TEXAS DWI LAW UPDATE
THE BELTZ LAW FIRM
While there were several proposed changes to the current DWI laws in Texas, only one made its way through both houses to the Governor’s desk. The Abdallah Khader Act, named after a two year old Fort Worth boy who was severely injured after being struck by a repeat drunk driver, looks to change the punishment for certain DWI offenses.
First, those caught driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.15 or more will face a Class A Misdemeanor. A Class A Misdemeanor carries a punishment range of confinement for a term not to exceed one year in county jail; and/or a fine not exceed $4000.00.
Second, the same act changes the punishment for an intoxicated assault where the victim is in a vegetative state from 10 years in prison to 20 years.
There were a number of other proposals which did not make it through this legislative session. They include:
1. Mandatory interlock devices for first time DWI offenders.
2. Temporary sobriety checkpoints by law enforcement to find intoxicated drivers.
3. Deferred adjudication for first time DWI offenders.
4. Permanent drivers license revocation for second time DWI offenders
5. Alcohol detection monitor for any person on community supervision for the first 60 days.
It seems the intent of some of these proposed laws was to curb drinking and driving. Surprisingly, the bill which would have made deferred adjudication an option for first time DWI offenders had the support of law enforcement and prosecutors throughout the state but failed to make it all the way. Maybe next time.
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