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Texas DWI Laws

Know the law before thinking about drinking and driving

Rules of the Road


When it comes to safety on the road, federal, state, and local government agencies have created many laws to keep drivers, as well as passengers and pedestrians, as safe as possible. For example, in Texas, a person is considered to be intoxicated if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8 or above while driving a motor vehicle or boat. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is illegal in every state as well as simply operating a motor vehicle while inhibited in any way.


Most states use the term “driving under the influence” or DUI for a person who is driving while under the influence of alcohol or other mind altering drug, including prescription medications. In Texas, the term for the same condition is “driving while intoxicated” (DWI). In either case, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle, boat or aircraft while intoxicated across all fifty states of America. This irresponsible practice is dangerous and kills or injures thousands of people every year.

Only in Texas


Texas is listed as a “zero tolerance” state, meaning it is illegal for anyone below the age of 21 to drive with any amount of alcohol in their body. Texan courts have also made it possible for someone to receive a DWI without driving. All that is necessary is to “operate” a vehicle while inhibited. “Operate” being a wide-ranging term as it could refer to anything from starting a vehicle to removing the parking brake.

Consequences of DWI in Texas

Large cities in Texas are not the only areas where DWI incidents occur. A Red Oak DWI lawyer noticed that many visitors to Midlothian, a town just south of Dallas and north of Waxahachie, find themselves in legal trouble while driving through the town after a night of fun and drinking alcohol. It is recommended that party-goers and fun-seekers designate a responsible driver to avoid any serious incidents and trouble with the law.

A Matter of Justice


Because some people do not know or care about the laws surrounding DWIs, they will have to face the consequences when they are caught and prosecuted. Punishments for being charged with a DWI vary with each case. There is a three-penalty system in Texas designed to handle DWI cases. The penalties can range from paying a fine and/or spending time in jail to having their driver’s license suspended and having an ignition interlock device installed on the driver’s vehicle.