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Television reporters are used to being in front of the camera while they cover a story. What most are not used to, however, is being in front of the camera because they are the subject of a news story. This recently happened to a television reporter here in San Antonio who was charged with a crime.

Police reports indicate that just prior to midnight on a recent Friday night, a police officer out of his jurisdiction observed a vehicle heading northbound on U.S. 281. The vehicle appeared to be weaving between lanes and almost struck numerous vehicles. The officer called for backup from local police as he initiated a traffic stop for failure to signal.

The officers who responded to the call suspected the 32-year-old woman driving the car of being intoxicated. Allegedly, her blood alcohol concentration according to a breath test was approximately .20, which is above the Texas legal limit of .08. That woman was identified as Priya Sridhar, who is part of KENS’s “Eyewitness Wants to Know” reports. Not only could she face criminal penalties if convicted, but she could also lose her job.

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If you were arrested on suspicion of DWI, you need to know what is at stake. The potential consequences of a conviction can be harsh and could affect many aspects of your life. Texas law provides for jail or prison time, fines and the loss of your driver’s license for specific time periods, depending on whether this is your first conviction for drunk driving or your third. Depending on the circumstances, you could also face additional penalties for aggravating factors.

If this is your first offense, you face jail time between three and 180 days, the suspension of your license up to one year and fines that reach into the thousands of dollars. A second offense within five years of the first one raises the potential jail time to between one month and one year, the loss of your license for up to two years and escalating fines. A third offense could result in your incarceration for a minimum of two years and maximum of 10 years, higher fines and the loss of your license for two years. In addition, for a second or third offense, you could be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle that keeps you from driving if any alcohol is detected in your system.

If you refuse to take a breath test, are under the age of 21 or have a child in the car at the time, additional penalties could apply. If you are in an accident while impaired, you could be charged with intoxication assault or intoxication manslaughter, depending on whether someone is injured or killed. Drivers who hold a CDL can only have a blood alcohol level of up to .04 percent instead of the .08 that ordinarily triggers a drunk driving charge.

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In Texas, being charged with drunk driving can have far-reaching consequences in the event of a conviction. With the litany of penalties that can be assessed, those who are charged with a crime for DWI need to know that they have rights regardless of the outcome of the incident. This is true whether it is just a traffic stop and DWI charges are made or if there is an accident with injuries and even death and it becomes a felony DWI. Before saying anything to law enforcement, the person charged needs to make sure to know their legal rights.

A car accident claimed the life of one man and injured his passenger. The early morning accident happened when a woman allegedly went through a red light, hitting the car that the man and his passenger were riding in. According to law enforcement, the woman was driving under the influence and had a 6-year-old child riding in the vehicle with her. They were also hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

While any accident in which there are injuries and fatalities will be troublesome, it is more stigmatized when one of the drivers is believed to have been under the influence. In Texas, there are harsh penalties for those who are convicted of DWI including a possible jail sentence, the loss of driving privileges, financial sanctions and more.

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Everybody in Bexar County should understand how it works: if police pull you over and your blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent or higher on a breath test, you will be convicted of DWI. Like a lot of things that people know, however, this statement hasn’t always turned out to be so. It might not be a bad idea to get an experienced DWI attorney on your case as soon as possible to see what possible grounds may exist to challenge the prosecution’s evidence.

The criminal defense team at Rush & Gransee, L.C. has had success in assisting those accused of DWI with achieving desirable outcomes. DWI defense lawyer Kurt Gransee served on the Bexar County DWI task force earlier in his career. His experience in this position means that he is familiar with prosecutors’ tactics and strategies, and he can put this experience to work for you.

The potential consequences of a DWI conviction can be serious. License suspension, fines and higher insurance premiums are merely some of the problems that may be encountered by those convicted. Our firm has had success both in challenging the admissibility of evidence and in negotiating plea agreements that can ameliorate the negative consequences for those accused of serious DWI offenses.

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Drivers in San Antonio who are confronted with allegations and an arrest for a DWI offense need to be fully aware of the possibility of being charged with a crime and the potential consequences that accompany a conviction. DWI charges can lead to long-term problems including hefty fines, a loss of driving privileges, jail time and other penalties. Formulating a strong defense and understanding that law enforcement must follow certain procedures to ensure the investigation and arrest are valid are key factors when preparing for the case.

An accident on a Texas interstate that injured three people led to the arrest of a man for drunk driving offenses. In this crash, a driver had pulled his SUV to the side of the road to assist another driver whose vehicle was disabled. While the SUV driver was looking at the disabled vehicle, a Ford F250 pickup truck rear-ended the SUV. The SUV subsequently crashed into the disabled vehicle. A woman who was asleep in the SUV was taken to the hospital. She was reported in serious condition. The driver who had stopped to help was also hurt and hospitalized. The pickup driver was injured and in serious condition. During their investigation, law enforcement claims to have found an open container of alcohol in the pickup. The charges the pickup driver will face are pending.

There are numerous factors that go into a DWI case, including the blood alcohol content, a series of sobriety tests and more. Any of these could be flawed in one way or another. For example, a breathalyzer machine might not be properly calibrated leading to a false result. If there were an accident, there is a chance that the other driver bore some amount of the responsibility if there was a violation such as running a red light. A full investigation is imperative to determine how to approach a defense.

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When a Texas driver is the subject of a court order involving certain kinds of DWI charges, they may be required to obtain an interlock license to prevent their driving privileges from being canceled. An interlock license limits the holder to operating motor vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device. What does this mean for a Texas driver facing this restriction?

Ignition interlock devices, also called IIDs, are instruments that prevent the operation of a vehicle when the driver has alcohol on their breath. An IID is installed on the driver’s side of the passenger compartment. In order to start the car, the driver is required to blow into a tube connected to the IID. If a threshold amount of alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath, the car will not start. Otherwise, the car will start as normal.

IIDs are usually programmed to require rolling retests. The driver is required to blow into the tube from time to time in order to continue operating the car after the engine has been started. This is to discourage the driver from using another individual’s breath to start the car. If the driver fails the test, an audible alarm may go off to inform the driver to turn off the car’s engine. IIDs are installed at service centers authorized by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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If you are like many workers in San Antonio, you are probably watching the clock at your office, waiting for your New Year’s Eve festivities to begin. Maybe you have plans to attend a party with friends. Maybe you have special reservations with your sweetie at a favorite restaurant with your favorite margaritas. 

Whatever fun you plan on having tonight, you should be keenly aware that the San Antonio Police Department is out in full force and could possibly put a damper on your evening. “We are going to be out there,” warns the police sergeant, discussing how patrols will be looking specifically for signs of drunk driving and aggressively targeting DUI suspects.

History shows that this month and holidays in particular result in high numbers of DUI arrests in San Antonio and across the state. So far in 2015, the SAPD has made nearly 5,000 DUI arrests. And tonight’s police presence on the roads is sure to add to that already high number.