Texas DUI/DWI Law

Overview of drunk driving laws in Texas. However, please note that laws can change over time, so it’s important to consult with the Texas Department of Public Safety or a legal professional for the most up-to-date information.

1. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits:
– For drivers aged 21 and over: BAC limit of 0.08% or higher.
– For drivers under the age of 21: Zero tolerance policy with a BAC limit of 0.02% or higher.

2. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI):
– In Texas, DWI refers to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
– A first-time DWI offense can result in fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, and potential jail time.

3. Enhanced Penalties:
– If a driver’s BAC is 0.15% or higher, they may face enhanced penalties, including increased fines, longer license suspension, and mandatory ignition interlock devices.

4. Implied Consent:
– Texas has an implied consent law, which means that drivers are required to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test if arrested for suspicion of DWI. Refusing to take the test can result in an automatic license suspension.

5. Open Container Laws:
– It is illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion or parked.

6. Penalties:
– Penalties for DWI offenses vary based on factors such as the driver’s BAC, prior convictions, and other aggravating factors. They can include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education or treatment programs, probation, community service, and even incarceration.

It’s important to note that these are general summaries of Texas drunk driving laws, and specific circumstances can lead to different legal outcomes. For accurate and up-to-date information, consult the Texas Department of Public Safety or a legal professional specializing in DUI/DWI law in Texas.