Category Archive for "DWI"

What's the difference between a DUI and DWI

What’s The Difference Between DUI and DWI in Texas?

Attorney Marsh

This is a question that gets asked pretty often so I thought it’s worth explaining. Many people use the words DUI and DWI interchangeably when these problems come up. Some states call it DWI, others call it DUI, and some states have different criminal charges for DWI vs. DUI. The differences can be quite large. DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated. The potential punishments and consequences between the two can be very important if you’re charged with either in Texas. What’s The Difference Between DUI and DWI in Texas? What is considered a DUI…

Car Accidents, DWI, and Civil Lawsuits

Car Accidents, DWI, and Civil Lawsuits

Attorney Marsh

This is a guest blog post by a friend of mine, Jon Clark, who is a personal injury attorney out of Austin, Texas. Personal injury cases usually include everything from slip and fall, car accidents, and wrongful death claims. Car accident cases and DWI charges often go hand in hand. Tolerance for drinking and driving has rapidly decreased over time. Aside from being sued, there are many collateral consequences of a conviction for DWI. The purpose of this blog post is to highlight the many civil consequences (non-criminal consequences) of DWI. Jon Clark’s contact information is listed at the bottom…

Arrested for DWI at Under .08

Arrested for DWI at Under .08

Attorney Marsh

Can You Get Arrested for DWI at Under .08 in Texas? The short answer is YES. I’m going to explain why in this blog post. Recently, one of my friends asked me this question so I figured I would write on this topic. I’m sure he’s not the only one who has had this question. People get arrested for DWI at under .08 all the time. It does come up somewhat regularly in Texas DWI’s. Maybe you’ve had a beer or two at dinner. Maybe you’ve had a few beers over the course of hours. Alcohol can be removed from your…

Getting Witnesses to a License Suspension Hearing in Texas

Getting Witnesses to a License Suspension Hearing in Texas

Attorney Marsh

I’m writing about this issue because it has come up for me recently. This situation also deals with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. But this post isn’t specific only to the TCSO. Most driver’s license suspension hearings are due to an arrest for DWI. If you read some of my previous posts, I explained the hearing process for: Requesting an Administrative License Revocation Hearing and; Preparing for an ALR Hearing. If you read those three links above, it should bring you up to speed and give you a general idea of what’s going on. This post is really the second…

Texas DWI Total Refusal

Texas DWI Total Refusal

Attorney Marsh

Refusal to take a Breath or Blood Test In Texas, you may have heard that there are No Refusal Weekends. This means that legally, if a police officer suspects you are driving under the influence, you are not allowed to refuse a breath or blood test. DWI isn’t limited to alcohol. It can include drugs as well. Usually these tests are to find out if you have a BAC of 0.08 or higher. In Texas, a total refusal DWI case can have long lasting effects on your life. What happens when you refuse? A total refusal off all tests, including the…

Reasonable Suspicion and Traffic Stops

Reasonable Suspicion and Traffic Stops

Attorney Marsh

For most people, the term reasonable suspicion doesn’t come up on a daily basis. It’s a legal standard used in the Texas criminal justice world. However, every time police are on patrol, they use reasonable suspicion to decided whether or not to pull you over or whether or not to stop and talk to you. Police officers in Travis and Williamson Counties, just like the rest of the state, need reasonable suspicion to stop you. Reasonable suspicion and traffic stops are like peanut butter and jelly. You can’t have one without the other. This can affect your case in a variety…

Party on 6th Street

I Was Arrested on the Weekend in Austin and I Need a Lawyer

Attorney Marsh
DWI

This is a problem that a lot of people run into when they’re out in Downtown Austin. Rainey Street and Sixth Street have a lot of bars and are popular tourist attractions and bar hopping spots for students from Texas State and UT. Whether you’re a tourist or not, you’ve probably gone out to the bars on either of these streets. If you’ve been out on a good night on Sixth Street, chances are that you’ve seen the picture above. Rainey Street usually caters to an older crowd but this doesn’t mean that arrests don’t happen. One too many drinks…