7007 for help today.

“Per Se” Laws and Implied Consent

If you face charges after being arrested for DWI, you may be prosecuted under “per se” laws. These laws make it a prosecutable offense to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher. As a result, even if you are not displaying signs of impairment as a driver, you are breaking the law simply by being behind the wheel.

“Per se” laws are often linked to the concept of implied consent. If you are pulled over for any reason at all, then you are faced with the issue of implied consent, or the idea that by having a driver’s license you have implicitly agreed to submit to sobriety tests when asked by the police. This basically means that you are unable to refuse a sobriety test without facing some tough penalties, including:

  • Fines
  • Immediate License Suspension

Whether you have been charged with a regular DWI or a DWI under the “per se” laws, we may be able to help.

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When someone gets arrested for DWI, the most important thing that they can do is enlist the help of an experienced Dallas DWI lawyer. If you are facing a situation such as this, do not delay in calling the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Dial (214) 845-7007 right now for a free consultation.


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