Dallas DUI Attorney

Driving under the influence, or DUI, is an offense relating to the consumption of alcohol that is generally used only when dealing with minors. Here minors are any individuals under the age of 21. An individual commits this offense if they operate a motor vehicle in a public space while having any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. A minor does not need to be over the legal limit to be charged with this crime. Texas has adopted a Zero Tolerance stance on all things concerning minors and alcohol at the same time. This means that the days of an officer merely calling a person’s parents are over.

If an officer of the law pulls you over and you admit to having any alcohol at all, the police officer has all of the proof he needs to charge you with a DUI. This crime is a Class C Misdemeanor. It carries with it a fine that is not to exceed $500.00. It is important to note that if an individual charged with a DUI has 2 prior convictions for DUI, the punishment goes up dramatically. The fine for an individual with 2 previous convictions is not less than $500.00 and not more than $2,000.00. In addition, a judge may give that individual a jail sentence of up to 6 months.

In addition to fines and possible jail time, the Department of Public Safety will suspend an individual’s license. If it is a person’s first offense, the suspension period is 6 months. A second offense yields a 4 month suspension, and a third offense yields a 6 month suspension.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, contact Dallas DUI attorney Mark T Lassiter. His experience in a DWI courtroom will help you win your DUI case and keep your good name.

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