Additional DWI Crimes
Injury to Others
Texas law has defined DWI crimes that involve injury or the risk of injuring others. Some of the DWI laws involving injury to others are:
DWI with a child below the age of 15 in the car
These offenses attract penalties under different statutes other than DWI law. Furthermore, there are additional offenses defined by DWI law which include injuring a peace officer, fire fighter, emergency personnel, or causing brain injury that leads to a permanent vegetative state.
Penalties for Refusing Chemical Testing
Any person operating a car is subject to the rule of “implied consent”. According to this rule, when you obtain a driver’s license, you have agreed to a chemical test in the event that a police officer has reason to suspect that you are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Because of the implied consent rule, any driver who refuses to go through a chemical test faces a license suspension. The procedure for a DWI charge is different from the one involving the refusal to get a blood test.
The Administrative License Revocation Program also known as ALR is an administrative process that is not related to DWI court proceedings. The program is designed for drivers who are arrested for a DWI and refuse or fail a breath or blood test. Drivers who refuse or fail a breath or blood test may face a license suspension of between 90 days and 2 years. Commercial drivers face a one year disqualification.
It is worth noting that you will not lose your license as soon as your refuse or fail a breath or blood test. You will have a window of 15 days to request for a hearing of your suspension. Failing to request for a hearing will lead to a 40 day automatic suspension.