The tests you may be asked to take if you are pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs can be confusing. What do they measure? Which ones can you refuse? Which ones should you refuse, and what are the consequences if you do?
According to statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were 89,457 total reported DUI charges statewide in 2021. In Texas, a person may be arrested and charged with DUI/DWI for driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Unfortunately, a DWI charge may result in devastating, immediate, and long-lasting ramifications to your quality of life, career, personal reputation, and driving privileges. With every aspect of your life and future at risk, fighting your drunk driving accusations is worth it.
DUIs and DWIs are some of the most commonly committed crimes in the United States. Many people spread misconceptions about DUIs, and other people accept those misconceptions as facts. Unfortunately, only a tiny percentage of people actually take their time to research the law instead of relying on the first source of information they find online.
According to statistics from the Crime in Texas Report, there were 1,006,887 total-reported offenses statewide in 2021. On suspicion of a crime, some law enforcement officers often go through the accused person's property, vehicle, or other belongings to search for and seize evidence connecting the person with a crime.
In a state as large as Texas, the amount of crime will always be high which results in the largest prison population in the country. In 2020, this meant that there were a total of 121,119 people in either state prison or jail according to data put out by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were over one million crimes committed in the state in 2021 alone. This is a shockingly high number, and although only a fraction of those who’ve been charged will actually sit before a jury, it’s nonetheless essential to understand the basics of the criminal trial process should you find yourself in this situation. With over 30 years in the legal profession, Attorney Phillip Linder has had extensive courtroom experience and has tried over 200 cases before a jury.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Texas, you may be wondering what happens next. For many individuals arrested for crimes, an arraignment is one of the most confusing and scariest steps in the criminal justice process.
Once you or someone you love has been arrested for a crime, you’ll need to thoroughly understand the Texas bail requirements. There are different types of bail you can use, and per 2022 data put out by the Texas Judicial Branch, the vast majority (82%) of bail was posted using cash or bail bonds, while only 14% was done using personal property as collateral.
The plea process is a crucial component of the criminal justice system. However, not everyone facing criminal charges understands what plea bargains are and what the plea process entails. If you are considering accepting a plea bargain, it is important that you understand how these agreements work so you can make an informed decision about your future.